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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – The experts attacking the multicopter industry

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – The experts attacking the multicopter industry

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing Last week saw the House of Lords EU Committee make recommendations on drones, including making some recommendations for processes that already exist in the UK.  For example the CAA already has a list of business and professional users that have been granted permission for aerial work. The BBC report was one in particular that was distributed via social media such as Twitter. Hardly a month goes by without a media report with inaccuracies and […]

Richard Branson invests in 3D Robotics

Richard Branson invests in 3D Robotics

Yesterday billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced on Twitter and on the Virgin website that he was investing in 3D Robotics and he’d invited the 3DR team including Chris Anderson and Colin Guinn to his home on Necker Island. The story is on the Virgin website here: http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/a-drones-eye-view-of-necker-island Sir Richard Branson is possibly the most high profile figure to have become involved in the multicopter industry and it must surely be a significant achievement for 3D Robotics to have an investor […]

Beta testers approached to find cause of Phantom 2/Phantom 2 Vision compass bug

Beta testers approached to find cause of Phantom 2/Phantom 2 Vision compass bug

DJI has approached users to install an iOSD Mark II onto their Phantom 2’s to help test out a compass bug that has impacted a number of users around the world. The bug causes the Phantom 2 to drift whilst under GPS in some circumstances. The Phantom Pilots forum has more information: www.phantompilots.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=11555

Adobe annouce upcoming CC enhancements

Adobe annouce upcoming CC enhancements

Adobe have announced the upcoming enhancements to their CC product range. Read more here: http://www.alexandrosmaragos.com/2014/04/Adobe-Reveals-Next-Wave-of-Creative-Cloud.html

UK’s CAA secure their first conviction for illegal use of an unmanned aircraft

UK’s CAA secure their first conviction for illegal use of an unmanned aircraft

The CAA today released a press release that a man from Cumbria has become the first person in the UK to be successfully prosecuted for the dangerous and illegal flying of an unmanned aircraft. http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=14&pagetype=65&appid=7&mode=detail&nid=2348 Meanwhile, the defendant says it was a fly-away which is a fairly common malfunction with a number of UAV technologies. The Guardian newspaper has reported on the story since which the YouTube video of the incident has been set to private: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/02/uk-first-drone-conviction “The radio failed […]

Multicopter mistaken for UFO and reported in local UK newspaper

Multicopter mistaken for UFO and reported in local UK newspaper

A multicopter enthusiast whilst doing a test flight at night, has had his LED lit copter mistaken for a UFO according to an article in the local newspaper. Don’t panic folks the aliens are not coming… The article can be read here: http://www.pendletoday.co.uk/news/strange-but-true/can-you-help-solve-mystery-of-colne-ellipse-1-5886189