Inside Unmanned Systems

AUG-SEP 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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August/September 2017 unmanned systems inside 27 PRACTICE. POLICY. ENGINEERING. two days of hands-on f lying, said Matt Burton, f light opera- tions manager. Even though the FAA doesn't require them any- more, students learn about the role of visual observers, how to perform basic maneuvers to get a feel for what UAS can and can't do, and have the opportunity to try out different use cases. This year, Poynter Institute partnered with the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NPPA, The Google News Lab and DJI to provide workshops for jour- nalists. This training was designed to help reporters prepare for the Part 107 exam as well as teach them ethics and drone law. Some local and state governments are trying to regulate airspace, Osterreicher said, which is a challenge drone journal- ism news teams need to be aware of. The three-day course also teaches journalists they can do so much more than just capture aerial video with a drone, Tompkins of Poynter said. "We're teaching them about 3-D mapping and 360 degree photography using drones," Tompkins said. "Everyone knows you can hover over a fire or f lood and get pictures. We're trying to help them think about advanced ways they can use the data, such as marrying it with 3-D mapping technology." Before any of the SBG stations launch a drone program, Rose goes out to configure the aircraft and to make sure pilots have the proper training, he said. They also schedule a com- munity outreach meeting to talk with police, firemen, EMS, local officials, air traffic control—basically anyone they might come in contact with while operating a drone—to show them the equipment and to determine the best way to communicate with them about f lights, which includes sharing cell phone numbers and making sure the assignment desk lets the public information officers know someone is on the way with a drone. Proper communication with emergency responders is also an important part of Virginia Tech's training, Burton said. One of their staff members is a medevac pilot, which helps give train- ees a unique perspective on potential problems drones can cause during emergencies, including keeping medevacs from landing. It's important for operators to know to give way to manned aircraft and to never impede emergency aircraft. A Focus on Safety For Agvent and the team at CNN, safety is not a goal—it's a re- quirement. They take risk management very seriously, Agvent said, which means requiring pilots to complete training that's beyond what's necessary to earn their Part 107 certification. CNN has worked closely with the FAA for the last few years • ITAR free • Small size, low weight, power and cost • Insensitive to magnetic fi elds • Low gyro bias instability (0.3°/h) • Low gyro noise (0.15°/√h) • Low accelerometer bias instability (0.05 mg) • Excellent performance under vibration and shock • Fully calibrated and customer confi gur able to the specifi c application • 3 inclinometers for accurate leveling • Weight 55 grams, volume <2cu.in, power 1.5 W STIM300 is fi eld proven in Military Land navigators, Missile systems, Target acquisition systems, Airborne surveillance, DIRCM, Remote Weapon Systems, Launch vehicles and Satellites. STIM300 is a tactical grade Inertial Measurement Unit, IMU, for demanding guidance and navigation applications. sales@sensonor.com • www.sensonor.com When size, performance and robustness matter 1:1 scale TACTICAL GRADE IMU

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