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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AIR NEWS REPORTING 28 unmanned systems inside   August/September 2017 through the Pathfinder program, helping lay the foundation for responsible, safe UAS op- erations for news coverage. CNN has about 10 trained pilots, two of which are full time and have their own pri- vate pilot's license, Agvent said. They know isn't a pilot f lying a drone and operating a cam- era at the same time. The pilot in command watches the drone and the visual observer keeps on eye on the video feed to make sure the shot is centered and looks as it should. Pilots also have the authority to say no to f lying if they don't deem it safe, without getting pres- sure from their manager or news director to f ly anyway. All SBG pilots receive training at Virginia Tech. Flying safely also means working with other news stations while on assignment, Rose said. "Competition goes out the window when it comes to safety," he said. "If we show up at a scene where a station from across town is f lying a drone, we talk to them to establish boundaries before we set up. We tell them what we intend to do. That's crucial to success- ful operations. We're all going to be f lying at the same places and at the same time." Other Challenges No matter where news organizations f ly, the teams have to make sure they do everything by the book, said Ed Middleton csc, videographer and UAV operator for Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC). That means following regulatory guidelines as well as guidelines put together by their organization. VALUE ADDED IMAGES ARE FINE BUT THE REAL DEAL IS HOW THEY CAN HELP JOURNALISTS DO THEIR WATCHDOG ROLL. IT'S GOING TO TAKE SOME EXPERIENCE AND CREATIVITY TO REALLY THINK ABOUT HOW THAT'S GOING TO WORK. THAT'S ALSO THE FUN PART OF THIS." " how to communicate with manned aircraft if it ever becomes necessary. They also perform an IRA, or an initial risk assessment, before every f light and ask if the pilot and the UAS have the ability to perform the mission safely. If the answer is no, they work to mitigate the risk or keep the aircraft grounded. "You have to hold yourself to a higher stan- dard," Agvent said. "That means committing to training, and maintenance and f light plan- ning and purchasing the best equipment." The nearly 30 SBG stations that deploy drones still require two person operations to help ensure safety, Rose said. That way, there Bill Allen, assistant professor of science journalism at the University of Missouri. The Poynter Institute, the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NPPA, the Google News Lab and DJI partnered to teach UAS courses to journalists this year. The three-day courses focused on drone law, ethics and also provided hands-on experience. Photos courtesy of Poynter Institute.

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