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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23 unmanned systems inside August/September 2017 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. Covering car accidents, mapping out a crime scene, f lying over building demolitions, taking images of new construction and documenting damage from storms and natural disasters are among the many examples of how newsrooms use drones to give their viewers more context (See Telling the Story page 24). "That perspective has the power to open your mind to how big something is," Waite said of the benefit for the audience. "It doesn't have to be a world-changing disaster. It's just the ability to put an image in front of somebody that gives them the sense of how big it is. That can really change their perception of the story." Because these f lights take planning and re- quire authorization if the UAS needs to f ly in restricted airspace, covering breaking news can be challenging, said Greg Agvent, senior director, CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting for CNN Worldwide. CNN's drone program, CNN Air, which marked its first year in August, has f lown more than 100 unique UAS missions and has logged almost 200 f light hours. Most of the footage captured during these f lights is used for enhanced storytell- ing, with only about 20 percent of the f lights deployed for newsgathering. The footage is used by both Turner and its parent company Time Warner. Some journalists opt to use their UAS as a second camera, said Todd Ofenbeck, a photojournalist and UAV Pilot in Command for Waterman Broadcasting's NBC-2 in Fort Myer, Florida. While Ofenbeck deploys his drone a few times a week to capture those aerial shots, another authorized pilot for his company f lies his for just about every story, as long as he isn't in restricted airspace. He uses the Mavic from DJI, a small drone that is easy to transport and to deploy for panning shots. Once he's done, he simply folds it up, puts it back in his pocket and moves on to the next story. CNN's Anderson Cooper on location with a drone. DRONES OFFER FLEXIBILITY CNN Air's fi rst drone operation came a year ago when UAS were sent to cover fl ooding in Louisiana, said Greg Agvent, senior director, CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting for CNN Worldwide. They were able to dispatch three teams equipped with drones to different locations, which provided greater context and helped viewers to really understand the extent of the fl ooding.

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