uAvionix UTM Broadcast (UTM-B) and ADS-B for Safer Skies Near Airports at Operation Zenith

On November 21, 2018 – something special is happening in the UK in the realm of UTM and ATM integration. Operation Zenith, headlined by the UK’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) NATS and the premier global Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) System provider, Altitude Angel, Zenith will showcase a view of the future of air traffic management. uAvionix is a proud partner in Zenith, together demonstrating how by using the right technology it’s possible to safely integrate unmanned traffic into controlled airspace and open up the skies to commercial airspace worldwide.

Hosted by Manchester Airport, Zenith will consist of a number of manned and unmanned aircraft operations conducted both on and off the airport – integrated with a series of UTM and ATM technologies. Over the course of the day, 8 scenarios will play out while commercial operations are conducted as normal at the airport – including:

The greatest thing about this demonstration is the full integration of a number of technologies to integrate the airspace. Of course, ADS-B is one of those technologies. While several of the participants (both manned and unmanned aircraft) will be equipped with uAvionix ADS-B devices – namely Ping1090i for the drones and SkyEcho 2 for the manned aircraft – what we are really excited about is something we are calling UTM-Broadcast (UTM-B).

uAvionix’s UTM-B is a derivative of one of the ADS-B services we have in the U.S. called Traffic Information Service-Broadcast (TIS-B). The TIS-B service intelligently broadcasts the aircraft positions of non-ADS-B equipped aircraft to nearby aircraft that have ADS-B receivers. The source of the non-ADS-B aircraft position is the FAA’s Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR) network. This allows aircraft with ADS-B receivers to visualize non-equipped aircraft on their moving map displays – either directly in their avionics displays or on mobile devices running Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) apps. See the FAA’s graphic below for a description of the TIS-B service.

UTM-B works in a very similar way – except that non-cooperative (from an ADS-B perspective) drone positions are derived from a number of sources:

These positions are then intelligently broadcast from a ground station as ADS-B “TIS-B” targets, making them visible to nearby manned aircraft. See below for the depiction of how we are accomplishing this for Operation Zenith.

Now – if you’ve been following the topic of ADS-B and drones, you know that spectrum is always an important topic. I’ve described the broadcasts above as “intelligent” because the UTM-B system only broadcasts a drone target if there is a safety situation that requires the manned aircraft to be aware of the UAS. This is an incredibly efficient use of spectrum, and it reduces potential clutter on cockpit and ATC displays as compared to ADS-B equipped drones.

uAvionix’s ongoing UAT in the UK project is what enables this important demonstration. As a quick recap – uAvionix operates a network of UAT ADS-B broadcast ground stations in the UK which provide subscription-free live ADS-B weather to GA pilots with compatible receivers and displays. Most of our ground stations are south and west of London, but we’ve stood up a new site at Manchester Airport in support of Operation Zenith.

Zenith is the first such demonstration and implementation of UTM-B worldwide. We’ll be improving and expanding upon the concept as we learn more, so stay tuned!

Moonrock Insurance partners with Flyability to offer insurance for Elios drone pilots

Drone insurance specialist Moonrock Insurance has announced an exclusive partnership with Swiss Drone manufacturer Flyability. The partnership will allow all commercial pilots flying Elios drones – Flyability’s drone designed for the inspection and exploration of the most inaccessible places – to obtain a tailor-made insurance product for their drone through Moonrock Insurance.

Elios drones are built to work in inaccessible areas where people cannot go and are increasingly in demand in a range of industries from oil and gas, to power generation and mining. The drones can fly in complex, cluttered or indoor spaces, where drone use was previously too dangerous or simply impossible.

Commenting on the new scheme, Simon Ritterband, Managing Director for Moonrock Insurance, says: “The ability of Elios drones to fly in previously inaccessible places is an exciting development for the commercial use of drones. We are very pleased to partner with Flyability to offer commercial pilots using Elios drones an exclusive insurance product at very competitive rates.

“As a drone insurer, we recognise the additional training and support pilots receive from Flyability which gives us greater confidence when it comes to assessing pilot competency and allows us to reduce the premium we would normally charge.”

Flyability’s Junio V.Palomba, Manager for Inspection Companies at Flyability, adds: “Giving peace of mind to our clients is an absolute priority for us at Flyability. Providing highly specialised and competent training is already a key part of our offering. This partnership with Moonrock Insurance and Hiscox allows us to give an extra-layer of protection to our users, without breaking the bank.”

Flyability has closed its Series B round of funding after raising £8.5m.

https://www.moonrockinsurance.com/

See The Drone That Flaps Its Wings Like An Insect

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The vast majority of drones are quadcopters – aircraft that use four rapid propellers, oriented parallel to the ground, to maintain altitude and move through the air. It’s such a common design that many people think that the term “quadcopter” and the term “drone” are interchangeable, even though “drone” simply refers to any unmanned aerial vehicle and may include octocopters, helicopters, and fixed-wing drones.

Now, it also includes this:

This ridiculous-looking vehicle is the DelFly Nimble. Its design, based on the high-speed escape movements of the common fruit fly, involves two 14-centimeter wings that flap 17 times per second. And while it may look silly, the science behind the design is actually very smart, and may be the first step towards more efficient UAV technology.

Biomimetics is the school of thought that believes technology should be created to imitate natural functions and processes. This can be done for a variety of reasons, two of which apply to the Nimble.

First: creating a drone that flies like an insect helps us better understand the mechanisms that allow insects to fly. The Nimble’s four wings are operated by a pair of motors that mimic the complex flapping patterns of winged insects. The left and right wing pairs flap independently, and when flown by a pro they can allow the drone to perform 360-degree flips, loops, and the ever-popular barrel roll.

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As DelFly’s head designer, Matej Karasek, explains: “One thing we cannot do with real insects is to look into their brains while they’re flying…We can observe what they’re doing, how they move their wings, but we don’t really know why they are doing that. And this is something we can do with our robots.” Biologists at the Netherlands’ Wageningen University, led by Professor Florian Muijres, are using the vehicle to simulate and study the wing motion patterns, aerodynamics, sensory systems, and neuro-motor systems of insects.

However, the other rationale for biomimetic design is that it can often improve efficiency. The premise: evolution has had millions and millions of years to perfect the fruit fly, discarding biological designs that didn’t work in favor of the eventual four-wing, two-pair control scheme. It’s reasonable to assume that this process means the design provides efficiencies that can’t be found in a traditional quadcopter.

Early results are quite promising. The touching and parting of wings (known as “clap-and-fling”) significantly increased lift production, meaning that the drone can get higher with less power. In its current state, the 29 gram, 33 centimeter wingspan drone can fly for more than 5 minutes on a fully-charged battery with a range of more than 1 kilometer. It can reach top speeds of about 25 kilometers per hour (~15.5 mph) and could carry an additional payload of up to 4 grams, which is enough for a small camera or sensor.

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DeFly says that the drone is ready for real-world applications and tasks and suggested monitoring warehouse stock as one possible use. They’ve also said that their future goals are to improve the efficiency of the drone and to eventually create a Nimble-like aircraft that’s the size of an actual insect (which would be the smallest aerial vehicle ever built.)

There’s no denying that this is a seriously cool piece of drone technology, and who knows – maybe it will lead to some fantastic future innovations in the consumer drone market. But for now, we’re a bit skeptical of the idea that the Nimble is really “ready for real-world applications.” That five-minute battery life combined with the difficulty of having to learn an all-new control scheme is going to scare away a lot of DeFly’s potential customers.

But what do you think, readers? Is this the future of drones or simply a novelty item? Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Mike is an online entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist who also loves flying drones. He has owned and managed Dronethusiast since 2015 and enjoys writing reviews and analyzing different topics in the fast moving Drone technology space. Along with the editorial team at Dronethusiast Mike spends hundreds of hours each year analyzing and studying different drones and their tech specs to help consumers find the best products for their needs. Contact Mike by using the Dronethusiast.com Contact page or reach out at mike@dronethusiast.com.

Drone Video Shows Progress On The Dubai Expo 2020 Site

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Dubai is a hub of business, a popular tourist destination, and the largest city in the United Arab Emirates. But especially here in the States, it’s best known for one thing in particular: massive construction projects. Whether it’s the largest building in the world or the man-made Palm Jumeirah archipelago, these large-scale and seemingly impossible endeavors are the most visible indicators of everything that makes Dubai the most technologically innovative city in the world.

Five years ago, Dubai won the bid to host the 2020 World Expo, an international exposition that will showcase the economic, social, and technological innovations of over 170 nations, including the US, UK, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Chile, and Nigeria (as well as, of course, the hosting UAE.) Expo 2020 will begin in October of the titular year and will end in April 2021. It’s expected to draw more than 25 million visitors from around the world to the city.

That means yet another massive construction project that’s set to begin this year, following the finalization of a $84,600,000 contract to Arabtec Construction. And as preparations begin, the organisers of the Expo have released some striking new drone footage showing construction on the three sites involved:

Dubai has long been a city that has embraced UAV technology – indeed, it remains one of the few regions to have a proper drone charging infrastructure that could allow for deliveries and (the city hopes) the first unmanned flying taxi. And since construction is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the drone market, it makes sense that the blueprints for the structures would be visualized not as 2D designs on paper, but overlaid over aerial footage of the sites themselves.

By the way, what you’re looking at in the video are the three large pavilions which will host the expo, spread out over 4.38 square kilometers of space. Each one is based on a sub-theme – Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability – which tie into the Expo’s overall theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”

Why are we reporting on this here at Dronethusiast? Well, for one thing, we’re suckers for beautiful drone footage whenever and wherever we come across it. But more significantly, this is going to be one of the highest-profile construction projects ever undertaken in one of the highest-profile cities on the entire planet, which also happens to be one of the most drone-friendly.

If they choose to integrate UAVs into every aspect of the construction, just like they have here with the blueprints, it could work wonders to start changing the minds of the many, many people in the Western world who are still skeptical about drone technology. It could show other countries the necessity of embracing unmanned aerial vehicles and constructing the kind of large-scale drone infrastructure that Dubai has already implemented, which (as we’ve written about in past newsletters) is the next necessary step for major innovations in drone technology.

Or, maybe we’re completely off-base, and the pretty video is just a pretty video. What do you think? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

Mike is an online entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist who also loves flying drones. He has owned and managed Dronethusiast since 2015 and enjoys writing reviews and analyzing different topics in the fast moving Drone technology space. Along with the editorial team at Dronethusiast Mike spends hundreds of hours each year analyzing and studying different drones and their tech specs to help consumers find the best products for their needs. Contact Mike by using the Dronethusiast.com Contact page or reach out at mike@dronethusiast.com.

UK DJI Phantom flier fine forfeit first

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The National Police Air Service (NPAS) and CAA in the East of England have successfully prosecuted a case against a drone user flying BVLOS.

Sergej Miaun flew his DJI Phantom 4 more than half a mile to go and have a look at a Police helicopter searching for a missing person. He flew directly underneath the Police helicopter. At first, the helicopter crew thought the drone might be being operated by the fire service but quickly realised that was not the case.

They broke off their search and followed the drone to watch the 37-year-old landing in his back garden. Officers on the ground were made aware of the location of the landed drone.

It is alleged that Miaun told the first officers on scene that he did not own a drone but a police sergeant arrived, arrested him and on searching the property the Phantom was found hidden in a loft space above the bathroom.

Here’s the official take-

The National Police Air Service (NPAS) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) welcome the successful prosecution of a drone user who was found guilty in Peterborough Magistrates Court. The case sends a clear message to drone users that unsafe flying is totally unacceptable and that if you break the laws covering drone flying you could go to prison for up to five years.

Sergej Miaun was found guilty on two charges, fined £184 with £280 court costs and forced to forfeit his drone.

The incident happened when a police helicopter was on a mission to help locate a missing person. While taking part in the search and rescue operation the helicopter crew saw the drone pass underneath them and recorded the incident on the helicopter’s camera. The drone was seen to land in a garden by the helicopter crew who guided police on the ground to the property.

James Cunningham, Head of Aviation Safety for the National Police Air Service (NPAS) said:

“We welcome the prosecution as it provides absolute clarity that flying a drone in this way is unacceptable and dangerous. This is the first case of conflict between one of our helicopters and a small unmanned aircraft. Not only did it put our crew in danger, but it also disrupted our search for a vulnerable missing person.

“Police air support is a vital tool available to police forces of England and Wales. Flying at average speeds of 138mph, searching for missing people or suspects by air is twenty times faster than other options and saves local police valuable time when it matters.”

Jonathan Nicholson, CAA Assistant Director said: “Flying a drone like this is totally unacceptable. Anyone operating a drone must do so responsibly and follow the rules and regulations which are designed to keep all airspace users safe. The CAA’s Dronecode provides advice on how to fly your drone safely and follow the rules. you can see it at www.dronesafe.uk

“Drones have an amazing future that we all want to help achieve. But if we are to successfully make that happen then we need all drone users to fly safely now.”

The UK drone laws state that it is against the law to fly a drone above 400ft or within 1km of an airfield boundary. If your drone recklessly or negligently endangers an aircraft it is a criminal offence and you could go to prison for up to five years.

Sergej Miaun was found guilty under these two charges:

Fail to maintain direct, unaided visual contact with small unmanned aircraft. Contrary to articles 94(3) and 265(6) of the Air Navigation Order 2016

Fly small unmanned aircraft when not reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made. Contrary to articles 94(2) and 265(6) of the Air Navigation Order 2016

From 30 November 2019, operators of drones between 250g and 20kg will be required to register and drone pilots take an online competency test. This will improve accountability of drone use and ensure the UK’s skies are safer from irresponsible flyers.

The Best Drones for Black Friday 2018 – Drone Deals

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Black Friday November 23, 2018 Drone Deals!

With November 23rd coming up fairly quickly, we’ve decided to put together a ranking of the top Black Friday drones for 2018.

You don’t even have to go out and purchase one of these drones. In fact, you can do so right here, as there will be links at the end of each section, which makes sure that you don’t have to go through those nightmare lines when Black Friday does finally come.

If you’ve waited until Black Friday to get the drone you’ve been keeping your eye on, we still suggest that you take a look at some of the other drones that we have listed out below further down for you.

These drones are already on sale for Early Black Friday, some may have their prices go lower but if you just want to get your shopping done you’re going to get a good deal from these drone brands right now because so many of them are doing sales way ahead of Black Friday!

Top Black Friday Drones 2018

#1 Pro Drone for Black Friday – The Outlaw

Normally priced at $330, knocked down to $279.80 for all of November, shop now, don’t wait for Black Friday!

Click here to See it On Amazon! or you can get fast and free shipping from the manufacturer’s website at AltairAerial.com.

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There are certainly drones with more features than the Outlaw, but none that you can get for less than 300 dollars. If you’re looking for a professional-grade experience at the cheapest possible price, you’re certainly in the right place.

This drone has a high definition 1080p camera built into the drone itself, and you can take pictures and video using the transmitter that comes right out of the box (although you’ll probably still want to install the smartphone app to stream FPV video so you can line up the perfect shot.) But the real strength here are the GPS features: the drone will automatically keep itself stable in the air, and can return to a home position with the touch of a button.

If you’re a beginner, the Outlaw drone practically flies itself. And if you’re a more advanced flier, you’ll love the 1000 meter flight range, long flight time, and infinite calibration options. Any pilot of any skill level can take great pictures with the Outlaw, and this is a deal you can’t afford to miss out on.

Read our full review of the Outlaw Drone here.

Listed below are the specs:

  • Built-in 1080p photo and video camera
  • Features GPS Height Hold
  • Total flight time of between 18 to 20 minutes
  • Maximum flight range of between 800 to 1000 meters
  • Uses brushless motors
  • Return-to-home functionality
  • Advanced flight modes as well as GPS-assisted stabilization mode

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#1 Mid-Range Drone for Black Friday – Tomahawk Drone

Normally priced $249, knocked down to $199.80 for all of November, shop now, don’t wait for Black Friday!

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or you can get fast & Free shipping from their website at AltairAerial.com.

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Not all professional drones are priced to drain your wallet, especially the Tomahawk by Altair Aerial, which is currently priced at around a mere $200. Though it may look like something only an expert can handle, it has simple controls that are extremely easy for both kids and adults to understand, whether you have experience with drones or not.

This drone is a great Black Friday buy. Not only is it a new release from a fantastic company, but it’s also discounted for the day at less than $200!

To prove that further, it doesn’t use extensive or complicated features, just a more powerful version of Altitude Hold as well as 3D flips and rolls – nothing too flashy or difficult to wrap your head around. The camera, however, is definitely something extraordinary.

This drone is a great gift for adults and kids 12+. If you’re looking for something for younger kids just keep scrolling down and you’ll see the next drone the AA108 is an excellent choice.

Read our full review of Tomahawk here.

Listed below are the specs:

  • Comes with the C5000 720p HD WiFi camera and camera mount for GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6
  • Features Altitude Hold and 3D flips and rolls
  • Total flight time of between 15 to 17 minutes
  • Maximum flight range of between 300 to 500 meters
  • Uses brushless motors and high landing gears
  • Comes with extra propellers
  • Weighs 1.08 pounds

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Altair AA108 Quadcopter

Normally priced 159.80, knocked down to $129.80, shop now, don’t wait for Black Friday

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or you can get fast and free shipping from their website AltairAerial.com.

For those who want a complete arsenal in a quadcopter for a budget price, this one is definitely for you. You can get it for around $130 and is a perfect Black Friday buy, with a normal price tag of $159.00, especially if you’re looking for a drone for your kids.

This drone in particular is ranked high on all the top drone lists of drones for kids and if you’re looking for a great gift go no further!

This company, Altair, is one of our top recommended brands because they provide such a high level of customer service before and after the sale. You can’t go wrong with Altair Inc a company out of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Read our full review of the AA108 here.

Listed below are the specs:

  • Includes 120-degree wide-angle 720p HD camera with real time FPV that can be controlled from your smartphone
  • Features Headless Mode, Altitude Hold, 1-Button Takeoff, 1-Button Landing, Custom Route Modes, Out of Range Alarm, Emergency Landing, Low Battery Alarm, and more
  • Able to be flown as a racing drone
  • Uses a 6-axis gyro stabilization system
  • Able to be used with a VR headset
  • Total flight time of up to 10 minutes
  • Has a transmission range of up to 100 meters or 300 feet
  • Includes 3 different flight skill levels, perfect for everyone’s level range
  • Weighs 1.7 pounds with a total size of 7.2”x7.7”x1.7”

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UDI 818 Plus Drone

Normally priced 199.80, knocked down to $159.80, shop now, don’t wait for Black Friday

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or you can get fast and free shipping from their website here.

For around $159 you’re getting a drone that feels like it should cost closer to $250. It’s great for skill levels of all different ranges, has a lot of interesting specs, and is an all around great drone for the masses on Black Friday 2018.

The amazing thing is that this drone has 15 Minutes of flight time on a single battery compared to most other drones with 8-10 minutes of flight time.

You’re also getting the amazing Altair Inc brand customer service, this company knows how to take care of their customers and they’re based in the USA. That’s why we recommend these drones to everyone we talk to!

Read our full review of the 818 Hornet here.

Listed below are the specs:

  • Has a 120-degree wide-angle lens with 720p HD resolution that downloads pictures and videos instantly to the 4 GB included SD card
  • Uses rubber-damping camera tech for smooth footage and photos
  • Features Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, Low Battery Alarm, Out of Range Alarm, 3 different speed modes, 1-Key Takeoff, and 1-Key Landing
  • Total flight time of up to 15 minutes
  • Includes 2 extra motors and an extra battery
  • Uses a 1000mAh LiPo battery
  • Weighs 2.8 pounds with a total size of 14.9”x14.3”x5.2”

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Blackhawk Drone

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Normally priced 189.99, knocked down to $119.80.



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or you can get fast and free shipping from their website here.

The Blackhawk is an intermediate-level drone that’s being sold at the incredibly low price of only $120 during the month of November, 2018. It comes with a flight range of 300 meters, a battery life of up to 15 minutes, and an action camera mount that allows you to attach a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 (or similarly-sized off-brand action cam.) This allows GoPro owners to take great photos or video without having to worry about the aircraft flying out of range or dying in midair.

And if you’re more interested in flying than in taking pictures, this drone controls very well and moves shockingly fast. Those brushless motors provide a lot of power, and at the highest speed setting this could be considered a low-budget racing drone.

Plus, you’re getting the Altair Aerial guarantee of durability and customer service with this product, so if you’re still getting used to quadcopter piloting you won’t have to worry too much about crashes or breakage.

Read our full review of the Blackhawk Drone here.

Listed below are the specs:

  • Comes with an action camera mount compatible with GoPro Hero 3 or 4 (or any other camera of the same approximate size.)
  • Features powerful and quiet brushless motors and responsive controls.
  • Uses 2 different flight skill levels – Beginner and Advanced
  • Has a flight range of up to 300 meters
  • Total flight time of up to 15 minutes
  • Uses a physical controller (no smartphone features available)
  • Has a 6-axis gyro for stability

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DJI Mavic Air

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DJI is probably the best drone company in the world and without question the biggest. All of their aircraft are known for their innovative high-tech features that blow away the competition, as well as being relatively easy to use and a lot of fun to fly.

The highlight of DJI’s Black Friday sale this year is definitely the 2018 Mavic Air, a foldable drone with a built-in 4K Ultra HD camera. This lightweight and portable drone has the very best obstacle avoidance sensors on the market (the same kind used in the brand-new Mavic 2) and takes outstanding videos and photos.

It’s a hundred dollars cheaper than usual during the Black Friday sale, so don’t miss out on owning this great portable drone for yourself!

Read our full review of the Mavic Air here.

Listed below are the specs:

  1. Has a built-in camera that takes 4K Ultra HD resolution video and 12 Megapixel still images
  2. Has a dozen different camera modes, allowing expert photographers to set up the perfect shot
  3. Features an intelligent flight battery and the most advanced obstacle avoidance system ever created
  4. Total flight time of up to 20 minutes
  5. Uses a 2375 mAh LiPo battery
  6. Weighs only 430 grams and folds up for maximum portability

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Parrot Anafi

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The Parrot Anafi is yet another brand-new 2018 drone that’s going on sale for Black Friday. It’s dropping from a retail price of $699 to only $549 for the drone itself, with a similarly reduced price for the Extended accessory package (which we highly recommend, since Parrot always makes top-tier first-party accessories.)

This drone is quite similar to the Mavic Air and was, until the release of the Mavic 2 (which will not be part of the Black Friday sale) the best flying camera available. With unmatched HDR features, a better camera, and a reduced price, the Anafi is a great drone for anyone who wants to take beautiful aerial photos and videos, even if they don’t have a ton of experience flying drones.

Read our full review of the Parrot Anafi here.

Listed below are the specs:

  1. Has a built-in camera with 2.8x lossless zoom that takes 4K HDR video and 21 Megapixel still images
  2. Has several advanced GPS/GLONASS features including Return-To-Home, a built-in drone tracker, a Geofence safety perimeter feature, and Follow Me flight mode.
  3. Total flight time of up to 25 minutes
  4. Total range of 2.5 miles (less than the Outlaw, but more than most drones)
  5. Weighs 11.3 ounces and comes with a portable carrying case right out of the box

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FAQ on Black Friday Drones

If you do not see your question listed below in our FAQ section, get in touch with us and we’ll gladly give you an answer to it!

Why should I buy a drone on Black Friday

Everyone knows that Black Friday has the best deals around the nation, so why not choose this day to pick up the drone you’ve always wanted? Even with some of the deals that Black Friday brings, some drones still aren’t at the lowest price you’ll want it to be at.

Although, further down, you will notice we have a number of awesome drones listed. If you keep a close eye on the prices close to and on Black Friday, you’ll definitely notice a significant decrease in price.

All of the drones we have listed are already under $150 at this time of writing, so imagine the price change around and on Black Friday.

What features should I look for in a budget drone?

If you’re here, you’re no doubt looking for a bargain when it comes to drones for Black Friday 2018. If so, then there are a number of things you’re going to want to look at besides the features and specs of a bargain drone.

For starters, the price is the number one factor here. Wait until the night before or on the day of Black Friday, but make sure you’ve already got a budget drone in mind. Some have their price slashed completely in half, or at least by 25%, so make sure you already have one in mind and ready to buy before they’re gone.

Next, the features you’re going to want should be fairly simple. They generally tend to be Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, One Button Takeoff, One Button Landing, Low Voltage Alarm, and more.

Those features are generally your best bet on finding a budget drone that is both stable and reliable in more ways than one.

Will I have to register my Black Friday drone?

Whether or not you have to register the drone you plan on purchasing when Black Friday 2018 hits will depend on a number of rules, regulations, and laws that have been put into place by the Federal Aviation Administration, or the FAA.

The federal law requires all drone users to register their drones if it weighs more than .55 pounds and less than 55 pounds, but only if their drones are not exclusively flying under the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.

To learn more information on these regulations that the FAA have put into effect for some time now, you can do so by clicking here.

This Year’s Top Drones for Black Friday 2018

Why not look into one of these drones for a gift for the whole family this year on Black Friday? You can clearly see they’re inexpensive, offer a lot of fun, and have some surprising features and specs under their belts.

Mike is an online entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist who also loves flying drones. He has owned and managed Dronethusiast since 2015 and enjoys writing reviews and analyzing different topics in the fast moving Drone technology space. Along with the editorial team at Dronethusiast Mike spends hundreds of hours each year analyzing and studying different drones and their tech specs to help consumers find the best products for their needs. Contact Mike by using the Dronethusiast.com Contact page or reach out at mike@dronethusiast.com.

Cyber Monday Drone Deals For 2018

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Cyber Monday November 26th, 2018 Drone Deals

Cyber Monday is coming up incredibly fast this year, it would seem. This year, Cyber Monday drone deals are taking place on November 26th, so we thought we’d give you full access to the best Cyber Monday 2018 drone deals of this year!

The top 2 drones on this years Cyber Monday list are from a company that is out of Lincoln, Nebraska. They are a breath of fresh air when it comes to drone sales in the USA because they are actually FROM The USA. Their customer service is fantastic and you can expect them to reply to any question you have, quickly and courteously. They also provide some great after sale support, stand by their products and have a page full of brief video tutorials to help you resolve any issues you have fast!

If you’re new to buying drones we recommend you go with an Altair Aerial drone because of their commitment to helping you before and after the sale of your drone.

The Two drones in this table are both from Altair and they are both on sale Cyber Monday, you can check out the best prices by clicking through the link.

The AA108 is smaller but has a great camera and FPV function, it costs $30 less than the AA818, it also has a slightly smaller range. You can see the 818 has longer flight time and range, but like we mentioned it’s going to cost you more. We recommend both of these drones and by choosing either one you’re not going to go wrong.

Additionally if you have a much higher budget, we always recommend going with a professional drone from DJI, we have included some details about the DJI Spark in our article today and if you have a $500.00 budget, you should go for it!

Cyber Monday Drone Deals!

Best Cyber Monday Drone – The Outlaw

Normally $329.80 / Marked Down for Cyber Monday: $279.80

Get the sales price with free shipping at AltairAerial.com

The Outlaw is the perfect drone for first-time fliers and advanced pilots alike. For less than $300, you can pick up a drone with impressively high-quality GPS features that allow the drone to stabilize itself in midair and return to a “home” point with the touch of a button.

This makes it easy to fly, but also means that advanced pilots can easily line up the perfect shot with the built-in 1080p camera. Adding to the Outlaw’s ability to take graet pictures and video is a shocking range of up to 3 miles and nearly 20 minutes of battery life (although only one battery is included, so you may want to take advantage of the sale and pick up a few extras.)

This drone only came out last month, and it’s rare for a brand new drone to see a $50 price discount. But as you can see in our full review of the Outlaw, this is a great drone and you should absolutely take advantage of this Cyber Monday deal while you can.

Listed below are the features and the specs:

drones cyber monday altair outlaw specs

  1. Has a premium 1080p High Definition camera that supports real-time video feeds in FPV and a 120-degree, wide-angle lens for photos and videos
  2. Features GPS Height Hold, Headless Mode, 1-Button Takeoff, 1-Button Landing, GPS Automatic Stabilization, Out of Range Alarm, Low Battery Alarm, and more
  3. Has a flight range of up to 3 miles
  4. Total flight time of up to 18 minutes (one battery included)
  5. Uses advanced remote control technology with a physical controller, no smartphone required for flight control
  6. Can return to a “home” point with the touch of a button thanks to innovative GPS technology.
  7. Has a maximum video transmission range of up to 1.5 miles, when using FPV
  8. Has LED lights on the bottom that help with flight direction if you’re out of Headless Mode
  9. Able to fly indoors and can withstand a crash without breaking or spiraling out

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Best Mid-Range Cyber Monday Drone – Tomahawk Drone

Normally $249.99 / Marked Down for Cyber Monday: $199.80

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best cyber monday drone tomahawk

The Tomahawk is the newest addition to Altair Aerial’s superior fleet of drones and this month it’ll only cost you around $200 to get your hands on one. It’s the perfect Cyber Monday drone for the price and everything you can do with it.

The Tomahawk uses the impressive C5000 720p HD WiFi camera and comes with an action camera mount that is fully compatible with a number of action cameras, including the GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6. It also includes quiet, brushless motors, impressive high landing gear, and much more to discover.

Even though it looks to be a highly technical, extensive drone, it’s very easy to get the hang of it, making it a perfect Cyber Monday 2018 drone for the beginner or expert drone user in your life.

Listed below are the features and specs:

best cyber monday drones tomahawk drone specs

  • Features Altitude Hold and 3D flips and rolls
  • Uses the C5000 720p HD WiFi onboard camera
  • Comes with a GoPro Hero 5 and Hero 6-compatible camera
  • Has a flight range of between 300 to 500 meters
  • Total flight time of between 15 to 17 minutes

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Best Budget Cyber Monday Drone – Altair AA108

Normally $159.80 / Marked Down for Cyber Monday: $129.80

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We recommend both the Altair AA108 and the AA818 (See next drone) interchangeably on this page, you’re gonna love either one. If you have a bit higher of a budget we recommend the 818 with it’s higher flight range and time, or if you need to spend less, the AA108 is fantastic as well.

This cyber Monday you can get the Altair AA108 priced around $130.00. It’s very easy to fly, has a ton of useful features, and boasts a heck of a lot of impressing specs.

A great company, we recommend the Altair Aerial drones in various places at Dronethusiast because they provide great products and great customer service from their home base in Nebraska. This drone is made specifically with beginners and children in mind, the 3 flight skill levels are amazing when it comes to learning to fly fast, and headless mode makes it super simple to pick it up and start flying right away!

Listed below are the features and the specs:

drones cyber monday altair aa108 specs

  1. Has a premium 720p HD camera that supports real-time video feeds in FPV and a 120-degree, wide-angle lens for photos and videos
  2. Features Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, 1-Button Takeoff, 1-Button Landing, Custom Route Modes, Out of Range Alarm, Low Battery Alarm, Emergency Landing, and more
  3. Uses 3 different flight skill levels – Beginner, Mid Level, and Advanced
  4. Has a flight range of up to 100 meters or 300 feet
  5. Total flight time of up to 10 minutes that is doubled with the second included LiPo battery for free
  6. Uses advanced remote control technology with a physical controller, no smartphone required for flight control
  7. Able to use with VR goggles, thanks to Virtual Reality Mode that is perfect for the more adventurous flier
  8. Has a maximum video transmission range of up between 40 to 50 meters, or 120 to 150 feet, when using FPV
  9. Has LED lights on the bottom that help with flight direction if you’re out of Headless Mode
  10. Able to fly indoors and can withstand a crash without breaking or spiraling out

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Best Recreational Camera Drone – UDI AA818 Plus Drone

Normally $189 / Marked Down for Cyber Monday: $159

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The AA818 Plus by Altair at $159, down from $189 normally is another fantastic drone from Altair Inc, the difference you get when buying the AA818 plus is that it flies for 15 minutes on a single battery. This drone comes with 2 batteries and has 150 meter range, it’s really great for kids and beginners, it’s stable and easy to fly!

Listed below are the features and the specs:

drones cyber monday altair aa818 plus specs

  1. Uses a 720p rubber-damping camera with real-time video at a 120-degree wide angle and FPV capabilities
  2. Features Altitude Hold, Headless Mode, 1-Button Takeoff, 1-Button Landing, Custom Route Modes, Out of Range Alarm, Emergency Landing, and Low Battery Alarm
  3. Has a total flight time of up to 15 minutes
  4. Includes 3 different flight skill levels – beginner, mid-level, and advanced

The Altair Blackhawk

Normally $189.99 / Marked Down for Cyber Monday: $119.80

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Altair’s Blackhawk is not their best drone, but it is one of their cheapeast (especially during the Cyber Monday sale) and it will give you a good value for your dollar. For only about a hundred bucks you’re getting most of the Tomahawk’s feature set, including the 300 meter range and a flight time of about 15 minutes.

What you won’t get is a camera, but the Blackhawk does come with an action camera mount that is compatible with any GoPro Hero. I’ve flown this drone with a GoPro Hero 4 many times and it always performs beautifully, so amateur photographers who already own a GoPro (or who decide to pick one up in the Cyber Monday sale) will still get a lot of value here – arguably more than they’d get with an inferior built-in camera.

So if you’re looking for something a bit more advanced to get you or your child for the holidays, or just want a great budget long-range drone, the Blackhawk is an excellent choice!

Listed below are the features and the specs:

drones cyber monday altair blackhawk specs

  1. Comes with an action camera mount compatible with GoPro Hero 3 or 4 (or any other camera of the same approximate size.)
  2. Features powerful and quiet brushless motors and responsive controls.
  3. Uses 2 different flight skill levels – Beginner and Advanced
  4. Has a flight range of up to 500 meters or over 1500 feet
  5. Total flight time of up to 15 minutes
  6. Uses a physical controller (no smartphone features available)
  7. Has a 6-axis gyro for stability
  8. Has LED lights on the bottom that help with flight direction if you’re out of Headless Mode
  9. Comes with many extra parts and is highly durable even without them, so crashes won’t be a problem.

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The DJI Mavic Air

DJI is the biggest drone company in the world, and all of their products have a reputation for superior quality and world-class innovation. Sadly, their Cyber Monday drone deals are looking a little sparse this year, with the company focusing more on accessories and clearing out old inventory in the wake of the enormously popular Mavic 2 (which does not appear to be going on sale at all.)

Fortunately, there are a couple really great deals, one of which is the DJI Mavic Air. This drone came out earlier this year and quickly established itself as one of the best portable drones around – not quite as good as the Mavic 2 or the Mavic Pro, but still an excellent aircraft in its own right. For only $699 at the sales price (a 100 dollar discount) you’re getting a 4K camera, the best obstacle avoidance in the business, and many other high-tech features.

You can also purchase the “Fly More” combo, for only $879.50 at the sales price (usually $999.00). This bundle comes with a controller and all the accessories you could possibly want. Click the button below for more details.

Listed below are the features and the specs:

drones cyber monday mavic air deal

  1. Comes with a built-in 4K Ultra HD camera
  2. Folds up for compact storage and portability
  3. Weighs only 430g
  4. Uses highly advanced obstacle avoidance features
  5. Has a flight range of up to 10 kilometers
  6. Total flight time of up to 20 minutes
  7. Has a 6-axis gyro for stability

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The Parrot Anafi Drone

Though perhaps controversial, it is the opinion of the Dronethusiast reviews team (as expressed in our written article here) that the Parrot Anafi is a superior drone to the Mavic Air. And as of Black Friday, it’s cheaper too – by about 150 dollars at a price of only $549 USD.

This drone will give you a better camera than the Air (for still images or video), has better GPS and GLOSNASS features for stabilization and shot composition, and even has a hands-free “Follow Me” flight mode that lets you use the drone for aerial photography even if you’ve never picked up a controller. It had a few bugs at launch, but now that those have been patched this is one of the finest flying cameras on the market, and it’s sgoing on sale despite being less than a year old!

You can also purchase the “Extended” combo for only $749 at the sales price. This bundle comes with several first-party accessories for the Anafi, including a high-quality carrying case. It’s certainly worth considering if you have some extra cash, especially given Parrot’s reputation for excellent peripherals. Click the button below for more details.

Listed below are the features and the specs:

parrot anafi cyber monday sale

  1. Comes with a built-in 4K HDR camera that takes 21 Megapixel still images
  2. Comes with a case for portability
  3. Weighs 11.3 ounces
  4. Has several advanced GPS/GLONASS features
  5. Has a flight range of up to 2.5 miles
  6. Total flight time of up to 25 minutes
  7. Has a 3-axis gyro for stability

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Mike is an online entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist who also loves flying drones. He has owned and managed Dronethusiast since 2015 and enjoys writing reviews and analyzing different topics in the fast moving Drone technology space. Along with the editorial team at Dronethusiast Mike spends hundreds of hours each year analyzing and studying different drones and their tech specs to help consumers find the best products for their needs. Contact Mike by using the Dronethusiast.com Contact page or reach out at mike@dronethusiast.com.

Urban Air Mobility Summit – The Aviary Project Launch

The Aviary Project Launch Event is bringing together all stakeholders of eVTOL technologies to accelerate the adoption of flying taxis which will alleviate urban problems such as congestion, air pollution, and excessive commuting.

With professionals from vehicle design corporates & startups, airspace integration companies, regulatory landscape, consultancies, and government agencies attending, the event brings together the greatest minds in this space to make urban aviation a reality.

The goal of the event is two-fold: 1) to discuss the requirements of eVTOL operations in London and the UK and 2) engage with the public to raise awareness of aerial mobility.

If you are interested to be a professional contributor to the event as a speaker, sponsor, or a partner, please get in touch with us at [email protected]

Verity Studios mesmerizing micro drone performance wows at The Dubai Mall’s 10 Year Celebrations

Verity Studios, the global leader in indoor drone technology, has brought a display of dancing drones to The Dubai Mall’s 10 Year Celebrations. Titled Talisman, the show is running daily until 28th November, with 44 autonomous Lucie® micro drones flying

together to form clusters of light, flying strobes and even fireworks in the Star Atrium, in a

beautifully-choreographed performance, accompanied by video, lasers and film.

Raffaello D’Andrea, founder and CEO of Verity Studios, explains:

“The Dubai Mall show is a beautiful display of moving art – and we have created a performance worthy of the 10th anniversary. It’s been fantastic to work alongside Lune Rouge Entertainment, the new company created by Guy Laliberté, founder of Cirque du Soleil, and help the team there deliver their first-ever show in the Middle East.

“Verity Studios is constantly looking to push the boundaries of drone technology as a creative medium and Talisman is a compelling example of what can be achieved by incorporating drone technology with other, more traditional effects. We’ll continue to pioneer industry-changing developments for the live events market.”

The light show utilizes a swarm of Verity Studio’s unique Lucie® micro drones. Weighing just 50g, they are fitted with high intensity, pre-programmable RGBW lights and can be safely flown above the heads of artists and audiences in virtually any indoor environment.

The Lucie micro drones fly their pre-programmed choreographies autonomously, meaning a single operator can launch any number of drones. Enabling the micro drones to locate themselves in space and perform their choreographies is Verity’s proprietary indoor positioning system. As part of this system, Kedge™ localization units accurately define the boundaries of the flight space and act as satellites in what is effectively an indoor GPS.

The system can be integrated with stage architecture and offers clients ultimate flexibility, with no need for carpets, cameras or line of sight. The turnkey system means sophisticated shows can be operated directly by client staff.

About Verity Studios

Verity Studios is the global leader in indoor drone systems and a leading provider of drone failsafe technology. The company has extensive experience in the creation of spectacular shows for commercial applications, providing unique performances for one-off occasions, commercial events and live shows. Verity drones have been used by some of the world’s biggest entertainment providers, including Cirque du Soleil and Madison Square Garden, and have performed on stage as part of global tours for major artists including Drake and Metallica.

Verity’s clients have completed more than 40,000 autonomous flights safely above people,

across more than 20 countries worldwide. The Zurich-based private company was spun off from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich) in 2014. Its founder Raffaello D’Andrea has more than 20 years of experience in the creation of flying machines and autonomous robots. He also was a co-founder of Boston-based Kiva Systems, which was acquired by Amazon in 2012 and is now operating as Amazon Robotics.

https://veritystudios.com/

RAS Security Group introduces private sector firms to Counter Drone (C-UAS) technology

RAS Security Group joins leading counter drone tech vendor from Tel Aviv, Israel at one of California’s iconic stadiums to demonstrate next-gen drone detection and take down tech.
Hermosa Beach, Calif. (October 23, 2018) – RAS Security Group and several of their clients joined a leading counter-drone technology vendor at one of California’s most recognizable sports stadiums. The live demonstration successfully showed the newest counter-drone detection and mitigation technologies that can be rapidly deployed to large public venues, airports, and other critical infrastructure sites.
Ryan Schonfeld, Founder & CEO of RAS Security Group explains why he is introducing this specific drone technology to his clients, “We are committed to maintaining a forward-thinking approach to the evolving threat landscape and the solutions to help mitigate them. Recognizing drones as an emerging threat to our customers, the RAS team spent months vetting the many entrants in the CUAS field and presenting this option to our customers. For this stadium and other large public venue clients, the ability to detect and mitigate a threat is exactly the solution they need to implement”

Using a proprietary technology, a team of drone technical experts was able to intercept potential drone threats with a 100 % success rate. This technology sets itself apart from competitors by taking control away from offending pilots and either returning the drone to its launch point or landing them quickly and safely in a predesignated area. A team of drone pilots conducting offensive manoeuvres presented a variety of security scenarios including one in which an authorized drone remained unaffected while offending drones

were marshalled to a secure location. The final scenario was a recreation of an incident at a major US sporting event. The particular scenario involved an incoming swarm of four drones which were then electronically intercepted and redirected within seconds. In every case, offending drones were safely landed in a predesignated secure zone.

For more information on how drone detection and mitigation can support your business please contact RAS Security Group visit

www.rassecuritygroup.com

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Learn how they provide sporting venues, theme parks, airports, entertainment studios, hotels, casinos and technology startups with modern, technologically sound approaches to physical airspace security. To hear Ryan Schonfeld and Senior Aviation Analyst Jeff Parisse discuss the latest trends and observations in security and the counter drone industry, listen to the sUAS News PodCast (10/25/18) at

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/suasnews/2018/10/25/drone-security-evolution