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Successful test flight for the FT-100FH

FT SISTEMAS has successfully advanced in the Flight Testing campaign of its new design the FT-100FH Rotorcraft. The company is about to conclude the Visual-Line-of-Sight flight testing necessary to go further in the development, getting RBAC-E94 Beyond-Line-of-Sight flight authorization by ANAC, the Brazilian civil aviation authority.

“For a program of this complexity, the successful completion of this phase of the flight testing campaign is a testament to the expertise and teamwork of all involved,” said Nei Brasil, CEO of FT SISTEMAS.

FT-100FH unmanned rotorcraft design was unveiled last year by FT SISTEMAS. The company intends to request ANAC project approval for Beyond-Line-of-Sight operations respecting RBAC-E94 requirements, issued by the Brazilian aviation authority in May 2017. The current phase of flight testing is planned for maturity evaluation of basic FT-100FH designs, such as command and control, avionics, flight controls, power plant and power transmission systems. The envelope expansion of the rotorcraft will be held during the second half of 2018, aiming for a full project qualification and first deliveries for launch customers.

Composed of two main products, the FHs (Flettner Helicopter) unmanned rotorcraft are configured in intermeshing rotors, optimized for cargo loading. FT’s rotorcraft design has transport capacity, autonomy and endurance that respond to field situations requiring specific demands for greater versatility and capacity for long-range missions. The new product can be used to accomplish high-end homeland security and monitoring, utilities, cargo delivery, crop protection and communication relay applications. An alternate version of the rotorcraft will be available for applications that request Visual-Line-of-Sight operations only.

The FT-100FH is a UAV rotorcraft envisioned to enhance the way the applications will be deployed. Its operational versatility allied with its mission capabilities are key points in order to accomplish with specific market demands,” said Igor Drago, lead FT-100-FH Engineer.

About FT SISTEMAS FT SISTEMAS is a leader in light tactical UAVs, among which the aircraft model FT-100, recently used for homeland security operations in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and the new FT-200 FH, an unmanned helicopter that can reach over 100 kilometers with autonomy of over 10 hours of flight carrying up to 50kg of payload. Based in the technology hub of São José dos Campos (São Paulo), the company invests in UAV-based integrated intelligence systems. The company serves the Defense, Security, Infrastructure, Agribusiness and Environmental markets.

The company is part of the Aerospace Investment Fund portfolio, a Brazilian Corporate Venture fund controlled by the aircraft manufacturer Embraer. To find out more, please visit www.ftsistemas.com.br.

Flock’s Engineering Culture

At Flock we strive to provide the best possible service for our customers, by iterating our cutting edge technologies and processes. Being an engineer at Flock means embracing innovation, rigour, personal responsibility, and collaboration.

We lay out some of Flock’s core engineering values and processes. We are sharing these publicly because we are proud of them, and because we want to keep ourselves accountable (both internally and externally) as we grow.

We built these as a team, and they will continue to evolve; this document is therefore ‘live’ and will update periodically.

Mission Statement

To grow and retain a best-in-class Engineering Team.

Core Values

Lean Innovation

  • We value results over process
  • We know that if we do not build a Flock-killer, somebody else will
  • We ship frequently
  • We innovate in the best interests of the whole team, and actively seek out technologies and processes that will provide the greatest competitive advantage
  • We seek a holistic view of the ‘big picture’, and how our work affects the business as a whole
  • We use data to inform our intuition
  • We are not afraid of experiments, and we accept that, sometimes, they will fail
  • We ship MVPs before we ship products
  • We love to automate repetitive processes

Depth of Understanding

  • We value continuous learning and personal development; we enjoy learning new, better ways to achieve our results (and have built a framework of Engineering Development Initiatives to achieve this — see below)
  • We select what we learn with care, prioritising an understanding of underlying problems
  • We understand that Software Engineering is a mathematical discipline, and apply rigorous data-driven approaches to all aspects of delivery
  • We question everything
  • We always identify the Why, and do not seek Who to blame
  • We aim to learn and understand the entirety of our stack. All engineers will inevitably specialise, but will remain ‘T-shaped’ — possessing a deep knowledge of a particular area alongside a wide ability to work on all parts of our system

Open Communication

  • We listen well, and seek to understand before reacting
  • We strive to maintain a ‘bus factor’ of zero at all times, by communicating knowledge both internally and with the wider engineering community
  • We maintain calm poise in stressful situations, to draw out the clearest thinking
  • We provide candid, timely feedback to colleagues
  • We are concise and articulate in speech and writing
  • We appreciate that nobody knows everything, and we know when to ask for help
  • We share our progress (or lack of it) with our team members consistently, frequently and openly
  • We actively solicit and provide help and feedback, and are gracious towards both praise and criticism
  • We are an equal opportunity employer, and we actively encourage and embrace diversity in every sense: diversity of ideas, diversity of sexual orientation, gender, race, age, religion, neurodiversity, and more
  • We value and respect each other as individuals, and we enjoy spending time together

Ownership and Autonomy

  • We take charge of our work proactively and independently
  • We think strategically and can identify ‘scope creep’
  • We take pride in knowing when to ask for help, and understanding what meaningful context looks like

Quality

  • We actively practice the boy-scout rule, always leaving the system better than we found it
  • We identify and understand the impact of the corners we cut
  • We understand that our users come first, and strive to produce the highest quality experience for them
  • We are diligent, production-oriented, and we take great pride in the quality of our work
Due to office size constraints we are yet to install a ballpit

Workflow/Environment

General

Every project should have a Primary Responsible Person (PRP). Following discussion with the stakeholders (whether that’s a partner, a customer, or the CEO) the PRP is empowered to make decisions regarding technical choices, scope, and priorities which encompass all aspects of the project.

The PRP is also empowered to request more resources when needed. All code goes through collaborative code review. The person opening the Pull Request (as the PRP) is responsible for responding to (but not necessarily adopting) any and all suggestions and comments. The PRP is responsible for merging their own code and ensuring that production operation continues/rolls back as necessary.

Rigour

We understand that Software Engineering is, ultimately, an engineering discipline. We apply rigorous Type safety constraints and data validations. We do not shy away from advanced technologies or unorthodox decisions, such as discarding snapshot tests for React testing, not using an ORM, rigidly enforcing type constraints, running a ReasonML service in production, and utilising Postgres Check constraints, when they help us achieve our goals. We strive to use the best tool for the job, and aim to articulate our technical innovation with data.

Innovation

To encourage both innovation and constant self improvement, we have adopted a number of Engineering Development Initiatives at Flock.

Engineers are encouraged to contribute to Open Source software. All Open Source contributions go through our Tech Lead (Abe) to avoid the potential loss of sensitive IP. To encourage contributions, all projects open sourced by an engineer under the Flock brand are judged quarterly (the best contribution being rewarded with a prize). Engineers are encouraged to write blog posts under Flock’s Tech blog. Time is also provided at work to share our insights with the community. We run quarterly Hackathons, to empower team contributions and experimentation.

Speed

To minimise friction and allow rapid progress, we ship to production continuously. To facilitate this, we feature flag as a matter of course, and ensure that production is stable. We have state-of-the-art monitoring infrastructure, and all engineers will be on rotation to help ensure the stability of our systems. We understand that failure is an inevitable part of life and do not hesitate to revert bad changes. We share what went wrong, and take pride in learning from our mistakes to facilitate growth.

Teamwork

Pair-programming should be practiced frequently to solve issues when team members are blocked. We understand that we are writing code for others, and ensure that our code is comprehensible by our co-workers. We are all responsible for teaching the rest of our team and sharing as much of our knowledge as possible. We succeed or fail as a team. All successes are celebrated as if they are your own.

Join us

If the environment described here sounds like it’s just right for you, let us know. We’re on the hunt for London’s best and brightest engineers. Join us!

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Flock is a London-based, Government- and VC-backed ‘insurtech’ startup, pioneering the use of Big Data in drone insurance.

We are on a mission to make the world a safer, smarter place.We have built the world’s leading data-driven risk intelligence and insurance technology for the drone industry. Our first product is a a simple mobile app to quantify, mitigate and insure drone flight risks (in partnership with Allianz).

Flock recently closed a £2.25M Seed round led by Anthemis, alongside Silicon Valley’s Plug and Play. We are now expanding its London tech team to take on some of the biggest engineering challenges in insurance.

www.flockcover.com/ jobs.flockcover.com

BirdsiVideo Partners with Aviation Attorney Imogen Mann for U.K. Expansion

Aviation Expert Will Spearhead Marketing Program for Drone Services in U.K.

(Aug 15, 2018) INDIANAPOLIS. BirdsiVideo (www.birdsivideo.com) has signed a marketing agreement with Imogen Mann to grow the BirdsiVideo brand in the U.K. Ms. Mann is a British lawyer, former airline business development executive, licensed private pilot and agricultural expert with more than 20 years’ experience in U.K. market. The agreement covers business development activities intended to bring BirdsiVideo drone services to the U.K. and ultimately to the larger European market.

Drone laws vary significantly by country and the upcoming BREXIT will require expert legal and corporate guidance especially for American companies operating in the U.K. Ms. Mann’s legal and aviation credentials will make her a key asset in the BirdsiVideo expansion strategy.

BirdsiVideo has developed significant expertise in data collection, fleet management and marketing of drone services. Josh Kneifel, CEO of BirdsiVideo, commented: “People, process and applications are what differentiate us from our competitors who often focus on technology but neglect the customer relationship.”

To learn more about BirdsiVideo and international drone services please contact David Christophersen <[email protected]>

About BirdsiVideo

BirdsiVideo is a commercial drone services company specializing in data collection, inspection and fleet management for the energy, telecom, media, and real estate markets. Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Carmel, Indiana. BirdsiVideo operates a franchise network of 15 regional offices throughout the U.S. and an affiliate network of over 150 licensed drone pilots with international partners in Latin America and Europe.

DroneMatrix brings companies, governments and pilots a little closer together with the launch of their Drone-as-a-Service platform “DroaS”

Today, the Belgian drone and technology builder, DroneMatrix, launches its Drone-as-a-Service platform “DroaS” to the general public, laying the foundation stone for a new shared ecosystem. After years of experience in research and manufacture of drone devices, this DroaS platform is the glue that will connect companies and/or authorities with pilots and equipment.

The platform offers an online management environment where the flight applicant and operator can consult their drone flight, hardware, regulations, planning, certificates as well as the results of the flights. In full compliance with Belgian legislation, companies can now request 24/24 and 7/7 drone services with real-time image processing and integration.

Share a drone

DroaS has come to reduce the great restraint in the market against drone integration within the day-to-day operational business. Since most of the businesses only need a drone solution at specific times, there was a need for a platform such as DroaS. With DroaS, the investment for these companies is limited to the times where a solution is required.

CEO Frank Vanwelkenhuyzen calls the platform a logical and necessary step in the right direction to make drone integration more accessible and more democratic for every company.

“Every company can now request drone services via DroneMatrix’s online DroaS platform and view the results in real time or afterwards. It is pre-eminently the most efficient and cost-effective drone platform that companies can use to request drone services. Safe, progressive, cost effective, easy to use and robust, the platform takes a lot of worries away from companies that want to deploy drones. “ Frank Vanwelkenhuyzen, CEO DroneMatrix

In Belgium more than 60 independent pilots are now connected to DroaS and carry out both short and long-term assignments at various companies and government departments.

Not its first flight

With the DroaS platform, DroneMatrix has already been able to do some very nice realizations, together with DroneMatrix’s most advanced cabled drone “TYTHUS”. For example, the DroaS platform was used to make a thorough traffic analysis of a busy roundabout in collaboration with the Genk police.

In addition, the analyses and knowledge can be used to optimize traffic flows and to tackle bottlenecks. The DroaS platform was also used for the surveillance of Knokke Hippique in cooperation with the partner for surveillance and safety, Protection Unit.

And, in cooperation with Infrabel, the DroaS platform was used to distribute live aerial images during a disaster drill to the various command centres of the emergency services from which the crisis coordination took place.

https://www.dronematrix.eu

Air National Guard Drone Helps in Carr Fire

The California Air National Guard’s 195th Wing, stationed at Beale Air Force Base, has been assisting the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection agency (CAL FIRE) with aerial reconnaissance and surveillance to help combat the Carr fire in Redding, California, according to a Department of Defense press release.

“We’re able to provide real-time eyes in any area where the fire’s at,” explained Air Force Maj. and intelligence analyst manager Nicholas Edwards. “We can provide information to where CAL FIRE can direct resources. We give information to the decision makers in a timely manner.”

Within a week, wildfires have damages around 90,000 acres of land, destroyed over 500 homes and buildings, and killed a minimum of six people. For thousands of Redding residents, evacuation was imperative. CAL FIRE intelligence officer Capt. Robert DeCamp sees the California Guard’s contributions as a major relief, stating they’re “seriously helping us.”

For the full story, click here.

Tracking Shoreline Erosion

The aerial reconnaissance survey, organized and flown by faculty, staff and students from Embry-Riddle’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Science program, supports the Riverside Conservancy, a non-profit group dedicated to restoring and preserving living shorelines in southeast Volusia County.

“With a UAV, we can obtain an aerial perspective and create detailed imagery to determine where problems or inefficiencies may exist,” said John M. Robbins, Ph.D., associate professor and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) program coordinator at Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus. The UAS program provided volunteer support on this project. Robbins was joined on the survey by alumnus Shane Aldridge, UAS Simulation Lab manager, who is working on his master’s degree in Project Management from the Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus; Billy Rose, UAS Simulation & flight instructor and part-time student, and Senior Dallas Slovak, vice president of Embry-Riddle’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Technology student organization.

Slovak, who is working on his bachelor’s degree in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, said not only does this type of UAS work allow him and other students to gain real-world experience, but “it will provide data for a good cause.”

“I like to help the community this way because I can give someone the opportunity to have valuable data they may not otherwise be able to obtain,” Slovak said.

The images from the DJI Phantom 4 Pro drones will be compiled into a true scale, orthomosaic map of overlapping images that will assist the Riverside Conservancy with a baseline view of the water’s edge in the hopes of mitigating erosion in the future. Vegetation being planted will help to absorb pollution and provide habitat for fish species, according to Greg Wilson, Ph.D., chief science officer of the Riverside Conservancy.

The organization has been working alongside the City of Edgewater, the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at Barry University Law School and Volusia County to make the shorelines more resilient. This planting project is being led by Bethune-Cookman University through a federal grant.

“We will be able to track with Embry-Riddle’s footage how successful these replanting projects are in stopping and preventing erosion and flood surge and hopefully even pollution uptake,” said Kelli McGee, executive director of the Riverside Conservancy.

Samantha Bergeron, Parks & Recreation director for the City of Edgewater, added that Embry-Riddle’s drones are a “key part” to documenting how various plants will provide needed support to the shorelines and provide cleaner habitat.

This is the first of similar missions planned with the Riverside Conservancy for Embry-Riddle’s UAS students and professors. The projects, Robbins said, provide hands-on skills to students in the UAS program and helps them meet service learning requirements, which can include an internship or working with a community organization.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to work with a community-based organization and assist with projects that are incredibly important to the preservation of our natural resources,” Robbins added.

Industrial Washer Drones

North Carolina company Lucid is using drones to help clean commercial and residential buildings with the ability to clean 2000 square feet in 10 minutes. Founed by three Davidson College students, the company hopes to expand the market for their “drone-assisted exterior cleaning” service to the Triangle and perhaps Virginia.

“We’ve got the hardware so we can start cleaning larger buildings,” said Ashur, who pitched for Davidson’s baseball team until he opted to graduate early this year so he could focus on launching the new company, Lucid. Check out the video below for more details:

Building Washer Drones

North Carolina company Lucid is using drones to help clean commercial and residential buildings with the ability to clean 2000 square feet in 10 minutes. Founed by three Davidson College students, the company hopes to expand the market for their “drone-assisted exterior cleaning” service to the Triangle and perhaps Virginia.

“We’ve got the hardware so we can start cleaning larger buildings,” said Ashur, who pitched for Davidson’s baseball team until he opted to graduate early this year so he could focus on launching the new company, Lucid. Check out the video below for more details:

Altitude Angel – Introducing Flight Reporting in Mission Planner

Rupert Benbrook, Chief Evangelist at Altitude Angel

Altitude Angel are proud to support the open-source Mission Planner (a popular ground-station controller) and ArduPilot community. For over a year now, we have been providing our class-leading airspace and ground hazard data to Mission Planner users so that they can make better informed and safer decisions about where to fly their drones.

What is a Flight Report?

A Flight Report is a voluntary declaration by a drone pilot to share information about where and when they are flying their drone in real-time, which in turn is then shared with other airspace users, contributing to reduced overall risk in the airspace. Critically, using the Altitude Angel developer platform, flight reports are shared without revealing any personally identifiable information, enabling the drone operator to optionally include other information they do wish to share.

Flight Reporting is already incorporated into many of our partners’ apps via our APIs. This means that tens of thousands of drone pilots use flight reporting daily.

In the future, we will also provide the opportunity for commercial pilots to digitally request access to airspace that requires authorization, such as in the US under LAANC, this would mean Mission Planner users will be among the first in the world to be able to fly in more areas with full authorisation embedded within the application, without a lengthy delay generating paperwork, or the need to use other apps as is currently the case.

How to use Flight Reporting in Mission Planner

We’ve done our best to integrate with the familiar flight planning experience already offered by Mission Planner. The basic idea is that a flight report is automatically generated whenever the connected drone is armed. There’s nothing to fill-out, it’s handled for drone pilots according to their defaults. Then, when the drone is disarmed, we’ll automatically mark the flight report as completed. It’s that simple!

The only requirement is for an active internet connection. We’ve observed many users simply connect their laptop, tablet or flight control station to their mobile hotspot. Drone pilots can of course continue to plan their flights in advance using Drone Safety Map, via our APIs, or through any of our partner’s apps.

In action

Here we have Mission Planner configured with a simple and very small flight plan:

When we execute this flight plan, as soon as the drone is armed, a flight report is created and submitted to Altitude Angel, and you can see this reflected in the Mission Planner flight data map:

You can even check it out in Drone Safety Map. There’s no delay; as soon as you arm your drone the report will appear online and across our network. This also means that other Mission Planner users will also see your nearby drone flight as will thousands of other drone operators around the world, using any of our partner applications! You can even request access to the flight report data feed to include into your own apps, too.

Flight Reports: in detail

For drones that arm with no flight plan programmed then the flight area will be centred on the current location of the drone (as determined via Mission Planner) and a radius of 500 meters will be set, which is an accepted radius for VLOS (visual line-of-sight) flights. When flight plan waypoints have been programmed into Mission Planner, the flight area will be a bounding circular radius of all the flight plan waypoints with a minimum radius of 500 metres, or if the radius is larger than 500 metres, the largest radius to encompass all the waypoints with a buffer of 50 meters. By default, the flight reports we submit for you are named “MissionPlanner Flight”, set to non-commercial, and last for a default duration of 60 minutes. These default parameters can be changed through settings, which are accessed by right-clicking the Flight Data map and selecting Altitude Angel Settings:

As always, we take the privacy and security of our users and their data very seriously, so in common with all the Altitude Angel features in Mission Planner, all data sharing is opt-in, and all data is held in strict compliance with GDPR and our privacy policy. It’s also worth remembering that each flight report only shares anonymised information, too.

If a drone operator decides not to opt-in to Altitude Angel features, they won’t be asked to sign-in and data will never be sent to us. If you do opt-in, the flight reporting feature will automatically be enabled.

Users do, of course, have the ability to disable automatic flight reporting in Settings.

We hope to share some more exciting news soon, so check back regularly for upcoming announcements. We’re always interested to here from the drone community, so if you have any comments or feedback on this new feature, or requests for future features, then please feel free to reach out to us on Twitter (@altitudeangel)!

We will continue to contribute to the Mission Planner community to increase awareness and improve safety.

The Current State of CUAS in the US: Stadiums – Open Air for Pandemonium

Everyone enjoys a good ball game and there is no better way to experience this than to watch the action at a stadium live with 80k other like-minded fans rooting for the same team. When at a stadium have you ever asked yourself, what would happen if everyone wanted to leave at the same time? Not like the game has ended same time, but more like there is a bomb on the field and it is going to go off at any moment kind of leaving? This should stir an emotion of panic with you the reader thinking about 40-80k fans trying to evacuate at the same time, what would happen? Some points I have thought about were fans trying to leave much like people escaping Manhattan on 9/11. It would be everyone for themselves, mass exodus using the closest exit and fleeing the area dropping items, friends and families being separated with general confusion and pandemonium.

Once the building or stadium is evacuated the next thing to worry about is all that traffic trying to leave, those same drunken rogue drone pilots are now in the parking lot in 4×4’s eye balling the tree line looking for an escape. Disorderly evacuation techniques from those in a panic and not thinking clearly would make for disastrous results precisely what a terrorist would want to gain from a shameful attack. Any large crowd gathering event in our country could also be compared to a recent terrorist attack we had like that of Las Vegas. Some people have stated that we must not give terrorists ideas, I believe this sometimes is an over inflated subject and that our notion that terrorists are uneducated lunatics running around in black pajamas is something the media wants us to believe. The fact is that conscripts (someone enlisting compulsorily, typically into the armed services) are no different than an average American other than they have now been radicalized. The American recruited terrorists were born and grew up in America, they can use the internet and are recruited as propaganda pieces for their accessory skills such as computers, leadership and communication. The notion that they aren’t smart enough to figure out basic stuff is illusionary.

We need to prepare for another round of attacks, the headlines last week were dominated by the attack in Venezuela by drone. Even if the plans by terrorist never materialize it is better to be safe than sorry. When it comes to using CUAS equipment to prevent a terrorist attack asset owners have proven just how unequipped they are to deal with the problems. Not only are the laws preventing the protection of civilians, but the equipment is not technologically advanced enough to be where it should to safely protect our assets and civilians. There needs to be a serious discussion of the lack of knowledge in the industry and the different types of drone security equipment when it comes to CUAS. These discussions should be noted as “sensitive,” however the types of threats that we can observe in an unclassified setting on the internet, should not be labeled as “sensitive” or that discussing this is giving the opposition ideas, we are pass that point the attack on Venezuela changed everything in that regard. The only variables that change now is the location, the vehicle type and payload. This is the only way we will be aware and educated enough to catch those who intend to bring harm before these terrible acts can be carried out. If you see something say something is hard to execute if you don’t know what you are looking for. Drone attacks will become as common place as shootings in the years to come, because of their effectiveness and the distance the operator can be from the scene of the attack. The names, dates and targets will become less important and how to stop them will become more upfront.

The current problems for stadium owners now are not from terrorist activity, although some classified reports might state otherwise, what we hear and see as problems now are the (maybe intoxicated) rogue drone pilots looking for thrills or becoming a YouTube cowboy trying to gain followers. This group is a huge liability problem for asset owners, they could run into an expensive billboard which would cost a lot to repair, they could drop into the crowd and hurt someone on the ground invoking a lawsuit or they could easily distract the players changing the outcome of a game. Any of these scenarios will cost millions of dollars and it should be noted that the price of lobbying to change the legislation is far less expensive than a lawsuit incurred from a wrongful death or fancy equipment replacement costs. Since the pilot probably last minute planned the flight they could easily be prevented with some basic electronic mitigation equipment preventing in some cases the pilot from even taking off.

Jamming equipment does not, however, have a place to be used in a civilian setting. They might be ok to use in other countries or on the battlefield, but here in the US the FCC has stated their mission is to run clean channels of communication with no impedance or disruption. Jamming equipment is just that a disruption to the clean channel of communication between devices such as existing computer routers, garage door openers and other equipment riding on the most popular bands 2.4 and 5.8 MHz. Companies who are selling these types of devices do not want to hear statements like the previous one, they want to sell their equipment and tell the client that they will take out drones, yes and they will also take out a host of other equipment for this reason jamming equipment will never be accepted as a civilian solution and asset owners should take note and not get duped into purchasing this equipment.

Electronic mitigation equipment such as protocol mixing or RC targeted frequency manipulation counter drone equipment is the best solution so far, it can target a specific drone, take control and safely send it home or land it nearby to confiscate. Some manufacturers have built-in options to target the location of the operator which would lead asset owner’s facility security directly to the violator our “drunken rogue drone pilot” who might also a fan but creating a problem. It is not illegal to use detection equipment to target a drone and find the operator, contrary to what I have even heard people say. Drone detection (a signal) is no different technically speaking from looking for a wifi hotspot. Every drone has a specific RC signature or signal ID that distinguishes it from other drones. Using an RC signal “sniffer” is not illegal so why would someone think that looking for an RC signal that happens to becoming from a drone (small computer or phone like device) is any different? Just like a computer has a mac address and a router a wifi name which both are not illegal to look up. Asset owners could use the equipment currently to find the pilot then send their security team to confront the operator. Once the security has engaged the pilot they have a few options, they could harass them for trespassing if they do not have a ticket or for being a nuisance (no drone zone) and ban them from the property with a no trespass. Usually a warning goes a long way with someone who is a fan and wants to continue to attend games, this is a technique available now and will greatly protect asset owners from rogue pilots. If someone can prove to me how this is a different interpretation then please contact the CUAS Coalition and present your research, data and knowledge. I am no attorney and this is not legal advice, but comparable facts, so anyone who can prove otherwise builds our case on just how messed up the current situation is with CUAS equipment usage. There are many who claim expertise in counter terrorism, drone use and intelligence agencies, but when the problems begin you will need to ask yourselves if you choose the respective leader when protecting your million and billion dollar assets? Just because someone has experience in the military, do they know off the shelf drones? Just because someone knows drones, do they understand counter terrorism? And someone can even understand drones and counter terrorism, but do they understand civil defense, the laws and how to work with multiple agencies providing contacts to bring in government expertise to protect yourself from a lawsuit? These are all questions a security company and asset owner in charge of protecting their property should ask themselves before the floodgates to Open Air Pandemonium begins.

Rob Thompson

Co-Founder | CUAS Coalition

SME for U.S. Department of Homeland Security – CIPAC UAS Security Working Group

Website: www.cuascoalition.org

Email: [email protected]

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/robthompsonpilot/

sUAS News: https://www.suasnews.com/author/rob-thompson