Drone News: New LAANC airport. Drone Security Camera. A new NPRM for Remote ID?

This week in drone news: the FAA adds 133 new airports to LAANC. Ring releases a new drone security camera that can fly in your house. AUVSI ask the FAA to “hold fast” on Remote ID (and a hidden Remote ID nugget?) and lastly a partnership between Skydio and Eagleview that could take away pilot jobs.

00:00 Introduction
00:44 FAA Adds 133 new airports to LAANC
01:44 Amazon releases drone security camera
03:15 AUVSI asks the FAA to “hold fast” with Remote ID (and a hidden nugget??)
08:10 Skydio Partners with EagleView

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27 Comments

  1. John Sanders on October 21, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Regarding the security drone, I think it may be like the echo devices in that you either distrust them so much you won’t have anything to do with them or you trust that they won’t spy on you. I don’t have any particular problem with the idea, but I doubt very seriously I’ll get one for the house. Maybe for the business office…oh wait, I don’t have a business office. lol

  2. Adam J on October 21, 2020 at 1:05 pm

    Hey Greg – I really appreciate these concise, relevant UAS news reports.  Keep it up!

  3. Robert Pawlusiak on October 21, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Good Idea for drone security here’s why ! $249 a steal ! now NO CAMERAS, NO WIRES, IN HOUSE, no camera in bathroom, or bedroom, the most private room of the house ! think of it Drone goes to area of breakin relays pictures immediately to sim & records to transmission point,or police gets facial recognition to the local Police, the drone has a better chance to get a good picture respond catch the crook, than a camera on the wall ! if crook destroys drone too bad drone transmits quicker than a wall camera, and gets a better shot !! think of it !
    R.P.

  4. ken Smith on October 21, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Great Videos Greg , love the weekly updates .. keep them coming ..

  5. LARRY D on October 21, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Nobody seems to fight for the hobbyist nobody wants to take a picture of the swamp .and if they do come out with a license for the hobbyist .there’s no sense getting it if you’re going to shoot the swamp just do what you have to do .nobody seems to care they going to fade hobbyist out.

  6. LARRY D on October 21, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    NPRN for new or update you say. We sent thousands of stories they didn’t listen to half of them. Just a formality they don’t really care

  7. Mike Kinney on October 21, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    It wouldn’t be friday, without your weekly drone news. Allways enjoy.

  8. David M on October 21, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Thank you Greg for keeping us updated!

  9. James Shaffer on October 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    👍

  10. Ja L Pa on October 21, 2020 at 1:19 pm

    How many Manned Aircraft fly at 400 feet or lower besides maybe Crop Dusters…? I like the idea of AUVSI and the Supplementary NPRM…! It could/would give us all a 2nd chance to get the FAA a new comment on Remote ID. Congress is playing a huge part in this although it’s not readily seen much…in any documents. The average Joe who flies a Drone has no class time education on FAA rules and in my opinion they don’t care. It’s like sending a New Automobile Driver out to Drive, without any Driver Training, Rules Of The Road type stuff. Last month here in my area which is mostly all Restricted Air Space due to a local Missile Range, an RV’er entered the Park and flew his drone over our entire Park and the one across the street at 7:30 AM. I found out later he didn’t get any permissions from anyone, not even the owners…..

  11. Sarasota Experience on October 21, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    Got information. Keep the videos coming!

  12. Mike B aka The Drone Ranger on October 21, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    First……….. and then some!

  13. Rick DuRee on October 21, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    I think AI is great for certain task but humans are still at the physical controls of many machines, it will take a while for the FAA to come up with a truly safe system that doesn’t involve a set of eyes on the UAS OR a couple of lawsuits to halt it. Delivery drone causing a serious accident on a major highway, it’s only a matter of time until that happens or something similar happens. Hopefully some of the flying will still need an actual flyer – keeping my hopes up at least.

  14. Jet Martin on October 21, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Regarding the Remote ID supplemental NPRM, the only way I could see the FAA making changes is if the drone community revolts and refuses to comply with Remote ID as it is currently spec’d. Of course our ability as drone pilots to not comply with the Remote ID standard will be limited because ALL pre-built drones (>250g) sold in the USA will be forced to include Remote ID technology within the next couple of years (and at that point you will not be allowed to take off if you aren’t in compliance because of the circuitry built into these Remote ID drones) thus making the only way to NOT to comply with Remote ID is to continue to fly our pre-Remote ID drones rather than the newer Remote ID compliant drones. And I’m certainly planning on doing that unless the following substantive changes are made to the Remote ID, namely:

    1) I do not want JohnQ public to know my exact flying location (If law enforcement needs to know because I’m doing something sketchy then fine).
    2) I’m not willing to pay fees simply to fly my drone…unless those fees go towards fixing all those potholes in the sky (dripping with sarcasm);
    3) I don’t want the government to be able to track my every flight and record every detail about my flights. I wouldn’t want that for my drones any more than I would want having the government track and record every trip that I make in my car or having a government issued GPS ankle bracelet so that they can track my every move in general…it’s just none of their business…And last I checked I don’t live in a totalitarian regime….at least not yet.

    I’m jussayin…..

  15. Daniel Woodward on October 21, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I appreciate that you keep up with all of this stuff and pass it on to us Greg. Thanks a bunch!

  16. Roy David Voeller on October 21, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    Hey there Greg! Thank you for ALL the great information u you provide. I grew up in Phoenix, played alot around Prescott, Wickenburg and so much more of the area. I’m in Utah now. I so very much want come down to meet you and thank you in person for all you do. You are my kinda guy and especially so in regard to UAS and aviation. Again, thank you and Kudos to you and your channel.

  17. Rob Hodges on October 21, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    I’ve done 16 Eagleview missions this year, most because of a specific microburst in the spring. Their pay structure is interesting as it’s the only one I’ve seen that uses competition between drone service providers. They keep raising the price until someone takes a job. I wait until their pay can reimburse me fully for travel and then take it (if it still exists). Base pay sounds low on first look, but works out to about $100 per flight hour with a little bit less for the ground pictures. The negative part is that it depends on random weather events and is definitely not steady work. I would have done 3 of their jobs this year so far, if not for the microburst (that wouldn’t come close to paying for the new equipment).

    A mission consists of about 60-80 pictures, with about half of those taken with a hand camera from the ground (camera phone fine, but GPS absolutely required). They take me about 35 to 50 minutes, depending on whether I have help from the homeowner (some like to watch and talk…lol).

    The biggest difficulty I have in completing these missions is one I bet most wouldn’t think of. I have to keep my eye on the drone (you are very, very close to rooftops) while walking around to keep visual line of sight, while also watching the ground each step for dog poop.

    I actually predict that their price structure will have to rise with this, because the drone service provider will be required to buy at least a $1.3K new specialty drone with special software they will probably provide (they currently have a required app which forces you to use a DJI product). They will also get 100% coverage of the roof, which is probably what they see as the benefit. Currently, it may or may not be 100%.

    I also see this as a boon to keeping my shoes free of dog poop.

    I’ve flown a lot of houses though, where the SKYDIO wouldn’t be able to complete the mission because of low lying branches from overhanging trees. From what I have seen, it would just stop. I can also see situations, like the one that I got into a few weeks ago with a Phantom, where the obstacle avoidance system trapped it between a roof and tree branches (I worked it out but a gust almost took it into the tree).

    I want to see it work at 7:30 in the morning in the winter on a very cloudy day (very low light) with overhanging branches, within 6 feet of the house (that was at least a third of the jobs this year). I’m not sure their current technology is up to it.

  18. Bill Bishop on October 21, 2020 at 1:42 pm

    Thank you for the information you provide each Friday

  19. Must Work Weekends on October 21, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Where is the land airport list?

  20. Samuel Johnson on October 21, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the update, all interested in what is going on !

  21. Bruce Farmer on October 21, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    Industry has long been counting on Automation, it’s happening whether anyone likes it or not.

  22. DK Drones on October 21, 2020 at 1:49 pm

    I believe that remote ID will ruin this hobby…

  23. Jet Martin on October 21, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    In think my cats would take out that Ring drone in a second…I wonder if you can set the minimum altitude for the flight of the security drone.

  24. Wolfpack 46 on October 21, 2020 at 1:51 pm

    In the age of Alexa and Hey Google and wifi and hackers, the mere possibility that a third party drone flying around my house might be taking digital imagery of everything inside my abode and sending it elsewhere is not appealing to me.

  25. Scott Georgeson on October 21, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    Thanks Greg

  26. Paul Wagner on October 21, 2020 at 1:57 pm

    Thanks for the information Greg, always look forward to your weekly updates.

  27. The Awful Poet on October 21, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    I’m sure when your not home and this tiny drone flying around ….The cat will a great time😁

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