This week, Greg discusses the upcoming FAA recreational drone knowledge test, an update from the ULC tort law, the results of the AI vs DRL Pilot challenge, and Precision Hawk raising $32 million to build the next generation of drone software and services.
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Hobbyist Aeronautical Test Update
We talked about the FAA Hobbyist Aeronautical test a few weeks ago and this week the FAA released the name of the stakeholder who will advise the agency on how to administer the test.
The list includes Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, DJI, the Academy of Model Aeronautics, and the Drone Racing League.
The Test will be required for all hobbyists, including Remote Pilots. There is no indication on the cost of the test yet or the content.
ULC Tort Law update
Back in June, we published a series of videos explaining the ULC Tort Law.
The ULC was trying to propose uniform laws that states could use, regarding drone flights.
They initially were trying to restrict the first 200 feet of airspace.
Industry stakeholders convinced the ULC to drop the 200 ft law and a vote was expected in the summer of 2019.
At the last minute, property rights people (who were not involved in the drafting process) threw a wrench in the vote and the vote did not happen.
This week, after discussion between UAS Stakeholders and the Property Rights folks, the ULC decided to table the discussion until RemoteID becomes a thing.
AI vs DRL Pilot challenge
A few weeks ago, I reported on the AlphaPilot challenge, a DRL competition that saw teams create AI-powered drones who competes during various races.
The winning team, MAVLab, won $1m and competed against one of the best DRL Pilot, Gab707.
The DRL pilot won the competition, completing the lap 5 seconds faster than its AI counterpart.
Precision Hawk announced this week that they raised $32 million to build the next generation of drone software and services.
PrecisionHawk currently provides enterprise software solutions for the Agriculture and energy sectors.
They also run the Drone Pilot network droners.io which offers jobs to individual pilots, similar to DroneUp and DroneBase.