Drone News: Recreational Drone Aeronautical Test, ULC Tort Law update, AI vs DRL Pilot challenge

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.

AlphaPilot Challenge: Winning Team’s AI is Slower than DRL Pilot… For Now

Precision Hawk
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.


  1. T1M3 Dred on March 16, 2021 at 12:21 am

    If I buy mavic air 2 and register it for recreational purpose all I have to do is pay $5 or what?

  2. T1M3 Dred on March 16, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Is the test out ?

  3. Chris Decker on March 16, 2021 at 12:38 am

    As always, great content. Thanks for keeping the UAS community informed of the rapidly changing drone world!

  4. Clint Eastwood on March 16, 2021 at 12:42 am

    will it cost to take the test? how many ? will it have? what is in the test? this will determain if i have to pay to take the test or retake it… im done… if i have to pay every few years to do it im done.. if the cost to register a drone is more than 5 bucks every 3 years im done.. this is becoming redicilouse the faa stepped over its bounds and obama saw that and stopped them trump screwed us over and vetoed that because why hes all for business and the faa can use this new law to make millions of free money

  5. victor Soto on March 16, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Is the test out? Where can i take it?

  6. AnchorDownBoat on March 16, 2021 at 12:46 am

    The test isn’t out yet. correct me if I’m wrong?

  7. Aar On Coasters on March 16, 2021 at 12:48 am

    I have done much research but I can’t find the actual test anywhere. Is it out yet?

  8. Tim Delaney on March 16, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Hi unrelated to today’s video. Is it possible for a Part 107 pilot to get permission to fly in US National Parks? Also, I’d like to update you on efforts to stimulate film production in Prescott!

  9. Robb Smith on March 16, 2021 at 12:55 am
  10. Johnny J on March 16, 2021 at 12:56 am

    Greg you have it correct in the description under the video but in the video you indicated the human beat the AI drone by 5 minutes. I had previously read the article on the AI and DRL race so I knew it was 5 seconds. You may want to go back and put a correction label in the video on this.

  11. TingJay on March 16, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Do they have the test for hobbyiest available already? Or Can I still fly if i only register my drone?

  12. Travelocation Films on March 16, 2021 at 1:06 am

    My question is about the FAA hobbyist test. Would you happen to know if the exam will be an online examination that could be taken through the FAA site? Or a test that requires the individual to travel to the airport for the exam?
    I’m already registered on the (IACRA) site from my previous Part107 examination. Would hate to have to go back to the airport to test again. Sure it’ll be an inconvenience for a lot of people as they’ll likely be way more hobbyist than PT107 pilots.

    Thanks for any information.

  13. Clint Eastwood on March 16, 2021 at 1:10 am

    first you people that ruined it for the rest of us thanks for that…. im talking to you trappy and you fpv pilots that fly far out and disreguard and dont care about things.. thanks for that…. thank god for the mavic mini i dont have to put up with this… who wants a phantom pro 3 good price 500 plus shipping 2 batts controller brand new… contact me

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