Flying your Drone at Night Legally – The Lighting

Flying your drone at night is allowed but has some unique requirements including the lighting. In this part 1 video I’ll cover the lighting requirements and review the Anti-collision strobe that I use from Lume Cube. This should work on most including the Mavic, Mini, Air 2, Autel, Phantom, etc. I plan on publishing a couple more videos for night flying with your drone that cover more specifics on the night time requirements (including 107 “DayLight Operation Waiver” that I recently was approved for, Part 2) and Part 3 some tips and tricks for nighttime photography, which should be fun! As always I’ll continue to share the nuances as I find them but be sure to comment as well, I learn a lot from you too! Good Flying!

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Lume Cube Strobe: https://amzn.to/2FmZHxt
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Part 1 Video: (Night Flying Lighting – This Video)
Part 2: Night Flight Rules and Waivers Video: https://youtu.be/n4ElejZaC2g
Part 3: How to Get Your Own Night Drone Photographs, Videos and Light Painting: https://youtu.be/yFvMiWt_1cM

P.S. A Sincere Thank You for stopping by Alien Drones!

Quick Links:
0:00 Start
0:42 Intro-Part1
1:55 Lighting, the Rules
3:51 Lume Cube Strobe Review
7:35 Closing Thoughts

== My Equipment ==

MAVIC PRO ACCESSORIES:
-Platinum Low Noise Propellers: (Direct from DJI): https://click.dji.com/AHC2a2iR3mWF0hemB_I7?pm=link
-64G Extreme SD Card: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2JNk3Bi
-Landing Gear Extenders: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2Wwnn9D
-Polar Pro Polarized ND Set: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2YWWzNu
-Drone Foldable Landing Pad: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/30YqkPF
-Gimbal Clamp/Cover combo: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2Qz1mBT

REMOTE CONTROLLER PARTS:
-Magnetic Charging Cable: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2xFp9qQ (Ebay) https://ebay.to/2sGGYXs
-Remote Rt Angle Cable (Type C): https://amzn.to/2XNhJAj (Ebay) https://ebay.to/34yrX8e
-Remote Rt Angle Combo Pack (Type C, tablet and phone): https://amzn.to/34NaCcB
-Remote Rt Angle Cable (Lightning): https://amzn.to/2RTjYOy (Ebay) https://ebay.to/34yrX8e
-Remote Rt Angle Cable (Micro): https://amzn.to/33ye9cx (Ebay) https://ebay.to/34yrX8e

—TABLET Rt Angle cable (Type C): (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2oJ7Hkp
—TABLET Rt Angle cable (Lightning): https://amzn.to/37Rv6BV
—TABLET Rt Angle cable (Micro): https://amzn.to/2XVGHLY

-Skyreat Tablet Holder: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2mkJEHq

DRONES:
-DJI Mavic Air 2: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/3foyUx6
-DJI Mavic Pro 2 (DJI Direct): https://click.dji.com/APKJhyAx9tBmVBYvR9ggBg?pm=link (Amazon): https://amzn.to/30mUu0E
-DJI Mavic Mini (DJI Direct): https://click.dji.com/AIWCCqLLlEnHmOxN3nns_A?pm=link (Amazon): https://amzn.to/3fjnVFr
-DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Pkg: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2OSqNOe (Ebay) https://ebay.to/2OW6kbj
-Drocon DC-08 Drone: https://amzn.to/2Ryoxhm-Drocon DC-08 Drone: https://amzn.to/2Ryoxhm

CAMERAS AND BLOGGING EQUIPMENT:
-Pixel MK-7 Wireless Mic: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2Wfe9zl (Ebay) https://ebay.to/34xyZdx
-Sony A6400: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2EIt7mC
-Camera Tripod (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2rCQdr8
-MOZA Mini-S Gimbal: (Amazon) https://amzn.to/2ns0g0E (Ebay) https://ebay.to/2r0QKmT
-Extension Tubes for Macro Photography (Amazon): https://amzn.to/2FRtRcN

POST PROCESSING SOFTWARE:
Luminar 4 and Aurora Software: https://macphun.evyy.net/JNqrr
Luminar Ai: https://skylum.evyy.net/c/2091539/880106/3255

Music:
Jeff II – Wait For Me
Link to the song: https://youtu.be/YuBBSQI2XDQ
Link to the song: https://youtu.be/RbQ7vrhgOWo

Any material included herein for illustration or example creates new value and complies with industry fair use best practices.

#lumecube, #nightflight, #strobe, #faa

21 Comments

  1. nope nope nope on December 19, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    JoAnns fabrics has plenty of Velcro I use the heavy duty Velcro

  2. William Dixon on December 19, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    ☺😊😀😁👥

  3. Otto Ernst on December 19, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    So does the mini 2 count for flights short distances away because you have the lighting on the front and back?

  4. RicardoMo on December 19, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Nothing better than learning how to use my drone from one of my favorite actors Liam Neeson! Jokes aside, this was super helpful! 🙌🏽

  5. Jet Martin on December 19, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    So no waiver required for the Hobbyist to fly at night but a par107 pilot needs one? Hmmm? That seems backwards but hey good for me.

  6. P.R. Mathews on December 19, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    I M H O……. putting the Lume Cube on the bottom of the UAV will be better visible from the ground

  7. Timothy Thompson on December 19, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Well designed presentation! I look forward to the next part. The daylight waiver seems to be the hardest to understand correct way to successfully obtain night time flying permission. Thanks for covering this subject.

  8. IansWorld on December 19, 2020 at 10:36 pm

    Very disheartening and sad to see how strict the laws are on flying a drone now did not know it was so bad, recently got a mavic air 2 was hoping to get some cinematic shots and practice my editing but guess I’ll just throw it in my closet to collect dust now😕😓

  9. Alien Drones on December 19, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    Can’t wait for the next vid! Whole different animal flying at night, a bit unnerving for sure!
    Quick Links:
    0:00 Start
    0:42 Intro-Part1
    1:55 Lighting, the Rules
    3:51 Lume Cube Strobe Review
    7:35 Closing Thoughts

  10. Todd Bloomingdale on December 19, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    excellent video Keith. Looking forward to the rest of the series and hearing about the procedures for both 107 and hobby flyers.

  11. SOUTHERN LIFE on December 19, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Hey i dont usually do drone videos (anymore) but check out what happened to me in my last upload! 😐

  12. 4 Wing View on December 19, 2020 at 10:44 pm

    I’m going to agree with Todd. Excellent subject that needs to be talked about. I too Looking forward to next videos.

  13. Michael Pettett on December 19, 2020 at 10:47 pm

    Night flying could be good in the large sporting fields that are completely empty…
    Another good informative video.
    Cheers mike from Sydney

  14. William Dixon on December 19, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    William 8 🔚😢😢🔚

  15. DroneLord on December 19, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    The problem with the use of red and green lighting on drones as required by the FAA is THEY ARE DESIGNED IN THE WRONG ORIENTATION! Drones typically have two red lights in the front for orientation and green in the back for gps signal and battery level status. At first, this was fine for the typical hobby user but now they are used in not only “content creation” but industry and public safety. If you look at manned aircraft and scaled model RC aircraft, red is on the left side and green is on the right side. That is the general aviation standard. The orientation of drones is actually off by 90 degrees when observed by other pilots! I don’t understand why this doesn’t get pointed out more often or addressed in more videos and information threads, particularly when in relation to night flying. I also don’t understand why DJI and other manufacturers didn’t design them that way in the first place or even mention it at all in any of their material. You are just supposed to know, I guess but I think most drone pilots either haven’t noticed this specification or just ignore it. I HOPE YOU MENTION THIS in your other videos. If drones are not modified with the PROPER FAA orientation lighting, they will appear to be in the wrong orientation when observed by manned aircraft pilots who know the proper use of red and green lighting. The FAA actually does specify this within the waiver wording (as briefly shown at 2:28 of this video) but how do pilots know the difference between a drone flying under 107 or “hobbyist” rules when seeing them? They don’t, but the lighting requirement isn’t as specific for “hobbyists” when flying at night and that could e a problem some day. The FAA has been stumbling with drone rules since the beginning and DJI themselves should have addressed it earlier at some point over the last six years to help their customers. My two cents’ worth 🤓

  16. Eastwood9 on December 19, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Lumecube is only one. For that your better off with strobon or firehouse strobes.

  17. Dipak solanki on December 19, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Hello

  18. Pennsylvania Dual Sport on December 19, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    What are the green and red lights on the legs of your drone?

  19. Jet Martin on December 19, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    Lol…I like the opossum shirt.

  20. Brad Eckert on December 19, 2020 at 11:01 pm

    ETA on parts 2 & 3?

  21. Fire Island Mavic on December 19, 2020 at 11:04 pm

    thank you

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