Hard-earned, must-have info for public safety adopting a drone program

It stands to reason, if drones are unique…so are the batteries, and they certainly are! Drones, more specifically multirotor drones, demand massive amounts of burst power from battery sources that must also be light and small as possible for maximum flight time. To meet this demand, the industries long-held answer for flight batteries is lithium-polymer, a.k.a LiPo. In many cases, these LiPo batteries are capable of delivering car battery levels of amperage, but at a mere fraction of the size. As you might imagine, with such power comes danger and...

FAA Part 107 Test - How to pass the test with ease and score high

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If you’ve been putting off getting your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate because you think it’s difficult, or maybe expensive…well, I’m going to take those excuses away today.

First for a personal testament, I am not a pilot by profession and have never previously studied to be one. I’m prior law enforcement, military and now a business person. I mention this because all too often, I hear from my contemporaries that the Part 107 seems too difficult.

Admittedly, when I first started studying the FAA Remote Pilot study...

Police Rescue Autistic Boy's Birthday Party

Our hats are off for the fine folks at Yukon PD (OK).  Their hearts are huge, and they know how to save-the-day well beyond the call of duty.  

Drone Weatherproofing, Is This Something We Need?

Nearly at the same time drones became popularized, another technology was introduced…electronic weatherproofing. The service and chemicals applied can in some cases allow electronics to be completely submerged with no interruption of operation. This weatherproofing is certainly ideal for any drone operation as they are routinely exposed to significant levels of moisture on misty mornings. For public safety operations, weatherproofing is even more recommended as operations may occur in a wide variety of weather conditions.

As we all know, drones can be a lifesaving tool for both rescue and tactical operations. As a veteran peace officer and drone pilot, should a drone under my control be required to save a life, I would fly regardless of weather conditions. In such...

Whatever Happened to Yolo?

This movie short was produced by one of our MAXSUR team members Colton Bostick.  Off duty, and along with other aspiring film makers, Colton is behind the camera producing shorts like this one, "Whatever Happened to Yolo?"

Now, for those who don't know what Yolo means, it's short for You Only Live Once.  In recent times past, Yolo was a popular phrase for the young daredevils on youtube...but not so much anymore.  Colton's move explains why.

Please enjoy...and for Colton, please hit the like button on youtube.



FAA Part 107 for Law Enforcement Drone Operations

The rules for law enforcement drone use changed dramatically and for the better. On June 21st, the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) announced the highly anticipated Part 107 rule that will be enacted August 29th, 2016 (Updated, org. Aug. 1st). Since its announcement, numerous questions have arose in the law enforcement community as to the impact.  Although new information is being published by FAA daily, here are the most up-to-date answers to the top questions:

1. Is a manned-pilot's license still required to fly a drone?
In short, no. Using the correct term for pilots license, airmen's will not be required to pilot a drone. However, a remote pilot certificate will be required.

2. I already have a pilot’s license, do I...