Can You Fly a Drone in an Enhanced Warning Zone?

Enhanced Warning Zones are areas on the edge of controlled airspace that warn pilots about hazardous airspace near an airport or other restricted zones.

Are you allowed to fly your drone in an Enhanced Warning Zone?

Pilots do not need to request permission to fly within Enhanced Warning Zones. Currently, DJI drones are the only ones that have visual warnings when entering warning zones, but that does not mean they should be ignored by pilots using other drones.

Keep reading to learn more about flying your drone in Enhanced Warning Zones!

Enhanced Warning Zone detailsCan I fly my drone here?

Enhanced Warning Zones extend 2 kilometers or 1.24 miles around every Authorization Zone. In certain cases, such as around small airports, the Authorization Zone only covers the runway because of the small amount of air traffic.

These airports will have an Enhanced Warning Zone surrounding the runway with a diameter of 4 kilometers or 2.49 miles. When drones enter Enhanced Warning Zones, the pilot will receive a message on their screen that requires action to continue.

The window will explain that the drone is in an Enhanced Warning Zone and ask if the pilot wants to continue flying. If the pilot agrees, the window will close and operations will continue as normal.

When flying in warning zones, the most important thing to consider is proximity to manned aircraft. By law, any manned aircraft must stay above 500 feet except for two important reasons, takeoff, and landing.

Enhanced Warning Zones are the buffer to alert pilots of potential risks. Always be vigilant for low-flying planes and other low-altitude hazards in the area.

It may seem as though the DJI is asking if pilots want to fly in illegal airspace when the prompt appears on the screen, but do not be concerned. It is not against the law to fly in Enhanced Warning Zones; it is simply more important to know each pilot is making the conscious decision to enter an area with increased risk.

As Enhanced Warning Zones only exist in the UAV world, there is extra caution to protect from unintended damage and incident.

How do I recognize Enhanced Warning Zones?

As Enhanced Warning Zones cover the exterior of nearly every airport in the United States, there are bound to be a lot of them.

They also will extend into areas pilots may not expect due to being so far away from airports or other high-risk areas.

When looking at the DJI GO 4 or DJI Fly app, it’s easy to see warning zones and other Authorization Zones.

Once the controller is connected to the drone, select the map in the bottom left corner of the phone or tablet connected. The map will show the immediate area and can be panned around to see any area that has been rendered.

Enhanced Warning Zones will appear as dark orange circles, Authorization Zones are blue, and Restricted Flight Zones are red.

The zones are shown as circles and will restrict drone flight according to the parameters of the zone.

For example, if the drone is near a blue Authorization Zone, a warning will appear.

When attempting to enter an Authorization Zone, the drone will stop and be unable to continue.

If I don’t fly a DJI drone, how do I find Enhanced Warning Zones?

Geofencing eliminates the choice pilots have to fly within the Authorization and no-fly zones by restricting drones to stay outside those areas. This also affects Enhanced Warning Zones because it allows DJI to warn pilots when their device enters these areas.

Geofencing is the reason pilots can identify these zones. Without it, there is no warning available. In other words, without a DJI drone, there is no foolproof way to know where the Enhanced Warning Zones are.

Apps such as Airmap, B4Ufly, Aloft, and others will show authorized airspaces and no-fly zones, but typically do not show Enhanced Warning Zones because pilots are permitted to fly in them without any permission or communication with air traffic control.

However, it is good practice to stay as far away from airports as possible. If not, always be vigilant and be sure to watch for low-flying aircraft in the area.

Safety concerns

The FAA is the only entity in the United States that is allowed to regulate UAV airspace. However, they do allow certain private owners to restrict landing and taking off on their land because of other laws regarding privacy.

Enhanced Warning Zones are created by DJI to help this process along. DJI can’t restrict flight outside of controlled airspace, but they could add a warning to allow pilots a secondary level of accountability when flying in areas near airports.

Flying a non-DJI drone is becoming more and more common and there are a few things that are important to know when doing so. With the absence of geofencing, there are more risks involved with drone flying.

There is no restriction on the app of no-fly zones and sometimes no indication of the zone either. It remains the responsibility of the pilot to know where Authorization Zones are and when permission is required to fly.

Enhanced Warning Zones are not part of controlled airspace that requires permission, but they are areas that are important to recognize due to the proximity of airports and Authorization Zones.

Conclusion

It is more than okay to fly your drone within Enhanced Warning Zones.

DJI has simply created a warning system to show pilots where they are in proximity to controlled airspace. When a DJI drone enters an Enhanced Warning Zone, the pilot will see a warning and pop-up window requesting action to accept responsibility and continue flying.

There are no restrictions in Enhanced Warning Zones unless the FAA has others that overlap the warning zones.

Without a DJI drone, you get no warning when within these zones, but there is no restriction to stop them from flying either. Without a drone from DJI, pilots can fly with peace of mind while paying attention to Authorization Zones where permission is required.

FTUAS Engages Increment 2

Enhanced White Paper evaluation has been completed for the Future Tactical UAS.

AeroVironment’s JUMP®20 won Increment 1 and remains in the running for Increment 2. Photo courtesy of AeroVironment.

The long quest to replace the RQ-7 Shadow as the Army’s Future Tactical UAS (FTUAS) continues. Both the Army and, especially, potential suppliers are largely keeping their own counsel while the service evaluates candidates during the current “Increment 2” phase. The stakes are high: The awardee will receive a multimillion dollar contract to provide the Army’s next-generation tactical drone, one that can provide ISR excellence and save the lives of its frontline users.

“Increment 2 will begin the rapid prototyping effort with a robust competition of select vendors who responded to the request for enhanced white papers,” the Army’s Future Vertical Lift—Army Futures Command (FVL-CFT) shared. “The government has completed its Enhanced White Paper (EWP) evaluation from a highly competitive pool of industry offerors. We expect to award in second quarter FY23.”

Back to the Future

Retracing the FTUAS program’s history can help to understand what the Army seeks for FTUAS.

The process began in 2018, after a determination that Textron’s Shadow, while valuable in its time, was becoming too cumbersome, noisy and inflexible for the modern battlefield. Its replacement would be a VTOL, runway-independent, quiet and easily transportable vehicle capable of providing “on the move reconnaissance, surveillance and target acquisition capabilities.” Six hours of endurance and operating out to 100 kilometers are specified.

Testing and head-to-head competition under the previous Increment 1’s parameters lasted into 2022, when, in August, AeroVironment’s JUMP® 20 was awarded an $8 million contact. A single Army Brigade Combat Team (BCT)—the unit type that has fielded potential Shadow successors—is testing six of AeroVironment’s fixed wing, long endurance drones, along with ground data terminals and ground control stations, to secure additional evaluation and experience.

Throughout the process, Army spokespersons have stressed that being chosen for Increment 1 would not necessarily lead to winning Increment 2. “INC 2 is a separate competitive acquisition,” the Army said when Increment 1’s selection was announced. Increment 2 candidates did not even have to be involved with Increment 1.

Into Increment 2

Increment 2 filers have detailed how their candidates can meet and/or exceed various criteria. Increment 1 set still-in-force standards for criteria such as ISR capability, endurance, runway independence and multi-mission flexibility. MOSA—a Modular Open Systems Approach—became a key aspect, with requirements for EO/IR, laser designator and range finder, data links and encryption.

“MOSA enables the end user to tailor the payload to the mission and keep industry innovating and competing,” the FVL-CFT spokesperson explained. “No addition or refinement” has been required, at least for now.

That said, the Army is not standing pat. “FTUAS Increment 2 builds on the capabilities in Increment 1 and incorporates Scalable Control interface, enhances sensor functionality and boosts interoperability.”

While the Army would not be specific, it has learned from a roster of experiences: its EDGE 22 (Experimental Demonstration Gateway Event ) ALE (air-launched effects) and Project Convergence gatherings—and, of course, the war in Ukraine.

The Army’s bottom line: “FTUAS INC 2 is about more than just providing ISR to the warfighter. It provides a generational change regarding how a Group 3 UAS is employed at the tactical level.”




Software Evolves to Improve ISR Data Management

Increased deployment and enhanced software relieve burdens on data capture and centers.

CarteNav tools can declutter the data stream. Photo courtesy of CarteNav.

As drones are increasingly deployed for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions, military and law enforcement clients are adapting more sophisticated software to manage the overload of data sophisticated reporting is generating.

Not only is latency between real-time events and video data capture shrinking, but ISR software now allows operators to correct atmospheric distortion of ground images so targets can be identified more accurately. Software using AI also enables users to improve reliability of video images and combine data from multiple sources so they can be analyzed in a single display.

Evolving ISR software is attempting to address the deluge of data that is overwhelming command center operators in the defense and public safety fields as they try to analyze thousands of hours of video footage drones are collecting every year.

“You can deploy so many sensors now that you have a complete overload of your operators,” said Scott Richardson, vice president of product for CarteNav, a firm based in Halifax, Canada, that develops ISR mission software. “That is definitely one of the problem states.”

IMPROVING LATENCY ON ISR SYSTEMS

Haivision, a Montreal-based company providing video streaming technology, produces video encoders that take the raw data from the sensors on unmanned aerial vehicles, compresses it in real time and sends it to command center operators. Operators normally need to scan the video footage, and they also need to analyze the metadata that ISR applications provide, such as the latitude, speed and positioning of targets.

“It can be a lot of data and so one of the challenges is that when you’re dealing with satellite or radio communication, some of those links have very little bandwidth available,” said Mark Hochler, marketing director, products and solutions, for Haivision.

To process that data efficiently, Haivision’s software system, Kraken, manipulates it by filtering out unnecessary information and decimating it—having it appear only in sporadic frames within the video. “That uses up less data and it won’t overwhelm your bandwidth and it won’t overwhelm your system at the back of the command center,” Hochler said.

Another goal for defense clients analyzing ISR data is achieving a low bitrate—the number of bits processed in a given unit of time. “It’s a very small amount of room that they have to squeeze the data and the video,” Hochler said.

CarteNav had also developed a number of tools that enables track filtering and track alerting. The software features allow operators to identify desired targets that meet conditions they’re searching for so they can declutter the data stream.

For instance, if a command center operator is looking for ships that are moving at a certain speed but receives a video image of hundreds of ships, the software can eliminate those that aren’t moving,” Richardson said. The filtering tool is available on CarteNav’s two main software products: the AIMS-ISR and AIMS-CR.

In ISR and public safety applications, reducing the latency as low as possible is another critical objective, which enables operators to make split-second decisions based on the data they receive. Haivision’s Makito encoder now can bring latency down to 50 milliseconds.

“The time it takes to process the video, to encode it and to stream it—if it takes over a second, that can be way too long,” Hochler said. “Every millisecond is critical.”

CORRECTING DISTORTED VIDEO IMAGERY

When UAVs fly ISR missions, data transmitted on video can often be difficult to analyze because of blurry atmospheric conditions. ISR software can now improve the video and sensor data quality so footage is easier to interpret.

One company specializing in software that corrects video distortions is Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions, a San Diego firm that provides networked ISR capabilities for defense, intelligence, security and commercial missions.

“As we like to say, ‘We enable people to make life-and-death decisions,’” said Randy Fields, vice president and general manager for Cubic Digital Intelligence, a division of the company that specializes in ISR software.

A UAV, for example, may capture images that show clouds blocking targets a defense client is tracking on the ground. Using AI and machine learning, Cubic’s MotionDSP software allows “people to basically turn the clouds on and off,” see what is beneath them and decide whether to pursue that target, Fields said.

Besides correcting atmospheric conditions, the software also removes shadows next to buildings so operators can identify the location of targets on the ground.

“Maybe there’s a situation happening with special forces or maybe there’s an issue that’s taking place in a law enforcement situation,” Fields added. “Our software enables us to remove shadows and enhance the fidelity of the data so that the data that’s coming from the ISR is the best decision-making quality data that’s possible.”

The software retains the raw data, keeping the “chain of custody” intact, because the filters are added as targeting occurs in real-time. This allows clients who need the untouched images to access them, said Jimmy Zinter, senior director of ISR and digital solutions for Cubic Digital Intelligence.

As technology elements become smaller and smaller, the challenges UAVs face is that they are more impacted by wind and jittery movement, which can also blur video images of targets. Cubic’s stabilization filters, however, allow operators to remove distortions caused by the drones’ motion on the video so operators can more clearly identify targets.

ISR operators can also use the MotionDSP software to overlay images of ground conditions that may have been damaged during natural disasters such as hurricanes or wildfires. The photos of the terrain are juxtaposed over existing land coordinates, such as Google Maps, and are geo-rectified, which means it exactly aligns with the existing land conditions.

“First responders or the Department of Defense could use this,” Fields explained. “You go in with what just happened with Hurricane Ian, and say, ‘OK, the last satellite shot we had of this area was 24 hours before the hurricane. Now, we flew a new map and we can overlay the latest data right on top of the old data so that way we can make decisions using the latest and greatest data that is geo-rectified.’”

Cubic’s software suite was introduced about two years ago and is commercially available to any user. “This was not purpose built necessarily for one customer,” Zinter said. “It’s built because it was intended to solve a problem that we’ve seen in slow motion video, regardless of where they sit, for a very long time.”

An enhanced photo shows how Cubic Mission and Performance software removes blur and clouds so operators can clearly identify objects. Photo courtesy of Cubic Mission and Performance Solutions.

FROM AI TO AUGMENTED REALITY

As ISR software evolves, it is becoming more dependent on machine learning and AI to add more sophisticated capabilities for analyzing data and to help operators sift through the deluge of video footage sensors are generating.

AI enables ISR software to classify objects, such as tracking patterns of ship identification on video footage captured by drones. “If we can actually have it so when the camera looks at it, there’s AI determining if this is a fishing vessel or a jet ski, that saves the operator a lot of time and a lot of manual work and can help you identify the things you want to find,” Richardson of CarteNav said.

What AI also brings is the ability—beyond detection and classification—to fuse data from multiple sensors into a single screen, Richardson said. AI-enhanced software could enable operators to merge a range of data, including sensor positions, weather, tide conditions and known objects, together to analyze in one image.

CarteNav is working with partners that develop AI technology to incorporate the technology into its software products. “It would just be essentially another sensor to us,” Richardson said. “We feed it information and get returns back and then do whatever customers have asked us to do with it.”

Haivision’s data filtering prevents overwhelming of bandwidth and data centers. Image courtesy of Haivision.

Cubic has already integrated AI and machine learning into its software, adding the capability to correct hazy video footage with the click of a button. Applying AI improves the quality of detection of objects command operators are tracking on the ground by 40%.

“The ultimate challenge is to find out what’s going on and get the ground truth,” Zinter said. “And this allows them to get that ground truth to execute their mission.”

Another feature Cubic has added to its software is augmented reality, which enables operators to overlay video on top of a geo-rectified still image. The software allows operators to home in on a specific target within the video display, while also presenting the context of the surrounding environment on the still photo.

“That helps you determine things that you may otherwise not be able to see just from the video,” Zinter said. “It allows you to see where to go so you don’t follow something the wrong way. It becomes a very powerful tool for our analysts to use and really allows users to see not only the video but what’s around it.”




Teledyne FLIR Releases Boson+ Longwave Infrared Thermal Camera Module with Industry-Leading Sensitivity of 20 mK or Less
Teledyne FLIR Releases Boson+ Longwave Infrared Thermal Camera Module with Industry-Leading Sensitivity of 20 mK or Less

Enhanced LWIR thermal performance with size, weight, and power (SWaP) leadership provides low-risk development for unmanned platforms, security applications, handhelds, wearables, and thermal sights

Teledyne FLIR, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, today announced the Boson+ with thermal sensitivity of 20 millikelvin (mK) or less, making it the most sensitive longwave infrared (LWIR) camera in the market. It shares the industry-leading SWaP of the widely deployed and real-world-proven Boson thermal camera module. With identical mechanical, electrical, and optical interfaces, the Boson+ is a drop-in upgrade that also includes updated image processing to deliver enhanced sharpness and contrast for defense and commercial applications.

“Improved thermal sensitivity and automatic gain control (AGC) allows for more scene detail in the image for better detection, specifically in outdoor low-contrast scenes,” said Dan Walker, vice president, product management, OEM cores, Teledyne FLIR. “Improved thermal performance and proven market-leading reliability make it the ideal uncooled thermal module for integration in unmanned platforms, security applications, handhelds, wearables, and thermal sights.”

Made in the USA, the Boson+ includes a redesigned 640 x 512 resolution, 12-micron pixel pitch detector with a noise equivalent differential temperature (NEDT) of 20 mK or less which offers significantly enhanced detection, recognition, and identification (DRI) performance. Improved video latency enhances tracking, seeker performance, and decision support.

The shared Boson series interface and access to the US-based Teledyne FLIR Technical Services team reduce development risk and shorten time to market. Truly designed for integrators, the Boson+ is available with a variety of lens options, comprehensive product documentation, an easy-to-use SDK, and a user-friendly GUI. Boson+ is dual use and classified under US Department of Commerce jurisdiction as EAR 6A003.b.4.a.

The Teledyne FLIR Boson+ is available for purchase globally from Teledyne FLIR and its authorized dealers. To learn more or to purchase, visit https://www.flir.com/bosonplus.

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5 Tips for Flying a DJI Drone in Sport Mode

With the enhanced speed and agility that it offers, flying in Sport Mode is an exhilarating ride, but with some risks. Being aware of these risks and the changes in the aircraft’s flight abilities are just some of the changes you’ll have to become accustomed to and comfortable with.

Flying in Sport Mode is the pinnacle of your flight skills when it comes to piloting a drone. All the skills you have worked to acquire and master since first picking up that controller will have led you to the thrill of flying in Sport Mode. 

What is Sport Mode?

Sport Mode is one of the three Standard Flight Modes available on DJI drones. It is designed to allow the aircraft to operate at its maximum speed with increased maneuverability. 

In this mode, preprogrammed setting changes will come into effect that will allow for faster motor operation (Increased speed) and the controller gain will be increased (Increased Agility). This allows for quicker, more stable communications with craft and controller. 

Also important to note is that the Obstacle Avoidance Systems will be non-functional in Sport Mode. 

Here are some useful tips to keep your drone safe and sound until you master the skill of flying in Sport Mode.

1. Become a master at the sticks before going to Sport Mode

Being knowledgeable about the aircraft you are flying is a must. It doesn’t matter what you are flying, whether a Mini 2 or a Phantom 4 or a Mavic 3, or any other model out there. 

You need to be familiar with how your aircraft flies and reacts to controller changes. You need to know its stop rate and turn rates; these bits of knowledge will only be gained by flying and as you fly, these reactions you’ve learned will become second nature.

Over time, you will build up muscle memory in how you operate the control sticks. It’s like you the pilot having your own Sport Mode – you will gain better reaction time and coordination to your movements. But you have to work hard to gain this over time, you can’t just flip a switch!

So before you ever turn the switch to Sport Mode, make sure the flight controls and in-depth knowledge of how your drone handles are second nature to you.

You need to learn how your aircraft will react to things you may be doing on the ground with the controller or from outside influences such as radio interference or signal loss, or wind gusts.

This knowledge will help you in every aspect of drone flying whether you’re flying in P or A Mode, or in Sport mode. 

These skills will be invaluable as you relearn your drone’s new flight capabilities and how to react to these increases in the crafts flight capabilities that you will find when flying in Sport Mode.

2. Watch the battery level – it drains much faster

The battery or the very heart of your drone system is of critical importance. The battery is what makes it possible for drone flight. After all, without that power, whatever drone you have is just a funky-looking paperweight, right?

In Sport Mode, your battery will deplete quicker than when flying in the other Standard Flight Modes.

The reason for this is the increase in speed. The motors when flying in sport mode will work harder to achieve that higher speed rate and as such will require more power used to attain these enhancements.

When flying with an older used battery, this may be more pronounced than if you’re flying with a newer battery with less use on it. 

When flying in Sport mode, it is more important than in the other standard flight modes to keep an eye on the battery and its level, as it will be constantly changing. Performing certain types of maneuvers will also affect the rate of battery depletion. 

Keeping an eye on the battery level will ensure you have that power when you need it and not have to miss the shot due to a battery change.

3. Set your Return To Home altitude to avoid potential obstacles

The Return to Home function is still operable when flying in Sport mode. This is another good reason for keeping an eye on your battery level and for making sure you have the settings set for the RTH and the environment you’re flying in. 

It’s easy to set the RTH and leave it in that same setting for multiple flights. This is a risk you needn’t make.

Anytime you lift off, it is just good practice to review all of your drone settings prior to initiating the flight.  In Sport Mode, this is doubly important, as the obstacle avoidance system will be inactive. 

So, although the craft will return to home in the event of low or critical battery, it will not avoid obstacles on the return, so having set the height to a level that will keep it from any unsafe areas is important.

4. Fly in open places away from hazards

When using this flight mode, it is best to be in an area where there are wide open spaces and any hazards are easily identified and can be avoided by a wide berth.

Safety is always the most important factor when planning any drone flight. It just can’t be stressed enough, that SAFETY is always the predominant factor to any drone flight. 

With Sport Mode providing faster speeds and enhanced reactions on the sticks, flying in this mode in the right environment will be a major determining factor in whether you can fly safely and happily.

As the Pilot in Command, the onus is on you. You decide if the area is appropriate, you decide if the flight can be conducted in a safe manner. You are responsible for the actions of not only yourself but your drone as well. 

Now as the PIC, there are many things you can control, and some you can’t. You can’t control the weather unless you know something the rest of us don’t. All drone pilots are at the whimsical fancy of the weather, rains, wind, etc.  

One of the things you can control is the environment you are flying in. You can choose to fly in a rural area or an urban one. One with no obstacles or one chucked full of them. The challenges you take on are your own and only you truly know your skillset and whether you are capable of the flight or not. 

Note: As a commercial pilot, it may seem that the control of the flying environment may not be a choice anymore. This is one of those truths/non-truths.

Although it is true, as a commercial pilot you will be assigned an area to fly, this will not be a choice.

However, you can still control the flying environment by choosing the most appropriate take-off and landing site and positioning yourself for the best line of sight at that location.

You still decide if the flight can be performed safely or if there will need to be a change to make the flight possible. 

5. Wear FPV goggles to better gauge distances

There are two styles of flight that can be employed when flying drones. One is line of sight and is the most common way of flying. The other is First Person View or FPV. FPV flight requires an additional piece of equipment – goggles.

Flying in Sport Mode with a set of FPV goggles is one of the best ways to experience this Standard Flight Mode. FPV provides the unique advantage of a cockpit view, as if you were sitting in the aircraft itself. 

One of the reasons for this being the best way to fly in Sport mode is the fact that your reactions may be quicker to respond to obstacles that are right in the aircraft’s flight path.

If you’ve been flying drones for any amount of time, you most likely have already learned that for every gain in a system there is a drawback or downside. This is true for the difference between Line-of-Sight piloting and FPV piloting. 

With FPV piloting, you gain a unique view from the aircraft. This view can be of great benefit when flying at higher speeds with the need to react more quickly to things within that flying environment. 

However, it’s very limiting in the field of view that the pilot has. You will not have any side vision, and you will not have the full knowledge of the craft’s position in the air like the 360 view one has when flying by Line of Sight. 

Also, you will need to employ the use of a visual observer.

As the rules are currently written, the goggles do not qualify for the requirement of Visual Line of Sight. Using a Visual observer will fulfill this requirement.

The other side of that pro is that when flying by Line of Sight, you may not be able to react to something in the crafts flightpath as quickly, due to misgauging the distance from it, because of the positioning of your view. 

This has everything to do with how the human eyes interpret data. Our eyes like to play tricks on us, and one of the predominant tricks is the difficulty of judging distances of objects from a distant position on the ground.

So, here are the two sides to that coin: while what you gain from the goggle view may be limited, it will provide a better gauge of distance to objects in the goggle’s viewfinder. And then, whereas Line of Sight will provide better positional awareness, you may be more likely to judge the distance from the drone to an object incorrectly.

Take-Aways 

One of the most important takeaways here is that though the Flight Mode may change, there are important skills and knowledge that each can provide that will make you the best pilot you can be. Many of those skills carry over from one another. 

Being comfortable with the way your aircraft flies and how it reacts is another important takeaway. Just as it’s never advisable to jump into a pool of unfed sharks, it’s never advisable taking an unfamiliar aircraft and thinking it’ll fly like some other platform you have flown. They all react differently and fly differently. 

Flight time will be affected by how you fly in Sport Mode more than in any other, and keeping an eye on it will lead to a better experience than if you get caught up in an RTH low/critical battery situation. RTH will operate in Sport Mode without the obstacle avoidance system. 

Control your flying environment. Be the Pilot in Command that you are. It’s on you, success and failure. So get out there and test your skills – you will only get better with the more time you put in on the sticks.

Fly Safe, Fly Always, Always Fly Safe!

Easy Aerial raises the bar in portable, autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions with a next-generation compact tether system - sUAS News - The Business of Drones
Easy Aerial raises the bar in portable, autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions with a next-generation compact tether system – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

New Easy Compact Tether System (ECTS) features an extended data-over-power (DOP) enhanced tether, new form factor, and additional UAV options, offering unlimited flexibility for tactical operations in the field.

Easy Aerial, a leading provider of autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions for commercial, government, and military applications, today announced the launch of its next-generation Easy Compact Tether System (ECTS). The newest addition in the company’s portfolio of Smart Aerial Monitoring Systems (SAMS), the ECTS offers users a lightweight, easily transported autonomous tethered and optionally tethered drone solution that provides a constant and customized eye-in-the-sky surveillance for extended periods, allowing users to obtain aerial imagery and situational awareness.

“At Easy Aerial, we are continuously innovating by developing new and improved products, often based on customer feedback,” said Ido Gur, CEO of Easy Aerial. “We are proud to offer ECTS to enterprises, government and military organizations needing a compact, portable, affordable and versatile security and force multiplier solution.” 

The ECTS features a 200ft or 330ft data-over-power (DOP) enhanced tether for resilient, unjammable data security. It can support 24 hours of continuous flight, even in extreme weather conditions, and offers precise hovering over the ground station at speeds up to 25mph when deployed from a vehicle. Weighing just 40lbs and measuring 24 x 16 x 10 inches, the ECTS new form factor provides improved stability and is light and portable, making it ideal for mission-critical, on-the-move operations in the field. ECTS is compatible with Easy Aerial’s line of rugged, military-grade drones, including the agile Alpine Swift quadcopter or the versatile Albatross and Raptor hexacopters. Depending on the drone model, payloads include multiple HD and thermal cameras, sensors, lights, communications, lidar, and other electronic options.

Like all of Easy Aerial’s autonomous, cost-effective Smart Aerial Monitoring Systems, the ECTS is rugged, durable, all-weather capable, and can be remotely deployed and operated in the most inhospitable environments, without the need of an onsite operator or infrastructure support

In addition to being AS9100 and ISO9001 certified, all Easy Aerial systems are NDAA Sec. 848 compliant and built with qualified traceable components. Its unmanned aerial vehicles and supporting systems are designed, built, and tested at the company’s Brooklyn, N.Y. headquarters. Easy Aerial participates in the DoD Defense Innovation Unit Blue sUAS 2.0 program.

About Easy Aerial

Easy Aerial is the leading provider of autonomous drone-based monitoring solutions for government, enterprise and defense applications. Developed, patented and manufactured in the United States, Easy Aerial’s unique free-flight, tethered and optionally tethered hybrid drone-in-a-box systems are fully autonomous, modular, portable, and rugged, with the ability to operate in the most adverse weather conditions. They can be deployed anywhere for many mission-critical applications such as perimeter and border security, event monitoring, first responder support, agriculture monitoring, industrial inspection, and tactical military maneuvers without the need for a human operator. The company’s customer base includes military, government, aerospace, transportation and commercial organizations, with systems operating worldwide.

Easy Aerial is an ISO9001 and AS9100 certified company founded in 2015 and headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, with regional offices in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and Belgrade, Serbia.

Learn more at www.easyaerial.com