Can You Fly a Drone in Public Places?

Public spaces are available for the general public to use. While they can sometimes enter for free, that depends on the type of public space.

A public space can be indoors or outdoors. Where can you fly your drone in a public place, or can you at all?

You can generally fly your drone in a public place like a beach, park, or public square, but that fully depends on where in the world you fly. For example, a smaller town square might permit drone pilots, but drone activity is strictly outlawed in Times Square, New York.

This guide to using a drone in public places will dispel any confusion.

Before you launch your drone, make sure you read the information we have for you coming up!

Can you fly a drone at the beach?

Beaches afford coastal views and unerring beauty. They’re a popular place for sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and flying your drone.

The rules on permitting drones on the beach are admittedly a mixed bag. As you travel this wide world, you’ll discover that some beaches allow drones while others outlaw them.

If you’re allowed to bring your drone to the beach, you’ll have to do so while avoiding the crowds, as you’re not allowed to operate too close to people.

This will mean planning your drone excursion earlier or later in the day. You can also schedule your drone flight during an off-time like in the middle of the week during working hours.

Only more experienced drone pilots should fly at the beach. Even if your drone takes a dive in the sand, all the grit in the components can possibly break it. Your drone also won’t survive a trip in the surf!

Can you fly a drone at a park?

Public parks are usually open to drone pilots, unlike state and national parks in many parts of the United States. However, even some public parks forbid drones.

It all depends on the local drone laws and ordinances. If a city, town, county, or village has local laws prohibiting drones from entering a park, you could face fines or possibly more severe penalties for disobeying.

Some parks only allow drone pilots in designated areas. If that’s the case, know the perimeter and use your drone in those areas.

Can you fly a drone in a public square?

A public or town square is a city or town center used for community gatherings. Unlike beaches or public parks, drones are traditionally more unwelcome in public squares.

During gatherings with large enough crowds, the FAA prohibits your drone from getting too close. You’ll have to stay on the sidelines away from the fun, and how far off on the sidelines depends on the local ordinances.

As we mentioned in the intro, some town squares have much stricter rules, such as Times Square in New York City. This is like your average public square but on steroids. Rather than attracting a few hundred people, Times Square has millions of visitors per year.

Drones flying in such a densely-packed area would prove too dangerous.

Can you fly a drone in a sports arena or stadium?

Whether enclosed or open, sports stadiums and arenas count as public places. This is one type of public place where the rules are very clear. Drones cannot fly here.

The FAA prohibits pilots from operating a drone within a three-mile radius of a sports venue or stadium that seats at least 30,000 people.

You cannot use your drone an hour before or an hour after any NASCAR, NCAA, NFL, or MLB game, according to the FAA’s rules.

Can you fly a drone in a museum?

Museums are beloved cultural hubs. All around the world, you’ll find museums dotting the landscape, so can drones fly in these public places?

Let’s talk about using your drone outside of a museum first. A museum may have rules prohibiting the behavior or they’ll strongly frown upon it.

If you’re free to use your drone outside of museum grounds, you could annoy or upset people with the presence of your drone (remember, not everyone loves UAVs as much as we do here on the blog!). This will cost the museum business.

Obviously, you cannot enter a museum with your drone. In no instance would that be permitted considering you could cause severe damage by flying your UAV into any of the exhibits on display.

Most museum exhibits showcase precious art pieces or fossils, artifacts, and other one-of-a-kind items. If you were to damage or break these items with your drone, it’s not like you could pay to get them repaired or replaced.

You would also take away from the enjoyment of the visitors who came to the museum, as they’re expecting a relatively quiet experience.

Can you fly a drone in a hotel or motel?

Although you’re entitled to privacy in your room, a hotel or motel is still considered public property.

Naturally, if you’re traveling with your drone, you’ll bring it to a hotel or motel. However, there’s a difference between keeping the drone tucked away in its bag and using it inside your hotel room or outside on the balcony.

Many hotels have begun cracking down on drone usage in and outside of hotel rooms. Drones can cause noise that disrupts the tranquility of other hotel guests. More so, drones may threaten guests’ privacy and cause injury risks.

Your drone can also lead to property damage whether you’re flying it inside your hotel room or out (but especially in!).

Some hotels prohibit drones from entering at all. Others will allow drones but forbid pilots from using the drone on hotel grounds. Yet other hotels and motels might allow drones.

Always check the hotel website while you’re booking your stay. You don’t want to find out too late that you can’t bring your drone into the hotel!

Can you fly a drone in a bar or restaurant?

When you work up an appetite on your travels, you’ll hit up a bar or restaurant. Can you bring your drone with you to these public places?

While this is at the discretion of the building owner, in almost no instance could we foresee any restaurant or bar owner granting you permission to use your drone inside their establishment. It’s too tight quarters, and a restaurant or bar will have too many people.

It’d be impossible to avoid bumping into someone, which would disrupt their dining experience in a hurry.

If anything, you’ll continue to see drones used in the restaurant industry for delivery purposes, but that’s about it.

Can you fly a drone in a store?

Unsurprisingly, the same rules would apply in any store, from a big retailer to a small general store or mom-and-pop shop. It’s just too tight in a store for a drone to fly, and you would undoubtedly hit merchandise or risk crashing into someone, causing an injury.

Besides, there’s no appeal to using your drone inside a store or even a bar or restaurant, for that matter. What kind of footage will you take? It’s nothing breathtaking like flying in the great outdoors!

Can you fly a drone in a train station?

Another public place that major cities and towns feature is a train station.

Train stations may be indoors or outdoors, but either way, you can’t legally fly your drone in or around one. You’ll recall that the FAA instituted its Operations over Moving Vehicles law, which prohibits drones from flying over a moving vehicle.

The FAA law mostly discusses cars and trucks, but at no point does it limit its restrictions to only those vehicles. Any moving vehicle counts, and a train is certainly a moving vehicle.

That’s not to say you can’t travel with your drone on a train if you keep it in a bag.

Can you fly a drone in a gas station?

Gas stations make a great place to fuel up, both your vehicle and your stomach if the station has an attached convenience store. They’re not nearly as suitable for flying your drone, even if you do like capturing urban environments for your projects.

Remember, the Operations over People law is in full effect, as gas stations regularly have moving vehicles pulling into and out of the station.

It doesn’t matter that these vehicles are traveling much slower than they do on the road. A moving vehicle is a moving vehicle, and your drone cannot fly over any moving vehicles.

Can you fly a drone in an airport?

While you’re allowed to bring your drone with you on an airplane in checked luggage or a carry-on bag, you must leave the drone powered off, batteries out. You can’t fly it in that condition.

Even if you could, it would be very illegal. The FAA prohibits drone pilots from using a UAV within five miles of an airport. The risk of interrupting manned aircraft is significant.  

Can you fly a drone in a cemetery?

Although technically private property, since people bury their loved ones there, cemeteries are regarded as public property.

While it varies, drones can generally fly in cemeteries. You might need a permit or special permission, especially if you’ll film at the cemetery. You also have to follow FAA guidelines, such as limiting your altitude to no more than 400 feet.

Another consideration if you’re thinking of using your drone in or around a cemetery is people. You cannot get close to crowds, and the only time a crowd would gather at a cemetery is for a funeral.

You should also be ultra-respectful due to the nature of cemeteries.


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The world has so many public places that the general population can access. You can fly a drone in most of them, but the rules vary.

If you’re not sure whether you can use your drone around a public place, look for signage, check your local laws and ordinances, and use a drone map. Safe flying!

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How to Get a Drone License (Explained for Beginners)
How to Get a Drone License (Explained for Beginners)

Deciding to leave the world of the hobbyist pilot and enter the realm of the commercial pilot can certainly be intimidating.

Just a simple search online will reveal a plethora of information and unfortunately, some of it is wrong, or a scam. A great deal of it can be beneficial. Figuring out which is which might not always be clear blue skies.

Don’t worry though, that’s what the drone community is here for – to help you make your way through that very crowded and full airspace and come out the other side with the right information and knowledge to get you to that goal, becoming a licensed FAA Part 107 Commercial Pilot.

What does it mean to be a commercial drone pilot?

First of all, the FAA Part 107 certificate demonstrates that you understand the regulations, operating requirements, and procedures for safely flying drones.

One of the biggest differences between a Hobbyist and a Commercial pilot is that you can be compensated for your work. This is not something a Hobbyist pilot can do under the current rules.

Here’s where it gets a bit tricky. As it is written, a hobbyist cannot fly a drone “in the furtherance of a business”. What that means is that if your work is used to further any business, not just your own, you will need to be flying as a 107 pilot. Did your head just explode? Believe me, I know.

Wait, does that mean that the photos I put up on Facebook or Instagram or whatever are in violation? Well, the answer is yes and no. In the way the rule is written, the answer is yes, as you would be furthering that platform’s business. Yes, YouTube too!

» MORE: Do I Need a Drone License to Post Videos on YouTube?

However, the FAA has decided that pursuing such actions against those pilots would not be in the best interest of the agency’s resources. Could you imagine! That’s the basic nuts and props of it.

As a commercial pilot, you will be expected to be a leader to those who may not know the rules, to set an example on how it should be done and done right. You will be held to a higher standard by the FAA for your actions out there in the field.

What are the steps to becoming a Part 107 Drone Pilot?

Here’s a quick overview of the steps you’ll need to take in order to become a certified commercial drone pilot in the US. More details on these steps are below.

  1. Obtain an FAA Tracking Number
  2. Schedule an appointment with FAA Knowledge Testing Center
  3. Take and Pass Knowledge Test
  4. Complete FAA Form 8710-13
  5. A confirmation email will be sent, print out a copy of the temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA
  6. Receive a permanent card in the mail
  7. Have your Remote Pilot Certificate available whenever you fly your UAS.

Eligibility requirements

What do I need for the FAA Part 107? In order to be eligible for the Part 107, you will need to:

  • Be 16 years old or older
  • Be able to read, speak, write and understand English
  • Be in good physical and mental condition to safely fly a drone
  • Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge exam: “Unmanned Aircraft General-Small (UAG).

Detailed process to becoming a Part 107 Drone Pilot:

  1. Obtain an FAA Tracking Number (FTN) by creating an Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) profile prior to registering for a knowledge test.
  2. Schedule an appointment with an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center (link). Be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID to your test.
  3. Pass the initial aeronautical knowledge test: “Unmanned Aircraft General – Small (UAG)”. Knowledge test topic areas include:
  • Applicable regulations relating to small unmanned aircraft system rating privileges, limitations, and flight operation
  • Airspace classification and operating requirements, and flight restrictions affecting small unmanned aircraft operation
  • Aviation weather sources and effects of weather on small unmanned aircraft performance
  • Small unmanned aircraft loading and performance
  • Emergency procedures
  • Crew resource management
  • Radio communication procedures
  • Determining the performance of small unmanned aircraft
  • Physiological effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Aeronautical decision-making and judgment
  • Airport operations
  • Maintenance and preflight inspection procedures
  • Operation at night
  1. Complete FAA Form 8710-13 for a remote pilot certificate (FAA Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) using the electronic FAA Integrated Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application system (IACRA)*
  • Login with username and password
  • Click on “Start New Application” and
    1) Application Type “Pilot”
    2) Certifications “Remote Pilot”
    3) Other Path Information
    4) Start Application
  • Follow application prompts
  • When prompted, enter the 17-digit Knowledge Test Exam ID

Note: It may take up to 48 hours from the test date for the knowledge test to appear in IACRA

  • Sign the application electronically and submit it for processing.
  1. A confirmation email will be sent when an applicant has completed the TSA security background check. This email will provide instructions for printing a copy of the temporary remote pilot certificate from IACRA.
  2. A permanent remote pilot certificate will be sent via mail once all other FAA-internal processing is complete.
  3. Have your Remote Pilot Certificate available whenever you fly your UAS.

What’s on the Part 107 test?

The Part 107 exam is a 60-question multiple-choice test. You will need a score of 70% or higher to pass.

The test itself will cover such categories as Operations, regulations, airspace requirements, weather, and loading & performance. These are the main topics covered in the exam – but wait, there’s more much more.

Let’s take a deeper look into these topics.

Operations

Operations is the second-largest topic on the exam making up 13 to 18% of the total exam. In this section of the test, you will be tested on your knowledge of how to operate your aircraft. The following topics are the sub-categories for operations.

  • Preflight requirements
  • Emergency procedures
  • Physiology
  • Communications

Operations sample question:

(Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2H, Figure 26, area 2) While monitoring the Cooperstown CTAF you hear an aircraft announce that they are midfield left downwind to RWY 13. Where would the aircraft be relative to the runway?

A) The aircraft is East
B) The aircraft is South
C) The aircraft is West

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The first thing you will need to figure out in this question is which direction “runway 13” is facing. If you were landing or taking off on runway 13, your aircraft would be on a heading of 130 degrees (a southeast direction).

As you can see from looking at the Cooperstown airport symbol on the chart, there is only a single runway, and it faces northwest and southeast. All runways will have two numbers at each end. These two numbers indicate the magnetic heading of the runway (with the zero at the end of the number dropped).

So, runway 09 would be facing 90 degrees (due East) if you were taking off or landing on that runway.

Correct Answer: A

Regulations

The majority of questions on the test will be about Regulations. This is to check your knowledge of the FAA Part 107 regulations. After all, this is probably the most important thing you need to know and makes up 15 to 25% of the exam. Thorough knowledge of the rules and regulations will make you a safe and responsible flyer.

Some of the regulations you’ll need to know include:

  • What defines a “small unmanned aerial system?”
  • Requirements for any crew you may have
  • What to do in case of an accident
  • Maximum speed, altitude, and time-of-day rules
  • Recordkeeping requirements

Regulations Sample Question:

You had several drinks yesterday and are experiencing a hangover today. Even though the last drink was over 8 hours ago, would you still be allowed to conduct commercial drone flight operations today?

A) No, a hangover is a form of impairment from alcohol consumption
B) Yes, how you feel doesn’t matter as much as meeting the 8-hour rule
C) Yes, as long as you are not in a drunken state, you are allowed to conduct a UAV operation.

Part 107.27 states that all remote pilots must follow the same alcohol rules as regular manned aircraft pilots, which are found in 14 CFR Part 91.17 and 91.19.

Part 91.17 states, among other things, that a pilot must:

  • Have a blood alcohol level that is less than .04 percent,
  • Allow for 8 hours to pass from the last drink before operating an aircraft, and
  • No aircraft may be operated while under the influence of alcohol (regardless of time passage).

In the eyes of the FAA, a remote pilot cannot operate a drone when they are experiencing a hangover, even if they waited 8 hours and are below the legal limit. A hangover is still a state of impairment that could threaten the safety of the mission.

Any form of impairment or influence of alcohol prohibits the pilot from operating a drone under the Part 107 regulations.

Correct Answer: A

Airspace

When it comes to airspace, this will be one of the harder topics on the knowledge exam. As you will be operating your drone in the National Airspace System (NAS), you will need to understand how the system is designed and how to operate within it.

Here you will learn about sectional charts and how to read them. You will learn about Class A, B, C, D, E, and G airspaces and how they relate to one another. This category of the test will make up 8 to 15% of the total questions.

You’ll need to understand:

  • Which “class” of airspace you’re in and the rules for operating within that class.
  • The types of Special Use Airspace you need to be careful of.
  • How manned aircraft operate near airports and how you stay clear of them.

Airspace Sample Question:

(Refer to FAA-CT-8080-2H, Figure 78, Southeast quadrant of chart) You’ve been asked to inspect a railroad beginning at the town of Onawa and ending to the south, in Blencoe. Which of the following is true?

A) A remote PIC would NOT need to receive prior airspace authorization from the FAA, since the proposed route would not take place in controlled airspace.
B) A remote PIC would need to receive prior airspace authorization from the FAA, since the proposed route is in Class G airspace
C) A remote PIC would need to receive prior airspace authorization from the FAA, since the proposed route takes place within 5 miles of an airport.

This question will test your ability to first find a location on the sectional chart and then determine if you are operating in uncontrolled or controlled airspace.

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Once you find Onawa and Blencoe, you can follow the railroad path to see what airspace it goes through. As you will notice, there are no markings that would indicate any controlled airspace, thus no prior airspace authorization would be required before conducting this flight.

Correct Answer: A

On this question, you may have thought C was the correct answer. Answer choice C is incorrect though because we can see that this is a commercial operation (inspecting a railroad). Commercial operations are conducted under the Part 107 rules.

The Part 107 rules only require prior authorization from the FAA if you are going to be entering controlled airspace.

You will find several questions on the exam that are trick questions, where one or two or all three answers seem correct. Only one will be, these questions are present to truly test your knowledge.

Just keep in mind that these types of questions are present on each variation of the exam and your knowledge of the subject will be the only thing keeping you from answering that question incorrectly.

Weather

Do you need to be a meteorologist to pass this section? No. However, understanding the weather will be necessary for performing safe flights.

Being able to read and decipher TAFS and METARS and weather patterns will keep your aircraft safe, and your flights controlled. Weather is the most difficult topic on the exam after Airspace. Weather on average will make up 11 to 16% of the test.

You’ll need to understand:

  • The characteristics of warm and cold fronts.
  • Which three ingredients are needed for thunderstorm formation.
  • How to read a Terminal Aerodrome Forecast (TAF).
  • The difference between stable and unstable air.

Weather Sample Question:

What are typical characteristics of unstable air?

A) Continuous, steady precipitation
B) Fog and haze
C) Good visibility and showery precipitation

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This question requires you to know some basic information about weather theory, specifically air masses.

In aviation weather, there are two types of air referred to as either “stable” or “unstable” air. For reasons that are too long and far too complex to try to explain here, stable air is generally characterized by smooth flying weather and poor visibility, and continuous steady precipitation.

Unstable air masses are generally made up of areas where there is a lot of quickly rising warm air. This usually is characterized by good visibility, lots of turbulence, and showery precipitation.

Correct Answer: C

Loading and Performance

Even with all of the automation on drones, you’ll still need to understand the why and how. This knowledge will help ensure you’re flying your drone in a safe manner in accordance with the manufacturer’s limitations. Or, if the manufacturer doesn’t provide any, how to determine those limitations on your own.

This portion of the exam will make up 7 to 11% of the exam.

Performance topics include:

  • How do you determine your drone’s speed and altitude without instrumentation?
  • How much of a load factor does your drone experience in a sharp turn?
  • How do you attach payloads to your drone and stay within operating limits?
  • What kinds of effects does high altitude have on your drone?
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Loading and Performance Sample Question:

If the center of gravity on your aircraft is too far aft (rearward), what is the likely result?

A) The aircraft will have difficulty recovering from a stalled position
B) The aircraft will not be able to maintain a constant turn
C) The aircraft will have increased airspeed

The center of gravity is the point in the aircraft where the aircraft is perfectly balanced. When this balance is out of line, it can affect the aerodynamic performance of the aircraft. The center of gravity can be too far aft (which means too far back towards the rear of the aircraft) when the aircraft is not loaded properly.

To answer this question properly, you also need to know what a “stalled position” is. In short, when an aircraft’s wings are no longer generating lift, they are in a “stalled position.” A stall occurs when the aircraft’s wings exceed their “critical angle of attack” which, plainly speaking, is the difference between the direction/angle that the wing is pointed and the point where the air is hitting the wing.

This often can happen when the aircraft’s speed is too slow. Air is not able to flow over the wing with enough velocity to generate lift for the aircraft. To recover from a stall, pilots will pitch the nose of the aircraft DOWN in order to reduce the angle of attack, build up more airspeed, and have ample airflow over the wing.

If the center of gravity is too far aft (remember: rearward), it will be difficult for the pilot to pitch the nose of the aircraft forward and recover from the stall.

See the diagram below for an illustration of this concept.  This diagram comes from the FAA Weight and Balance Handbook (link).

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So, here our answer to this question is that having the CG too far aft will cause the aircraft to have difficulty recovering from a stalled position.

Correct Answer: A

Now, this question shows up on most of the exams and can be easy to overlook for the quadcopter pilot, as the stall ratio of a quadcopter is completely different than that of a fixed-wing craft.

What if I need some help getting ready for the knowledge test?

As you start your flight through the cloudy stormy skies of the knowledge you will need to successfully pass your FAA Part 107 exam, you’re going to find the skies unfriendly at first with many new things being thrown at you, things that may not be easy to understand right away.

Hang in there, and if you’re in need of some help along the way, there are some excellent options out there to help clear those skies up and make that flight a lot easier.

Here are some of our recommended resources to help you get ready for your Knowledge Test:

Drone Pilot Ground School / Drone Pilot Ground School – Is Worth It (Here’s Why)

Pilot Institute / Pilot Institute – Is It Worth It? (For Beginners)

Drone Pro Academy / Drone Pro Academy: Is It Worth It? (Must-Read)

Altitude / Altitude University: Is It Worth It? (For Beginners)

Drone Launch Academy / Drone Launch Academy: Is It Worth It? (For Beginners)

Peltier Photo Courses / Peltier Drone Courses (All You Need to Know)

Any one of the above sites will provide you with all the knowledge you need to not only become an FAA Part 107 pilot, but just a better pilot all around. They will all guide you through the important process of gaining the needed information and how to apply that knowledge.

Which is the best one for you?

That’s a choice only you can make, but any one of the above options will provide a legitimate course and understanding of the material. So, study, learn, pass, and welcome aboard.

Fly Safe, Fly Always, Always Fly Safe!

The Domestic Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Systems National Action Plan
Two leading UAS centres enter cooperative agreement to ease drone operations

Near Space Corporation (Tillamook UAS) and UAS Denmark Test Center enter cooperative agreement to allow their customers to easily transition their validation testing and demonstration flights between the EU and United States

Meeting a growing demand for unmanned systems developers and OEMs to facilitate validation testing, certification, and demonstration flights between the EU
and United States.

Two of the leading UAS test ranges have entered into a cooperative agreement to share
facilities and services with their mutual customers. The agreement between the
companies will offer customers the ability to operate under a single commercial contract
and currency for the duration of their testing at either location. Efficiencies in logistics and
flight planning will be achieved with the common connections and processes being shared
between flight operations teams on both continents. The goal is to give the customer an
efficient and high-quality path to certification and marketing of their new unmanned
systems

Both locations offer a dedicated UAS test range in a discrete location where critical testing
and demonstrations can be conducted in a safe and controlled environment. Both
organizations offer a full suite of services and experienced flight operations personnel that
can be utilized and customized to the needs of the aircraft developer, OEM, or operational
user. The teams’ respective expertise in the EU and United States, joined with
collaborative process and interoperability, offers those needing to test and operate on both
sides of the Atlantic with an efficient solution.

Kevin Tucker (President, Near Space Corporation) believes the two organizations share
common unique attributes: “Both UAS Denmark and our test range are managed by
professionals with decades of experience at operations of UAS in both military and
commercial aviation operations; expertise in complex operations; common safety
practices, and both are perfectly situated with geography to transition quickly from
terrestrial to marine operations, allowing customers to test their capabilities to land on
vessels at sea or conduct surveillance and security operations with their drones and
advanced sensors.”

UAS Denmark Head of Business Development, Michael Larsen, also sees the continuity
between the organizations helping customers fast-track their airframes to marketability:

“We see this as a fantastic opportunity for some of our European aircraft OEMs to have a
seamless process to migrate their testing and certification from the EU into North America
and under the purview of the FAA. We have extensive knowledge and experience
conducting Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) operations off the coast of Denmark —
with Near Space offering a wealth of knowledge and real-world experience safely operating drones from very high altitudes to validate emerging systems for the FAA and NASA. Customers will benefit by having a well-coordinated team on either side of the Atlantic to manage their flight testing as a turn-key solution, or as an ‘ala carte’ service and utilized on an as-needed basis.”

Whatever your platform, UAS Denmark Test Center and Tillamook UAS Test Range are
ready for the challenge to get your system qualified, certified, and to market faster.

About Near Space Corporation (operating Tillamook UAS Test Range)
Near Space Corporation has operated since 1996 as a commercial provider of high-altitude
(stratospheric) test platforms and flight services for government, academic and commercial
customers. Near Space manages the FAA Designated UAS Test Range located on the Oregon coast, enabling the company to coordinate closely with the FAA for mission planning and flights of balloons and UAS test and validation both overland and in the offshore maritime environment. It offers a unique combination of on-site engineering expertise and consulting, flight operations, and purpose-built facilities for UAS testing (including fully equipped hangar and tower located on a 5,000’ runway with no commercial air traffic). A large blimp hangar located on the field also offers a GPS denied environment and UAS hover testing in a controlled environment.

www.nsc.aero www.tillamookuas.com

About UAS Denmark

Hans Christian Andersen Airport, Odense Municipality, and University of Southern Denmark have joined forces in running UAS Denmark International Test Center (located in Hans Christian Andersen Airport) ensuring excellent conditions for growth in the UAS industry. Based in the middle of a European robotics industry hotspot and founded in 2013, UAS Denmark today offers access to 1.900 km2 of BVLOS airspace, business and research facilities. Furthermore, the ecosystem gives easy access to triple helix cooperation, including Danish defence, and ample funding opportunities.

How to Get the Best Photos with the DJI Mini 2 (Guide)
How to Get the Best Photos with the DJI Mini 2 (Guide)

The ability to shoot photographs from the perspective of a bird is one of the most popular reasons to enter the fascinating world of drones. Seeing the globe from above is a truly remarkable experience.

In this guide, I will give you a few pointers to approach drone photography with your DJI Mini 2 like a pro. I will teach you how to get the most out of your sensor, why shooting in RAW is so crucial, how to master light, and walk you through some step-by-step instructions so you can pick up a few of these essential skills as quickly as possible.

Are you ready? Let’s get right into it!

Table of contents:

Learn to fly your drone

Many people overlook the fact that you should learn how to operate your drone before attempting any photography. This will save your expensive tool from crashing, and it will also allow you to record those incredible moments faster and more accurately.

Obtaining your drone certification is the best method to learn not only how to fly your drone, but also the rules that govern where and under what conditions you may legally fly.

» MORE: Recommended Droneblog certification courses

If you do not require certification for your drone operations, it is recommended to read our guide ‘How to Fly a Drone: Ultimate Beginner Guide’.

Make the most of your sensor

We have discussed how a larger sensor collects more light and, as a result, produces higher-quality photographs in previous posts. What I haven’t yet addressed with you is how the sensor’s cropping impacts your photographs.

» MORE: Which ND Filters Are Best for DJI Mini 2?

By default, the DJI Mini 2 takes photos in a 16:9 aspect ratio. This indicates that the horizontal component of the picture is greater than the vertical portion (check the image below). As a result, we get the outcome that we are accustomed to seeing on television.

The horizontal line in the 4:3 aspect ratio is somewhat bigger than the vertical line, but only marginally. Furthermore, because you will capture more information in this aspect ratio, it is advised that you photograph in this format and crop the image afterward if required.

Comparison of 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios. Image credit: Daniel Cepeda

Here’s how you change your image aspect ratio:

  1. While your drone is connected to the DJI Fly app, go to the camera view.
  2. Tap on the three dots located in the top right corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on the camera tab.
  4. In size, select the 4:3 option.

This is how you shoot in RAW

In today’s drone audiovisual market, there is a lot of competition. Often, simply capturing a lovely moment is insufficient; we must enhance it in postproduction. Whether you use Photoshop or another program to edit your photos, they must be of the greatest possible quality.

Shooting in RAW is the only method to do this. RAW photos, unlike JPEG photographs, give uncompressed results, allowing you to capture more details, with accurate colors, and further improve your image with your preferred software.

Unlike the Mavic Mini and the Mini SE, the Mini 2 supports RAW, a format that lets you save images in your microSD card as DNG (digital negative), a kind of RAW file in digital photography that is often used in DJI drones.

You may need to convert the DNG files to RAW, depending on the post-production software that you are using. This can be easily accomplished with this free Adobe program. It works on both Mac and Windows PCs.

Image credit: Petapixel

To switch from JPEG to RAW mode on your DJI drone, follow these steps:

  1. While your drone is connected to the DJI Fly app, go to the camera view.
  2. Tap on the camera settings, next to the camera icon.
  3. In format, change JPEG for RAW.

Why you should avoid Automatic mode

Have you ever thought that you took a fantastic photograph only to realize afterward that it was underexposed or subexposed? I believe we have all been there, as sometimes it is difficult to view the image on our phone, and/or a rush forces us to shoot the picture without taking the time necessary to obtain the desired outcomes.

Shooting photographs with your drone camera in manual mode takes more time, but the results are well worth the effort. Manually adjusting the parameters while looking at the image on the screen as well as the histogram can help you get the desired result.

The ISO setting, which controls your camera’s sensitivity to light, is one of the most important aspects of photography. As a general rule, the ISO should be set as low as possible, as the higher the ISO, the more noise the image will have.

This noise appears as grains in the picture, which reduces the quality of the image. Another issue with photographs produced in auto mode is that the ISO is often higher than necessary.

Manual mode for the win

Using your camera’s manual mode, as we discussed in the last section, is the key to success. If you’re new to photography, it’ll take some time to figure out what each setting does and how to use them effectively. However, I can guarantee that spending the time to do so will be well worth it.

If you’re still unsure, here’s how to activate manual mode on your Mini 2 camera:

  1. While your drone is connected to the controller and the DJI Fly app, go to the camera view.
  2. Tap on the camera icon (should say auto).
  3. The camera icon should now read Pro.
  4. You are now able to tweak the camera settings.

High or low photos?

The unusual viewpoints that we can capture images from using drones are a huge benefit to photography. I used to fantasize about being able to fly across the world from the perspective of a bird, and now that dream has come true due to these little UAVs.

Nevertheless, just because you can does not mean that you should. Taking images from as high as possible is not always a good idea. It all depends on the area you want to capture.

Indeed, as I did in the image below, sometimes the only way to get the shot you want is to fly high and away from the subject. After spending one battery flying around searching for different views, I took this image of Atienza Castle. Although I preferred the other side of the building, this one had better lighting.

That day, I took a lot more images. But I like this one since I worked hard to find the right angle and lighting (given the time).

When visiting a new site, it is a good idea to survey the area using one of your batteries.

What I do is write down, either mentally or on my tablet, what subjects I want to photograph in that region, the perspective from which I want to photograph them, the distances between them, etc. This type of organization has considerably helped me to achieve my professional objectives.

Atienza Castle using AEB mode. Image credit: Daniel Cepeda

Mastering lighting

Light is arguably the most crucial component in photography. As a result, it should come as no surprise that the time of day we shoot our photographs matters.

Natural light, which is supplied by the sun or the moon, will be used in the vast majority of your drone images. Artificial light, the one that does not come from the sun or the moon, will affect your image in specific situations, such as photographing a city at night.

These are a few aspects to consider about natural light:

  • It is affected by location, season, weather, and time of the day.
  • It is variable depending on the previous factors.
  • You have no control over it.
  • Sometimes it can be unpredictable.

The following parameters may be modified in the settings found in the bottom-right corner of your drone camera when in manual mode, to control the light in your Mini 2.

  • ISO: It determines how grainy your picture is by controlling the sensor’s sensitivity to light. The higher the ISO, the more noise you add to your image.
  • Shutter Speed: This parameter controls how long the sensor captures the light. The higher this setting, the faster your shutter will close. Slower shutter speeds capture more motion, which creates blur.
  • Aperture: Determines how open the diaphragm of your camera is. A wide-open aperture allows the sensor to capture more light. However, on a very bright day, this would mean overexposing the image. Finding the balance is the key.

As we have seen, the time of the day greatly affects the lighting of your images. This is why you must choose the right time to do your job. These are the most important times of the day that you should know:

  • Blue hour: It lasts around 20 to 30 minutes, and happens right after sunset and right before sunrise. During this period, the sky overhead will take on a deep blue color. Perfect, for example, to take photographs of the moon.
  • Golden hour: This time of the day is the most important period in photography, generally speaking. It happens in the last hour before sunset, and the first hour after sunrise.
Image credit: Shredzone.org

Golden hour and blue hour vary depending on your location and the time of year. If you want to have these times under your absolute control, we recommend that you install Photopills.

With this app, you can plan your shootings like a pro, explore and manage locations, calculate the equivalent exposure with filters, and many other things. A must-have for every DJI Mini 2 photographer.

Image composition

Image composition is one of the most important aspects of photography. We can explain it as the way that all the individual subjects of an image combine inside the frame to create the final photograph. 

When it comes to image composition, there are several options. Certain tools will work better than others depending on the scenario you are attempting to capture, but if you want your image to stand out in the eyes of the viewer, think about it before pressing the shutter button.

Luckily, the DJI Fly app comes with some tools that help you improve your compositions in a fast and easy way.

Rule of Thirds

This tool works by splitting an image into nine equal rectangles by drawing two horizontal and two vertical lines across it. The most powerful areas to position your subjects are the intersections of these lines. The rule of thirds is a terrific help for landscape photography, although no composition technique will work in every situation.

Rule of thirds in DJI Fly

Central cross

This tool is self-explanatory. The central cross will assist us to place the subject in the image’s center. This guide comes in handy when the subject is moving and we need to maintain it exactly centered while taking many shots of it.

Central Cross in DJI Fly

Diagonal lines

These lines go diagonally across the screen from one corner to the next. They help in the creation of depth, dynamism, and tension. They are off-balance by definition, thus they grab the viewer’s attention right away.

When photographing roads or walkways, they are particularly useful since they help to make your shot more fascinating.

Diagonal lines in DJI Fly

To show any of these composition aids in your DJI Fly app, follow these steps:

  1. Open the DJI Fly app while your drone and controller are already connected.
  2. Tap on GoFly to enter camera view.
  3. Tap on the three dots located in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap on the camera tab.
  5. In gridlines, select the desired image composition tool: rule of thirds, central cross, or diagonal lines.
Image Credit: Daniel Cepeda

Overexposure warning

Another interesting tool to help us improve our images is the overexposure warning, commonly known as the zebra line warning.

This tool will display some zebra-like lines if a region of the image is being overexposed (hence its common name). If you frequently find yourself unable to tell if a photograph is overexposed or not on your screen, this tool can help.

This is how to activate the overexposure warning on your Mini 2:

  1. Open the DJI Fly app while your drone and controller are already connected.
  2. Tap on GoFly to enter camera view.
  3. Tap on the three dots located in the top right corner of the screen.
  4. Tap on the camera tab.
  5. In the General section of the camera tab, enable ‘overexposure warning’.
Overexposure button in DJI Fly

ND Filters for DJI Mini 2

Because they restrict the amount of light that enters the sensor, ND filters are known as “the sunglasses for your drone.” ND is the abbreviation for neutral density. They are called neutral since they do not change the color of the shot.

ND filters allow you to alter the shutter speed to achieve specific effects and/or improve image quality. Are you unsure when to utilize them? Let us look at a chart to help you better understand them.

ND Filter F-Stop When should I use it?
Polarizer 1.6 Use it in any scenario to reduce glare
ND4 2 Dawn or dusk
ND8 3 Cloudy days
ND16 4 Partly cloudy or mostly sunny
ND32 5 Sunny
ND64 6 Extremely sunny, such as deserts

For a more detailed explanation about ND filters for your DJI Mini 2, read the article below.

» MORE: Which ND Filters Are Best for DJI Mini 2?

Auto Exposure Bracketing (HDR photos)

Without a doubt, the best images I have taken with my Mini 2 have been captured with AEB (Auto Exposure Bracketing) mode.

Because this mode consists of capturing three distinct shots, each with a different exposure, the final image has a larger dynamic range. Once in the studio, we use our preferred program, such as Adobe Lightroom, to combine the three photographs into one HDR shot.


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If you haven’t tried this mode yet, I cannot suggest it enough; you will not be disappointed.

Do this to shot in AEB mode:

  1. Enter the camera view in the DJI Fly app while your drone is turned on and connected.  
  2. Tap on the mode selector located on the right side of the screen.
  3. Tap on photo.
  4. Tap on AEB.
Merging AEB photos in Lightroom. Image Credit: Daniel Cepeda

Taking Vertical Images with the Mini 2

I understand that the Mini 2 cannot incorporate all of the features seen in more costly drones; otherwise, no one would buy them. However, we can’t help but miss being able to snap vertical shots swiftly.

Don’t worry, you can still take vertical images manually despite the lack of a vertical photography function. Simply snap one shot with your gimbal slightly angled toward the ground, then take another one starting where the top border of the last photo ended.

After you have taken the pictures, you can stitch them together using your favorite photo editor.

Vertical images are useful for sharing on platforms such as Instagram, where the use of a 1:1 aspect ratio is standard. As we have seen, the AEB mode gives you a wider dynamic range, making your pictures pop, so make sure to use it also for your vertical snaps.

Panoramas

This photographic technique can produce stunning results. Simply said, these photos depict a vision that is similar to, or greater than what the human eye can perceive, which is around 160° by 75°.

Generally, these images have an aspect ratio of 2:1 or higher, although it varies depending on the type of image we are shooting. Spheres, for example, capture an area in a spherical way, giving us a 360 ° view from the point at which the image was taken.

They all have one thing in common: they are all created by stitching numerous photos together in a photo editor, but it may also be done automatically in the app, as DJI Fly does.

Let us look at the options you have for your Mini 2.

360° Spheres

Everywhere I go I like taking at least one of these photos. They truly capture an area uniquely. Your Mini 2 will take 26 images to cover a 360° angle, and then stitch them together to create an amazing photosphere. For better results, capture the images in RAW format.

Wide-angle

This kind is made up of nine photos and gives a vast perspective of a region (both vertically and horizontally).

180°

Similar to the wide photo, but this one is made of 7 stitched images instead of 9. It is wider horizontally than vertically, offering a 180° viewing angle in a single row from left to right.

Here’s how you select any of the Panorama modes in the DJI Fly app with your Mini 2:

  1. With your drone and controller connected, open DJI Fly app.
  2. While in camera view, tap on the right options to select the shooting mode.
  3. Tap on Pano.
  4. Tap on any of the panorama modes: 360°, Wide, or 180°.

This is all for today, pilot. I hope you enjoyed reading this guide as much as I did writing it. Don’t forget that here at Droneblog we are obsessed with drones, so if you are hungry for more, just keep browsing!

From F1 to Flylogix, our Engineering Director Richard Nicholson likes a fast-moving environment. - sUAS News - The Business of Drones
From F1 to Flylogix, our Engineering Director Richard Nicholson likes a fast-moving environment. – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

By Sian Discombe Wells

As we enter 2022 looking to significantly grow our engineering team, Flylogix Engineering Director, Richard Nicholson, talks about his attitude to engineering, his career to date and why talented, pioneering engineers will be excited by the opportunities at scale-up business, Flylogix

Richard joined Flylogix from McLaren in April 2020, having spent over 20 years with the giants of Formula 1 motor-racing, most recently providing technical leadership on multi-disciplinary software, design and simulation engineering.

“Working at a big, established organisation such as McLaren means there’s always a team of experienced engineers with technical expertise in each specific area,” says Richard. “That’s not yet the case at a scale-up like Flylogix, but it means you’re challenged to keep learning and sharing new skills, in new areas. Everyone in our engineering team gets to work with a range of different technologies, so the output of every single person is critical to the overall success.”

“There isn’t one single ingredient that makes working at Flylogix special – it’s the blend of clear business goals, working on problems with a low environmental impact, working with motivated and supportive teams and on difficult technical challenges.”

Multiple disciplines, and a pioneering attitude.

“From an engineering perspective it’s great to work on something that straddles multiple disciplines – software, communications, electronic, mechanical and aerodynamic engineering issues.”

“For example, Skyspace is the platform we’ve developed for piloting unmanned aircraft anywhere in the world.”

“This includes a web application for mission monitoring and sending commands, management of the data in the cloud and the systems running on the plane to send and receive data and make sure the aircraft safely gets to where it needs to.”

“Over the next couple of years we’ll be building Skyspace into a hub for all of our mission data. To achieve that we’ll need to respond to changing regulations, new applications and increasing volumes of data – and we’ll need people on our team who have a passion for problem-solving, and share our determination to always go further.”

A passion for problem-solving.

Richard achieved a first-class degree in engineering from the University of Cambridge. Within three years of graduating he started work at McLaren as a vehicle dynamics engineer and then as a software development team leader, where he oversaw the development of a new wind-tunnel control system.

“There were two jobs when I was interviewed. One was doing actual engineering on the car during race weekends. The other was developing a simulation model of the car. I didn’t consider until quite a while afterwards that the majority of people would have immediately opted for the job that involved travelling with the team. But for me, I’m always more interested in the fundamentals of understanding how things work.”

“A lot of my fellow engineering students went off into areas such as banking and management consultancy, but I’ve always been fully motivated by engineering and the physics of why and how things work, to the extent that I’m often more interested in the process of understanding that than necessarily putting it back together!”

“At McLaren all the engineering work is optimised for developing a race car as efficiently as possible. We would build a simulation model of any new system before making it for real which helped us to get the design right first time. There’s something special about seeing equations turning into real physical things.”

Make tangible operational improvements.

“What we’re doing at Flylogix is not dissimilar, and as an engineer, it’s super-interesting to work with a combination of challenging engineering technologies – controlling what the aircraft is doing through the auto-pilot; the communications software to reliably get data out of an aircraft that is flying in the harshest of conditions; putting that data to work to make tangible operational improvements.”

“At Flylogix, we’ve brought together AI, satellite communication and low-cost electronics to develop a new generation of smaller, more efficient, unmanned aircraft. Now we’re using these to transform remote operations. It’s especially satisfying because we’re able to do this whilst reducing carbon emissions, improving safety and delivering commercially-effective solutions.”

Flylogix is hiring. We have a number of technically challenging roles across the company. We are looking for engineers with experience in Control Engineering, Communications Systems, Web Application Development and Cloud Infrastructure. 

The successful completion in 2021 of a pioneering project in partnership with NZTC and SeekOps to measure methane emissions in the North Sea using Flylogix unmanned aerial vehicles means that our business is set for rapid growth. We are committed to using unmanned aviation to make the world a better place.

Embraer Urban Air Mobility Company, Eve, Joins NYSE: Promises Flying Cars in 2026
Embraer Urban Air Mobility Company, Eve, Joins NYSE: Promises Flying Cars in 2026

embraer urban air mobility

It makes perfect sense that a leading provider of manned aircraft should enter the arena of passenger VTOLs, flying cars, and urban air mobility.  Now, Embraer urban air mobility spin-off Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”) has spun off and is joining the NYSE – and promises a vehicle in 2026.  The details, according to a press release:

Eve UAM, LLC (“Eve”), a leader in the development of next-generation Urban Air Mobility (“UAM”) solutions, has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with Zanite Acquisition Corp. (“Zanite”) (Nasdaq: ZNTE, ZNTEU, ZNTEW), a special purpose acquisition company focused on the aviation sector. Upon closing of the transaction, Zanite will change its name to Eve Holding, Inc. (“Eve Holding”) and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) under the new ticker symbol, “EVEX” and “EVEXW.” Embraer S.A. (“Embraer”), through its subsidiary Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc., will remain a majority stockholder with an approximately 80% equity stake in Eve Holding following the closing of the business combination, including its investment in the PIPE.

As the release points out, the new UAM company will benefit enormously from the strategic partnership with Embraer.   “In connection with the transaction, Embraer has contributed its UAM-related assets, employees and IP to Eve,” says the release. “In addition, Embraer has granted Eve a royalty-free license to Embraer’s background IP to be used within the UAM market. Eve has access to thousands of skilled Embraer employees on a flexible, first priority basis and use of Embraer’s global infrastructure on preferred terms, pursuant to the terms of certain services agreements between Embraer and Eve.”

“We believe that the urban air mobility market has enormous potential to expand in the coming years based on an efficient, zero-emissions transport proposition, and that with this business combination, Eve is very well positioned to become one of the major players in this segment,” said Francisco Gomes Neto, president and CEO of Embraer. “As a global aerospace company, with leadership position in multiple segments, we understand that innovation and technology play a strategic role in driving sustainable growth and redefining the future of aviation.”

The Embraer name and expertise in developing aircraft should help Eve accomplish what may be very difficult for competitors: production at scale.  While there are many UAM developers, few have the experience in aircraft production which will make the difference in commercialization.

Eve is the first company to graduate from EmbraerX, the market accelerator Embraer created in 2017.

embraer urban air mobility

Eve will be led by co-CEOs Jerry DeMuro, who most recently served as CEO of BAE Systems, Inc., and Andre Stein, who has led Eve since its inception and served in leadership roles with Embraer for more than two decades.

“Urban air mobility is a transformational opportunity in the aviation sector. I joined Eve because I believe that there is no company better positioned to capitalize on the tremendous potential of this emerging market,” said Jerry DeMuro, Co-CEO.

Andre Stein, Co-CEO, added, “Eve was founded on a vision to accelerate the UAM ecosystem, make safe and affordable urban air transportation available to all citizens, while reducing global carbon emissions. The transaction announced today with Zanite is a major milestone that will accelerate our strategic plan and support us in realizing our vision.”

According to the release, Embraer’s reputation has already led to valuable partnerships and vehicle orders.  “Eve has formed a powerful network of dozens of highly respected strategic partners spanning the UAM ecosystem, including fleet operators, ride sharing partners, vertiport providers, aircraft lessors, financing partners, renewable energy providers and leaders in the defense and technology sectors,” says the release. “From this partner network, Eve has secured launch orders from 17 customers, via non-binding letters of intent, resulting in a pipeline of 1,735 vehicles valued at approximately $5.0 billion.”

Read more about urban air mobility: NASA’s UAM Grand Challenge, UAM in Japan, UAM experimental zones in China, and UAM and Smart Cities at Amsterdam Drone Week.

Delta Drone International enters Niger with virtual 3D model baseline survey for GoviEx Uranium – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

Delta Drone International (ASX:DLT) is set to enter the Niger market for the first time with uranium explorer and developer, GoviEx Uranium, to perform a virtual 3D model baseline survey for its potential new Madaouela mine in the West African country.

The baseline survey will be one of the first times Delta Drone International uses its advanced surveying and data capture technology to create a shareable view of a potential mining site to share with GoviEx Uranium stakeholders who are unable to attend the site due to current travel restrictions, and for use by the engineering teams for project construction design.

GoviEx Uranium (TSX-V:GXU) is a Toronto-listed mineral resource company focused on the exploration and development of its uranium properties in Africa, including the mine-permitted Madaouela Project in Niger, as well as the Mutanga Project in Zambia and the exploration at Falea Project in Mali.

Over a two-week period, Delta Drone International’s specialist mining pilots will deploy state-of-the-art surveying drones, with the data captured to be used by GoviEx Uranium as the base to build a virtual 3D model of the new site and consult with key international stakeholders, virtually.

Commenting on the project, Delta Drone International CEO, Christopher Clark said:

“This is the first time Delta Drone International has been commissioned for a project in Niger – a region where aviation, including drone operation, requires military clearance. This project with GoviEx Uranium is an example of the many ways drones are being used to more efficiently share the data needed to guide decision making among business leaders.”

“Working with the GoviEx Uranium team right from the planning phase of their new mine ensures we can seamlessly collate multiple data sets of areas where low-quality, outdated or even no data is available, export it into easy-to-utilise formats and virtually share with their international stakeholders – removing the need for onsite attendance. This type of data capture is likely to be increasingly used in remote sites to support much more efficient and timely stakeholder engagement and decision making around key milestones in projects.”

“We look forward to working with GoviEx Uranium to make their new mine a reality by providing them with accurate, cost-effective data performed by specialists in the mining field.”