Author: Alan Perlman

Alan is an FAA-certified drone pilot and founded UAV Coach in 2014 to help connect drone enthusiasts, to provide world-class sUAS industry training courses, and to help push the drone community forward with a focus on safety and commercial opportunities.
Ag Drones

The Agriculture Drone Scene: Challenges, and New Tech to Solve (Some of) Them

There are a number of drone companies out there right now aiming to help farmers become more efficient by using data to optimize efforts and avoid waste. Raptor Maps CEO Nikhil Vadhavkar frames the project of “ag drones,” as they’re often called in the industry, pretty succinctly in this quote: “Worldwide, about a third of all crops are lost. It’s easy to blame bugs, but… Read more →

FPV Drone Systems

Guide to FPV Drone Systems: Quadcopters, Goggles, Cameras, and Transmitters [Updated for Winter 2016 / 2017]

Note: This list is updated for winter 2017. Fly safely and responsibly, folks. Never flown before? Learn to fly for free over here. Need to get your FAA commercial drone certificate? Start studying over here. Flying an FPV (first person view) drone is an otherworldly experience. Before now, only in movies and video games could most people experience a bird’s-eye… Read more →

Raptor Maps Agriculture Drone Software

Commercial Drone Fund Invests in Raptor Maps, Drone-Enabled Platform for Agriculture Yield Management

Raptor Maps gets more funding from Airware’s Commercial Drone Fund to grow its work in supporting drone use for agriculture. CAMBRIDGE, MA. – December 26, 2016—Recently the Commercial Drone Fund, a venture capital fund launched by Airware focused on investing in promising commercial drone businesses around the world, announced an investment in Raptor Maps, a Cambridge-based company developing a drone-enabled technology platform… Read more →

ZenMuse Cell Tower Inspections

DJI Corners the Market Again: New ZenMuse Camera Designed Specifically for Cell Tower Inspections

When it comes to cornering a market, you have to be forward thinking. DJI has done a great job anticipating industry needs, and the way that niche demands will grow into larger markets. One example is the way they’ve created and marketed their cameras. Without a camera, a drone is almost worthless for commercial use. Think about it—no one wants… Read more →

Cape Town Mini Town

Filming with the Tilt-Shift Effect in South Africa

We’ve recently been blown away by the videos Luke Bell of South Africa has been sharing with us, and specifically by the way Luke is using the Tilt-Shift Effect to make things seem smaller than they actually are. If you’ve been following us on Facebook, you might have seen some of Luke’s videos. One we recently shared was called Mini South Africa, and… Read more →

Drone laws holiday season

Important Information about U.S. Drone Laws this Holiday Season

Check out today’s post on drone safety during the holidays from James Mackler of the Frost Brown Todd law group. James holds a commercial pilot certificate, and advises businesses on the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) in various industries. Read James Mackler’s bio here. Here is James’ post on holiday safety: It’s almost impossible to scan a holiday gift guide without coming across a… Read more →

William - Hwy 21

Bad News for the FAA from the U.S. Department of Transportation

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued an incredibly critical report of the FAA, in which it said the agency has “limited knowledge of where UAS actually operate and limited means to oversee [commercial] operators.” The report was written by DOT Assistant Inspector General Matthew Hampton. Hampton spent a year, from October 2015 to October 2016, overseeing an audit of the… Read more →

Amazon First Drone Delivery

Amazon Makes Its First Drone Delivery

The future is here, folks. Not that any of us drone pilots, aficionados, and fans are all that surprised—in fact, many of us thought this day might come even sooner than it has. But we will admit, now that the day has finally arrived there is a feeling of surreality about the whole thing. Just think about it: a flying robot has delivered… Read more →