FAA Increases UAV Nationwide COA Ceiling to 400 Feet

FAA Increases UAV Nationwide COA Ceiling to 400 Feet

Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that the “blanket” altitude authorization of 200 feet for Section 333 exemption holders has been increased to 400 feet.  This essentially doubles the approved commercial UAV flight height legally defined by the FAA.  While our testing has found that for orthomosaic creation the ideal height for a 12MP camera, like the one on the DJI Phantom 3, is about 200 – 250 feet, this new ruling by the FAA opens things for infrastructure inspections. 
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UAV Power System Technologies Examined

UAV Power System Technologies Examined

Current technology on UAVs provides variations of a few systems, all gas, all electric (lithium), solar power to charge onboard lithium batteries, hybrid gas-powered generators that charge onboard lithium batteries, fuel cell batteries, and lastly tethered drones running like a vacuum would.  I’m not sure which system is going to prove to be the most versatile, but here is a discussion of the technologies as they stand today.
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