WPEC CBS12, the Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned CBS affiliate in West Palm Beach, Fla., has rolled out StormTracker12, its latest newsgathering vehicle. The StormTracker12 truck is outfitted with the latest radar and camera technology. It not only can provide the CBS12 News weather team with vital weather data, but also capture a closer live look at […]
The SkyPixel aerial photography community has announced its Mystery Box prizes for the SkyPixel 2016 Photo Contest. They include the recently released Inspire 2 and Phantom 4 Pro drones by DJI. With the Mystery Box announcement, the value of the Grand Prize has reached $5,500. The grand prize winner will receive a DJI Inspire […]
AviSight Drone Academy has announced two new classes for those wishing to prepare for the FAA Part 107 commercial drone operation examination. The academy will hold a class Oct. 29-30 in Las Vegas and Nov. 14-17 in Whittier, Calif. More information is available on the AviSight website.
When general managers, news directors and other responsible television personnel turn in for the evening, Jon Ollwerther, chief marketing officer at drone maker and on-demand service provider Aerobo, wants them to snooze without a care — at least when it comes to the news drones they deploy. “Overall, the Aerobo Mini is a much safer […]
A couple of weeks ago, I reported here that ArrowData in Las Vegas had received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to begin offering drone-based newsgathering services. The Las Vegas Business Press has written a profile on the company. The article is available on the Business Press website.
NBC deployed an unmanned aerial system — commonly known as a drone — to capture footage of the aftermath of the cyclone that ravaged the tiny island of Vanuatu, east of Australia, for its Nightly News on Tuesday, the WashingtonExaminer.com is reporting. In February, the network used a drone that flew around Niagara Falls, the story […]
Drones are at the top of my mind with the story published Thursday on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and the reaction to it on the part of some in the news media. As with most stories I write, there were tidbits of useful information that didn’t make it into the final […]
You may be familiar with the robot vacuum cleaner from iRobot called the Roomba. It’s the small, motorized cleaning gizmo that sucks up dirt from your floors without any human intervention. Basically, it traverses the floor, bumping into walls, furniture and other obstacles and in the process “learning” the layout of the room. I recently […]
Sometimes fame comes with a price, and for Todd Thorin, proprietor of Prairie Aerial in Sioux Falls, S.D., the cost of notoriety has been an order from the Federal Aviation Administration to cease commercial use of his company’s DJI Phantom 2 drone. In late October, Thorin used his drone to chronicle the ascent of Kevin […]
Lighting Christmas lights affixed to the WRAL studio-to-transmitter link tower in Raleigh, N.C., is a local tradition marking the beginning of the holiday season that dates back more than 50 years. But there was an important new airborne element to the Capitol Broadcasting Co.-owned station’s coverage this week of the lighting ceremony, and it had nothing […]