June 26, 2018

By K. Daniel Glover

Throughout childhood and into college, I pictured the adult version of myself in a whole host of careers. The ideas ranged from the predictable (doctor) and practical (electrician) to the sensible (electrical engineer) and fantastical (wildlife photographer).

One future that I never could have imagined, or that any aptitude test could have predicted, was becoming a commercial drone pilot. Yet here I am today, living that dream in my spare time while working for the federal agency that taught me how to do it safely.

The genesis of droning dreams
I joined the Federal Aviation Administration as a writer-editor in December 2012, just as the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system became a priority. Congress had addressed the issue earlier that year in a series of mandates, and the FAA published a comprehensive plan and integration roadmap in November 2013.

January 16, 2018

By K. Daniel Glover From CES in Las Vegas (last week) to the National Drone Show and D.C. Drone Film Festival in the nation’s capital (November/December), this year is chock-full of events that touch every aspect of the drone industry — business, government and culture. It’s a lot to track, so we’ve pulled them all […]

January 13, 2018

Collaboration with the drone industry, state and local governments, and the public is the key to successfully integrating drones into the national airspace system, federal officials said this week at the nation’s biggest technology trade show. “Let’s figure out the right balances,” Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy Finch Fulton said at CES in Las […]

December 14, 2017

By K. Daniel Glover A drone pilot crashed his Phantom 4 small unmanned aircraft system into a U.S. Army helicopter in September because he was flying it out of his line of sight, the National Transportation Safety Board concluded today. The drone pilot was a hobbyist, not a commercial operator who had passed an airman’s […]

October 18, 2017

By K. Daniel Glover When disaster strikes these days, it doesn’t take long for drone pilots to document the damage from the air – and for people to start talking about the imagery. The reactions tend to fall into one of two camps. Those who appreciate the aerial perspectives of nature’s fury celebrate the technology […]

August 21, 2017

By K. Daniel Glover This “Pilot Spotlight” is part of an ongoing series. We’re always looking for ideas. If you have a story to tell or an aerial specialty to share, please email your suggestions to the publisher. Keith Muratori has made a career out of fighting fires – and photographing them. Now he is […]

July 22, 2017

Our publisher (and Airscape Photography owner) Danny Glover is taking advantage of a long weekend in his home state of West Virginia by snapping aerial photos with his Phantom 3 Professional. The picture above was taken along the Ohio River in Paden City. The factory in the upper right is Marble King, the town’s most […]

July 20, 2017

By K. Daniel Glover The latest Innovation Scorecard from the Consumer Technology Association grades all 50 states based on their drone laws. Arizona, Georgia and Michigan are at the top of the drone-friendly list because of their efforts to harmonize laws statewide. States like Louisiana, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, on the other hand, are creating rules […]

July 9, 2017

New technologies have a way of stirring both fascination and fear in people, and drones are no exception. The fascination is evident in the growing popularity of drones; the fear is obvious in the occasionally sensational news coverage. The latest example of bad press came Friday when South Carolina prison officials implicated an unidentified drone […]

June 23, 2017

The innovative minds at Amazon.com are on display in the company’s latest patent application for delivery drones. The proposal features a series of futuristic images that depict what the companies drone ports might look like, and one of them is shaped like a beehive. The Verge broke the story, including this summary of the application: […]


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