LAANC Now Open for Recreational Flights

LAANC Now Open for Recreational Flights

Flying in the United States has been a complicated affair, but today, things got a lot easier. The FAA and industry partners have opened up the LAANC system for hobbyists. This system allows pilots to get authorization for flying in controlled airspace, which is quite...
FAA to expand LAANC on July 23

FAA to expand LAANC on July 23

Back in May, the FAA wiped a lot of airspace for modelers right off the map. Though heavy-handed, this was a temporary measure. Later this month, the FAA plans to open LAANC for recreational flights—giving us back much of the airspace we lost, under a different...
FAA Establishes Massive No-Fly Zones for Modelers

FAA Establishes Massive No-Fly Zones for Modelers

The FAA has just made much of the country a no-fly zone. An official notice in the Federal Register posted today states that all recreational flights within controlled airspace must be specifically authorized. In a separate post on the FAA’s site, it’s...
Community Spotlight: How to repair ESCs

Community Spotlight: How to repair ESCs

We’ve had our fair share of burned out ESCs over the years. For me, an un-working ESC has meant a one-way trip to the “prop box” – a box full of busted props and other quadcopter refuse. However, it appears that I was wrong to be trashing these...
Update to the FAA Drone Registration Laws

Update to the FAA Drone Registration Laws

You may remember our previous article on drone registration from a couple of years ago. In it, we discussed the FAA’s policy on registering and marking your drone. I think we can all agree that it was a tremendously successful program that has prevented countless...
Micro LiPo Battery Safety Testing

Micro LiPo Battery Safety Testing

Battery safety is no joke. In late 2017, we did some independent testing of our own and found that while LiPos are generally very stable, they’re also capable of substantial damage. Most pilots seem to understand this and take it seriously, but there often...
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