Responsible Usage on Aerial Drones & Pocket Drone Demo

by steven schwartz4 Comments

Drones are the hot new gear item – in fact, 2014 has been called the “Year of the Drone.” Check out this article about how a news videographer got in hot water with the FAA over the use of a drone at an accident scene.

No doubt news photographers will want to fly high over news scenes to get the shots they've always dreamed about – accident scenes, flying around inside burning buildings, or chasing a burglar through back yards.

There are going to be a lot more incidents in the near future before we work out the laws and codes of conduct with flying cameras. For one thing, celebrities will have to install defensive measures or they'll be constantly buzzed by swarms of drones wherever they go.
Articles from the NPPA on Drones:

Photojournalist investigated by FAA for using drone near fatal accident scene

A videographer for WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut is reportedly under investigation after using his personal remote-controlled aerial camera to photograph an accident scene in early February. The Hartford Courant reports that while investigating a fatal police crash in Hartford on February 1, police noticed the craft at the crime scene. The police reported the photographer to the FAA and complained to WFSB, which then reportedly suspended him. The FAA reportedly has announced that it will be investigating.

Read Full News “Photojournalist investigated by FAA for using drone near fatal accident scene

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NPPA survey: Use of Remotely Controlled Aircraft & Drones in News gathering

The National Press Photographers Association and the law firm of Holland & Knight are launching a new study on the use of remotely controlled aircraft or drones in newsgathering. Everyone with an interest in the application of this evolving technology is invited to participate in the survey.

It is expected that news organizations and individual journalists will use small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles or Systems for newsgathering purposes once such use is integrated into the National Air System, NPPA general counsel Mickey H. Osterreicher said. In an attempt to help chart the legislative landscape for such use, this survey will help provide data to be used in a technical paper to be presented at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International program Unmanned Systems 2014, which will be held in May in Orlando, FL.

Read full news “NPPA survey: Use of Remotely Controlled Aircraft & Drones in News gathering

The Pocket Drone – Your personal flying robot by AirDroids

Aerial Drone

The Pocket Drone is the personal flying robot that enables anyone to capture amazing video and photos from the sky. The year 2014 is going to be the “Year of the Drone.” Personal and professional photography is literally beginning to take off. Everybody can already take great looking photos and videos with their camera phones and share them online, but they have been limited to what could be seen from the ground. Now with the Pocket Drone, it's never been easier to capture spectacular aerial images that open up a whole new perspective and insight that had previously been unseen.

The Pocket Drone key features

1. Unique cutting-edge collapsible compact design
2. Easy to fly and simple to maintain
3. Lightweight with maximum payload
4. Ready to fly (RTF) with everything you need out of the box and quick to deploy
5. Advanced software and systems with autopilot and “follow me” mode
6. Longest flight time of any multicopter under $500
7. High quality materials and components
8. Upgradeable, expandable and hackable
9. Designed with multiple safety features

We are also proud that our project has been selected from numerous other hardware innovations as a finalist at the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield 2014 at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas

Read the full Kickstarter campaign: The Pocket Drone – Your personal flying robot by AirDroids

(cover photo credit: snap from Kickstarter)


  1. This is an amazing tool especially for the price. However, I hope we’re not heading to a time like back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s when everyone was buying the newest fad, the “camcorder.” Back then it seemed like every guy who bought one thought he was a professional cameraman even though it was VHS or 8mm. Then suddenly everyone was a producer too telling us pros what to do because they “shot video” with their camcorder and they knew. As these small copters becoming more and more popular are we once again going to have a bunch of amateurs telling those of us who spend thousands of dollars on professional small copters, cameras, gimbals and more and hundreds of hours learning to fly them safely and produce stunning aerials, what to do? Safety is the biggest concern. You know how it goes, one idiot who does something stupid with a copter, spoils it for all the rest, including the pros.

    1. Haha I know what you mean. My father was one of those guys who would buy a cheap camcorder and try to make these dumb movies. They turned out to be hilarious by today’s standards, but back then it was just awful. It’s meant to be more fun than serious after all.

  2. Let’s all let out a collective sigh as we have the usual idiots turn up and complain about the development of cheap UAVs (or cameras). Sure they will try to stand on the moral high ground and pretend that their biggest concern is about safety. But as we can see from the thinly disguised comment from David Stanton all they are worried about is that they are losing their market share as the price barrier that existed is quickly being eroded. I mean seriously, if his biggest life challenge has been the release of camcorders 25 years ago then I think he needs to look at his profession from a different angle or do everyone a favour and just retire. Think about it, what other industry do participants complain when the tools they are using dramatically drop in price, improve in quality, and make thinks technically possible that a few years previous weren’t even dreamt about? The bottom line is let your work speak for itself. If your clients can’t pick the difference between what you produce using $20000 of equipment than someone with a $1000 Phantom and GoPro or Pocket Drone then stop complaining and just get better, and drop the attitude while you are at it.

  3. I’ve been interested in purchasing these types of drones/pocket drones. I saw one in action at a college campus a few years back. Don’t know if they actually had a camera attached to it, but it was cool nonetheless. My first thought on the video was how stable the video was while flying. Normally I’ve seen video where the camera isn’t that stable, and it just looks choppy, no pun intended. But I really want one of these now.

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