An 82 year old Wisconsin man had been missing for three days. Search dogs, helicopters and hundreds of volunteers searched for him without luck. The elderly man has dementia and was believed to have been without food, water, or shelter for three days. The fear was that they would find a body, but he was finally located by a drone with camera in a 200-acre soybean field. The elderly Wisonsin man was OK, but dehydrated. This was reported by a local TV news show who interviewed David Lesh the drone pilot http://www.nbc15.com/video?videoid=2889185.
Another drone company called EquuSearch uses small drones to find missing persons. They stopped doing business for legal reasons, but just resumed operations after a minor courthouse victory against the FAA which regulates US flights.
According to Brendan Schulman, EquuSearch’s attorney, “In the litigation, we were not presented with a credible argument showing that humanitarian use of model aircraft is illegal. I cannot predict what the agency will do, but I hope they will recognize and embrace this safe and beneficial use of the technology.” The FAA says the the legal decision — which was based on a technicality without the merits being decided — “has no bearing on the FAA’s authority to regulate” the commercial use of drones.
Jason Allard with Uncommon Sense Media posted the nearly two-minute drone video of Belton Court Estate in Barrington, RI. This is the ninth in his “Uncommon’s Abandoned” series, which traces the history of historical locations throughout New England. The series documents sites which are examples of urban decay. Many are former mansions which are slowly […]Read More
The airlines naturally worry about battery leakage, fire or explosion. Bad enough on land, but potentially disastrous on an airplane. Last year, the FAA said that lithium-ion batteries were sparking airplane fires once every 10 days on average. The International Air Transport Association is now instructing its 300 airline members to restrict lithium-powered smart bags. […]Read More
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera now has an Active Speed Booster for Canon EF lenses. This opens up a vast array of great lenses.Read More