Night UAV Flight with FoxFury Lighting Systems

We wanted to share a guest post from our friends at FoxFury Lighting focused on Night UAV Flight and lighting requirements.

Introduction to Night Flight

Night flights are often some of the best any pilot can experience. The winds are usually calmer, seeing the city lights from above evokes emotions difficult to explain, and everything takes on an entirely new look. The view out the window or in the controller display is nothing short of spectacular, as even well-known sights take on a whole new look after sunset.

No matter what we might think of night flight, most RPC/Part 107 pilots (and general aviators) are well out of their element. Empirical data from various sources back this up, suggesting that many UAS operations at night end with some sort of minor incident, while a few are not so “minor.”

What is the Definition of “Night Flight”?

Night Flying is any flight that takes place 30 minutes after civil twilight, 30 minutes prior to before civil sunrise, or at any time between.

For more details on Night UAV Flight, FAA regulations, and safety flying unmanned aircraft at night, check out our handbook available on Amazon.

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Flying a drone or UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) at night offers tremendous possibilities for enterprise markets and public safety. There are numerous uses with thermal and standard cameras for inspections, search and rescue, surveillance, and more. While flying at night does provide incredible real time information, there are some risks, hazards, and limitations that need to be understood and overcome. Night flight is any flight that takes place 30 minutes after the sun goes down (civil twilight) and 30 minutes before the sun rises (civil sunrise), or anytime between.

UAV Night Flight Challenges

One of the biggest night flight challenges is the inability to see potential obstacles like power lines, tree branches, and wires. Any contact with these obstacles could produce accidental and potentially catastrophic damage to the drone along with property and/or persons in the area. This challenge can be overcome by properly scouting the area in the daytime, conducting pre-flight inspections and using a spotlight to help illuminate these hazards.

Another challenge is preserving night vision. It takes 30 minutes for your eyes to fully acclimate in the dark, so accidental exposure to light pollution such as looking at your cell phone will impair flight ability for at least that long. The use of red light on the ground in the launch area allows the pilot and observers to still see while preserving their night vision. The use of red gels and sunglasses can also help prevent accidental exposure to light pollution.

UAV Night Flight Certifications

Under Part 107 (Commercial Flight), remote pilot certificates require waiver FAR 107.29 to deal with night flight operations. Here is the official language:

107.29 Daylight Operation:

– Except for Alaska, a period of time that begins 30 minutes before official sunrise and ends at official sunrise

– Except for Alaska, a period of time that begins at official sunset and ends 30 minutes after official sunset

– In Alaska, the period of civil twilight as defined in the Air Almanac.

The FoxFury Rugo 2 lights meets the above requirements for 107.29. In fact, they are visible from a distance of 6 statute miles. The Rugo Quick Swap Power Pack with Strobe strobes at a rate of 90 times per minute, which is within the FAA requirement of 40-100 times per minute.

Assuming you have fulfilled the above requirements, you still need to have technical proficiency to fly a drone. Flying at night is stressful and practice is important.

The pilot also needs a night waiver when flying under section 107. Waivers for night flight need to be written correctly to help the pilot get access granted.The most important thing to consider when your waiver is that you have considered all possible problems that could arise and you are prepared to deal with each every one of them.

The approval process can take days to weeks, so it is critical to get it submitted and approved on the first attempt. The majority of 107.29 waivers are rejected by the FAA for a variety of reasons, yet the greatest cause of rejected waivers falls into two categories:

  • Incomplete waiver application
  • Copy / pasted waiver application and explanation of various procedures

 

Drone with Rugo Light illuminates path during inspection

Drone with Rugo 2 Lights illuminates path during inspection

 

Two Rugo Lights on a Drone meet 107.29 requirements.

Rugo 2 Lights mounted on a DJI Inspire meet 107.29 requirements

 

If you need anti-collision lighting or lighting for inspections that meets 107.29 requirements, using at least one of the FoxFury Rugo 2 Drone Lights with the Quick Swap Power Pack with Strobe will get the job done.

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AirData and Autel Integration and Partnership December 3, 2020

AirData and Autel Integration and Partnership

to Reduce Risk on Autel EVO II Series with AirData Fleet Management

AirData software platform integrates Autel EVO II Series drones

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AirData & Autel Partnership Video

Bothell, WA, [12/3/2020]: 

Today, AirData UAV and Autel Enterprise Robotics are announcing a new partnership specially tailored to meet the needs of Autel Pilots across the USA: Autel EVO II users will receive a one-month free trial of AirData Enterprise fleet management software.

Now optimized for all Autel Evo II camera models, by utilizing AirData, Autel pilots can reduce the risk in flying and managing Autel Evo II drones and fleets. AirData brings advanced fleet management functionality integrated with the Autel ecosystem, including pilot and flight data logging and analysis, compliance management, maintenance tracking, and crash prevention information, as well as increasing flight efficiency for better and safer drone operations.AirData and Autel Integration Partnership

AirData’s real-time live stream video is an additional benefit for Autel pilots, requiring no additional hardware, and compatible with virtually any common browser application on any device. The streams are PIN-protected, enabling pilots to securely determine who is able to view the low-latency drone feed anywhere over the Internet.

“With our fleet of over 80 drones and over 120 pilots, AirData has proven to be an invaluable resource for us addressing all of our fleet needs, in a very easy-to-use manner. We were also thoroughly impressed with the Evo II aircraft and the selling point for us was the compatibility with AirData. I am confident our railroad is a much safer place now with our drone program, the Autel Evo II’s and AirData,” said Kim Thomas, Manager-Safety Specialist, CSX Transportation.

In addition to live streaming video captured with the Autel EVO II, AirData also provides deep analytics into the performance parameters of the drone system, allowing pilots to better understand flight efficiency, battery life, radio strength, camera usage tracking, and any data relevant to the operation of the aircraft.

“At the onset of development of our sUAS program we realized a need for a robust, automated system to provide operational solutions. Our search led us to Autel and AirData. Since then we have experienced seamless integration and prompt support from our partners at Autel and AirData to help us continue to grow our program,” said Lieutenant Jim Pauly, Omaha PD.

This collaborative effort between Autel Enterprise Robotics and AirData combines one of the fastest “out of the box, into the air aircraft in the market with a market leader in unmanned analytic software packages.

“AirData is excited to partner with Autel to augment the EVO II’s impressive power, reliability and efficiency by analyzing its flight and pilot data to ensure optimal and safer flights. The AirData platform easily captures and manages Autel fleets, so that all pilots and flights comply with regulatory and operational requirements,” said Eran Steiner, CEO for AirData. “EVO II’s unparalleled payload lineup is a perfect match with AirData’s low latency live streaming; you can be up in the air and streaming in seconds, as no hardware or lengthy setup is needed.” AirData and Autel Integration Partnership

“Autel Enterprise Robotics are proud to offer a deep and robust aircraft with rich data output, augmented with AirData’s analytics. An informed enterprise pilot is a smarter and safer pilot, enabled to make efficient decisions around mission planning and flight operations,” said Gary DeLuca, Autel Robotics USA’s CEO.  “We are equally excited to enable our pilots to stream media anywhere without additional hardware, now that AirData is partnered alongside Autel Enterprise.” 

Join AirData and Autel Enterprise in their upcoming webinar Tuesday, December 8th, 11AM PST / 2PM EST to demonstrate live how the Autel EVO II works within the AirData Platform. 

Register for the PART ONE webinar here:  https://bit.ly/AirData_Autel 

PART TWO will be on Monday, December 11, 8AM PST / 11AM EST – REGISTER HERE:  https://bit.ly/AirData_Autel2

To know more about AirData UAV, visit AirData.com

OR for a 30 day free trial go to AirData.com/autel_trial

AirData and Autel Integration Partnership

30 Day Free trial

 

To learn more about Autel Enterprise Robotics, visit auteldrones.com

Contacts & Resources

Autel Enterprise

Press Contact: Douglas Spotted Eagle / Market consultant

Email: Douglas@autelrobotics.com

Phone: 801.201.9212 (PST)

 

AirData UAV

Press Contact: Kathryn Nichols / Marketing Manager

Email: kathryn@AirData.com

Phone: 530.558.5429 (PST)

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About AirData UAV

AirData UAV is the largest online fleet data management and real-time flight streaming platform. With more than 14 million flights uploaded to date, processing an average of 20,000 flights a day, with high-resolution data stored per each flight. AirData utilizes vast amounts of flight data and unique mathematical algorithms to offer full spectrum drone management that includes pilot and flight data logging, compliance management, maintenance tracking, and crash prevention information, as well as increasing flight efficiency for better and safer drone operations. AirData also offers an easy to use low latency live streaming service over the Internet with no additional hardware needed. AirData is growing steadily and now serving more than 170,000 active users worldwide.

About Autel

Opening its doors in 2004, Autel Tech expanded into unmanned aircraft in 2015. With their patented folding design, Autel Robotics revolutionized the packable drone industry. The company has offices, engineering and manufacturing teams in Germany, Shenzhen, USA (Washington and NY). Autel is a pioneer in the world of unmanned aviation, offering pilots secure data linage, operational decision-making in controlled airspace, and intelligent mission planning. Learn more about AutelRobotics at AutelRobotics.com, and our social media @autelenterprise. 

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FULL Press kit: Check the Autel/AirData press kit

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Women and Drones – eMagazine Launch: Vertical Space

Today is an exciting day!  Today was the launch of the new eMagazine from our partners Women and Drones.

Vertical Space (awesome name!) launched its inaugural issue with its Fall 2020 issue and according to sources, we can expect the next issue Spring of 2021 – so put your thinking caps on and be sure to share forward any interesting article ideas with managing director Belinda Betancourt Dow.

This digital magazine featuring articles and stories that will connect you with many aspects of the drone industry.    This issue contains our Women to Watch 2020 honorees, first insights into our plans to launch an African Chapter in 2021, an interview with a Pharns Genece, a pioneer in drone delivery, Advanced Air Mobility with help from NASA, and much more!

And if you have a keen eye, you might notice that Jennifer Pidgen (COO of Sundance Media Group) is on the front cover and shares her ideas on the necessity of a PPO for your drone business on page 9. 

#VerticalSpace from Women and Drones – check it out!

Lots of great articles and information.

By | December 1st, 2020|sUAS|Comments Off on Women and Drones – eMagazine Launch: Vertical Space