A Moving Target: What You Need to Know About Drone Regulations

Drone models currently being used by the authors for instruction and research include the fixed-wing 3D Robotics Aero M (back) and (front, left to right) the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, DJI Inspire 2 and DJI Inspire 1. Credit: William C. Johnson.

With 2.5 million drones sold in the U.S. in 2016 and annual drone sales expected to reach 7 million by 2020, the laws and rules that govern unmanned aerial systems (UASs) could one day be as important to know as your local tax code. In the July issue of EARTH, University of Kansas Professor William C. Johnson and graduate student Dakota J. Burt write an introduction to drone regulations, highlighting the ever-shifting legal landscape, which has implications for hobbyists, commercial drone pilots, and geoscientists.

Aerial #Drone Survey of Great Sand Dunes National Park

Cover of the December Issue of FastTImes
An aerial drone survey of Great Sand Dunes National Park was featured in the latest issue of the Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Survey (EEGS) publication FastTIMES. The study was undertaken to acquire high quality aerial remote sensing data to understand the park better.

Drones & Geoscience Updates

Monitoring drone in the air.
The American Association of Petroleum Geologists published an interview Lyndon Nance, a land surveyor who uses fixed-wing drones for data collection on the LEARN! Blog. Nance shares his experience using drones as the industry as developed in recent years, and details some of his projects.
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