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Part 107 Certification Free Webinar tomorrow

The UAV coach’s Drone Pilot Ground School is hosting a free webinar tomorrow, December 11th at 7PM EST on how to pass the FAA’s Part 107 Exam. Passing this test will make you an FAA certified drone pilot. If you plan to be able to make money flying your drone, then passing this exam is a requirement. They will discuss what it takes to pass the test, where to find resources as well as discuss ways to make money in the drone industry.

Loc8 software can analyze drone photos to help locate missing people

Drones have helped to save people’s lives in many cases. Earlier this year DJI reported that in 2017, 65 people had been rescued with the help of drones and that 124 people around the world were saved with drone assistence. These numbers are undoubtedly even higher now. Search and rescue drones are often outfitted with infra-red or thermal cameras to help find missing people. However, that is not always the case. Often times, the drones use their regular cameras to take photos or a large area in which people have gotten lost. The challenge then becomes, how do you sift through thousands and thousands of aerial photos looking for that one missing individual? This is where Loc8’s software comes into play.  Loc8 software can go through thousands of images, much faster than is humanly possible, to locate the few pixels that might represent a missing person. This could be very exciting software indeed and may go a long to way to help find missing persons faster.

Just like last year, DJI launches their Winter Holiday Sale with up to 30% discounts. Unfortunately, many of the discounts are not for the newest and hottest DJI products, such as the DJI Osmo Pocket or the DJI Mavic 2 Pro/Zoom. Instead, the discounts seem to be focussed on older products such as the Mavic Pro and Spark and accessories instead.  expand full story

We have seen it before in official DJI photos and videos (here, here and here). We know it is coming. And, now we know when. A source has shared with DroneDJ that DJI is planning to release the mystery remote controller soon. The same source also informed us that it is indeed for the Mavic 2 line of drones. The new DJI Mavic 2 Remote Controller with built-in display is set to be launched on Tuesday, January 8th during CES 2019.

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DJI Mavic 2 Zoom is $979 shipped via GearBest for a limited time

Right now GearBest is selling the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom for $979 shipped when promo code GB1212M2Z is applied during checkout. This is one of the best prices we’ve seen on the Mavic 2 Zoom. It retails for $1,250 on DJI and today’s deal is $170 less than our previous mention. This special pricing is for this week only and is limited to the first 135 sales. Note: this is version ships with the Chinese wall plugbut can be used with any USB charger.

DJI’s Spark Drone hits $300 + $50 Kohl’s Cash, Fly More Combo $436 (Reg. up to $550)

Kohl’s is offering the DJI Spark Mini Drone with $50 in Kohl’s Cash for $299.99 shipped. As a comparison, it usually sells for around $350 or more and our previous Black Friday mention was $339. We’ve seen it fall below $300 before, but the added Kohl’s Cash bonus is a nice add-on. If you prefer the Fly More combo, it’s currently on sale at Amazon for $436 shipped when you clip the on-page coupon. It typically sells for $549 but dropped to $460 around the holidays. DJI Spark offers a low-cost way to enjoy the world of droning. Features include a 12MP sensor, up to 16 minutes of flight time and 1080p video. Spark also offers gesture control, making it a fun way to enjoy a new take on drones. Rated 4.1/5 stars. Learn more in our hands-on review at DroneDJ.

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