About the Author

Scott Simmie

Scott Simmie is a career multi-platform journalist now specializing in drones and other technology content creation.

He’s worked at senior levels for CBC National News and the Toronto Star, reporting from such locations as China, Russia, Thailand, Ethiopia and more. While at The Star, he covered the X Prize in Mojave – the competition that led to Virgin Galactic and sparked space tourism. He has reported from multiple conflict zones, as an EMMY Nominee, and is the co-author of three best-selling, non-fiction books.

Scott has been working in the world of drones since late 2014. His clients have included DJI.

Follow Scott on Twitter @scottsimmie

Scott Simmie's Favorite Gear

Yesterday

We’ve noted a few of the amazing deals out there earlier. We figured it made sense to round them up into one post!

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November 26

There are few things worse than squinting at your phone or tablet in the bright sunshine. It’s bad enough when you’re just trying to scan Twitter, and immeasurably worse when you’re flying a drone. We’re going to explore an affordable solution.

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GUTMA stands for the Global UTM Association. It’s a non-profit consortium of stakeholders in the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) world. And its new paper, in its own words, “marks a significant milestone in the association’s history.” Let’s find out why.

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November 25

It’s that time of year again: Shopping season. Editor-in-chief Scott Simmie is offering some personal recommendations on great stuff to add to your list.

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Mark our words: The day will come when unmanned aircraft systems routinely shuttle passengers and goods across the skylines of our cities. What’s more, EHang is likely to be one of the companies at the forefront.

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November 24

The leak machine is at it again. And we think this one…is really worth your attention.

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November 23

Okay. We promise not to make any more thermal jokes. But we did want to share that FLIR has some great Black Friday deals.

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November 22

Most of us know what pelicans look like. But, we’re willing to bet, you’ve never seen pelicans from quite this perspective!

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November 20

You’ve perhaps already seen our overview video of DJI’s new Mini 2. And maybe you’ve also watched our race(s) between the Mini 2 and the original Mavic Mini. And while we’ve examined the features and performance of the new drone, we wanted to take — and let you take — a closer look at its 4K video quality.

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Thinking about buying something from DJI? With Black Friday around the corner, there’s no better time than now. The DJI store is offering deep discounts already.

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As you may now know, a man has been charged after a drone collided with a police helicopter in Los Angeles. DroneDJ has the inside story, including the original sworn complaint by an FBI agent.

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November 19

If you’re going to hit something with your drone, you don’t want it to be a police helicopter. But that’s what allegedly happened in Los Angeles two months ago — and charges were laid today. That’s the word from the U.S. attorney’s office, which has now charged a Hollywood man with one count of unsafe operation of an unmanned aircraft. 😱

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Well, kudos to Skydio. Not only do they excel at putting AI into its drones, they also make pretty slick marketing videos. Stick around and see what we mean.

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November 18

Craving a deep dive? Our Long Reads are now easy to access!

Hey! We’re adding a new feature, and we want you to be among the first to know about it!

DJI’s new Mini 2 does a lot of things very well. But one feature it’s missing? Active Track. Pilots who want to have their drone follow them are advised to look for a different model. But one person has come up with a hack that lets you use an existing Mini 2 feature to create a reasonable, short-duration “Follow-me” type shot. Let’s find out how.

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November 17

The second phase of a large-scale Unmanned Traffic Management pilot program has just completed. Tests took place at the Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and the New York UAS Test Site. The results complete another step toward an integrated, unified UTM system. And that’s big news.

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What a fall it’s been for DJI: The release of product after product after product. So many, in fact, that one of DJI’s senior people took to Twitter about it. And we thought: Yeah, that’s impressive. Let’s review.

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November 16

It’s drone safety awareness week. And Kittyhawk has chosen today to announce two very cool new capabilities of its popular B4UFLY app. Drone pilots will be able to add information about local regulations that will help other pilots. In addition, new advisories that could impact flights will be added on a regular basis.

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New York State-based Empire Drone and Alpha Drones USA have agreed to a sale that will see Empire supply 49 DJI Agras T20 agricultural spraying drones. It’s a pretty huge deal, with both sides so pleased that they’ve issued a news release.

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Volansi is expanding its capacity for middle-mile drone delivery services with a new facility in Oregon’s Bend area. This location, says a news release, “will support the company’s expansion as it develops, produces, and tests its next generation of industry-defining delivery aircraft.”

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