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.

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Scott Simmie's favorite gear

DJI Mavic Air 2

DJI's awesome new drone is a winner, packing in high-priced features at a reasonable retail price. You will love this drone.

DJI Mini 2

At 249 grams there's no registration or license required – and it captures 4K video!

Insta360 ONE R

Rock star 360 action camera with 1" sensor and Leica glass! This is an *awesome* camera.

Learn FPV in the winter months with BETAFPV and Black Friday deals

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, odds are things are starting to get a little chilly when it comes to outdoor drone flights. And as winter takes over from fall, that’s only going to get worse. The solution: Fly a BETAFPV rig that can safely be flown indoors. Even better, learn FPV while you’re at it.

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Canada’s biggest drone conference a success

After a too-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Aerial Evolution Association of Canada has held its first in-person conference since 2019. It’s Canada’s biggest conference in the drone industry. And, by all accounts, it was a great success.

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Insta360 releases new X3 camera

The world leader in consumer 360° cameras, Shenzhen’s Insta360, has just released a new camera. It’s a step up from the popular ONE X2, featuring new sensors, better resolution and new features.

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Canadian firm offers unique drone detection solution

Vancouver-based SkyCope bills itself as having “the world’s smallest and most powerful AI supercomputer UAV detection system.” And there’s no doubt – what it does is quite impressive.

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Exclusive: Norway’s GRIFF Aviation debuts rocket-launching drone at CANSEC conference

Norway-based GRIFF Aviation is known for its heavy-lift drones. And now, as a result of a partnership with Norwegian armaments manufacturer NAMMO, the company is debuting a heavy lift drone that can dispatch anti-tank missiles.

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Insta360 releases “Sphere” 360 camera for DJI Air 2, Air 2S

Insta360, the Shenzhen 360° camera powerhouse, has released a new camera. It’s made to work with two popular DJI drones – opening up possibilities for your aerial videos and stills that simply could not be achieved without it.

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