Aerial Imaging Platforms, aka drones, UAV's etc have become a major tool in creating everything from personal videos to major motion pictures. Keep up-to-date on the news and updates from DJI, Yuneec, Fiilex and more.

New Canadian Drone Piloting Rules, What’s Changed?


New Canadian drone piloting rules were announced by Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau that will take effect on June 1st, 2019 and they include a number of changes to the older regulations we posted about in July 2017. New Canadian Drone Piloting Rules – Highlights The new rules apply to anyone who will be operating a drone weighing between 250 grams and 25 kilograms and is flown within a pilot’s visual-line-of-sight, regardless of application (fun, work or research). Anyone wishing to pilot a drone will have to pass an online exam, get a pilot certificate for basic or advanced operations and…

DJI Announces Updated Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 Quadcopter


With very little fanfare, DJI has quietly announced their latest quadcopter, the Phantom 4 Pro v2.0. While it features essentially the same specs as their popular Phantom 4 Pro, the 4 Pro v2.0 does offer a few minor updates that we will discuss here. Phantom 4 Pro v2.0 Updates Propellers DJI claims that the newly designed quick-release propeller design will reduce prop noise by up to 60% when compared to the the 4 Pro as well as making it slightly more aerodynamic. Video Transmission System/New Remote Unlike previous Phantom versions that utilize DJI’s Lightbridge transmission system, the 4 Pro V2.0…

DJI Mavic Air: Pocket Sized, 4K 100 Mbps Video Drone


The newly announced DJI Mavic Air is a tiny powerhouse that features a 3-axis gimbal camera (the first in a drone this small) capable of capturing 4K 30fps 100 Mbps UHD video, 21 minute (max) flight time and a range of up to 4km. Combines the best features of the Mavic Pro & SPARK Like the Mavic Pro and SPARK, the Mavic Air features folding arms allowing for maximum portability. When compared to the original Mavic Pro (which is small enough to fit into a backpack), the Mavic Air, like the SPARK, is small enough to fit in your jacket…

Major Changes Coming for Canada’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry


On July 15th, 2017, Transport Canada released new proposed regulations for UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) operators known as Canada Gazette I. The updated regulations will take effect on January 15, 2018, and Transport Canada is currently in the process of gathering input from Canadians that will help to shape the new rules. This is why AlteX wants to make it easier for you to add your input. This 34-page document includes major changes that will have a huge impact Canada’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry. AlteX Canada Gazette 1 Campaign AlteX UAV realizes that interpreting government regulations can be challenging and…

Rules for Canadian Recreational Drone Pilots: Updated


As we discussed in a blog post in March of this year, Canada’s original interim rules for drone pilots were extremely restrictive. So restrictive in fact, that if you wanted to fly your drone for recreational purposes, you would in essence, need to be on a deserted island. Now, after much lobbying by Canadian drone operators and a group called NODE – the Network of Drone Enthusiasts -, the Canadian Government has introduced a more relaxed version of their interim drone rules. “The revised Interim Order is a step in the right direction. The extremely restrictive rules in the original…

DJI Unveils the Gesture Controlled Spark Mini-Drone


In a splashy launch at New York’s Grand Central Station, DJI announced their latest “shut up and take my money already” product, the Spark Mini Drone. The Spark, is about the same size as a pop can when fully collapsed, making it the most portable of all of DJI’s line up of personal drones. The Spark features all of the features of it’s big brother the Mavic Pro such as active track, flight autonomy, return to home and GEO System but adds some really cool new features into the mix. Intelligent Flight Modes Looking like something out of a Sci-Fi movie, the new Palm Control…

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