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Major Changes Coming for Canada’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems Industry

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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

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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

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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…

New Rules for Canadian Recreational Drone Pilots: What You Need to Know Before You Fly

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Updated March 2017: We’ve updated this post to reflect the new Transport Canada rules that Canadian recreational drone (UAV) pilots should be aware of before they fly. With the use of multi-rotor Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), a.k.a. drones increasing in Canada, it’s important that you know which Canadian UAV laws apply to you before taking your drone on its first flight. We’ve found a US based website called Airmap that might be a useful resource for mapping out where you can fly your drone. Because it’s US based, it uses FAA (American) flight restrictions, but it has Canadian cities and…

Maintain & Care For Your UAV’s LiPo Batteries with These Simple Tips

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Flying a UAV in cold weather is challenging enough without having to constantly worry about battery performance… That’s why we wanted to share some important tips on how to properly operate, care for & ultimately help to extend the lifespan of your UAV’s LiPo batteries. To start, it’s important to know that all UAV’s use LiPo batteries. LiPo (short for Lithium Polymer) has a special chemical makeup that allows a lot of power to be supplied from a small lightweight battery. Lithium (the Li in LiPo) can sometimes become, as I am sure you have heard, unstable when damaged or not used correctly.…

DJI Phantom 4 Pro: Smarter, Faster & More Powerful Than Ever Before

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The Inspire 2 wasn’t the only updated product that DJI announced earlier this week, they also dropped the latest incarnation of their best-selling Phantom line, the Phantom 4 Pro. DJI Phantom 4 Pro Based on the Phantom 4 platform released earlier this year, the Phantom 4 Pro boasts a host of improvements most notably its upgraded obstacle avoidance system, similar to the system found on the new Inspire 2 Model. Other improvements include an upgraded camera, new titanium and magnesium alloy body construction and improvements to the remote controller including an integrated screen. Fly with Confidence The Phantom 4 Pro’s six…