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So far Joe Papa has created 21 blog entries.

World’s Best Drone Motor Teardown – What brand can you count on?

By |October 27th, 2016|Motors, Product Review|

Choosing the world's best drone motor was no easy feat.  Over the last five years, hobby grade components and ready to fly solutions (RTF) originally targeted for fun have been forced to grow in scale to handle larger cameras. As platforms grew, demands for universal gimbals and precision stabilization became the priority. Once the Freefly Movi found [...]

DJI Mavic Pro – Pocket sized Brilliance

By |September 27th, 2016|First Look, Tech, Uncategorized|

Until now it hasn't exactly been easy to film yourself doing anything. Sure you can snap a selfie with your phone or hand it off to a stranger for a quick pic, but what if that doesn't tell the story?  Today we all use social media to share a message or a story.   Photos [...]

FAA Part 107 or Section 333 Exemption?

By |August 29th, 2016|FAA|

There is a lot of confusion around the new Part 107 and the 333 exemption that many pilots may already have or were recently granted. Many are wondering if the 333 is now obsolete. The choice is yours and widely depends on how you plan to operate your drone. Since 333 exemptions are valid for [...]

FAA Part 107 Takes Effect August 29th, 2016

By |August 29th, 2016|FAA|

CATS testing centers around the country were opened to eager commercial drone pilots looking to get their FAA Part 107 certificate. I personally took the test myself on the East Coast and will be discussing the process as well as what you can expect on the next Dronelife Podcast episode. The test consisted of 60 [...]

FAA Part 107 Study Guide

By |August 19th, 2016|FAA, News|

The FAA Part 107 study guide is available for download. If you are planning on taking the Part 107 test in September, you're probably starting to feel the pre-test jitters. Our previous post included a lot of pertinent information and links.  If you've taken the FAA safety test online, you may have felt like the [...]

LA Drone School Advanced Cinema Workshop

By |August 11th, 2016|News|

Those of you who have listened to the Multirotor Podcast know that I'm dedicated to teaching drones.  The dronelife podcast focuses even more on the technical side but I didn't stop there. I've wanted to teach live workshops around the world for over 3 years. In that time I've spoken to many pilots who wish [...]

Register for FAA Part 107 Drone commercial use

By |August 9th, 2016|FAA|

Those looking to fly drones for commercial use are probably more than aware of the recent FAA part 107 announcement. If you have already taken the safety course online you're only part of the way there. Register for the Part 107 knowledge test by visiting the link below and signing up. The test will be [...]

FAA Part 107 Commercial Drone Rules Announced

By |June 21st, 2016|FAA, News|

The FAA has finally announced the much-anticipated Part 107 during a press conference in Washington this morning. Expected to have a huge impact on the commercial drone industry, the rules govern flight use for aerial photography, cinematography, and utilities inspection, for example. "Regulations will create new opportunities for business and government to use drones" Federal Aviation [...]

Is the DJI M600 the machine to buy in 2016?

By |May 8th, 2016|First Look, Reviews|

During my visit to NAB 2016, I had the opportunity to get up and personal with DJI’s new Matrice (M600), as well as get the lowdown from the guys on staff regarding its performance. While I'm not blown away by everything they had to say, there are some pretty interesting facts I uncovered that you'll [...]

DJI A3 Flight Controller Preview

By |April 28th, 2016|Flight Controller, Tech|

The A3 is DJI's new flagship flight controller announced at NAB 2016.  The A3 is the kind of tech that keeps me up at night and derails concentration during conversations with friends and family. A serious upgrade from anything currently available from any manufacturer, the A3 will become the flight controller of choice for cinematographers [...]

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