Wednesday, October 7, 2015

EMMU LLC Granted FAA Section 333 Exemption to Operate UAS Commercially

The Federal Aviation Administration Grants Section 333 Exemption Status and a Certificate of Authorization to EMMU LLC, an aerial imaging solutions company.
Rockledge, FL October 07, 2015 EMMU LLC (EMMU), an aerial imaging solutions company, has been granted a Section 333 Exemption and a Certificate of Authorization (COA) for commercial Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) operations throughout the United States by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

FAA Fines Drone Company That Flew Near NY, Chicago Airports $1.9 Million

The Federal Aviation Administration announced its harshest civil penalty against a UAS operator for alleged illegal drone flights over some of the United States' major aviation hubs. The $1.9 million penalty is against SkyPan International Inc., a Chicago-based company the FAA says flew 65 illegal flights between March 21, 2012, and Dec. 15, 2014, over Chicago and New York, in addition to other locations.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Seeing beyond the long-range potential of UAS

Many UAS-related businesses with commercial exemptions are anxious to take advantage of the technology’s capabilities, but are being held back by FAA restrictions. Does one company’s experience show a path forward?

Exemptions for the commercial operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) issued by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have come with an important caveat: the aircraft cannot operate beyond visual line of sight (LOS), greatly restricting their use for many applications.

UAS Magazine – The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Seeing beyond the long-range potential of UAS

Friday, August 28, 2015

FAA B4UFLY Smartphone App released for Beta Testing

B4UFLY is an easy-to-use smartphone app that helps unmanned aircraft operators determine whether there are any restrictions or requirements in effect at the location where they want to fly.

On August 28, 2015, the FAA released B4UFLY to approximately 1,000 beta testers, including members of industry, government, and the public.  EMMU LLC was selected as one of the beta testers for the B4UFLY smartphone app.

This limited beta test is expected to run for several months, after which the FAA plans to make a final version of B4UFLY available for the general public. The beta version of the app is for iOS devices only, but the FAA intends to release a future version for both iOS and Android devices.

Key features of the B4UFLY app include:
  • A clear "status" indicator that immediately informs the operator about their current or planned location. For example, it shows flying in the Special Flight Rules Area around Washington, DC is prohibited
  • Information on the parameters that drive the status indicator
  • A "Planner Mode" for future flights in different locations
  • Informative, interactive maps with filtering options
  • Links to other FAA UAS resources and regulatory information

Monday, August 3, 2015

PSA That Explains The Hazards Of Flying A Drone Near A Wildfire

Responding to recent incidents in which unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), also known as "drones," interfered with manned aircraft involved in wildland firefighting operations, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is supporting the U.S. Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service in their simple message to drone operators: If you fly; we can’t.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Where in the world is that drone..
Google Earth may have some new competition... This is pretty awesome, just click a location and see it from a drones perspective! 
“Ever wish you could pick a place on the planet and instantly have a drone’s-eye view? Well, now you can.

Head over to TravelByDrone, a curated index of drone videos on YouTube sorted on a handy world map. Pick a place, click a pin and boom - you’ll be floating over oceans, cities and forests in no time.

As you’d expect, the U. S. and Europe have the highest concentration of pins. But there are plenty of drone videos from many other countries, including this stunning one from Sri Lanka. ”

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Drones Are Becoming the Oil Industry's Guardian Angels

As petroleum has become harder to find, it's become increasingly costly and dangerous to extract. Could aerial data-collection bots create a new boom in fossil fuels?

More; Drones Are Becoming the Oil Industry's Guardian Angels | HP

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Marine Aerial Photography with a Drone!

Our drone photos and videos help to maximize sailing performance on the water and increase tangible sponsorship opportunities for a regatta or campaign. Our imagery can be used for performance analysis, promotional videos and much more.

EMMU LLC are specialists in drone cinematography and photography. Our team of drone pilots are all qualified and insured as well as being experienced sailors who combine their ability as pilots with their passion and understanding of sailing.

First FAA-approved drone delivery drops medicine in Virginia

The first government-approved drone delivery took flight on Friday, in which an unmanned aerial vehicle successfully dropped medical supplies to a health clinic in rural southwest Virginia.

Read more; First FAA-approved drone delivery drops medicine in Virginia - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Friday, July 17, 2015

UAS Magazine - UAS proves value in U.S. Fish & Wildlife pelican survey

Using an unmanned aerial system (UAS) to count pelicans nesting at the Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada demonstrated the value of UAS to achieve a far more accurate bird count while reducing risks and lowering costs.

Last May, Mark Bauer, a UAS pilot and geospatial analyst with the U.S. Geological Survey, made three flights over Anaho Island with a fixed-wing AeroVironment RQ-11A Raven as part of an annual pelican survey conducted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
UAS Magazine รข€“ The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - UAS proves value in U.S. Fish & Wildlife pelican survey

Friday, July 3, 2015

Buying Drones in Central Florida

Florida has a bunch of great, diverse landscapes. Everything from ocean shores to expansive and awe-inspiring islands, forests and cities. Whether you are photographer, videographer, drone enthusiast, or just an admirer of the sights, you will be thrilled to have an advanced drone that can span the sights and allow you to eat up the scenery.
There are many places in Florida that have drones for sale. If you want the comfort of going to a store in person and browsing around for the right drone or you want to chat with an employee about all the newest features, there’s a list of stores near you. However, you may find that no stores near you offer drones you want.

DJI Inspire 1 truly is a “Vintage” UAS

The DJI Inspire 1 fits into your lifestyle whether you plan to use it for business, pleasure, or both. Fly with the 4K camera, and this professional system transforms everything you create.  EMMU LLC has been testing this aircraft and now flies the Inspire 1 as our primary aircraft.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Drone Helps Firefighters Save Stranded Rafters; Carried Life Jacket To Wet, Cold Kids

Images taken by a DJI Phantom 3 shows how firefighters used a drone to reach a pair of stranded paddlers.
Firefighters had to use a drone to save a teenager and a younger boy when they became stuck on a rock in the middle of a raging current. Rescue crews tried to reach the pair in a raft -- but when the waves became overwhelming they paddled back to shore and used a small unmanned aircraft to toe a line over to the boys.
The kids, age 18 and 12, were boating down the Little Androscoggin River in Mechanic Falls, Maine on Tuesday when they became stranded on a slippery rock surface. Only one was wearing a life jacket, and they couldn't safely navigate the unpredictable rapids to shore. So Fire Chief Frank Roma, of Auburn Maine, a county in the state's southern region, attached a rope line to his own DJI Phantom 3 and piloted the drone out over the middle of the river. He then sent a life jacket over the line and used the Phantom to watch from above.

Commercial UAS, UAV and or Drone Applications and Beyond.

Everyone is wondering when the rules will be announced that allow commercial operations of unmanned aircraft systems, also known as UAS, UAV or drones—and when they are announced, what will they say? The topic has gained the attention of people at the highest levels of the government, as well as entrepreneurs, manufacturers and software developers. Instead of waiting for all the details to be worked out, many are jumping into the new market space in hopes of gaining a competitive advantage and attracting early adopters. The exciting prospects of this formerly military-focused technology have captured the imagination of people in a diverse range of commercial industries.  See some of the applications available to you for UAS, UAV or Drones below.

Elevate Your Production with Aerial Photography UAS, UAV and Drones.

So, what UAS, UAV and Drones is EMMU LLC flying for aerial photography and video productions when permitted with UAS section 333 exemption and by local authorities? 

DJI Inpsire 1 Quadcopter - LIVE HD

-Footprint size approximately 2 foot diameter / weight approximately 6.5 lbs / Indoors or outdoors
-This is a small sized drone and can be operated indoors or virtually anywhere
-Same camera as the DJI Phantom 3 on a more advanced copter
-LIVE HD Video streaming. Support for live television, live news or YouTube
-This drone is flown exclusively with the Inspire 1 camera and lens made by Sony
-Sony EXMOR 1/2.3” Lens 20mm (35mm format equivalent/2.8 focus at ∞ Anti-distortion)
-Recording Formats: MP4 / MOV (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) / 720p / 1080p / 4k ( 24,30,60 fps )
-Typically flown for LIVE TV, LIVE Sports, real estate, independent films, university projects
-3 axis gyro stabilized video / Live SD video downlink or live HD downlink
-Single operator controls. Pilot controls the aircraft and the camera or dual operator controls. With separate controls set up for camera operator
-Flight time approximately 18 min per battery. Many batteries available. Recharging as needed.

We have plans in the future to add the DJI Spreading Wings S1000 Octocopter, which is a large UAS typically flown for feature films, corporate features and other high end productions.
We also offer handheld camera mounts and manned helicopters for those high up shots.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

UAS Magazine: The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Practicing For Real-Life UAS Events

A program called VirtualAirBoss developed by Smart C2 was integrated with NASA’s UAS Traffic Management system during emergency preparedness exercises off the coast of southern California.

More: UAS Magazine  The Latest News on Unmanned Aerial Systems - Practicing For Real-Life UAS Events

Avionics Magazine : FAA Expects to Issue Commercial UAS Rule in 2016

Avionics Today 06-18-2015 FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker told lawmakers Wednesday that the long awaited federal rule regulating the commercial operation of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) will be published by June 2016. Whitaker was pressed about the agency's delays in releasing the rule during a hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which also featured testimony from Amazon regarding its pursuit of the use of UAS to deliver packages throughout the National Airspace System (NAS).  - See more at: Avionics Magazine :: FAA Expects to Issue Commercial UAS Rule in 2016

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Drones against sharks: Tracking UAV used on California beach

Lifeguards on Surfside Beach in California are sending out new miniature drones to detect sharks. If the sharks show aggressive behavior, they will close the beaches.

The drone allows lifeguards to get a bird’s eye view in real time without so much as putting a toe in the water.

On Monday the drone recorded a juvenile great white in waist-high water, although thankfully there were no swimmers at the time.


As Stress Drives Off Drone Operators, Air Force Must Cut Flights

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — After a decade of waging long-distance war through their video screens, America’s drone operators are burning out, and the Air Force is being forced to cut back on the flights even as military and intelligence officials are demanding more over intensifying combat zones in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
The Air Force plans to trim the flights by the armed surveillance drones to 60 a day by October from a recent peak of 65 as it deals with the first serious exodus of the crew members who helped usher in a new era of war by remote control.

Monday, February 2, 2015

EMMU After 15 Years of Business

After more than 15 years in business and a major reorganization in 2006, EMMU today delivers robust, flexible and turnkey Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), aerial photography and remote sensing solutions, products and services. 

EMMU or Emergency Mobile Mapping Unit was originally established in 2000 by Dave Crago to meet an industry need for a specialized group qualified to respond to a public safety need for a true mobile emergency GIS response capability.  Drawing from years’ of aviation, forestry, search and rescue and firefighting experience.  Dave was able to assemble a group of emergency response, GIS and aerial remote sensing professionals that was unsurpassed in the public safety industry.  EMMU went on to be a leader in the training and support of wildland firefighter, first responders and search and rescue professionals. 

EMMU quickly learned that the opportunities for mobile GIS systems did not end with the limits of your imagination. While ideal for emergency management, the mobile GIS systems proved just as valuable for private, corporate, county and industrial research where onsite mapping technologies saved time and cut costs considerably.   It was also at this time, that EMMU established themselves as a leader in georeferenced oblique aerial photography, providing invaluable and accurate geographical information and imagery for various government agencies from virtually any aircraft on a moments notice.

In 2006 EMMU had developed their skills through extensive operational aerial photography, remote sensing and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) surveillance work with the military and government agencies. From these beginnings with military systems, EMMU now provides quality and safe commercial services with UAS and manned aircraft including mapping, inspections, photography and monitoring throughout North America.  EMMU is at the forefront of a technological and operational change, focused on reinventing the way we work and look at the world.