5/29/16

Memorial Day 2016 - Flooding in the Kingwood Area

Memorial day weekend 2016 is turning out to be a wet one for Houston area residents. This footage is from Saturday, May 28 and shows the flooding in the lower parts of Forest Cove and King's Harbor. Updated footage will hopefully be out later today.

The flooding is expected to continue to rise til between 5 and 7pm on Sunday, May 29th. Please don't drive around barricades, or through water. You don't know how deep it might be.

If you're inspired to take your own drone footage, please fly safe - Under 400 feet, more than 5 miles from major airports, and have a spotter at all times. Always yield to manned aircraft, and don't fly above people!

5/26/16

Texas Drone Owners - Displayed Visually

Last Wednesday the FAA released some location data about their sUAS owner registry. This registry is intended for owners of model aircraft, rc helicopters, and multirotors (Collectively known as Small Unmanned Aerial Systems, or "Drones"). As other websites have noted, the registrations appear to follow population centers, which makes sense.

With nearly half a million registered drone owners, you can't help but wonder how many owners have opted not to register. 3D Robotics, America's largest drone manufacturer, estimates half a million have been sold in the US alone. Dronelife.com did some math (and guestimating), and came up with even more. At the end of the day, drones are easy enough to build that we will never truly know the total number of drones in the US.

If the FAA does a similar release in the future, I'd love to do a comparison of that data to the original, and see how registration has grown over time.