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FAQ: What needs to be in a Crew Briefing?

FAQ: What needs to be in a Crew Briefing?

When operating a drone, it can be helpful to work with a crew to ensure smooth operations.  Crafting a comprehensive drone pilot crew briefing is crucial for these safe and efficient operations. This article delves into the essential components necessary to ensure...

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FAQ: How can a Pilot Assess Crew Readiness?

FAQ: How can a Pilot Assess Crew Readiness?

Prior to every flight, each pilot must assess whether or not they are fit to fly. In the regulations, this is called ‘Crew Readiness’. The Pilot in Command and all crew members, need to be ready for the flight, which begs the question;   How can a Pilot assess...

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How to Safely Fly Your Drone in The Winter

How to Safely Fly Your Drone in The Winter

How to Safely Fly Your Drone in The Winter As winter blankets the landscape with its icy embrace, drone enthusiasts are presented with unique challenges when taking to the skies. The cold temperatures, snow, and icy conditions can pose significant risks to the drone...

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LiDAR vs. Photogrammetry: Understanding the Key Differences

LiDAR vs. Photogrammetry: Understanding the Key Differences

LiDAR vs. Photogrammetry Understanding the Key Differences In modern geospatial technology, LiDAR and photogrammetry are prominent methods for capturing detailed spatial data. While both techniques serve similar purposes of generating accurate maps and models of the...

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5 Tips for Transport Canada Exams

5 Tips for Transport Canada Exams

Transport Canada's written exams are known to be difficult and sometimes filled with oddly worded questions. For newer pilots, taking a Transport Canada exam may seem like a daunting task, so all of us here at the Coastal Drone office pooled our know-how to give you 5...

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FAQ: Do Pilots Need a Radio for Advanced Operations?

FAQ: Do Pilots Need a Radio for Advanced Operations?

Airplane and Helicopter Pilots all talk on the radio. They do this to communicate with other pilots and with Air Traffic Control. So it’s a natural extension to ask the question:  ANSWER Drone Pilots do not require a radio for operations in Canada. If a pilot would...

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How Photogrammetry Enables 3D Drone Mapping

How Photogrammetry Enables 3D Drone Mapping

How Photogrammetry Enables 3D Drone Mapping In recent years, the convergence of cutting-edge technologies has given rise to innovative applications, and one such fusion that has taken the world by storm is the marriage of drones and photogrammetry. Photogrammetry, the...

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What Drone Data is Used in Photogrammetry?

What Drone Data is Used in Photogrammetry?

What Drone Data is Used in Photogrammetry? In the realm of modern technology, drones have emerged as powerful tools with the ability to revolutionize various industries. One such area where drones showcase their prowess is in photogrammetry, a technique that harnesses...

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FAQ: Can I use my DJI Mini 3 in an Advanced Flight Review?

FAQ: Can I use my DJI Mini 3 in an Advanced Flight Review?

It’s no secret that the DJI Mini series is one of the most popular models of drone on the market today, so many pilots opt for a DJI Mini Series Drone for their first drone. Pilots who want to get an Advanced Certificate may want to use their trusty Mini, so the...

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Check out these Checklists!

Check out these Checklists!

From sub-250g drones, all the way up to the Airbus A380 and beyond, the aviation world runs on checklists. Let's look at some checklist requirements today!CHECKLISTS VS SOPs VS PROCEDURES - WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE? In aviation, pilots use checklists, standard operating...

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Drone Batteries: Everything You Need To Know

Drone Batteries: Everything You Need To Know

Drone Batteries: Everything You Need To KnowDrone Batteries: Everything You Need To Know As the use of drones becomes increasingly popular, so have the conversations regarding their components. Drone batteries are an essential component of any drone and are a hot...

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DJI Mini 4 Pro: Price and Specs

DJI Mini 4 Pro: Price and Specs

DJI Mini 4 Pro: Price and SpecsDJI Mini 4 Pro: Price and Specs Whether you are just starting off on your journey with drones or are an experienced drone pilot looking for a compact drone to have with you on the go, the DJI Mini 4 Pro is a drone that just can’t be...

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FAQ for Prospective Drone Pilots

FAQ for Prospective Drone Pilots

The Beginner's Guide to Drones: Answering Your Top 10 Questions Welcome to the exciting world of drones! If you're new to these flying wonders, you probably have a bunch of questions. Don't worry, we've got you covered. Let's dive into the ten most frequently asked...

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New Course Numbering and Hardware Bundles for December 2023

New Course Numbering and Hardware Bundles for December 2023

1. Course Name and Photo UpdatesYou may be noticing some changes to your Coastal Drone Courses. In order to streamline the differences between Basic, Advanced, and forthcoming Complex operations, we are giving our courses and bundles a bit of a ‘facelift’. In order to...

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Using Drones for Construction and Inspection Projects

Using Drones for Construction and Inspection Projects

Using Drones for Construction and Inspection Projects Despite being one of the largest industries in the world, the construction industry is resistant to adopting technological advances. The Globe and Mail reports that the Canadian construction sector is taking its...

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What You Need to Know About Drone Registration

What You Need to Know About Drone Registration

What You Need to Know About Drone Registration Drones have made it easy to take mind-blowing and captivating photos, videos and cinematic scenes Thanks to these devices leveraging sophisticated technology, they have revolutionized the creative, mapping and search as...

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Essential Tips for Passing a Drone Exam

Essential Tips for Passing a Drone Exam

Essential Tips for Passing a Drone Exam The Canadian drone exam is an open book with multiple-choice questions. That is, you can flip through or research for answers throughout the exam, and you can select your answers from the multiple-choice options provided....

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The Pros and Cons of Using a Drone in Real Estate

The Pros and Cons of Using a Drone in Real Estate

The Pros and Cons of Using a Drone in Real Estate 83% of potential homeowners prefer using a real estate agent who uses a drone to showcase their property. Because when it comes to real estate, it's all about the view!And having a property that has fantastic views...

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Flying Your Drone Safely: A Complete Guide

Flying Your Drone Safely: A Complete Guide

Flying Your Drone Safely: A Complete Guide If you are into content creation, photography or survey mapping, a drone is what separates an okay shot from a mind-blowing one. How? The angles and clarity from a drone aerial shot make all the difference. It is challenging...

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Flying a Drone in National Parks in Canada

Flying a Drone in National Parks in Canada

Flying a Drone in National Parks in Canada Flying a drone over national parks is one of the most longed-for activities. Seeing the enchanting forests, gushing waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, or the undisturbed wilderness encircled by an equally stunning environment...

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Understanding the Basics of Drone Regulation

Understanding the Basics of Drone Regulation

Understanding the Basics of Drone Regulation Drones have revolutionized everything, from movies, to search and rescue. And their ability to access hard-to-reach areas enables us to perform effectively, thus making them increasingly popular. Flying drones involves much...

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Common Drone Operator Mistakes to Avoid

Common Drone Operator Mistakes to Avoid

Common Drone Operator Mistakes to Avoid Being a drone operator can be a rewarding and lucrative career that many people enjoy. Drones can make a lot of jobs easier and safer for workers,making them a great choice for taking  arial shots, land surveying, and search and...

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The Benefits of Having a Detailed Drone Map

The Benefits of Having a Detailed Drone Map

  The Benefits of Having a Detailed Drone Map Flying a drone or successfully completing a project without a detailed drone map is a recipe for disaster. You could fly the drone in a restricted area like an airport or military area or dangerous areas such as near...

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Is the Mavic 3E Better Than the Phantom 4 RTK?

Is the Mavic 3E Better Than the Phantom 4 RTK?

Is the Mavic 3E Better Than the Phantom 4 RTK? DJI has developed high-performing drone models—Mavic 3E and Phantom 4 RTK. These DJI drone models come with cutting-edge technology, advanced features and capabilities that make them perfect for commercial and industrial...

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Is the DJI Mavic 3T Good for Mapping

Is the DJI Mavic 3T Good for Mapping

Is the DJI Mavic 3T Good for Mapping Mapping requires precise, high-quality images and video for creating highly detailed maps, which is where the DJI Mavic 3T excels with its wonderful 4K camera and stunning 20MP resolution. But there's so much more than a camera...

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