Tag: UAV

UAV Exemption myths

I’ve heard some comments here and there that lead me to believe that some SAR groups think they can operate a UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) under the Transport Canada’s exception for sub 2kg UAVs. The reality is that the conditions in this exception are very

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Update on UAV use for SAR in British Columbia

The following clarification on the use of UAVs was issued by Emergency Management BC a few weeks ago; it has important implications for SAR teams considering using UAVs. This is a significant development on project I’ve been working on for the past few

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UAV use cases for SAR

This is part three of my series of posts on the operational use of UAVs for SAR. The first post was on the basics of UAV use in Canada, and the second was on how SAR works in BC for

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UAV Operations for Canadian SAR Teams

Earlier this year I wrote a quick primer on SAR in BC for UAV operators. Today I’d like to write a quick note on the flip side of that coin, information the SAR teams need to know. I covered this material before, but I keep

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Uses for UAVs in SAR

I realized that despite thinking a lot, and taking to a lot of people about the various uses for UAVs in Search and Rescue, I have not actually posted some of those ideas to the blog. Allow me to correct that. First, I’d

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UAV Regulations

A SAR team is attempting to sue the FAA for the right to use UAVs to find lost people. They are angry that the FAA has essentially banned the use of UAVs throughout the US, except for special cases like private airspace. The thing

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Avalanche Journal Article on UAVs in SAR

I wrote a short piece summarizing the current state of UAV use in Canada with respect to Search and Rescue for the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Avalanche Journal, linked below (page 14)

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SAR in BC for UAV operators

In my ongoing series about the operational use of UAVs for Search and Rescue, today I’d like to post about how a UAV operator can understand how Search and Rescue in British Columbia works, and where UAV operations fit in.

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Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: the basics

As I wrote last week, I spent a lot of time this past year investigating the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Search and Rescue. In 2012 I spoke with major manufacturers prior to attending SARScene 2012. When I got

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Unmanned Systems Canada

Readers of the blog have probably noticed I’ve been trying to find a way to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) for SAR operations for about a year now. When I heard that Unmanned Systems Canada, the industry group who is

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