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Fall Colors Over War Eagle Mill In Rogers

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The Fall colors in the Ozarks are in full swing across the state of Arkansas and Semi hobbyist, Chris Davidson of Bentonville took to the sky over the War Eagle Mill with his DJI Mavic Air. Chris is a wildlife and nature photographer and recently added his Mavic to his camera bag.

The War Eagle Mill is a working gristmill in Benton County, Arkansas. A mill has been located on the site as early as 1832, but was destroyed three times, and last rebuilt in 1973.

The mill currently operates as an undershot gristmill, and houses a store and restaurant. The mill is located approximately 10 miles (16 kilometers) east of the city of Rogers in War Eagle, Arkansas.

Each fall the area plays host to the best craft fair in the country, an experience you don’t want to miss.

Follow Chris on Instagram at @lostriverphoto or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LostRiverPhotography

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A Snowy Downtown Bentonville Square

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A Snowy Downtown Bentonville Square

Zac Land of Greater Perspectives NWA, an Aerial Photography agency in Northwest Arkansas took advantage of his LAANC approval and shot these awesome photos of Bentonville’s Downtown Square after this last snow storm.

The Bentonville Square is located in the middle of downtown Bentonville, near the corner of Central and Main. It serves as a true city center, near trails, parks, retail, restaurants and museums. The Walton Five and Dime museum is located on the west side of the square. Two blocks north on Main Street is Compton Gardens, with access to the beautiful Crystal Bridges Trail, overlooking the Crystal Bridges Museum.

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Aerial View of Greenwood’s Downtown Square

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Aerial View of Greenwood’s Downtown Square

This week’s latest snow storm brought Greenwood Arkansas resident Keith Williams of Diamond Media Company out to photograph the town’s snow covered downtown square.

Greenwood was founded in 1851 when its location was selected for the first county seat of Sebastian County. The first court house was a log structure, replaced in 1865 by a frame court house which was built in the center of the public square. This courthouse later burned and in 1916 the courthouse was relocated south of the square. Since that time the square has become a city park and site of many festivals, city picnics and celebrations.

A F4 tornado destroyed most of Greenwood on April 19, 1968, killing 14 people and injuring 270. Damage was estimated at $1.5 million.

The clock and bell tower that stands in the middle of town square was designed and built in 1976 in recognition of the United States’ bicentennial. The bell tower houses the clock and bell that was once in the courthouse that was destroyed by the tornado. The clock and bell were used in the bell tower to recognize and remember the 14 people who died during the tornado.

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Pea Ridge Gives Walmart Drone Deliveries The Green Light

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Pea Ridge Gives Walmart Drone Deliveries The Green Light

The city of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, has unanimously approved Walmart to begin delivery of health and wellness products using Zipline’s delivery drones. The two partnered last year but have been waiting for the go-ahead for the last few months.

The trial drone delivery program will see small health and wellness goods weighing 3.9 pounds or lighter being delivered around Pea Ridge, within the drone’s range. It is expected to reach the delivery location after about 30 minutes, making it a great way to receive urgent goods.

The drones have a range of 50 miles, which means they will be able to reach the majority of northwest Arkansas. The program is said to create 10 local jobs, an important thing in the current world.

The drones will fly at an altitude of 300 to 400 feet and fly into a net rather than landing. The drone will release the package with a parachute at the drop-off location to slowly make its way to the ground.

Walmart and drones

This isn’t the first time Walmart has worked with drones. Last year September, it began a limited drone delivery service in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The drones have been delivering select groceries to test the operations before rolling out to the rest of the country.

The drones are from drone delivery company Flytrex and will be flown using a cloud-based system. Unlike other drone delivery networks, the drones will deliver the goods right to the customer’s door rather than a nearby depot or pick-up point.

The point of both of these pilot programs is for Walmart to collect valuable data on the customer’s acceptance of a drone delivering goods, the overall experience of getting goods delivered by drone, and if it makes sense to continue delivering groceries by drone.

Walmart also partnered with Intel to go on a drone light show tour around the US to celebrate the holiday season. The pair sent up 1,000 drones at each location, displaying holiday-themed images and characters.

Zipline

Zipline has been delivering emergency healthcare and vaccines to remote parts of Ghana for the last few years, with the drones making around 30-40 trips per day. That cuts a four-hour road journey down to only a 45-minute drone flight. The drones can complete roundtrip missions of 100 miles and have been able to save many patients with time-sensitive medical issues. The drones mainly carry snakebite anti-venom and malaria medication.

Zipline has also ventured to North Carolina to deliver medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to a Novant Health Medical Center in Charlotte. The delivery was fully contactless, with the drone dropping the package in a designated spot in the health center’s parking lot. Zipline has the ability to deliver medical supplies by drone to Novant Health’s Huntersville location but could have the possibility to service Novant Health’s 15 hospitals and nearly 700 clinics in the North Carolina area in the future.

Photo: Zipline

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FAA Grants Santa Claus Special Flight Permissions

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Contact:
 pressoffice@faa.gov 

FAA Grants Santa Claus Special Flight Permissions

WASHINGTON —The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced it has granted Santa Claus and his reindeer-powered sleigh special operating authority to engage in interstate air-cargo-delivery services directly to rooftops throughout the United States on Christmas Eve. 

In addition, for the first time ever, the FAA issued Santa a special commercial space license for a crewed mission to the International Space Station using his StarSleigh-1 space capsule powered by the Rudolph Rocket. The mission license includes both launch and reentry operations and will occur from a U.S.-based spaceport.

“We are pleased to help Santa safely navigate through the National Airspace System to bring his unique and universal brand of good will and joy to children and adults of all ages—even to those orbiting the Earth,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson.  “Let’s face it, 2020 was a difficult year and we all could use some special holiday cheer that only Santa can deliver.”  

Being a world humanitarian, Santa knows this Christmas is different from other years and he wholeheartedly agrees with the FAA decision to give priority to flights carrying COVID-19 vaccines and other cargo critical to the nation’s response to the ongoing public health emergency.

Nonetheless, with the aid of a flight plan that takes advantage of simplified air routes and NextGen satellite navigation, Santa is confident he will deliver all his gifts by Christmas morning as he has done for centuries. 

In addition, Santa has informed the FAA he will FlyHealthy during his journey by wearing a face mask on his flight to set a good example for everyone who is traveling by air this holiday season.

To ensure Santa and all other pilots have a safe trip, the FAA is asking the public for assistance and avoid creating a serious safety risk with drones and lasers. Sending up a drone to take a picture or video of an aircraft or sleigh is distracting to the pilots and will scare the reindeer, while holiday laser-light displays aimed into the sky can temporarily blind pilots.

Follow Santa’s progress as he travels across the U.S. by visiting the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) website, where NORAD tracks Santa’s Christmas Eve voyage.

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Walmart Holiday Drone Show At Fayetteville’s 112 Drive-In

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Walmart Holiday Drone Show At Fayetteville’s 112 Drive-In

This year’s holiday season feels like it needs more than the standard set of lights. Instead, think drones. To help families end the year looking up, Walmart is gifting the “Walmart Holiday Drone Light Show,” an all-new magical experience that brings the joy and wonder of the holiday season to the skies of select communities across the country, and to all families through a special live-streamed event.

The “Walmart Holiday Drone Light Show” is a free and contactless experience that brings holiday songs to life like never before. Thanks to nearly 1,000 Intel drones launched into the night’s sky, the light show creates three-dimensional seasonal shapes and characters, like snowflakes, reindeer, snowmen and holiday presents, choreographed to a soundtrack of classic and modern holiday favorites, from Frosty the Snowman by Bing Crosby to Run Run Rudolph by Kelly Clarkson.

Where will the show take place?

This event is touring the country and visiting 8 different local communities. Find a location below. You can also watch this magical experience live on Facebook and Instagram.

What time is the event?

Gates open 90 minutes prior to show time.
Weekday shows start at 7:00 PM and weekend shows start at 6:00 PM.

How long is the event?

The event will be approximately an hour long, where you’ll be entertained by a short holiday film and a thrilling drone light show. If you can’t make it

Tickets are free, but must be requested in advance. For everyone’s safety, tickets will not be available at the gate.out, we’ll have more details about a live stream soon — keep checking back!

How much does it cost? 

Tickets are free, but must be requested in advance. For everyone’s safety, tickets will not be available at the gate.

Can anyone get tickets?

To ensure everyone’s safety, parking spaces will be socially distanced.

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Walmart To Test Drone Delivery In Bentonville

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Walmart To Test Drone Delivery In Bentonville

Walmart has announced that trial deliveries will take place near Walmart’s headquarters in Northwest Arkansas using Zipline’s proprietary technology which is, simply put, really cool.

Zipline will operate from a Walmart store and can service a 50-mile radius, which is about the size of the state of Connecticut. And, not only does their launch and release system allow for quick on-demand delivery in under an hour, but it also eliminates carbon emissions, which lines up perfectly with our sustainability goals. The operation will likely begin early next year, and, if successful, we’ll look to expand.

Zipline, which operates the world’s largest drone delivery network, began operating in late 2016 in Rwanda primarily focusing on the on-demand delivery of medical supplies. To date, they’ve safely delivered more than 200,000 critical medical products to thousands of health facilities serving more than 20 million people across multiple countries. This uniquely positions them for national-scale operations across the United States.

As we continue to build upon the foundation of innovation laid for us by Mr. Sam, we’ll never stop looking into and learning about what the next best technology is and how we can use it to better serve our customers now and into the future.

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Sunset at The Momentary Museum in Bentonville

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Sunset at The Momentary Museum in Bentonville

The Momentary is a new contemporary art space satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in downtown Bentonville.

Situated along the Razorback Regional Greenway near 8th Street Market and transformed in a decommissioned 63,000-square-foot cheese factory into a multidisciplinary space for visual and performing arts, culinary experiences, festivals, artists-in-residence, and more.

This aerial tour by Chris Davidson of Lost River Photography in Bentonville.
Learn more about The Momentary Museum
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DJI Releases Tutorial Series For New Mavic Air 2 Drone

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DJI calls the new Mavic Air 2 its “smartest drone ever” and what that means, in a nutshell, is that it can meet you halfway both in terms of taking good photos and videos, and not smashing into its surroundings. The Mavic Air 2 has built-in sensors all over its body to detect objects and it’s integrated with the latest object avoidance software — Advanced Pilot Assistance System (APAS) — so that it doesn’t run into anything, like a tree branch, a house or even your brother. 

DJI has put together a Tutorial Series to help new users or show off it’s capabilities to future users. You can purchase the new Mavic Air 2 Fly More Kit on DJI’s Amazon store HERE.

Introduction to Mavic Air 2

Mavic Air 2 Unboxing

Mavic Air 2 – First Flight

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FAA Release Remote ID Details For Drone Users

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Photo: Mark Mallenmeyer

For Immediate Release
May 5, 2020


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced the eight companies that will assist the Federal government in establishing requirements for future suppliers of Remote Identification (Remote ID). Remote ID will enable Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly called drones, to provide identification and location information while operating in the nation’s airspace.

The FAA selected the following companies to develop technology requirements for future Remote ID UAS Service Suppliers (USS): Airbus, AirMap, Amazon, Intel, One Sky, Skyward, T-Mobile, and Wing. These companies were selected through a Request for Information process in December 2018.“The FAA will be able to advance the safe integration of drones into our nation’s airspace from these technology companies’ knowledge and expertise on remote identification,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

This initial group will support the FAA in developing technology requirements for other companies to develop applications needed for Remote ID. The applications will provide drone identification and location information to safety and security authorities while in flight.

The technology is being developed simultaneously with the proposed Remote ID rule. Application requirements will be announced when the final rule is published. The FAA will then begin accepting applications for entities to become Remote ID suppliers. The FAA will provide updates when other entities can apply to become qualified Remote ID USS on FAA.gov.

Drones are a fast-growing segment of the transportation sector with nearly 1.5 million drones and 160,000 remote pilots now registered with the FAA. The agency’s ability to develop Remote ID technology simultaneously with the rule enables the FAA to continue to build on a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system that has demonstrated global leadership through the small UAS rule and the implementation of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which automates the application and approval process for most UAS operators to obtain airspace authorizations.

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Aerial Tour Of Dickson Street In Fayetteville

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Here is a great Aerial Tour Of Dickson Street In Fayetteville by Drone. Perry Auxier of Capture Crew llc in Fayetteville was working a job under a temporary flight permit from the FAA and took the opportunity to film this beautiful sunrise.

The video starts off with the Walton Art Center, then cruises up Dickson Street past Buster’s, Condom Sense and what used to be Hog Haus Brewing as it goes thru renovation. Of course a tour of Dickson street has to include infamous George’s Majestic Lounge.

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New 2020 Laws For Recreational Drone Pilots

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New 2020 Laws For Recreational Drone Pilots

There’s a new law (PDF) that describes how, when, and where you can fly drones for recreational purposes. Following these rules will keep you and your drone safe and will help keep the airspace available to everyone.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Register your dronemark it on the outside with the registration number (PDF), and carry proof of registration with you.
  2. Fly only for recreational purposes.
  3. Follow the safety guidelines of a community based organization.
  4. Fly your drone at or below 400 feet when in uncontrolled or “Class G” airspace. This is airspace where the FAA is not controlling manned air traffic. To determine what type of airspace you are in, refer to the mobile application that operates your drone (if so equipped) and/or use other drone-related mobile applications. Knowing your location and what airspace you’re in will also help you avoid interfering with other aircraft.
  5. Do NOT fly in controlled airspace (around and above many airports) unless:
    1. You receive an airspace authorization for operations in controlled airspace through LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability), before you fly. Learn more about approved LAANC UAS Service Suppliers for recreational flyers.
    2. You are flying at a recreational flyer fixed site that has a written agreement with the FAA. The FAA has posted a list of approved sites (MS Excel) and has depicted them as blue dots on a map. Each fixed site is limited to the altitude shown on this map, which varies by location.

    NOTE: If your organization is interested in establishing a letter of agreement for a fixed flying site, please contact us at 9-AJT-UAS-Integration@faa.gov.

    The FAA is experiencing a high volume of requests for fixed sites. At this time, the FAA is reviewing requests based on available resources.

  6. Keep your drone within your line of sight, or within the visual line-of-sight of a visual observer who is co-located and in direct communication with you.
  7. Do NOT fly in airspace where flight is prohibited. Airspace restrictions can be found on our interactive map, and temporary flight restrictions can be found here. Drone operators are responsible for ensuring they comply with all airspace restrictions.
  8. Never fly near other aircraft, especially near airports.
  9. Never fly over groups of people, public events, or stadiums full of people.
  10. Never fly near emergencies such as any type of accident response, law enforcement activities, firefighting, or hurricane recovery efforts.
  11. Never fly under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Recreational flyers should know that if they intentionally violate any of these safety requirements, and/or operate in a careless and reckless manner, they could be liable for criminal and/or civil penalties.

Read the Authorization for limited recreational operations as described in section 44809 (PDF). All limited recreational operations should be conducted in accordance with this authorization.

For more information, read Advisory Circular 91-57B.

Changes Coming in the Future

The new law also requires:

  1. Drone operators to pass an online aeronautical knowledge and safety test and carry proof of test passage.
  2. The FAA to issue guidance for how it will recognize community based organizations.

The FAA is incrementally rolling out these features and requirements.

Check our website for the latest updates or follow us on social media for the latest news.

More detailed information about the FAA’s plan to fully implement the requirements of Section 349 of the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 may be found on the Federal Register.

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Aerial Footage Of Union Pacific Big Boy Train In Van Buren

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Greg Parker of Diamond Aerial Images LLC based out of the River Valley took his Drone and still camera to shoot this historic locomotive as it passed thru the Van Buren area this week.

Known as Big Boy #4014, it is the world’s largest steam locomotives weighing in at over 1 million pounds.

The Union Pacific Big Boy is a type of simple articulated 4-8-8-4 steam locomotive manufactured by the American Locomotive Company between 1941 and 1944 and operated by the Union Pacific Railroad in revenue service until 1959.

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