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Yuneec International Expands Commercial UAV Offerings with All-New H520 Drone

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Categories: Aerial ImageryEquipmentMultirotor AircraftNewsPhotography
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H520 Builds Upon Yuneec’s Proven Six-Rotor Platform and Incorporates Industry-First Commercial-Grade Features and Software Developer Kit


ONTARIO, CA (January 5, 2017) — Yuneec International, a world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its commercial UAV offerings with the unveiling of the H520, an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications. The H520 builds off Yuneec’s proven six-rotor platform and incorporates industry-first commercial-grade cameras and applications for high-end commercial use. The H520 offers longer flight time, greater payload, modular design and enhanced components while staying true to Yuneec’s standard of excellence in aviation precision and safety.

The H520, engineered for optimal use in industrial and commercial environments, features high visibility Hazard Orange fuselage and a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors. A 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal coupled with retractable landing gear provides an unobstructed view from any angle. The camera and gimbal are capable of a 20 degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections.

Yuneec will offer three camera options that include the CGO-ET dual thermal RGB camera, CGO-CI seven-element inspection-ready camera and CGO-3+. The CGO-ET is specifically designed for law enforcement, Search & Rescue and solar inspections applications and is the industry’s first thermal and residual light combination. Targeting the broadcast, cinema, and vertical inspection markets, the CGO-CI’s longer FOV and edge-to-edge distortion-free lens captures sharp, high-contrast imaging, which meets the needs of filmmakers and broadcast producers as it is the industry’s first long-focal lens camera. Additional upgrades to the H520 camera options include a panoramic shooting function along with burst, time-lapse and metering modes.

“With its suite of advanced features, the H520 is dependable, reliable and capable of fulfilling virtually any commercial need,” said Yu Tian, Group CIO and CEO of Yuneec Technology Co., Ltd. “Pilots can fly with confidence knowing they have an array of camera options for a variety of situations and industry-leading safety features including intelligent obstacle navigation with Intel® RealSense™ Technology.”

Challenging angles and locations are more accessible with the safety backup of Intel RealSense Technology, a feature found on the H520, which enables the aircraft to intelligently navigate around objects, taking safety and flying options to the next level. Coupled with the industry’s only user-variable speed control, pilots can confidently approach critical structures without concern of impact.

The H520 comes with the professional-grade Android-based ST16 controller, which has a large 7-inch integrated display and HD 720p video downlink for real-time video reception, and an HDMI uplink for distribution to external monitors

Yuneec will launch a software developer kit (SDK) platform in Q2 of 2017. The SDK platform allows third-parties to develop value-added applications and services on the H520 platform for a variety of industries and commercial markets.

The H520 maintains Yuneec’s focus on safety with features such as Geo-fencing, Variable Speed Control, Dynamic Return Home and Low-Battery Return Home. The H520 will be available Q2 of 2017 and will be offered in a variety of configurations with prices ranging from $2499 to $4499For more information visit www.yuneec.com.


No Drones Allowed

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Categories: Aerial ImageryMultirotor AircraftPhotographyRandom
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While on vacation with my family and my large hexacopter in the car, we stopped by for some hiking and sight seeing at the amazing red rock area Valley of Fire State Park, about a 40 minute drive northeast of Las Vegas. I had to pull over and take a picture of this sign.

No Drones

Entrance to Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada – Unfortunately Signs Like This Will Be More and More Common

Valley of Fire would be a goldmine for aerial photography and video. It would also be a terrible place to crash, either into the red rock or into tourists. I can completely understand why they have a no-drone policy and for those of us who fly I think these signs are going to become more and more common.

While at Utah’s Snow Canyon State Park I talked to the park manager about drone flying there. She said they allow it via permit and that she was the one who have out those permits. A two week notice or more is needed to get the permit. When applying for the permit, information like where and when and for what purpose is required. She didn’t say no, yet.

I was told that state parks have individual regulations with regards to drones, so before you go give them a call. You might have to jump through a couple of hoops but you may get the chance to fly and capture some great material. Be honest and upfront with them and they’ll treat you with more respect.


Hover Camera Looks EXTREMELY Cool

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Thursday, April 28th, 2016
Categories: Aerial ImageryEquipmentNewsPhotography

So this is basically a drone with no remote. It stays level via sonar and shoots pictures or video of you for the coolest selfies ever.

I do wonder about using this outdoors though. With no remote a slight wind could take it away, never to be seen again.

I’ll be interested to follow this technology, and subsequent entries into the hover camera world.


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