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20Jan2014-5

Bring on the drones! This weekend MAKE has been taking to the air at SXSW, and along with our flight demonstrations, we’re excited to have a visit from drone lawyer Brendan Schulman, one of the foremost legal experts in the field of unmanned aircraft use who just won the first-ever federal case regarding civilian drone use.

MAKE@SXSW 2014If you’re a maker or quadcopter enthusiast who’s interested in the ins and outs of flying your machine, stop by our section of Austin’s Long Center on Sunday March 9th from 11 to 1145am to meet Brendan as he shares his insight and expertise. While Brendan (who has been building and flying recreational drones for 20 years) won’t be able to give specific legal advice, he does have a wealth of knowledge and interesting information specific to the use of consumer drones.

Brendan’s most notable case concerned Raphael “Trappy” Pirker from Team Blacksheep, who was being fined by the FAA for using a fixed-wing aircraft to record video footage at University of Virginia in 2011. His writeup about the case is featured in Make V37, and available for reading here.

We look forward to having Brendan stop by our booth.

For those who can’t make it but are interested in drones, you are invited to join MAKE the rest of the weekend as we and a few teams of experts fly quadcopters, fixed-wing planes, and all other sorts of autonomous aircraft at SXSW Create. We’ll have a variety of top teams and flyers, including 3D Robotics. It’s free — come on by the Long Center and say hi.

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Mike Senese

Mike Senese is the Executive Editor of Make: magazine. He is also a TV host, starring in various engineering and science shows for Discovery Channel, including Punkin Chunkin, How Stuff Works, and Catch It Keep It.

An avid maker, Mike spends his spare time tinkering with remote-control aircraft, doing amateur woodworking, and attempting to cook the perfect pizza.

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