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The second day of the Drones & Aerial Robotics Conference (DARC) opened with Colin Guinn of DJI providing a demonstration of their latest quadcopter. The new Phantom Vision will be available soon, and will include a camera and WiFi downlink to your smartphone.

Following the demonstration, Colin discussed his opinions on how regulations might develop around drones and aerial photography. He explained that it is important for companies and users of drones to work with the FAA. He pointed to how his own company worked with lawmakers in Texas in defining HB 912. This law relates to images captured by unmanned aircraft and provides for penalties to be paid. “We all want the same thing,” Colin says. “We want to be able to operate safely in the air space.”

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova

Andrew Terranova is an electrical engineer, writer and an electronics and robotics hobbyist. He is an active member of the Let’s Make Robots community, and handles public relations for the site.
Andrew has created and curated robotics exhibits for the Children’s Museum of Somerset County, NJ and taught robotics classes for the Kaleidoscope Learning Center in Blairstown, NJ and for a public primary school. Andrew is always looking for ways to engage makers and educators.


    I had read that DJI alone sold more units in 2012 than the FAA had projected for ALL units in use by 2015. No doubt, legislation is forthcoming (2015) and it will be one helluva thorny subject given the slippery slope nature of aerial surveillance. Stay on top of all things Phantom at the DJI Phantom Forum