Five lessons learned about the drone part of drone journalism


The Missouri Drone Journalism Program has flown more than 450 sorties since December. Our drones have spent more than 38 hours in the air. We've had 32 different student pilots fly our drones, and they've flown our drones for more than 38 miles. In that time, we've had no serious incidents. In fact, our most serious incident was two broken propellers.

We're proud of our safety record, but we've learned some hard lessons along the way. I wanted to share them here, because they're particularly applicable to pilots who don't have a lot of time on the sticks – which describes the Section 107-qualified operators at many media outlets.

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