Meet FAA ‘Visual Line of Sight’ Rules for Drones

Drone photography is being adopted by many construction companies today for aerial videography for surveying and visual planning, conducting inspections, monitoring site conditions, tracking work progress, and more.

Currently, drone photographers must peer down at a smartphone or tablet to view the drone camera feed. This is often difficult in bright sunlight, and takes the user’s eyes off the craft. A new smart glasses solution helps to fix this issue.

The Epson Moverio BT-300 Drone Edition glasses enhance the safety, productivity, and capabilities of DJI UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in construction, mining, and agribusiness operations. The combined solution provides a transparent, HUD (heads-up display) to maintain a VLOS (visual line of sight) of the UAV, helping users adhere to FAA (Federal Aviation Admin.) regulations while increasing the quality of the shoot. With the FPV (first-person view) ‘screen’, pilots can see hazards such as trees, poles, and buildings, as well as more easily guide their crafts for desired camera views.

With the glasses, drone pilots are able to see an in-flight HUD that informs them of everything from flight time to battery life, and even picture-in-picture maps. In the near future, pilots will also be able to view on-screen data such as recording operations, speed, height, and more, as part of the Moverio’s augmented reality capabilities.

While this is one example of combining smart glasses and drone technology, there are other options available for drone photography.

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