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We have just added a bunch of new Portland drone stock video clips to our collection! Check out all of our Portland drone stock videos here, or watch a couple of them below!
The FAA's window for free Oregon drone registration will come to a close in just 2 days. Since the FAA implemented their new recreational drone registration law in December, thousands and thousands of drones have been registered using their drone registration system. It costs $5, but through this Thursday, the FAA has promised a rebate, effectively rendering the registration free.
If you wait to register your drone until after Thursday, you can still do so - but you will not be issued the $5 rebate. Failure to comply with drone registration laws can lead to hefty fines.
Click here to learn more about the new recreational drone registration law.
Click here to register your drone now.
Eugene drone photography is next to impossible right now, as the torrents of rain keep coming. Eugene is known for its wet winter months, though the past couple years seem to have been drier than usual in this Southern Oregon town.
Drone photography comes to a standstill in this weather because most drones are not able to fly in precipitation. The electronic components that drive the drone's power and controls are susceptible to shorting if they become wet, creating potential danger to those below as well as creating the potential to completely destroy the drone.
The forecast for the next week or so suggests that eugene drone photography may be possible on Wednesday and Friday, which have forecasts for partly sunny skies.
We get a lot of drone photography and videography work from Portland, and during one of our recent shoots we decided to head closer to downtown to see what kind of shots we could get. It was a typical cloudy, cold Portland day. Portland is a magnificent city, with a ton of great places to conduct aerial drone photography shoots.
When selecting this Portland drone shoot location, we wanted to stay away from Portland airports, heavy traffic, and other hazardous areas, so we decided to fly over the river and avoid the large buildings of Downtown Portland. The lighting was not remarkable, but we think a few good shots came through...
World's Smallest Camera Drone
The Axis Vidius is a quadcopter that is roughly 1.5 inches square, yet it's able to stream live video and record video in 420p definition. Axis says its Vidius model is the smallest-ever camera-equipped drone. In fact, it is so tiny that users don't have toregister the drone with the FAA.
The Vidius drone is great for people who don't want to deal with the FAA registration requirement. Pilots can stream a live video feed from the drone via WiFi, though it has a flight time of just five to seven minutes on a 20-minute USB charge. Vidius comes with a 2.4 gHz controller, and users can pilot it with a smartphone or tablet as well. Vidius is up for pre-order now with a ship date of January 29th at the latest. It's on sale for $75 before January 7th; afterwards, it'll be $95.
Mt. Ashland bans most Drones
The Mt. Ashland Ski Area has decided to ban most drones from flying over the ski area. Exemptions to this ban, when made, will likely only be for commercial drone operators.
"It's not appropriate to have drones flying over crowds or chairlifts," said Hiram Towle, Mt. Ashland ski area general manager. "We can't have an unskilled drone operator crashing a drone down on skiers and snowboarders."
Signs have been put up at the ski area informing the public about the new policy.
"Out of safety concerns for guests, employees and resort property, as well as concerns about individual privacy, Mt. Ashland Ski Area prohibits operation or use of unmanned aerial systems, or drones, by the general public — including recreational users and hobbyists — without the prior written authorization from Mt. Ashland management," the signs read.
To learn more about Mt. Ashland's drone ban, click here.