The week of February 1, 2015

Attack of the Drones

The loneliness of the long-distance drone pilot

By Aaron Sankin

If drones are the future of war, why can’t the Air Force find people to fly them?

Quote of the week

“You’re no longer piloting something in the air. You’re actually in the air yourself. Your brain stops to distinguish between the screen that you’re watching and your body that’s standing on the ground. Everything becomes one.”

—Raphael “Trappy” Pirker

Features

Clear skies, full hearts: The can’t-lose vision of 3D Robotics

By Ramon Ramirez

3D Robotics is the largest personal drone company in America—and it’s just getting started.

America’s drone laws are a confusing mess

By Aaron Sankin

Are drones illegal? Maybe.

The beginner’s guide to buying a drone

By Mike Wehner

If you’re in the market, there are a few things you should know.

How big is your drone?

By Andrew Couts

Here’s how you aerial vehicle really stacks up.

How to take the perfect drone selfie

By Rob Price

Just please don’t call it a “dronie.”

Your drone can be hacked

By Taylor Hatmaker

Maldrone makes it possible for drones to escape from their owners.

Me IRL: Raphael “Trappy” Pirker

By Andrew Couts

Meet the “aerial anarchist” who took on the FAA—and won.

Opinion

Why the drone revolution can’t get off the ground

By Adam Rothstein

Don’t expect Amazon’s drone delivery anytime soon.

The smart way to regulate drones in America

By Matthew Bieschke

The FAA needs to adopt a risk-based approach before it’s too late.

The 30 coolest drone videos on YouTube

By Mike Fenn

If this doesn’t make you want to buy a drone, nothing will.