From the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
: December 14, 2015 – Washington, DC
– The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.
The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the task force recommendations.
“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”
Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.
Owners may register through a web-based system at www.faa.gov/uas/registration
Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.
Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years.
The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).
“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”
The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.
The full rule can be viewed here
carries the small unmanned aircraft
for which the FAA's registration applies.
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Monday, December 14, 2015: Triggertrap
- Core of the app has been completely rewritten
- Features new Night Mode user interface, perfect for astrophotography.
- Users can now trigger even more modes via an Apple Watch or Pebble smartwatch
– creators of the world’s most powerful camera remotes – have completely rewritten their popular iOS app, Triggertrap Mobile. This update introduces the single most requested feature: Night Mode, which turns Triggertrap Mobile into the perfect companion for photography in the dark.
Flicking the Night Mode switch changes the colours of the user interface to a darkness-friendly colour scheme, making Triggertrap Mobile ideal for high-speed photography in the studio, light painting in the garden, and for astrophotography in the field. These colours are designed to work with screen brightness turned right down, minimising the amount of light coming from the phone - with the added benefit of maximising battery life.
Timed Release now has our ND calculator baked right in, making it easier than ever before to calculate the perfect exposure time with your ND filter and capture the long exposure. In Timed Release simply tap the ND filter icon (the split circle), enter your base shutter speed, your neutral density filter strength and tap to automatically put that value into Timed Release.
The Wearables mode has also been taken to the next level, adding support for triggering almost every mode* from Apple Watch or a Pebble smartwatch. This makes your wearable device perfect for starting a sensor mode from distance to avoid premature triggering, keeping star trails steady, and keeping any movement out of long exposure HDR shots.
The Triggertrap Mobile 4.0 update is available now from the iOS app store
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The Triggertrap Mobile Dongle
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According to the Egami Blog
, Sigma has filed a patent for an 11-22mm f/4.5-5.6 DG HSM FLD Art lens. Below is a screenshot of the Google-translated patent presented on the blog.
Aside from giving full-framer's an ultra-wide 11mm angle of view, this is an interesting patent as it would indicate a departure from the previous Art lenses which have traditionally featured a constant maximum aperture.
Sigma clearly has the Canon 11-24L in its sights with this lens's development and, considering the Art line's heritage, it will likely be released with a much more attractive price compared to Canon's extreme ultra-wide.
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