Canada will put new regulations into effect on June 1 that require the registration of small drones and licenses for those that fly them.
“Drone pilots must carry a valid drone pilot certificate and only fly drones that are marked and registered,” according to the new regulations.
Marc Garneau, Canada’s Minister of Transport, unveiled the new regulatory framework in January for the operation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).
All drones “with a maximum takeoff weight of 250 grams (g) up to and including 25 kilograms (kg) must be registered,” according to the new regulations. “Drones under 250 g do not need to be registered. Drones over 25 kg also do not need to be registered, but require a special flight operations certificate [SFOC] instead.”
Under Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR), there are two categories of drone operations–recreational and commercial–and requirements for RPAS operations vary according to drone weight. For example, recreational operation of an RPAS under 35 kg does not require any type of licence or permit under the current regulations, whereas commercial operation of the same drone requires that the pilot carry an SFOC.
“The new incarnation of the CAR drone framework represents a substantial change in the way RPAS are regulated in Canada,” according to the Toronto-based law firm of McCarthy Tétrault LLP. “This new regime requires for the first time pilot licences and the registration of drones, while streamlining operational requirements and eliminating the need for SFOCs in respect of some operations involving drones up to 25 kg.Transport Canada’s drone regulations proposed to go into effect this year would vary based on the risks of operating in a given location and will not distinguish between recreational and commercial operators, according to the agency.”
McCarthy Tétrault LLP called the new regulations “a dramatic re-fashioning of the way RPAS with a mass of up to 25 kg are regulated in Canada.”
On March 12, the Chinese-based DJI, a top consumer drone manufacturer, announced that nine of its drone models comply with Canada’s new regulations. The compliant models are the M600 Series, M200 Series, M200 V2 Series, Inspire 2, Mavic 2 series, Mavic Pro, Mavic Air, Phantom 4 series and Spark, according to DJI.
“While DJI drones meet our own high quality assurance requirements, we have spent the last few months diligently reviewing our documentation, safety standards and administrative processes to ensure they comply with Transport Canada’s new requirements,” David Hansell, the public policy manager for DJI, said in a statement. “We can now declare official compliance with those requirements, allowing our customers to use our drones in controlled airspace without interruption.”
Drone tracking has become a top issue globally since drones shut down operations at Gatwick International Airport near London last December.
In the United States, an interim final rule by the Federal Aviation Administration, which took effect on Feb. 25, “requires small unmanned aircraft owners to display the unique identifier assigned by the FAA upon completion of the registration process (registration number) on an external surface of the aircraft.”
In a 2015 rule, the FAA initially permitted small drones to have their registration numbers concealed inside the aircraft as a concession to the television and motion picture industry, which did not want markings to show in theatrical and television productions, and hobbyists who wanted to preserve the authenticity of their model aircraft.
But law enforcement officials highlighted the possible risk to first responders, if such drones had bombs in their inside compartments, rather than registration numbers.
Industry observers believe that the FAA will eventually require all aircraft flying in the National Airspace System n the U.S., including hobby drones and light sport aircraft, to be equipped with a Remote ID system.
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The Edifier W860NB I believe may be the first Over-Ear noise cancelling headphone I’ve reviewed. I believe I’ve tested many on-ear, but this was the first time my ears have been not sat upon and it’s nice.
The W860NB features a touch area for controls, NFC connect, Bluetooth aptX (or wired,) connection, and it sounds really really decent.
- FREQUENCY RESPONSE:20Hz～20kHz
- BLUETOOTH VERSION:Bluethooth V4.1
- IMPEDANCE:32 Ohms
- INPUT SENSITIVITY:100dB
- BLUETOOTH PROFILE:HSP HFP A2DP AVRCP
- CONNECTING DISTANCE:10m
- BATTERY CAPACITY:1400mAh rechargeable battery
- WORKING TIME:35 hours
- STANDBY TIME:about 800 hours
- CHARGING TIME:about 3 hours
- CHARGING INPUT:DC 5.0V=500mA
I’ll note the working time is actually listed as 25 hours using Active Noise Cancelling, 45 without. So that 35 is dead in the middle.
Onto the problems with it before we get onto the good because that’s how Pocketables rolls. You’ll want to read on because it’s actually a pretty great headset.
Difficulties with the W860NB
Pairing – The first thing I ran into was I was unable to pair with it via NFC. I’d tap my phone, I’d get a “do you want to pair with Edifier W860NB” tap yes and then nothing. Evidently the NFC is on without triggering Bluetooth pairing mode. I had to trigger pairing mode (hold power for 5+ seconds until the lights flash blue and red,) and then tap.
Seems like this could be resolved with a firmware update – if NFC then trigger pairing mode. I was able to pair with no issues when pairing mode initiated. (Judging by the Amazon reviews I’m not the only one who thinks this is a bug).
Touch area hapticless – one of the cool things about the W860NB is that it’s got a flat touch area and no visible controls. One of the not cool things about it is when you’re wearing the headphones and want to trigger an action are you touching the top of the headphones or are you at the bottom?
It reminds me of the touch-your-nose DUI/sobriety tests except I’ve never properly learned to press an object dead center of 1.5″ outside of my ear that can ride a little higher or lower.
I ended up not using the fancy touch much as it’s a pain.
WYSINWYG – I’m going to post three pictures here. One’s from Amazon for the black pair we’re linking to, one’s from the box of the beige pair we’re reviewing, and one is my photo of the item I received and am testing. I’m going to state functionally it’s fine, but this is not what’s pictured.
Now, I’m going to say having worn a pair at CES that looks exactly like the ones in the box image and having worn these, there’s no functional difference I can tell, but it’s… not quite what’s implied.
Blu..et..oot…h – I had one issue that kept these from winning the Pocketables coveted Bluetooth Connection Award. If my phone was in my back left pocket and I looked/bent down I could kiss the perfect connection goodbye. I will note I had to be pretty hard looking down (figure 3 feet of flesh and bone between the phone and the headphones) so that’s not particularly terrible, but I’ve had better.
Edifier W860NB, the good
One of the issues I have with most headphones, earbuds, etc, is when I’m walking there’s a definite sound pressure change. Sometimes it’s booming, sometimes it’s just listening to hair rustle somehow amplified 10x by plastic, sometimes it’s just a bit of ear annoyance.
These didn’t have that. They also didn’t have that weird tinny feel when the active noise cancelling was on / no hissing / no random robots talking in the background. No feeling like you’re suddenly in Serial Experiments: Lain.
The background roar of my neighborhood (major interstate 1 mile away, major road less than a block away,) went away with the noise cancelling and I didn’t feel the need to crank the volume as high.
Audio was… pleasant. They felt a little more balanced toward the bass end but not quite able to achieve migraine thump. The treble side was ok. Worked fine for podcasts but really didn’t feel quite right to me (subjective perspective obviously.) I’m unsure whether this is my phone’s EQ or them honestly.
I would probably recommend these for someone who listens to audiobooks, pop, and 80’s. If you travel and want to ignore an airplane, these probably rule. I think if you’re listening to metal, punk, games, classical, you might be underwhelmed.
Extremely comfortable, 25-40 hour battery life on BT+ANC/BT, analog plugs for travel, and a case to keep everything tidy and unsquished.
I’m pretty impressed. I would advise you purchase them from somewhere with an easy returns policy as the sound reproduction may not reproduce what you’re looking for.
I’d like to see a firmware update for the BT cutouts, NFC pairing logic issues, and perhaps an equalizer app because it really feels like these could pop in the upper and middle. It’s got to have updatable firmware these days right?
Checks price – ouch.. oh, over at Edifier’s website they’re currently $40 off and running $129.99. It’s close to what I’d pay for the comfort, battery, and really it’s pretty decent.
Looking a little further at edifier’s promo it appears you get a MP100 portable speaker with the purchase of the W860NB.
I see no option to get the color headphones I received from Edifier’s PR anywhere, if you do drop me a line.
Alternately you can grab them at Amazon, but as of this writing I would skip that and use the savings to just donate to us.
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Having friends in high places (not really, but) means I get an insider’s look into what is coming up next. On the 21st of March, Gearbest.com will celebrate the 5th anniversary of trading and the month of March is full of promotions. In all honesty, I needed an excel sheet to wrap my head around it, so I thought I will share the road map with you so you could grab yourself a bargain. If you never heard about the Gearbest, I shop with them on regular basis and they position themselves among ecommerce sites from China like Aliexpress or Banggood.
Gearbest Promotion Guide
If you feel a bit overwhelmed by all the deals and discounts we are giving away, here is a quick guide for you, so you won’t miss out.
Starting From 13th March
Lucky Bags – (March 13-20) contain items with high discounts. This means that if the item in the bag is something you were gunning for – you can get a pretty sweet discount. These codes can be used between 19-21 March and you can obtain one code daily which will be added to your account.
Preorder Sale – (March 13-21) covers mainly phones, tablets and computers but you can even grab a 3D printer or a kitchen appliance too! It will split your payment into 2 parts. The earlier you preorder stuff, the bigger is your bonus. You can turn your $5 into $50 towards the final price of the product. The deposit has to be paid by 21st March and the balance in full by 28th. WARNING – if you fail to pay the outstanding balance the deposit is retained.
Mega Marketplace – (March 13-28) Enjoy extra 50% OFF if you order 2 or more items. Great deal if you have to stock up on consumables! The offers covers toys, garden, phones and accessories. Deals change daily so keep this link handy!
Starting From 19th March
5 Days Arrivals (link pending) – Get extra $10 off when you spend over $88 on all our 5-day-guaranteed-delivery products!
From 20th to 21st March
Lowest Ever Prices – (link pending) – a 24h sale that promises great deals and discounts on your favourite items. I’ll get this updated when it goes live.
March the 21st – Happy Anniversary!
Winners for giveaways across all Gearbest’s social media platforms will be announced, with prizes worth over $100,000 in total! Keep an eye on the winner announcements, and don’t forget to participate in advance!
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Google has added a Carmen Sandiego adventure to Google Earth.
You can attempt to catch Carmen in the iOS, Android, or Web versions of Google Earth.
If you’re doing the web version you may, like me, not see it the first time (been so long it put me on the tour and the button/pegman was not apparent,) but the second time around (close tab, open it again,) you should see Catch Carmen Sandiego as one of the main options.
You can read more about it below.
There’s only one mission at the moment, and dang if I didn’t manage to catch the thief without any issues.[Google Blog]
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- Facebook is Not a Monopoly, But Should Be Broken Up (Wired) — Demand monopsonists integrate horizontally, acquiring or copying user demand adjacent to their existing demand and gaining leverage over their suppliers (and advertisers, if that’s the model). Facebook is unlikely to ever own a media production company, just as Airbnb and Uber will not soon own a hotel or a physical taxi company. But if they can, they’ll own every square foot of demand that feeds those industries. (via Cory Doctorow)
- Debugging Neural Networks — 1. Start simple; 2. Confirm your loss; 3. Check intermediate outputs and connections; 4. Diagnose parameters; 5. Tracking your work.
- A Peek into the Future of Wearables (IEEE) — Mind reading glasses, goggles that erase chronic pain, a wristband that can hear what the wearer can’t, and more futuristic wearables are on the horizon.
- Event Audio — I wrote up a guide for event organizers to providing microphones so all the speakers can give their best performance.
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