Drone Lab Offers Free Operation Manual

By Tom Burton

A drone operation manual for journalists is available online for free from the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Communications. With support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundations, the manual will be offered as an open-source, creative commons licensed PDF.

The manual is the latest project from the drone journalism lab started by Professor Matt Waite who said the document is intended to be a newsroom guide to drone operations.

“It covers everything from how to conduct a preflight briefing to what ethical issues you should consider before flying a drone,” Waite said on the drone lab’s blog.

While the guide is intended for newsrooms, Waite also emphasizes on the blog that ultimately, the pilot who has the flight certificate makes the final decision on flights and is the one who would be fined by the FAA if there are violations.

You can download the Drone Journalism Operations Manual here.

News and information from that lab can be found on their blog here.