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The Rise of Drones

Drones have been around since the early 1900s.

Drones have come a long way since their early beginnings in military and industrial use. In recent years, personal drones have become increasingly popular, with enthusiasts using them for photography, videography, and even racing. But with the rise of personal drones came the need for regulations and safety guidelines, something that Justin Davis, the owner of Drone Camps RC, was acutely aware of.


In 2014, before the FAA passed its Part 107 regulations for personal drones, Justin Davis wrote the first public safety guide for drone use.


This guide, which is still available for PDF download on the Drone Camps RC website, served as a crucial resource for hobbyists and professionals alike, and was even adopted by the FAA, with the first five of Justin Davis's rules becoming part of the official Part 107 regulations.


Davis in his career has aided the US government, Air Force, US Army Corps of Engineers, military US troops at home and overseas, and personal drone owners.


Drone Camps Training Facility


In addition to writing the safety guide, Justin Davis also opened one of the first DJI dealerships in the US, selling and servicing drones for professional film and other purposes. The store offered hands-on training and served as a hub for all things drone-related, including building and servicing drones, as well as promoting safe drone use through in-house flying safety courses.

Davis in 2010 with one of his first fpv gimbals built using a Portable DVD player he converted into a LOS field monitor with a 1.3ghz Ground Station displaying the heli's analog fpv feed.

Over a Decade in Fpv


Justin Davis has logged over 10 years of flying experience with FPV (First Person View) drones, starting with RC helicopters and eventually evolving into multi-rotor builds for stable videography. Davis says rise of FPV in drones can be traced back to fixed-wing and helicopter designs, but a new breed of FPV drones is on the rise, and Justin Davis has played a key role through his Fpv industry consultation, development, and endless testing.

Although the physical Drone Camps RC store closed its doors in 2016, Justin Davis's impact on the drone community has not diminished. With over 40 million views on YouTube and 186,000 subscribers, Justin continues to share his knowledge and passion for drones with a world wide audience. And according to Justin, the drone industry is still in its infancy, making now an excellent time for anyone interested in drones to get started.


Drones have come a long way since their military and industrial origins, and with the help of others joining us, the drone industry has grown into a thriving and exciting community. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just getting started, there's never been a better time to explore the world of drones and see what you can do with this exciting technology. Davis says exciting things are happening.

Drone Camps Archives ; Public Safety Guide from early 2014


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