Ryan Media Labs gets FAA OK for tethered drone flights

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Tethered droneRyan Media Lab, Inc., Lewes, has gained clearance  from the Federal Aviation Administration for tethered drone flights.

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The mobile tethered system enables safe drone flight near the public. The system and mobile base can also host banners and signage, ideal for public identification and marketing purposes.

According to the company flying branded promotions are ideal for product and corporate branding and newsgathering. The use of drones for news purposes is growing, but

The use of drones for news purposes is growing, but still comes with regulatory uncertainties and concerns about injuries and interfering with events.

The company recently introduced its tethered drone system during a private demonstration for a leading national media company. Ryan Media Lab’s tethered invention provides the drone pilot with physical control over the drone from the ground. The

The on-board apparatus and tether allow  the drone to fly laterally up to 2,000 feet from any one location; the base and tether enable the pilot to instantly stop and retrieve at variable speeds while maintaining smooth control.

“We offer the mark of the professional drone journalist because our system addresses public concerns first: Who is flying that drone near me? What are they doing? What if the drone is hacked and used as a weapon? Software glitches? Radio telemetry failures? Pilot errors? How will the pilot stop a rogue drone that can fly out of control at 50 feet per second and faster?” said Mark A. Ryan, founder and CEO. “With Ryan Media Lab’s tethered drone flight control system, businesses and public agencies can take advantage of the low-cost versatility of drones while knowing it has the safety benefit of constant, physical control over the aircraft from the ground.”

“With Ryan Media Lab’s tethered drone flight control system, businesses and public agencies can take advantage of the low-cost versatility of drones while knowing it has the safety benefit of constant, physical control over the aircraft from the ground.”

Originally invented as an aerial newsgathering tool, Ryan Media Lab sought the certainty provided by physical ground control while allowing the drone/camera system to conduct newsgathering tasks.

After  research and development, the tethered system shows potential in  other industries, including entertainment, outdoor advertising, agriculture, real estate, construction and other areas.

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