CNN may have the most advanced drone program of any news outlet in the U.S. The network’s senior director of aerial imagery and reporting, Greg Agvent, recently visited Las Vegas. Here are six things you probably didn’t know about how CNN uses drones to cover news:
1. CNN typically flies DJI drones
The standard drone CNN gives its pilots is the Mavic Pro. The network also flies the Phantom 4 Obsidian, Inspire 2, and two Matrice 210s. Those drones are manufactured by DJI, which CNN prefers for camera quality. The network is also looking into using DJI’s Mavic Air, which came out earlier this year.
CNN also uses some non-DJI drones:
• The Skydio R1, which is fully autonomous and sports 13 cameras. Says Agvent: “It’s