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October 14, 2019

Skydio: The Drone Industry “Is Not Healthy”

The drone industry is unhealthy. At least that’s according to a memo issued by Silicon Valley-based dronemaker Skydio. Skydio this month released its new Skydio 2 drone, an ultra-smart camera drone with six sensors that enable it to autonomously track and film subjects. The drone company is one of just […]
October 11, 2019

The Best Drones For Agriculture

Drones have drastically improved agricultural efficiency, both in terms of cost and labor. They’re spraying crops with pesticides and herbicides, better targeting where exactly those chemicals go to improve plant health while protecting the environment (and saving money).  They’re being outfitted with sensors to analyze plant health, water levels and […]
October 5, 2019
Skydio 2

The Skydio 2 Is Here — And It Costs Less Than US$1,000

Skydio this month finally revealed the Skydio 2, an upgrade to its original Skydio drone, but with a lower price point. The original Skydio R1 drone shocked crowds with its ultra-smart sensor capability, able to fly autonomously through complex environments thanks to sensors on all sides of the drone. But […]
September 24, 2019

The Best NDVI Camera Drone On A Budget

Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about agricultural drones with an NDVI camera AND on a budget. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here. I am heavily involved in the farming industry and have people interested in crop analysis with an NDVI camera. I […]
September 23, 2019

Flirtey Sets Serious Tone With Latest Drone Delivery Announcement

Flirtey made its first impression on the drone industry by way of a series of media-friendly announcements that amounted to a lot of hype, but not necessarily a lot of action. The drone delivery started came onto the scene by constantly announcing delivery “firsts” including the first-ship-to-shore drone delivery, the first FAA-approved […]
September 15, 2019

Yuneec Mantis G: Can It Stand Up To The DJI Mavic?

Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec just launched a new drone to its lineup of consumer drones under $1,000: the Mantis G. The Mantis G is a $699, 4K, foldable camera drone that largely resembles the DJI Mavic Air. And there’s not a lot of reason that it’s any better, save for […]
September 11, 2019

Making the Business Case for Your Drone Program

I am happy to announce the release of Making a Successful Business Case for Drone Technology – a blueprint for enterprises to develop a successful business case for a drone-based technology program. Produced in partnership with PrecisionHawk, this reference guide offers enterprise leaders a clear, step-by-step process to analyze, evaluate, […]
July 3, 2019

What’s The Best Drone For Roof Inspections?

For most people, you really don’t need to do anything fancy! I was thinking about the use case for drones in roof inspections when I was at my mom’s house in Missouri over the weekend. (I live in a condo building in San Francisco, so no need for me to […]
June 27, 2019

Amazon’s Drone Delivery Plans: What’s Old, What’s New And When?

Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drone has some great new technology but the service faces strong and persistent regulatory hurdles. Amazon’s drone delivery service is in the news again, this time with a new drone named the “MK27.” As the latest iteration of Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drone, it’s apparently safer, […]
May 21, 2019

FAA May Be Off Target With Forecast For Threefold Growth In Commercial Drones

There’s some good information in the FAA’s new five-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) forecast, but there are reasons to doubt the accuracy of the agency’s projections in two areas that have captured attention: the claims that there will be roughly threefold growth in the numbers of commercial drones and UAS-certified […]
May 14, 2019
Project Wing

Australian Company Nabs First Drone Delivery Approval

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has approved Project Wing’s plans for drone delivery of food and medicine in suburbs around the capital city of Canberra, a “world-first,” according to a new report by the Guardian. Project Wing, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, has been testing self-flying delivery drones […]
May 10, 2019

Three Essentials for Building Public Safety and First Responder Drone Programs

Increasing use of drones surfaces three best practices for state and local police, sheriffs, fire departments, and teams in EMS, search and rescue, tactical response, and disaster response.   I just released two new drone industry guides titled Three Essentials For Building Your Law Enforcement Drone Program and Three Essentials […]
May 2, 2019

Want To Earn More As A Drone Pilot? Put Your Drone Photos On Soar

If you’re looking to profit from your aerial photography, there’s a new (and pretty easy) way to do it. Australian-based drone & satellite imagery provider Soar is set to launch a drone imagery marketplace this month. But ahead of the launch, Soar is allowing drone operators to upload their images […]
March 26, 2019

Drones Are Doing More In U.S. Than You May Know, As These 3 Companies Show

Five years ago, the pundits predicted that by now we would be seeing tens of thousands of drones buzzing over our heads delivering everything from pizzas and burritos to the latest “must-have” item from Amazon. So what happened? Where are they? In a nutshell, they are here, but the general […]
March 18, 2019

How One Photographer Earns Passive Income From Drones

Meet Missie Ellis, the owner of small business Vantage Point Drone, which does aerial photography for a range of work, from residential to commercial projects like cell tower inspections, construction progressions and roof assessments. Do you know an awesome drone girl I should profile? Contact me here. This interview has been […]