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February 6, 2018

Candid Sky Productions Secures C Airspace in Reno

Candid Sky Productions, a drone service provider in Northern Nevada specializing in aerial photography for real estate, mine sites, agriculture, mineral prospecting and cinematography services, has received permission to fly Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) otherwise known as drones in the controlled class C airspace in and around Reno Nevada. “It’s […]
February 2, 2018

GRIFF 2.0 The only All-Metal Drone Built to Aircraft Standards

With successful testing of the company’s beta-version now concluded, the resulting GRIFF 2.0 Master Design is a world first – the only all-metal drone built to commercial aircraft standards. ‘Uncompromising’ CEO Leif Johan Holand said that the UAS – capable of carrying payloads of up to 150kg (331lb) – exemplified […]
February 2, 2018

Drones take on Critical Role in Disaster Management

Soaring Sky, a premiere drone service and training company, is working with insurance companies nationwide to improve disaster management and structural inspections.  The use of the latest drone technology is safer, more efficient, and more cost-effective than traditional methods. “The aerial imagery allows adjusters more time to analyze and assess […]
January 24, 2018
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DJI Introduces Mavic Air For Limitless Exploration Wherever Adventure Takes You

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has introduced the Mavic Air, an ultra-portable, foldable camera drone that delivers higher performance, more intelligent features and greater creative possibilities than any other consumer drone. Developed with the traveler and outdoor enthusiast in mind, Mavic Air inherits the […]
January 10, 2018

Bell Urban Air Taxi at CES

Bell took a VR cabin to CES, they are not yet ready to reveal the rest of their flying car’s brave new world entry. I also see eVTOL (electric VTOL) becoming a term. Hopefully, they will take this to FIA2018 and I can blag a ride. Bell certainly have an advantage […]
January 10, 2018

Insitu Demonstrates Broad-area Airspace Situational Awareness System for Unmanned Air Systems

Ground-based UAS airspace situational awareness system developed in Australia performs perfectly in first U.S. test COSTA MESA, Calif., January 09, 2018 – Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, announced the successful completion of a flight demonstration for its ground-based Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) airspace situational awareness system. Insitu […]
January 10, 2018

Yuneec makes Entrance Into Fixed Wing and Racing Drone Categories at CES 2018

An entry into the fixed wing world for Yuneec, are they trying to get a slice of market share that DJI seems to have no interest in? Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, entered two new categories with the unveiling of the all-new fixed wing Firebird FPV and […]
January 10, 2018

Aberystwyth University Invest in UAV LiDAR for World-leading Forestry Research

The Earth Observation and Ecosystem Dynamics Group at Aberystwyth University have invested in a drone-based LiDAR and spectral imaging package in order to enhance their research across the globe. The bespoke unit, configured by COPTRZ, is expected to significantly enhance the university’s research into the monitoring of British forests, focusing […]
January 4, 2018

AgroFly SpUAV 1.2 Entering Production in Q1 2018

AgroFly developed – and patented – the first certified (in Switzerland, other countries pending) and assessed high-precision agricultural spraying UAV platform. Bringing the right amount of product at the right place on the crops doesn’t only protect plants efficiently but also in an eco-friendly manner. AgroFly’s target is to revolutionize plant protection treatments by […]
January 4, 2018

Plexidrone Refunds, But There Is A Condition.

Hands up all those that remember crowd funder Plexidrone, the Canadian quadcopter that became an octocopter. All really very good on paper, but now after multiple excuses, and three years late refunds are on the table for a lucky few. This is what the current missive from DreamQii says about the […]
January 4, 2018

Ethernet/IP Based Thermal Imaging Drone Payloads By TeAx

Designed for FLIR Tau 2 core range as well as FLIR UAS products (Vue Pro / R series), ThermalCapture IRnet brings Ethernet/IP to drone thermal imaging payloads. Since nothing satisfying was existing on a super lightweight base, TeAx today presents the leading solution to an increasingly global market request. WILNSDORF, Germany, 3rd […]
January 3, 2018

New Primary Insurance for Drone Pilots, with no Drone Limit, no Deductibles, and Worldwide Coverage

BELLEVILLE, Mich. – The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) has announced that it has condensed its liability insurance for drone pilots into a single policy that has no drone limit, no deductibles, and maintains the worldwide coverage that has greatly benefited IDRA members. Starting January 1st, drone pilots can purchase […]
January 3, 2018

COPTRZ Launch Groundbreaking Drone Leasing Solution

COPTRZ, the UK-based commercial drone specialist, has today announced the release of DRONE-FLX, an industry-first leasing solution that provides a cost-effective way for businesses and public bodies to enjoy the benefits of the latest drone technology. With costs spread over a three-year period, the latest drone hardware can be bundled […]
December 20, 2017

The Potential for Drones in Commercial Weed

I recently attended the Emerald Cup, a large two-day gathering of the California cannabis industry. Tens of thousands of participants, growers, associations, and grow-related businesses descended on the Sonoma County fairgrounds in Santa Rosa to celebrate the 2017 fall harvest. Let me preface that my weed-smoking days are long behind […]
December 20, 2017

The DGA Supports ELISTAIR and its AIRWATCH Project, A Tethered Drone System for Aerial Surveillance.

Elistair, French designer and manufacturer of tethered drone systems has signed an agreement with the DGA – French Defense procurement Agency – for the financing of its AIRWATCH project, under the RAPID program – Dual Innovation Support Scheme. The AIRWATCH project aims at developing a smart « dronebox »: tethered […]