Kittyhawk Adds Intelligent Flight Profiles to Enterprise Drone Platform

Kittyhawk has announced the addition of Flight Profiles, which allow fleet managers and Chief Pilots to set and enforce defaults across their teams. The product change will serve the growing class of internal drone teams within the enterprise.

Dec 6, 2017 11:15:39 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Yahama Motors will Showcase Drone and Unmanned Helicopter at CES 2018

Under the theme “Expanding the Possibilities of Mobility with Advanced Technology,” the Yamaha Motor Booth at CES 2018 (which will be Yamaha’s first appearance at the show) will feature a drone, the YMR-01, and an unmanned helicopter, the FAZER R, for industrial uses, in Las Vegas, Jan 9 – 12.

Dec 5, 2017 10:57:14 AM

Topics: commercial drones, Yamaha, autonomous systems, Precision Agriculture, autonomous vehicle

FAA Drone Registration Database Gives Comprehensive View on the Scope of Commercial Drone Use

On November 14, the Federal Aviation Administration publicly released a treasure trove of information on the number of drone registrations up to October 31, 2017. According to its database and a thorough analysis by Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel of the Bard College Center for the Study of the Drone, 2017 showed an uptick in non-hobbyist registrations while hobbyist user registrations slowed.

Nov 30, 2017 1:43:14 PM

Topics: Updates

How to Find Work in the Drone Industry: The Growing Importance of Professional Training

A lot has changed in the drone industry since the FAA first launched the Part 107 rules over a year ago, in August of 2016.

In that time we’ve seen drones grow more sophisticated, more focused on niche applications, and generally cheaper. We’ve also seen the rise of the droneprenuer, the drone service provider who works for him- or herself, usually doing aerial cinematography but also, in some cases, doing work in surveying, mapping, or other applications.

Nov 30, 2017 10:32:10 AM

Topics: Updates

From Minimal to Catastrophic, How Much Damage Can a Drone Do to an Airplane

The FAA's Center of Excellence for UAS Research, ASSURE, released a report evaluating the severity of UAS collisions with manned aircraft. ASSURE, which is managed by Mississippi State University, conducted simulated tests of more than 140 collision scenarios and determined that drone collisions cause greater structural damage than bird strikes at the same mass and impact velocity.

Nov 29, 2017 3:43:23 PM

Topics: Updates

French Police Using Drones to Catch Traffic Violators


Hundreds of fines have been issued by police in Bordeaux, France this summer as the result of a pilot program utilizing drones to monitor traffic. Cheaper and quieter than helicopter surveillance, drones provide near equal capabilities for capturing video and images of motorists committing infractions. Also, the birds eye view of roadways provides a more objective view than parked patrol cars are capable of, making it a more efficient tool for spotting illegal lane changes and aggresive driving.

Nov 16, 2017 11:18:07 AM

Topics: Public Safety

FAA Grants Waiver to Fly over Crowds to CivitasNow

Hard-nosed commercial operators might not recognize Aerotaine's Skye helium-filled drones as a UAS, but that's more than likely one of the reasons CevitasNow of Ohio received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly them over crowds. On September 14, The FAA granted a waiver for CevitasNow to fly the Skye with no location limitation, allowing it to operate anywhere in uncontrolled airspace.

Nov 14, 2017 2:57:59 PM

Topics: Releases

DJI Releases Two New Enterpise-grade Airframes and Drone Management Software FlightHub


DJI released new software and two industrial-class drones at its AirWorks user conference in Denver this week, answering to the needs of the growing enterprise segment of the drone market. FlightHub, a web-based drone management application, allows for the monitoring of multiple drones during operations. The DJI Wind 4 and Wind 8 are the latest additions to DJI's line of commercial-use drones. The new airframes are foldable, portable (relatively), and made custom to order.

Nov 9, 2017 10:42:16 AM

Topics: Releases

Trump Announces New Drone Integration Pilot Pogram


Oct 26, 2017 3:36:19 PM

The Path to Safe Beyond Visual Line of Sight


Oct 26, 2017 11:28:23 AM

Topics: Updates