Getting your drone flight business off the ground

The commercial drone industry is starting to take off with Part 107 making it easier for businesses to fly, but some are still struggling to take flight. As more people become interested in using drones, drone flight services are emerging, but they have to figure out how to turn their companies into viable businesses.

Sep 1, 2016 10:33:11 AM

PrecisionHawk granted beyond line of sight operations

Now that Part 107 is officially in effect, the FAA will begin granting waivers that will allow some businesses to waive some rules if they can prove they can fly their drones safely. PrecisionHawk has announced the FAA has granted it a beyond line of sight (BLOS) waiver for its commercial operations. The waiver was based on PrecisionHawk’s Pathfinder work, where it has been researching and testing BLOS with the FAA.

Aug 30, 2016 4:25:32 PM

Topics: Updates

Part 107 goes into effect today

The day has finally come. The Federal Aviation Administration's official commercial drone rule went into full effect today. The regulations were first announced on June 21.

Aug 29, 2016 1:52:02 PM

Topics: Regulation

Kespry launches the Kespry Drone 2.0

Commercial drone and aerial intelligence provider Kespry wants to give drone operators twice the coverage area with its recently announced drone. The company today announced the Kespry Drone 2.0. The latest version is designed to provide twice the ground coverage, twice the flight time, and twice the wind resilience than the previous drone.

Aug 29, 2016 10:30:26 AM

Topics: Releases, Construction

Domino's announces a pizza drone delivery service

Domino’s is bringing a new meaning to the phrase “pie in the sky.” The company has announced it is teaming up with drone delivery service company Flirtey on a commercial pizza drone delivery service.

Aug 26, 2016 12:06:08 PM

Topics: Releases

Legal drone group comes to Colombia

Jones AM Group of Cartagena Colombia announced a joint venture with Astrike of Bogota Colombia this week. Scott Jones, president of Jones AM Group, is now running the only legal and certified commercial drone operation in the country.

Aug 24, 2016 4:45:15 PM

DroneDeploy raises $20 million to advance aerial data collection

DroneDeploy is preparing for the official release of Part 107 with a new round of funding that will go toward building additional enterprise features and providing deeper insights for businesses. Following the news that the company’s software mapped more than 5 million acres in just a few short months, the company announced a US$20 million series B round of funding. This brings the total amount of funding to $31 million.

Aug 24, 2016 10:21:40 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships

Good Morning America Added to Final Keynote Lineup at InterDrone

Maria Stefanopoulos joins FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta keynoting at commercial drone industry’s largest dedicated event

BZ Media LLC today announced that Maria Stefanopoulos, Emmy Award Winning Production Manager for ABC News, Good Morning America, has been added to complete it’s final slate of keynote speakers. She will be joined at InterDrone by a high-level lineup of commercial drone thought leaders who will frame the state of the industry for the more than 4,000 attendees expected at the conference, being held September 7-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas.

Aug 23, 2016 9:10:11 AM

Topics: InterDrone

Map the Planet: How Drones Have Mapped 5 Million Acres

Drones have mapped 3 million acres in the last four months, more than doubling the amount over the previous 16 months, according to an industry report by DroneDeploy.

Aug 16, 2016 2:07:01 PM

Topics: Mapping

Verifly provides on-demand insurance for drone operators

You wouldn’t drive a car without any insurance, so why fly a drone without that same protection? Of course, you are not actually seated in the drone itself, but that doesn’t mean you are not liable for anything that might go wrong. Verifly, a newly launched on-demand drone insurance company, wants to offer that protection for drone operators.

Aug 11, 2016 12:38:40 PM