The Next Stage for Drones in 2018

Professional interest in drones began to solidify in 2017. Part 107 landed the year before and it jumpstarted a wave of industry confidence that led commercial operators and business owners to produce some of the most exciting UAV initiatives since the drone revolution began. The future looks bright for 2018, but don’t expect the ground to stand still. We expect a lot of big changes in 2018 and here are just a few of them:

Jan 3, 2018 3:16:51 PM

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FAA Expands Restrictions to Include UAV Flights over Department of Energy Facilities

Utilizing its authority under Title 14 of The FAA Code of Regulations § 99.7 – “Special Security Instructions,” the Federal Aviation Administration will be restricting drone flights below 400 feet over DOE facilities effective on December 29. Seven DOE sites will have the restriction enforced in the interest of national security due to their particular vulnerabilities. The restrictions apply to both hobbyist drones and civil aircraft in accordance with the FAA's small UAS rule.

Dec 20, 2017 1:45:05 PM

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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

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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

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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

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The Path to Safe Beyond Visual Line of Sight


Oct 26, 2017 11:28:23 AM

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FAA predicts commercial drone use will skyrocket by 2021

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) doesn’t see the drone industry slowing down anytime soon. The organization released its Aerospace Forecast Report Fiscal Years 2017 to 2037 to project the growth of air transportation in the coming years. With the recent interest in drones, the forecast features a new portion focused on drones.

Mar 24, 2017 1:08:20 PM

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UAV market takes off for Intelligent Energy

Intelligent Energy has signed a deal with PINC to supply its air cooled fuel cell systems for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), marking Intelligent Energy’s first sale of fuel cell systems for UAVs as the Company moves forward with the commercialisation of its technology.

Mar 23, 2017 9:17:46 AM

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AeroVironment advances agriculture capabilities

AeroVironment wants to ensure its solutions meet the needs of commercial farmers and operators. The company revealed details about its ongoing research program to expand the agronomic analytics and capabilities of its drone and analytics platform.

Feb 15, 2017 12:24:27 PM

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Yuneec updates commercial drone offering

Yuneec has announced updates to its commercial drone platform H920, making it the H920 Plus. According to the company, the updates are designed to give field service providers and cinematographers even more aerial and ground content precision.

Feb 1, 2017 4:22:02 PM

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