West Virginia Implements Drone Legislation

A few weeks ago we wrote an article outlining the differences, and similarities, between the American and European regulatory frameworks covering the issue of drones and shared airspace. We emphasized the fact that the USA has a federal agency with jurisdiction over the entire airspace over the nation, but at the same time there are…

Thales and Unifly Respond to the Drone Industry’s Need for a UTM System

On the heels of an agreement between DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung and Unifly NV to work together to develop and market a DFS drone app comes news of another partnership for Unifly. Thales Group and Unifly have announced they are partnering to create safer flights with the new solution for Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management (UTM),…

AirSim: A Simulator to Help AI Research for Use in Drones

Microsoft’s Aerial Informatics and Robotics (AIR) group has created a more affordable platform for drone manufacturers to test new products: the AirSim. Built on Unreal engine, AirSim is a platform for artificial intelligence (AI) research to experiment with deep learning, computer vision and reinforcement learning algorithms for autonomous vehicles. The simulator provides tools and makes…

Assessing Risk and Establishing Insurance Needs for Drone Operators

In trying to figure out what topics were going to be of critical importance to commercial drone operators in 2017, insurance and risk kept coming up as major areas of interest. Many drone operators are uncertain about what it means to properly assess risk and establish insurance needs. These kind of shortcomings can lead to…

DJI Announces the M200, a Drone Series Built For Enterprise Solutions

Rumors about DJI making a big splash at Mobile World Congress had been swirling the past few weeks, and with the announcement of the M200 series, that talk has been confirmed. Unlike previous major product announcements from the company though, this one is explicitly relevant to commercial drone operators. The M200 series has been specifically…

Analysis from the Second Meeting of the FAA Drone Advisory Committee

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta announced the creation of the Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) in May 2016. The general idea behind this multidisciplinary committee was to provide an open venue for the FAA and the UAV community stakeholders to work in partnership identifying and recommending a single, consensus-based set of resolutions for the…