Municipal Airport Tests New Technology to Advance BVLOS Operations

The efforts of government agencies and the drone industry to advance the cause of UAV flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) continue with vigor. Recently, the Springfield–Beckley Municipal Airport, a joint use civil-military airport located five miles south of the central business district of Springfield, Ohio, announced that it would be partnering with the…

What Does “Actionable Information” Really Mean?

Within any new industry, there can be tendency to use buzz words to give validity to a new approach. As an analyst, you get used to ingesting large amounts of industry communications. Admittedly, you also begin to overlook terms that are used time and time again. To let you in on a small secret, within…

Italdron Launches the Silent Drone TITANXLE

Italdron brings better performance and technology to you with the TITANXLE, their newly released drone. It is a multi-role drone that is designed for inspections and survey imaging. Founded in 2008, Italdron became Italy’s first professional drone manufacturer approved for “post-production flights”. It has the largest number of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) authorized to fly…

If Data is the New Oil, What Role Will Drones Play in Refinement?

News like PrecisionMapper from PrecisionHawk being available for free dominated the headlines at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL event this year, but a quote from one of the keynote presentations caught people’s attention in a different way. Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, told the audience that “data is the new oil,” as he explained why data would fuel the…

What Does It Mean for an Engineering Firm to Create a Drone Program?

PBS Engineering and Environmental (PBS) provides professional engineering and surveying services throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho. They’ve been named as a “Top 500 Design Firm” by Engineering News Record, but it’s their adoption and integration of drone technology that caught our attention. The company has unveiled a new program that uses drones for surveying, engineering,…

What Taylor v FAA Means for Commercial Drone Operators

For the past few years the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been trying to grapple with the new reality that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are here to stay. As part of their effort to do so, the organization introduced the “Registration Rule” in 2015, which required owners of drones used for recreation to register their…