Previewing New and Innovative Products at Commercial UAV Expo Europe

At Commercial UAV Expo Europe 2018, the Product Preview sessions opened the event to provide attendees with a look at a variety of hardware and software solutions which will be further showcased on the exhibit floor. A few thoughts and pictures about the latest product launches and innovations from the companies that presented are below. What…

Is Now the Right Time to Adopt Drone Technology?

Figuring out when is the right time to move forward with drone adoption is a question that operators and organizations have been asking ever since the technology became widely available. It’s a question that always comes back to value, and how a UAV can actually make something faster, cheaper or safer. Thankfully, answers are being…

Drones vs Manned Aircraft – Which Tool is Right for Your Project?

Drones vs A four-part series exploring when and how drone technology can be considered and utilized in place of or in addition to other potential solutions. Part 1 – Drones vs Manned Aircraft Part 2 – Drones vs Satellites Part 3 – Drones (Photogrammetry) vs Terrestrial LiDAR Part 4 – Drones vs HALE The emergence…

Analysis of the 2018-2038 FAA Aviation Forecast

On March 15th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its aerospace forecast for the fiscal years 2018 to 2038. The report covers all the areas of interest to the federal agency, notably commercial airliners, general aviation and now unmanned systems, as well as all items pertaining to the safety of operations over the national airspace.…

Should Your Organization Create a Drone Program?

Questions about whether or not an organization can or should set up a drone program are almost as pervasive as arguments about photogrammetry vs LIDAR in this space, but the details associated with creating a drone program signify a much different value proposition. The potential to make a given task faster, cheaper or safer is…

Is 2018 Going to be “The Year of the Drone”?

Articles talking about why a given year is the “year of the drone” go all the way back to 2010, although they certainly didn’t start that year. Similar declarations have been made more recently about 2015 and 2016, and the claims in those years were specifically related to the commercial applications of UAV technology. The…