FAA Declares Exclusive Authority over Drone Operations

On July 20th the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a press release announcing its total control over drone operations in the country’s airspace. The statement unequivocally declares that the federal agency has exclusive authority over aircraft operations—including unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs)—within navigable airspace, although it allows that state and local governments can regulate landing sites.…

Redefining the “R” in ROI for Commercial Drone Programs with Kittyhawk – an interview with Joshua Ziering and Jon Hegranes

The first half of 2018 saw some major announcements from Kittyhawk, the company dedicated to unifying the mission, aircraft, and data to empower safe and effective drone operations. New features that enabled drone operators to conduct automated flights were announced at the very beginning of the year, while their collaboration with Jeppesen has enabled them…

Making Drone Technology Credible for Surveyors and Engineers

It wasn’t so long ago that the only time a surveyor or engineer would ever operate a drone was in their free time. In industries like surveying and engineering, accuracy and reliability are absolutely essential, and so surveyors have been rightly skeptical to adopt the technology until it can be proven to be reliably accurate.…

How are DJI Drones Being Used to Sniff the Amazon Rainforest?

The innovative ways drones are being used to collect information that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to gather are as impressive as they are revolutionary. Drone technology has been used to enable high accuracy mapping, but it has also been used to study the health of whales without ever coming into physical contact with…

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