The NBAA is Testing the Waters of Commercial Drones

The definition of commercial usage in manned aviation is abundantly clear in the current FAA rules and regulations, but when it comes to unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs the situation is not as well understood. One of the main concerns of manned aviation organizations these days is to help the drone industry define the roles…

Drones vs HALE: Embracing the Future

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 What does…

Measuring the Success of Drone Adoption

The potential drones have to make a variety of tasks faster, cheaper or safer has been talked about for years now, but this potential is finally being quantified. Drones have been touted as enabling a potential 90% in timesavings, while the costs associated with using drone vs. a survey crew are exponentially different. These differences…

UL and the Release of a Battery Safety Standard for the UAV Industry

Over the past 18 months we’ve been writing about the frustration with the current state of affairs in terms of time in the air (TITA) for battery powered multi-copters and small fixed-wing unmanned aircraft. We have interviewed many people with innovative ideas to extend TITA, ranging from the more traditional tethered solutions to the really…

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…