And How It Might Come Back – A Look At Consumer Drone Market Trends As we covered in our recent blog post about the new FAA registration data, the American consumer drone market hit a snag in 2019. The market’s stagnation is marked by a paltry 6% growth in registration numbers – an indicator for consumer aircraft ... Read more
How Has COVID-19 Impacted the Consumer Drone Market? Our recent look at the FAA registration data suggests the consumer drone market is stagnating – and that raises the question of how has the consumer drone industry been impacted by COVID-19? With COVID-19 leaving many to wait for unemployment checks, and many still working remotely, we have seen ... Read more
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Last month, the FAA released its updated Aerospace Forecast (2020-2040), an annual report that updates key metrics behind all aspects of the US aerospace – including U.S Airlines, General Aviation, Commercial Space and UAS. Last year’s forecast brought widespread attention to the acceleration of the UAS industry, but this year’s forecast mostly went unnoticed as the COVID-19 pandemic has ... Read more
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DroneAnalyst today welcomes David Benowitz as Head of Research, responsible for expanding its research product offerings with the mission of providing increased transparency to the state of the maturing commercial drone industry.
2020 is turning out to be an interesting year for the drone industry with increased hardware competition, rising global tensions and shifting regulations.
I am happy to announce the release of Making a Successful Business Case for Drone Technology – a blueprint for enterprises to develop a successful business case for a drone-based technology program. Produced in partnership with PrecisionHawk, this reference guide offers enterprise leaders a clear, step-by-step process to analyze, evaluate, and communicate key objectives of ... Read more
Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drone has some great new technology but the service faces strong and persistent regulatory hurdles. Amazon’s drone delivery service is in the news again, this time with a new drone named the “MK27.” As the latest iteration of Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drone, it’s apparently safer, more efficient, and more stable ... Read more
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There’s some good information in the FAA’s new five-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) forecast, but there are reasons to doubt the accuracy of the agency’s projections in two areas that have captured attention: the claims that there will be roughly threefold growth in the numbers of commercial drones and UAS-certified pilots. Here’s the good, the ... Read more
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Increasing use of drones surfaces three best practices for state and local police, sheriffs, fire departments, and teams in EMS, search and rescue, tactical response, and disaster response. I just released two new drone industry guides titled Three Essentials For Building Your Law Enforcement Drone Program and Three Essentials For Building Your Fire and ... Read more
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AUVSI’s North Carolina chapter and DRONELIFE host free webinars and chat rooms monthly, where drone pilots from all over the country can get their questions answered by a panel of experts. This month, AUVSI NC hosted two representatives from the FAA: UAS Integration Program Manager Michael O’Shea and Aviation Safety Analyst John Meehan. O’Shea and […]
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Drone industry analysts DRONEII have published their 2020 Drone Regulation Update: survey results that show how the international landscape is evolving to support the use of drones. Guest Post: This article published with permission from our friends at DroneII, Drone Industry Insights. Article authored by Millie Radovic. With the publishing of our new Drone Regulation […]
Wingtra‘s recent WingtraHub 1.0 release introduces a lean workflow between the WingtraOne drone and Pix4Dmatic, a “fresh Pix4D product for reliable speedy processing of large datasets,” says a Wingtra press release. “This integration is especially key since Wingtra’s VTOL drone is designed to map large sites fast and safely while providing the best possible data […]
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ANRA Technologies is a major name in UAS Traffic Management (UTM) around the world. Now, the company announces the release of ANRA MissionManager™: a new version of their drone operations software platform. ANRA’s deep expertise in UTM and involvement in testing scenarios that involve multiple flights under a vast array of conditions has informed […]
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Verizon is dialing up a new mission for its drone subsidiary – wildfire damage inspection. The telecom announced today the FAA granted Portland-based Skyward a temporary waiver allowing company pilots to fly Percepto Sparrow drones from their homes to inspect critical communications infrastructure near the Big Hollow wildfire in Washington. So far, the blaze has […]
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U.S. drone manufacturer Skydio is stepping up to help boost diversity in the drone industry, hiring two highly qualified women to key leadership roles. Devon DiPietro has been named Director of Marketing, and Jacqueline Sharma has been hired as Vice President of People Operations. The two new hires “join a growing team of talent that already includes […]
Drone logistics startup Matternet is taking flight with one of Asia’s largest airlines to expand drone delivery. Today, the California-based company announced a partnership with Japan Airlines to deploy the Matternet M2 drone system to Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s new “drone logistics business development project” – Japan’s initiative to grow drone delivery on a national scale. […]
As industries across the globe come to grips with the “new normal” of a COVID-19 challenges, drone service providers (DSP) are launching new levels of innovation across a range of public and commercial sectors. Last year, Barclays projected drones will lower costs by $100 billion across a majority of industries. The FAA paints a rosy […]
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The FAA policy on type certification for certain unmanned aircraft systems was recently released. The policy provides a process by which unmanned aircraft may be certified for certain operations currently prohibited under part 107, such as flight over people or flight beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). The new policy demonstrates flexibility, and an approach […]
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By DRONELIFE staff writer Jim Magill Following a successful two-year pilot program, international oil and gas company Shell will employ a small fleet of drones to fly over more than 500 oil and gas sites in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeastern New Mexico, searching for leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. […]
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