OPINION: Don’t quit your day job until you really know what it takes to start a drone business

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While on the surface, the barriers to entry in the commercial drone market might not be as high as some would expect, the reality is that a modest initial investment will only get you so far. Simon Handley is well-versed in the cost and time involved in establishing a drone business, having founded his company, Skylark Aerial Photography, three years ago. Here, he gives his account of what it is like to launch a drone venture from scratch, and the sort infrastructure and investment challenges a start-up can expect to encounter on their journey. If you are thinking about starting
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INDUSTRY INSIGHT: How much does it really cost to start a drone business?

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Where do you draw the line between start-up commercial operators and hobbyists when it comes to a comprehensive breakdown of upfront hardware expense? For Ian Titchener, founder and manager of Ely Aviation, which officially opened its doors for business last month, the boundaries are not as great as some might perceive. As the commercial UAV market grows, he says that it is possible for new entrants and young start-ups to develop a professional service without running out of cash. 1. Barriers to the industry are not as high as you think The drone industry is one that many enthusiasts aspire
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Aeryon Labs bolsters military UAV operations with system launch

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Aeryon Labs, a world leading provider of high-performance, small unmanned aircraft systems for public safety and commercial customers, has taken off with its aerial military defence system. The Aeryon Defense USA systems is an approved US defence contractor delivering the next-generation of advanced sUAS to US military forces and government agencies. Aeryon Defense has assembled a team of military UAS experts who are equipped with the resources to deliver innovative solutions to meet the needs of defence and federal users for years to come. “For over a decade, top militaries around the world have relied on Aeryon to provide unmatched
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EXCLUSIVE: Lowest price point USP is not a strategy for success, claims Consortiq

Professional UAV pilot training entities that are undercutting their competitors are likely to miss out on business as end users favour other qualities, warns Consortiq. Paul Rigby, the company’s CEO, believes that in order to compete in the marketplace, pilot training organisations must offer something unique that other local facilities aren’t offering. He told Commercial Drone Professional that qualified entities, which are all regulated under the same standard set by the CAA, should avoid using low price points as a means of differentiating themselves from competitors. He said: “Some people will claim there's no standard but there is a standard
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VIDEO: Intel ramps up global tech presence with UAV presentation

Gloabl technology company Intel is expanding its unmanned aerial vehicles offering in a bid to see the industry grow. Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich headlined this year’s InterDrone show with a Keynote presentation where he unveiled the company’s next UAV systems. Continuing its momentum in the commercial drone market, Intel has announced a new solution that will extend the value Intel adds, well after flights are completed. The first announced product was a new drone data analytics solution developed in partnership with DELAIR called Intel Insight Platform. This platform can generate 2D and 3D models, take measurements, and make annotations for
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