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Precisionhawk announces partnership to boldly go BVLoS

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UAV specialist PrecisionHawk delves deeper into the world of BVLoS with a new framework to progress its consulting programme. The American company has announced a strategic partnership with Hazon, a drone service provider focused on critical infrastructure inspections for Fortune 500 utility and industrial clients, that will serve as the preferred training partner for PrecisionHawk’s BVLoS waiver consulting program. “This partnership is the perfect marriage of resources between two best-in-breed companies,” said Hazon CEO and co-founder David A. Culler, Jr. “Under the FAA Pathfinder Program, PrecisionHawk has developed a strong safety case for enterprises to conduct BVLOS drone operations, of
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ParaZero leads the way in drone integration project

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It’s safety first as the manufacturer of a parachute UAVs snapped up a prominent role in several of the projects selected to take part in a drone integration programme in America. Last week the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the 10 state, local, and tribal governments selected to test complex UAV operations. The announcement came as part of the DOT’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) mandated by President Trump this past October and designed to accelerate the integration of UAS into the national airspace system (NAS) through public-private partnerships. The ten teams were
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FIVE MINUTES WITH: Airbus Aerial president, Jesse Kallman

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A year on from its launch, Airbus Aerial has managed to carve out a position as one of the organisations driving market within the commercial drone space. Jesse Kallman, president of Airbus Aerial, a new business unit within Airbus, the global heavyweight in space and aeronautics, stepped into the role last May. Over the course of his career, Kallman has worked across various parts of the industry including research at Georgia Tech, federal policy at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), commercial UAS business at Airware, and advocacy with groups such as the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Kallman told
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UAV industry steps up the pace of innovation with influx of patents up 400%

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Hardware manufacturers developing drones have been rushed of their feet to bring the latest innovations in UAV technology to the masses resulting in a spike in the amount of patents filled. The Telegraph reported that an increase in the amount of businesses integrating drone technology into their day-to-day operations has led drone manufacturers to step up the pace of innovation. According to data from the World Intellectual Property Office, the amount of patents filed for technology related to drones saw an increase of over 400% for the 2016-17 financial year to 5,301, compared to 1,242 the prior year. The publication
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Quartet of Drone Heroes crowned at Commercial UAV Expo

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Four industry titans from the commercial drone sector were applauded by their peers for their innovations as they were crowned Drone Heroes. The second European Drone Hero contest, which was organised by Flemish drone organisation EUKA, called for companies within the commercial UAV sector to enter their businesses and innovations. An international jury then awarded the title of Drone Hero across three categories: start-up, international, and innovation, as well as Public Drone Hero. The jury awarded the titles during the Commercial UAV Expo Europe in Amsterdam. The six finalists pitched their previously submitted video to the jury during the Commercial
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EXCLUSIVE: Rusta reveals strategy for capturing UK’s university market

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Lincolnshire-based drone pilot training academy Rusta has revealed details of its business strategy after it announced a new partnership with the Wolverhampton University. The two-year contract for the Remote Pilot Certificate SUAS (RPCS) course, which is Civil Aviation Authority (CAA)-approved, leads to Permission for Commercial Operations status – providing commercial drone pilots with the skills and qualification to operate safely and legally in UK airspace. The course has been delivered for the past year on an informal partnership basis with partner, Rusta UAV Training Professionals and members from City of Wolverhampton Council’s Schools Technology Support Centre have benefited from training
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Drone app upgrade allows automated flights for commercial operators

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Commercial drone software provider Kittyhawk has unveiled an upgrade which includes an automated flight system on its Flight Deck feature set to work in conjunction with its recently released secure live streaming feature. The new system enables operators to plan, save and fly their missions while live streaming secure audio and video. The new automation features allow operators to plan missions in the Kittyhawk mobile application and then execute the entire flight from take-off to landing with unlimited waypoints. The app has incorporated safety features to ensure that operators are not able to initiate an automated flight to a place
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Coverdrone broadens insurance operation with imminent introduction of new app

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Digital-based drone insurance firm Coverdrone has announced that its offering of policies is about to broaden as it prepares for the imminent launch of its newly designed app. The free app, Coverdrone FlySafe, which is designed to meet the demand of UAV operators who only fly a handful of times a year, offers customers the opportunity to insure per day, as opposed to annual policies. The app delivers accurate safety data, ranging from airspace maps, dynamic restrictions, environmental conditions, privacy and safety hazards and even the location of much of the low-flying manned aviation traffic. Andrew Heath, director at Coverdrone,
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Q&A: Media production agency provides insight into drone operations

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With more and more industries incorporating unmanned aerial vehicles into their day-to-day business models, Commercial Drone Professional has approached members of the media production industry to assess the current landscape.  To gain industry insight, CDP spoke to co-director and cinematographer, Joel Capes, of commercial video production agency Visual Refresh. How do you use drones in your productions? During the process of designing a film for a client we will always question whether using a drone would be an effective method of telling their story or aid in the promotion of a product. Sometimes this will involve following active subjects or
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Sky-Futures takes off with ‘industry-first’ drone-to-go operation

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A specialist provider of drone-based inspection services to global industrial markets is launching an industrial drone inspection service to enable UAV capabilities for enterprise organisations within the next three months. Sky-Futures, one of the world’s leading providers of drone-based inspection solutions, has announced the launch of ‘Drone-To-Go’, a full package drone solution. The offering stands out from the market by providing companies with a physical drone systems, as well as with a complete package, including drone pilot training, regulatory support, software and services to ensure Enterprise-ready deployment. With its new solution, Sky-Futures aims to enable businesses to be up and
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