Drone technology provider PrecisionHawk has secured an acquisition deal that will enable it to launch the nation’s largest commercial drone pilot network.
PrecisionHawk, the world’s most well-capitalised UAV company, has announced it has acquired Droners.io and AirVid to launch America’s largest network of commercially licensed drone pilots.
As part of its strategy to deliver the service, PrecisionHawk will merge the two companies under the Droners.io name to form the platform to support the delivery of on-demand, drone-based imagery to its enterprise clients.
The platform is set to consist of more than 15,000 commercially licensed drone pilots, making it the largest of its kind. The company will continue to connect certified done pilots directly to customers.
“Droners.io and AirVid share our mission of helping drone operators turn their passion into a profession,” said Michael Chasen, PrecisionHawk’s CEO.
“Combined with PrecisionHawk’s expertise in providing professional drone services to the enterprise, this merger enables us to build the best platform for drone pilots while simultaneously providing our enterprise clients with the on-demand services they require.”
By the end of 2018, PrecisionHawk expects to have fulfilled hundreds of thousands of missions. To meet this demand, the company will focus on growing its newly formed network of certified pilots nation-wide and abroad.
The announcement comes just two weeks after the PrecisionHawk closed $75m (£53m) in Series D funding. Both the funding and the pilot network merger are in service of the company’s mission to foster global adoption of commercial drone technology.