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A Da-Jiang Innovations Science and Technology Co. (DJI) Phantom drone is flown during a property inspection following Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, U.S. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

State Farm Flies Over People & BVLOS

State Farm has become the first company granted a national waiver by the Federal Aviation Administration to fly drones over people and beyond the pilot’s line of sight. The Bloomington-based insurer says increased use of drones will help it more efficiently deploy claims workers after a catastrophe strikes, when people may be blocked by water, […]
Solar Drones Help Native Americans

Solar Drones Help Native Americans

A Native American community in northern New Mexico will soon get help from solar-powered drones to monitor its vast land holdings from above. Under a new partnership with Santa Fe-based Wildflower International, unmanned aerial systems made by Albuquerque-based Silent Falcon UAS Technologies will assist Pojoaque Pueblo in managing its roaming bison herd, mapping cultural sites […]

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Shell Uses AI Inspection Drones

Shell Uses AI Inspection Drones

Royal Dutch Shell PLC is testing how artificial intelligence-enabled drones could help prevent costly maintenance problems on expensive equipment while improving worker safety, said Jay Crotts, the oil company’s executive vice president and global chief information officer. Beginning early next year, the company will deploy several drones in a proof-of-concept project at the Shell Technology Center […]
BVLOS drones bring efficiency and speed to the task of collecting data over large areas, like those along railroad tracks.

Going Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS)

Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is the most talked about concept in the commercial-drone world today—and for good reason. Many of the most lucrative opportunities for introducing drones into real-world commercial use are based on inspecting and gathering data over large swaths of land, such as railroads, utility lines, and farms that require autonomy. […]

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Monitoring Marine Species

Monitoring Marine Species

New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild. The work shows that the technology can be a valuable platform for scientists and conservationists interested in studying populations of sharks, rays, sea turtles and other marine megafauna. “We found that […]
Quantix Assesses Woolsey Wildfire Damage

Quantix Assesses Woolsey Wildfire Damage

Aerovironment  announced it is supporting the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program to assess the environmental impact of the Woolsey wildfire in the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area of Southern California. Burning over 96,949 acres, the devastating Woolsey wildfire destroyed more than 616 park structures and consumed approximately 88% of National Park Service […]

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Confined spaces are often dark, like the interior of this fermentation tank at Stoller Family Estate in Oregon’s wine country. To be able to navigate and conduct inspections in poorly lit environments, the Elios incorporates an array 
of bright LED lights as well as a thermal-
imaging camera.

Drone Review: Flyability Elios

Going where no drone has gone before Every aspect of the Elios has been designed to fulfill a single mission: confined-space operations. Elios can fly in environments and perform tasks that would wreck any other drone in seconds and that no responsible pilot would even attempt. There are a dozen different drones on the market […]
Drone Insurance for Commercial Operations

Drone Insurance for Commercial Operations

When first starting out as a commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator, many business owners and pilots do not know where to begin to locate an insurance provider. Many “standard” insurance companies do not insure—and may specifically exclude from their policies—an unmanned aircraft system (UAS). To properly insure your commercial operations, start by contacting aviation-specific […]

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Air National Guard Drone Helps in Carr Fire

Air National Guard Drone Helps in Carr Fire

The California Air National Guard’s 195th Wing, stationed at Beale Air Force Base, has been assisting the state’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection agency (CAL FIRE) with aerial reconnaissance and surveillance to help combat the Carr fire in Redding, California, according to a Department of Defense press release. “We’re able to provide real-time eyes in […]
Tracking Shoreline Erosion

Tracking Shoreline Erosion

Along the shorelines of Menard-May Park in Edgewater, Florida this week, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or drones, flew high above the water capturing high-resolution images and video of this area of Mosquito Lagoon, which is part of the Indian River Lagoon system. The aerial reconnaissance survey, organized and flown by faculty, staff […]
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