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WILLIAM F. WHITE INT’L TAKES FLIGHT WITH AERIAL MOB

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Paul Bronfman, Chairman/CEO of Comweb Corp. and leading equipment provider, William F. White International Inc. (Whites), today announced that the company has entered into a first-in-Canada exclusive partnership/representation agreement with California-based drone company, Aerial MOB.

Established in 2013, Aerial MOB is the first drone company of its kind to obtain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the U.S. for closed-set film production.  The company also wrote and developed the initial regulations for use of drone technology in film production in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America.  In 2016, they were granted permission for commercial drone use by Transport Canada, becoming one of the only companies in the world with certifications for flight in both the U.S. and Canada.  With an extensive list of clientele including major motion picture studios such as Warner Bros. Pictures, Netflix and The Walt Disney Studios to name a few, Aerial MOB continues to pave the way as North America’s leading innovator in aerial drone cinematography.

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NASA DRIVES VISION OF AIR TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT FOR DRONES

NASA graphic helps illustrate the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Traffic Management (UTM) system. (Photo: NASA)

Quite apart from the drone the neighborhood kid sails over the hedgerow, the FAA and industry observers expect that hundreds of thousands of small, commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) will eventually seek access to the nation’s airspace. For some four years now, the NASA-led UAS Traffic Management (UTM) research effort has worked to shape the rules and capabilities of this coming low-altitude ecosystem.

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YUNEEC ANNOUNCES H520, NEW FOCUS ON CUSTOMER SERVICE

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Some of the biggest announcements to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week were from Yuneec.

One of Yuneec’s big announcements was the launch of the Typhoon H520, a six-rotor drone designed for commercial applications. This thing looks amazing, and is covered in greater detail below.

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FAA, SKYPAN SETTLE CHARGES OF ALLEGED IMPROPER DRONE FLIGHTS

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SkyPan uses a remotely piloted helicopter to take photos for the real estate and construction industries. (Photo: SkyPan International)

The FAA and Chicago-based SkyPan International have reached a “comprehensive settlement” of alleged improper drone flights that calls for the company to pay a $200,000 fine and assist the agency with its public outreach campaign on drone regulations. Announced on January 17, the fine is the largest monetary penalty the FAA has collected for operations involving unmanned aircraft systems.

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FREEDOM CLASS 2017 FLIGHT TESTING

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We are keeping an eye on you, Chris Ballard! Freedom Class Racing steps closer to being a thing. Leonard Hall of Ardupilot on the sticks and giving it beans (small portion).

There is great potential for large scale racing quads, quite simply because the camera and crowd can see them. If they crash is should be a visual feast of parts decelerating.

Small racing quads that we all know and love, not so much.

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AUTEL ROBOTICS USA LAY OFF US SALES AND MARKETING STAFF

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Autel Robotics USA it would seem has laid off staff. I have reached out to Autel but nothing direct back from them yet.

I thought I would l take to LinkedIn. Former Autel employee Aaron Beach has updated his profile.

I accepted a job with Drone start-up Autel Robotics in Seattle as a Senior Account Manager. We successfully launched the X-Star drone in April 2016. During the next 8 months, I prospected and closed 52 new accounts, including closing and managing 4 of the top 10 accounts in the company, and contributing sales strategy and input to multiple departments. Unfortunately, Autel was not immune to the drone industry downturn, which resulted in Autel laying off most of its sales and marketing staff after CES in late January 2017.

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7 COMMERCIAL DRONE PREDICTIONS FOR 2017

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In the US, the FAA released Part 107 regulations concerning commercial drone pilots, and all over the world the drone industry grew, expanding into new commercial sectors and growing its presence in existing ones.

What does 2017 hold for the commercial drone industry? This post from Drone Industry Insights (DroneII.com) makes seven predictions for this year, and we think they are spot on.

Note: This post was originally written by Jeremiah Karpowicz, the Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News.

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SIX TIPS FOR SCALING YOUR DRONE OPERATION

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So you’ve obtained executive buy-in for a drone program at your company and started small. By achieving gains in efficiency and overall safety, you’ve made a strong case for expansion. How do you take the next step forward without jeopardising what you’ve already built?

Scaling your drone operation can seem daunting. With a little smart planning and prioritisation, you’ll have an easier time moving forward.

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HOW 3DR RECEIVED PERMISSION TO FLY DRONES AT THE BUSIEST AIRPORT IN THE WORLD

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3DR, Autodesk, Atkins and the Department of Aviation of the City of Atlanta worked together to perform the first FAA approved commercial drone operation in Class B airspace at the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

In 2015, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport became the first airport in the world to exceed 100 million annual passengers, and it has continued to grow since then, pushing current airport infrastructure to its limits. So the City of Atlanta decided to expand the airport and commissioned Atkins, a leading design and engineering firm, to help with this, starting with the demolition and rebuilding of the present-day North and South parking garage and passenger drop off to facilitate the construction of a new airport hotel.

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NEWS: METEOMATICS GRANTED US-PATENT FOR NEW DRONE SAFETY SYSTEM

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In the case of losing control of a drone, certain emergency systems are necessary to avoid the destruction of the drone and furthermore to minimise the danger for objects and human beings on the ground. Just recently, Meteomatics received a new US-patent from the United States Patent and Trademark office for an innovative alternative to known safety systems such as parachutes.

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