International Drone Expo to Host Drone Race in LA

Jamie Johansen

International Drone Expo (IDE), the largest gathering of the most innovative and leading members of the UAV community from around the globe, will hold its first annual Drone Race inside the Los Angeles Convention Center this December. MultiGP, the sanctioning body and leading drone racing league for first-person view (FPV) radio-controlled aircraft in the United States, will custom design the …

54 Different Countries Represented at 2016 InterDrone

Jamie Johansen

BZ Media LLC’s InterDrone™ The International Drone Conference & Exposition, held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas Sept 7-9, drew 3,518 attendees from 54 different countries on 6 continents. The event featured 155 exhibitors and sponsors in more than 230 booths. FAA Administrator Michael P. Huerta gave the Grand Opening Keynote speech to thousands gathered on the first day. …

New & Upgraded Activations at 2016 International Drone Expo

Jamie Johansen

International Drone Expo (IDE) has new and upgraded show activations for 2016. IDE will host its first annual Drone Race Cup, a pitchfest competition and film showcase. The third annual IDE is set to take place December 9-10, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Championship IDE drone race cup is one of the few sanctioned in Los Angeles. …

2016 InterDrone Attracts 160 Drone Companies

Jamie Johansen

BZ Media LLC unveiled the exhibition component of the industry’s largest dedicated commercial UAV show, InterDrone. More than 130 exhibitors have already signed up for the event taking place September 7-9 at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The exhibition will be paired with more than 120 sessions on all aspects of UAV design, piloting, regulations, and business management. Exhibitors …

NCGA Applauds New FAA Rule On Drones

Lizzy Schultz

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has officially announced its final rule, effective this August, governing commercial uses of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones. “We’re pleased that the FAA recognizes the important commercial applications for UAS technology, and has created rules that will put the technology in farmers’ hands,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, President of National Corn Growers …

UAV Army Leader Begins Plane-Based Aerial Image Biz

Kelly Marshall

It’s a little mind-blowing, really. Robert Morris served in the U.S. Army as a Technical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (TUAV) Platoon Leader in Afghanistan.  His ground-breaking work helped uncover intelligence that made critically important strategic decisions, but after returning to the states Morris realized drones were the wrong choice for agriculture. Instead a conversation with a buddy led Morris to start …

B4UFLY App Communicates NAS Flight Restrictions

Taylor Truckey

B4UFLY has been released to iOS users (Android version is in beta). B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS) where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft system (UAS). Key features of the B4UFLY app include: – A clear “status” indicator that immediately informs the operator about the …

FAA Warns About Scam Registration Sites

Taylor Truckey

As the end of the free registration period nears, more UAV owners may be heading online to get their devices registered. The Federal Aviation Administration wants unmanned aircraft owners to know that there’s no need to work with a “drone registration” company to help them file an application for a registration number. The FAA drone registration site is simple and …

PrecisionHawk Named To UAS Task Force

Taylor Truckey

PrecisionHawk was one of approx. 25 diverse representatives selected by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta this week, as they announced the creation of a task force to develop recommendations for a registration process for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The group will advise the Department on which aircraft should be exempt from registration due to a …

Get the GeoVantage View

Chuck Zimmerman

High resolution aerial imagery is the specialty of GeoVantage and during the InfoAg Conference Matt Sweeney told me all about what they do. The company not only owns planes but has a substantial list of pilots they work with to get jobs done. Aerial imagery is a key component in utilizing precision agriculture techniques for the management of farmland. The …