TerrAvion Expands Aerial Imaging Service to Florida

Kelly Marshall

First it was row crops, then pasture land.  Now TerrAvion is expanding their aerial imaging services to include the citrus industry of Florida.  Their first flights pass over the sunshine state this week. Florida is the nation’s number 1 producer of oranges and sugarcane.  Its 9.5 million acres of farmland employ 2 million people and agriculture is the number 2 …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone

Enter Drone Pitchfest Competition

Jamie Johansen

International Drone Expo (IDE) will hold a Drone Pitchfest Competition sponsored by Singh Ventures. The competition is open to domestic and international entrepreneur applicants who are seeking the opportunity to present their ideas and business concepts surrounding the unmanned aerial systems industry. Five winners will be presented with $100,000 worth of application and/or product development and the opportunity to solicit …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone, UAS, UAV

Trimble Partners Offer Four New Drones

Kelly Marshall

Trimble has just announced they have partnered with Delair-Tech and microdrones as their official suppliers for UASs.  On the coattails of that announcement come four proven mapping solutions, or mdMapper, including the md4-1000 in yellow (pictured right) to commemorate the new partnership. mdMapper200: Compact but robust, the md4-200 aircraft at the heart of this solution is lightweight and easy to transport …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, drone, UAS

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 …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Aviation, drone, UAS, UAV

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. …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Aviation, drone, technology, UAS, UAV

PrecisionHawk Offers Value in Technology

Kelly Marshall

I got to speak with Thomas Haun, senior vice president of PrecisionHawk at the recent Farm Progress Show and learned something every farmer will be glad to hear: drones are tools, not toys. As proof of this claim Haun walked me through their booth, pointing out the new DJI Matrice 100 drone that can be used to survey a large …

Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Audio, drone, Farm Progress Show

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. …

Aerial Application, Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Aviation, drone, UAS, UAV

New Forms and Rules Filings for Drone Insurance

Kelly Marshall

Consumers are asking for insurance coverage of drones, which is why the American Association of Insurance Services (AAIS) has announced new forms and rules in the Agriculture General Liability Program (AgGL). The organization has also filed a new Personal & Advertising Injury Liability Aircraft Exclusion to address this new liability exposure. To date the AgGL endorsements have been approved in …

Agribusiness, drone, UAV

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 …

Aerial Application, Aerial Imagery, Agribusiness, Aviation, drone, UAS, UAV

New Professional Mapping Drones From Lehmann

Kelly Marshall

Lehmann Aviation is releasing a new L-A Series of professional mapping drones.  The series consists of three fully automatic drones: the LA500 designed for mining and construction, the LA500-RTK for mapping and DEM, and the LA500-AG for precision agriculture. The new L-A series was totally redesigned from scratch, putting together 10 years of operational experience and customers suggestions, from all …

Agribusiness, drone