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. …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

View Crops with Live Streaming Video

Kelly Marshall

Precision agriculture means growers are constantly pushing the envelope to monitor crops and turn that data into decision-making tools which offer an economic edge.  For some that means in-field video feed, for others its uploading captured photos for viewing remotely.  Both have advantages and disadvantages. Now KenCast is offering the next level of aerial imagery.  Using HD streaming cellular or satellite networks the …

InterDrone 2016 Won’t Disappoint

Jamie Johansen

InterDrone’s debut event in 2015 brought in an impressive 2,797 delegates from 48 nations and returns to Las Vegas Sept. 7-9 in a premier location: The Paris Las Vegas Hotel. The ZimmComm family of agricultural news sites is once again a media sponsor and wanted to share how this year’s event will top the debut just a year ago. Three …

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 …

PrecisionHawk Forms Strategic Partnerships

Kelly Marshall

In today’s world customers are better served when companies work together.  That’s why PrecisionHawk has formed two new partnerships to bring solutions to drone users. This first is a collaboration with Insitu, a subsidiary of Boeing and leader in providing information for decision-making.  The two have announced an alliance to offer expansive aerial technology services in the commercial and enterprise markets. …