The Reason I Chose Draganfly

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I recently attended the Inaugural Symposium for the Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Their objectives for this Symposium include, “consolidating research teams while enhancing cross-disciplinary collaboration, working with our International Scientific Advisory Committee, and further building relationships with industry and stakeholder groups.” I spent two days visiting with PhD’s in almost every field from agronomics to computer science to economics and there is one thing that is very clear; teamwork.

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The teamwork involved in a project such as this requires experts from all departments in order to make it a success. They are each performing specific research all around the world in different environments, using different equipment all working towards a similar goal. How does this apply to Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS’)?

“Working with Draganfly has been like an R&D partner, like an extension of this grant. They are real partners.”  – Steve Shirtliffe, PhD, Department of Plant Sciences

Projects are stronger working together. We are the super-professionals in this industry that spend all day talking about UAS’, regulations, applications, workflow, and best practices. If you want to develop a successful sustainable UAS program, you don’t just want to buy a UAS, you want a partner. So when you call, live-chat, or e-mail, we will provide you with information to enhance your understanding of the entire UAS ecosystem without the frustration of learning it all on your own. You have questions, Draganfly has answers.

Andrew Carson

draganfly Innovations Inc.

Customer Service & Training Lead

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Email: andrew.carson@draganfly.com

 

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Draganfly Innovations Receives Permission to Test ADS-B Communications Technology

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Draganfly is the first Canadian company to receive permission for low power ADS-B Transceiver testing.

Saskatoon SK, and Venice, CA – Draganfly Innovations Inc. continues to lead the UAS industry by receiving permission to test an integrated command-and-control system that utilizes automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) avionics with their UAV. Draganfly is the first UAV manufacturer in Canada to receive this approval and will be testing in both Class G and Class D airspace with approval from governing authorities.

ADS-B is a surveillance technology that allows aircraft to determine positioning via satellite navigation, and simultaneously broadcasting that same position, enabling them to be tracked. This information can be received by air traffic control ground stations, similar to RADAR technology that’s in use today. ADS-B addresses safety concerns relating to UAVs sharing airspace with traditional aircraft. The system is capable of real-time traffic and weather updates in 3D trajectories and can be customized based on specific missions and applications.

Ultimately this is a major step in incorporating sense and avoid capabilities, and will provide UAVs with the ability to detect and avoid manned and other unmanned aircraft. This will also move the technology closer to a place where UAVs have the ability to safely operate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

Draganfly is working with partners at uAvionix to incorporate their 1/2W Ping transceivers onto the Draganflyer Commander platform, and are excited to be involved in testing this leading edge technology.

“We are excited to be working with the team at uAvionix and test ADS-B on our platforms,” said Zenon Dragan, President of Draganfly, “We expect that all UAVs will require an ADS-B transceiver in the future and we’re pleased to be the first in Canada to test it out.”

“It has been a long road for us” Jeff Walker, uAvionix CTO, commented, and added “We have had to constantly innovate around the regulations to bring this technology to market. Thanks to the Draganfly team’s tireless efforts, a turning point in drone-aviation safety can be finally realized.”

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.
Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

About uAvionix
uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable family of ADS-B transponders, receivers and navigation tools. uAvionix’s Ping network system combines hardware, software, and real time airspace mapping to enable safe operation of and collision avoidance for manned and unmanned aircraft in the National Airspace System. Founded in 2015, Palo Alto based uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded RF engineering, aviation, sUAS operations and compliance, hardware, software, and cloud services.

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Draganfly Innovations Approved for UAV Operations Across Canada

 

Even on the brightest days, the navigation lighting on the Draganflyer Commander is easy to see and serves as a valuable visual aid when manually flying the system. When operating on cloudy days or near sunset, LED brightness can be adjusted remotely from the handheld controller.

Draganfly has successfully received permission to be able to operate their UAVs across Canada.

Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – September 1, 2016 – Draganfly Innovations is pleased to announce that they have successfully received Standing SFOCs (Special Flight Operations Certificates) for all of Canada (excluding Quebec).

Draganfly is now able to conduct flight training and demonstrations as well as offer specialized flight services across the country without having to complete a site specific SFOC process.

The certification was obtained for the following regions:

  • Pacific
  • Prairie Northern
  • Ontario
  • Atlantic

Draganfly is proud to be seen as an industry leader in Canada and the United States in the UAV space, as the capability to obtain nation-wide SFOCs is not without its complications.

“We look forward to being able to share our experience with our clients and customers,” said President and Co-Founder, Zenon Dragan, “Our SFOC knowledge is industry leading, and we can now offer more assistance to our customers whether they’re looking to expand their own SFOC certification, or have us complete flight demos on site.”

Draganfly is happy to offer existing customers assistance with completing their SFOC. Please contact your sales representative for more information.

 

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

For interviews and/or further information please contact:

Judy Garvey

403-781-6671

judy.garvey@draganfly.com

 

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New $37.2 million crop research program could ‘change the way we do farming’: GIFS

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An injection of federal cash to support agricultural research using robots laden with sensors and drones carrying sophisticated cameras will “change the way we do farming,” according to the head of the Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS).

“The real objective of this work is to replicate what you might call the breeder’s eye, so what the breeder sees in the field, using much more modern technology,” Maurice Moloney, the organization’s executive director and CEO, told reporters Monday.

“A breeder uses their eyes and their intuition to obtain those data … Using digitization techniques, we can put that all into a big database and then begin to predict how our crop plants will work in the field.”

One of five Canada First Research Excellence Fund awards handed out this year, the $37.2 million package will fund the creation of the University of Saskatchewan’s collaborative Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC).

The P2IRC’s Designing Crops for Global Food Security research program will involve scientists and researchers from the Crop Development Centre, the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, the Canadian Light Source and other institutions.

Farmers are already using “big data” to make seeding more efficient, thereby increasing yields, but the P2IRC’s new program will go much further toward unlocking its power, Moloney said.

The program could make farming more efficient and eliminate food shortages caused by the ballooning global population, which is expected to reach 9.6 billion people by 2050, he added.

“It’s all about the payload that’s attached onto the (drone),” said Andrew Carson, Draganfly’s customer service and training lead, moments after demonstrating one of the company’s “Draganflyers.”

“With (a multi-spectral camera) you can capture five different spectra all at once … And what that allows them to do is simply identify factors affecting the crop that is unidentifiable with the human eye.”

The sleek black quadcopter cradled in Carson’s arms is one of many tools available to the dozens of scientists, researchers, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows expected to work at the P2IRC in the coming years.

Click here to read the full article.

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FAA Implements Part 107

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The FAA held a press conference today to discuss the implementation of the FAA’s new Part 107 rule for UAVs which goes into effect today.

Part 107 opens the skies for routine commercial drone operations, eliminating the need for case by case approvals. Certificate (License) holders will no longer need a certificate of authorization (COA) or 333 exemption if they operate within the new rule.

Some of the highlights are:

  • If you hold a certificate and break the rules, your certificate can be revoked. (So make sure you know what the rules are!)
  • Operators can apply for waiver applications for special situations such as flying beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), flying at night, flying over people etc. or anything not covered in Part 107. The FAA has already granted 72 such waivers.
  • The FAA is establishing a Drone Advisory Committee and UAS Safety team to further develop drone regulation in the US. (Great news for the industry as a whole!)
  • The FAA has had 3000 people sign up to take their test for the license so far.

You can rewatch the media briefing here and find out more information directly from the FAA here. We look forward to working with our customers and supporting them in this new industry!

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Canadian UAV Site Selection Tool

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The team at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada has built up an interactive UAV Site Selection tool that can help Canadian UAV operators select flying sites away from aerodromes and built-up areas within Canada.

If you’re planning on flying your UAV in Canada, this could be a helpful tool for you to reference while planning your flight. Input the latitude and longitude of the location that you are looking to fly within to find airport/aerodrome contact information, airport management, radio details and more.

For more information and to access the map, visit the interactive map on the NRC’s website.

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Atlantic Cape Showcases UAS Technology for Law Enforcement

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Our friends at Atlantic Cape Community College in Mays Landing New Jersey have been showcasing our Draganflyers in their growing UAS Program for quite some time and we’re thrilled to see them get some traction. They’re planning to offer a UAS Operation course starting in August and we’re glad that they’ve chosen to use our systems in their course.

For more information on their programming and to read more about their UAS course, read the full article here.

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