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Draganflyer sUAS’s Featured in Vertical Magazine Article “The Remote Arm of the Law”

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The Draganflyer line of sUAS’s has been a favorite of public safety agencies across the world since the introduction of the Draganflyer X6 in 2008. In the Vertical Magazine article titled “The Remote Arm of the Law”, long time Draganflyer users Alan Frazier of University of North Dakota and Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, Ben Miller of Mesa County Sheriff’s Department, and Marc Sharpe of the Ontario Provincial Police are interviewed and share how using sUAS’s in their collection of tools has saved time and money performing such tasks as search and rescue, accident scene recreation and crime scene reconstruction.

These agencies have been part of many firsts using Draganflyers:

The complete article can be read online at Vertical Magazine.

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Draganflyer X4-ES Featured in Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine Article “This Drone Can Save Your Life”

Draganflyer X4-ES at the Smithsonian

When choosing an unmanned aerial vehicle for use within the public safety sector, our Draganflyer X4-ES is by far the most popular choice. The ease of use, long flight times, and multiple payload options, such as FLIR cameras, make it the most trustworthy choice for such applications as search and rescue, accident scene reconstruction, and forensic data collection.

The Draganflyer X4-ES made its mark on the world in May, 2013 when it was used by the Saskatoon RCMP to locate a missing driver after a single vehicle roll-over accident. The system was fitted with a FLIR camera, which was used to locate the driver’s heat signature. This is the first instance where an unmanned aerial vehicle had been used in a life-saving mission.

This historic flight made it a natural fit for the Draganflyer X4-ES to be added to the collection at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In the article “This Drone Can Save Your Life”, museum curator Roger Connor details the lifesaving mission and speaks of how public safety agencies are adopting the new technology.

“As a curator, I sometimes find it a challenge to keep pace with an up-and-coming technology, especially given the Museum’s preference for seeing where the chips (i.e., historic significance) ultimately fall before committing scarce exhibit and storage space to new artifacts. However, in the case of the Draganflyer X4-ES, the decision was a no-brainer” says Connor.

Read the full article online at the Smithsonian Air & Space Magazine site..

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TRACE Live Networks Acquires Renowned UAV Manufacturer Draganfly Innovations Inc.

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VENICE, CALIFORNIA and TORONTO, ONTARIO – July 23, 2015

TRACE Live Networks, developer of The TRACEr1 – a visually intelligent camera capable of following its owner almost anywhere and live-streaming captured footage to the Internet – announced today, that it has acquired commercial sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System) specialists, Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Founded in 1998 and located in Saskatoon, Canada, Draganfly Innovations has grown to be a globally recognized leader in commercial UAV development and production. It is the longest running manufacturer of multi-rotor helicopters in the world and the maker of the first civilian sUAS to be credited with saving a life. Draganfly Innovations’ products are widely used in several commercial fields including law enforcement, search and rescue, agricultural mapping, industrial inspection and aerial photography.

The entire Draganfly Innovations development and engineering team, led by founder and President, Zenon Dragan, will remain in the current Saskatoon headquarters. Post-acquisition, TRACE will look to scale the existing Draganfly Innovations commercial sUAS business and combined engineering teams will collaborate on the further advancement of the TRACE Live Network auto-follow devices and live-streaming platform. They will also initiate development of several commercial applications for TRACE’s visually intelligent SmartCameraTM technology.

Mr. Dragan will continue to lead Draganfly Innovations Inc. and will also join the TRACE executive team.

TRACE Co-founder, Cameron Chell, said of the acquisition, “Draganfly Innovations is undoubtedly one of the most respected organizations in the commercial UAV space and we see huge scope for growth, not only within the company’s existing business, but through integrated applications of Draganfly UAVs with TRACE’s visual intelligence tracking technology. We’re incredibly excited to scale out Draganfly to service a wider market and put the expertise within our teams together to collaborate on some ground breaking and potentially life saving new products.”

Draganfly Innovations Inc. founder and President, Zenon Dragan said, “This acquisition allows us to expand and provide our UAV solutions to larger markets. More organizations will benefit from the industry leading aerial imaging and data that our systems provide. We will continue to develop products that push the boundaries of technology.”

About TRACE Live Networks

TRACE.com is a live-action content platform aggregating streamed footage from globally activated TRACEr1 devices. The TRACEr1 is a visually intelligent camera that autonomously operates a selection of tracking devices and live-streams captured user footage directly to the Internet.

TRACEr1 enabled devices allow people to be ‘in’ their greatest moments and have those moments captured and shared.

Please view the TRACE Live Network media kit here.

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations Inc., the longest running manufacturer of multi-rotor helicopters in the world and the maker of the first civilian small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) to be credited with saving a life, designs Draganflyer helicopters, the best aerial vehicles in the world, along with Draganview control software. A recognized technology and industry leader, Draganfly shapes the aerial imaging and public safety revolution with its gyro stabilized camera payload systems and digital video down-link technology. Draganfly has reinvented the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and is defining the emergency services market with the Draganflyer Guardian, and X4-ES systems.

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And the Winner is… Fred Dustin of Kimnyoung Maze Park! Like Draganfly, his Legacy is One of Creativity and Innovation

Kimnyoung Maze Park
On top of some big discounts offered in May for our Customer Appreciation Month, we held a draw where anyone who placed an order was entered to win a $250 gift card. The lucky winner is Dr. Frederic H. Dustin of Kimnyoung Maze Park! Congratulations Fred!

Kimnyoung Maze Park is one of the biggest tourist attractions on Jeju Island, South Korea, providing a distinct woodland experience. The luscious, aromatic greenery of the cedar hedge maze is matched with many varieties of equally beautiful, sprawling flowers, trees, and shrubs. Created entirely from volcanic eruptions approximately 2 million years ago, Jeju Island consists chiefly of basalt and lava. Rather than using paving stones, this reddish, cinder-like lava is used on the pathways to keep the park as ecologically friendly as possible.

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The challenge of the maze is the thrill of the search with the reward of ringing the silver bell on the bridge at the end of the maze. A popular spot for a school tours and scenic adventures, the pastoral setting has become a standard location for wedding photography. There are even night tours, attractive to couples out for a romantic stroll, complete with solar-powered lighting, LED lamps, and glow-in-the-dark tape to help navigate the maze.

The maze founder, American-born Dr. Fredric H. Dustin, has lived in Korea since the 1950’s. He moved to Jeju in 1971, began work on the maze in 1987, and opened the doors to the public in 1995. He taught in the Tourism Department at Jeju National University until his retirement in 1994. The maze, bursting with symbolic representation of different periods of Jeju’s history, was designed by world-renowned maze designer, Adrian Fisher.

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Up to 15% of the profits are given back to the community, mostly through donations to various schools. Fred’s philosophy is that “you get a little bit more value for your money by giving it away”. His community-based approach is an admirable one. “If money is going to be made here, it stays here. Development should be for the people”.

Fred became interested in capturing the breathtaking scenery of his legacy project from the skies above using an unmanned aerial vehicle. In early 2013, he made it a reality with the purchase of a Draganflyer X4-P. The majority of the maze’s aerial photos have been taken with his Draganflyer UAV and showcase the staggering enormity of this attraction.

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We’d like to thank Fred, and all of our cherished customers, for the support over the years as we strive to remain the top choice in UAV providers in the world!

Click here to visit the website for Kimnyoung Maze Park.
Click here to view the brochure for Kimnyoung Maze Park.

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Mesa County Colorado Sheriff’s Office Unmanned Helicopter to be Included in the New National Law Enforcement Museum, Washington D.C.

MCSO with the Draganflyer X6

The Mesa County Colorado Sheriff’s Office, operating the Draganflyer X6 small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS), was the first to receive an FAA operational Certificate of Authorization (COA) and helped paved the way for other agencies.

Saskatoon, SK – May 12, 2015

It has become clear that small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) are proven vital public safety tools, but back in 2008 that vision wasn’t as clear. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) was one of the first U.S. public safety agencies to formally start an sUAS program, work with the FAA to secure an operational COA, and put the aircraft into service.

Draganfly Innovations Inc. teamed with the MCSO by providing two Draganflyer X6 sUAS helicopter systems and from there, the MCSO unmanned program literally took off. The commitment and persistence of the MSCO staff not only established one of the first public safety operational COAs, but a few years later, was the first agency to secure approval by the FAA to extend their COA countywide.

In recognition of these accomplishments and the significance of this program, the National Law Enforcement Museum will have one of the original MCSO Draganflyer X6 helicopter systems in its collection, available for research and display. The Draganflyer X6 and the MCSO paved the way for other U.S. agencies to start operating these fascinating aircraft that in turn, are saving lives, and being used to assist in protecting our officers.

About the Mesa County Colorado Sheriff’s Office
Mesa County is located on the Western Slope of Colorado, bordering the central Utah state line. The County consists of more than 3,300 square miles, with the Sheriff’s Office policing both rural and urban populations. The agency has a staff of about 250 people, including both sworn and civilian employees, and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Their deputies routinely respond to a variety of situations in a variety of weather conditions, terrain, obstacles, and in addition, manage the only jail in the County. The Sheriffs have consistently balanced taxpayer funds with the use of efficient technology to do the best job possible on the streets of Mesa County.

About the National Law Enforcement Museum
A project of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. The Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech interactive exhibits, comprehensive collection of artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. The Memorial Fund’s mission is to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve. For more information, visit http://www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.

About Draganfly Innovations:
Draganfly Innovations, the longest running manufacturer of multi-rotor helicopters in the world and the maker of the first civilian small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) to be credited with saving a life, designs Draganflyer helicopters, the best aerial vehicles in the world, along with Draganview control software. A recognized technology and industry leader, Draganfly shapes the aerial imaging and public safety revolution with its gyro stabilized camera payload systems and digital video down-link technology. Draganfly has reinvented the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and is defining the emergency services market with the Draganflyer Guardian, and X4-ES systems.

Read this press release on PRWeb.

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FAA Awards Draganfly Innovations Inc. Section 333 Exemption for Commercial Operations in the United States

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A long standing leader in developing small unmanned aircraft systems, Draganfly Innovations expands to provide an array of aerial services throughout North America.

Saskatoon, SK – April 10, 2015

Draganfly Innovations Inc., a leader in developing small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for over 15 years is awarded an FAA Section 333 Exemption and Certificate of Authorization (COA) to operate commercially and conduct research in the United States.

The exemption covers the Draganflyer X4-P, Draganflyer X4-ES, Draganflyer X6, and Draganflyer Guardian aircraft for use in aerial data collection such as mapping, agriculture, surveying, aerial photography, and inspections.

“Premier aerial services are a key part of our business moving forward.” says Zenon Dragan, President of Draganfly Innovations Inc. “With the FAA Section 333 Exemption, we now have coverage throughout North America”.

Draganfly systems originally introduced in 1999 have evolved and shaped the UAV industry. The aircraft are widely used by Public Safety Agencies worldwide and one of the first sUAS systems to receive an FAA COA in the fall of 2009 with the Mesa County Colorado Sheriff’s Office. In 2012 the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) flew the X4-ES system to locate and save the life of an accident victim. The RCMP system is being placed on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

As the industry evolves, the 333 exemption process is critical as Draganfly takes steps to further expand their reach, conducting U.S. research and offering a broad range of aerial services throughout North America.

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Draganflyer X6 and X4-ES UAS’ Appear in March/April 2015 Issue of Sheriff Magazine


Photo provided by Sheriff Magazine/National Sheriffs’ Association.

In the March/April 2015 issue of Sheriff Magazine, Alan Frazier of the Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office has written a great article titled Drone Cops: Establishing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Unit. In the article, Frazier touches on such subjects as: starting a UAS Unit, advantages of both multi-rotor and fixed wing models, and obtaining a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Certificate of Authorization (COA).

Frazier can be seen with the Draganflyer X6 which Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office was granted a 16 County wide COA on page 14. The Draganflyer X4-ES owned by Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office, which was granted the first Certificate of Authority for Nighttime operations use in the United States, can also be seen on page 15.

Click here to read the full article provided by Sheriff Magazine.

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