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Draganfly Innovations adds GLONASS Support to Supplement GPS, Improving UAS Geolocation Accuracy and Reliability

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GLONASS in conjunction with GPS allows Draganfly UAS’ to geo-locate more precisely and reliably than ever before.

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN and VENICE, CALIFORNIA – April 26, 2016 – Draganfly Innovations announced today the addition of support for GLONASS satellite navigation, which will provide higher accuracy and function in more locations than GPS alone.

GLONASS (GLObal NAvigation Satellite System) is a Russian space-based navigation system similar to GPS. Both systems consist of orbiting satellites that transmit reference signals that allow portable receivers to determine their own position using trilateration. The satellites orbit around the earth and at any given time only a portion of them are in the receiver’s line of sight. The more satellites that a receiver can see, the more accurate the calculated position is. Adding GLONASS support allows additional satellites to be detected, which is very important in situations where fewer satellites are in line of sight because of obstruction by mountains, buildings, trees, and other objects.

The Draganflyer Commander, X4-ES, and X4-P Unmanned Aircraft Systems now use GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers, which support both GPS and GLONASS. More accurate positional data allow these UAS’ to hold position more precisely and to better geo-locate images, which in turn provide higher quality data. “This is great for our customers, especially those operating in locations where GPS doesn’t work well” said Draganfly President, Zenon Dragan.

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations 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:
Josh Stanbury
416-628-7441
josh@businessinstincts.com

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Mesa County Sheriff

In February 1883, the Governor of Colorado appointed Mesa County’s first sheriff, Martin Florida, who served until the first election for the office of Sheriff. In November 1883, William Innes became Mesa County’s first elected sheriff. Throughout the years, there has been a strong tie between Mesa County’s sheriffs and pioneering innovative activities.

The current Sheriff, Stan Hilkey, is a visionary of his time and has seen a future where law enforcement uses unmanned systems widely.

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University of Canterbury (New Zealand)

Draganfly Innovations is very proud to be working with Nicholas Key and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. We caught up with Nicholas and believe you‘ll find his story, and the teams work, very interesting.

Nicholas is a senior technician working with the Department of Geography and is involved with teaching and research working with an extensive array of instrumentation and scientific equipment for a wide range of applications.

Applications include coastal research, meteorology, geomorphology along with snow and ice. In addition to his technical skills, Nicholas has always had a passion for flying at first through modeling and now over the last 20 years, experience in full size fixed wing gliders, ultra-lights, and he also holds his private pilots license.

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Craig Dickie – Aerialimaging

The company was formed in late 2009 in Nelson NZ. Prior to this I was selling real estate but when the market hit a major slump I decided it was time to look at other options.

Looking around at small businesses for sale I met someone selling a blimp for aerial photography. I had always enjoyed photography and had an interest in aviation so it fascinated me from a personal perspective. I have studied photography, I.T., managed a number of businesses and have sales experience.

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Timothy Baur Photography

Just like Captain James T. Kirk, Timothy Baur is an Iowa man. Tim’s love of photography started as a teenager in Austin, Minnesota (home of Spam & Hormel chili) with a 35mm Vivitar camera and the passion continues to this day.

Tim moved on to the University of Arizona and a career as a dive instructor. I know what you’re thinking, Arizona and diving? Not a natural combo, so off to Los Angeles and a new occupation….photo assistant. Tim apprenticed under Bob Grigg and took off on his own 5 years later in 1989. And speaking of taking off, Tim was also getting his pilot’s license at the same time.

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Draganfly Innovations, First to Obtain Transport Canada’s Compliant Status for Multiple UAV Systems

Draganflyer Commander

Canadian UAV operators of compliant Draganflyer systems can now apply for compliant operator status to benefit their business.

Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – March 31, 2016 – Draganfly Innovations Inc. announced today that Transport Canada now considers Draganfly’s Declaration of Compliance for all four current production Draganflyer UAVs to be complete. This allows Draganfly to issue Statements of Conformity to clients seeking to become Compliant Operators in accordance with Staff Instruction 623-001.

Companies flying UAVs for civilian applications in Canada must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) or qualifying exemption from Transport Canada. An SFOC is issued on a regional basis and can be approved for up to a one year term. By meeting additional requirements, including operating a compliant UAV, clients can now apply to become Compliant Operators. This creates the opportunity for greater national flexibility and a longer SFOC term, including Canada-wide and terms of up to 3 years.

The following Draganfly models are considered compliant by Transport Canada:

“This is great news for our Canadian customers as it will allow them to seek out Compliant Operator status,” said Zenon Dragan, President of Draganfly. “Operators can conduct their work with confidence knowing that their Draganflyer has met Transport Canada’s compliancy requirements. Having the compliant status for our UAVs reinforces their quality and reliability over other systems available on the market.”

Only six UAV systems have received this designation from Transport Canada since the compliancy process began. Draganfly is the first company to obtain compliant status for multiple UAVs, having four of the six approved systems.

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations, 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:
Josh Stanbury
416-628-7441
josh@businessinstincts.com

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What about service or insurance?

If you purchase a Draganfly protection plan along with your system, the protection plan begins immediately when warranty expires. If you want specific details on the protection plan please call or write us for more info. If you don’t purchase a protection plan and at some point, you crash or have a system problem, your helicopter can be repaired at our factory on a time-and-materials cost basis. If during the repair you decide to purchase a protection plan, there will be a charge to repair and certify your system. Once certified by Draganfly, the system is eligible for protection plan coverage. In regards to insurance yes, there are a few companies that will provide airframe insurance as well as offering liability insurance for the operation of the aircraft. Contact us for more information.

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