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

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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!

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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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Draganfly sUAS Used to Document Vast Accident Scene of Air Canada Flight AC624 Crash in Halifax, NS

On April 1st, 2011, the Draganflyer X6 was the first sUAS in North America to document a manned aircraft accident in an urban environment. Now, nearly 4 years later to-the-date, the Draganflyer X4-ES operated by the RCMP in Nova Scotia was used to photograph and gather data of the widespread crash site of the wreckage of Air Canada Flight AC624 in Halifax, NS. Working with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, there are hopes that the images will help determine what went wrong with the approach and landing that sent 23 people to hospital.

Mike Cunningham, the regional manager for air investigations with the TSB, said the aerial photography will help them see the whole picture. “In the past we’ve done that with fixed-wing aircraft, but now that we have this access to the RCMP’s drone capabilities, it’s a really great way for us to get the aerial coverage and the accident site that we need,” he said Monday. “It is a big help.”

This is the second time in the past year that the Nova Scotia RCMP have made headlines using their Draganflyer X4-ES. In September 2014, their Draganflyer X4-ES helped find missing hikers northeast of Topsail Lake, outside of Halifax.

Read the full story at CBC News.

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Saskatoon Police use Draganflyer X4-ES to aid in Investigation of Suspicious Death

Saskatoon Police Flying Draganflyer X4-ES

Draganfly Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have recently become a very popular item found in the tool-kits of many public safety agencies. The Saskatoon City Police used their Draganflyer X4-ES system in hopes of gathering evidence and preserving the scene of a suspicious death just outside of Saskatoon. The City Police hope that the aerial data will help give them a better idea of what happened that evening.

Read more about this story at The Saskatoon StarPhoenix.

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Draganflyer X4-P Featured on the Cover of University of Saskatchewan Student Newspaper, The Sheaf

Draganflyer X4-P on the cover of U of S Sheaf

Draganfly Innovations Inc. and University of Saskatchewan recently announced a partnership, in which the Draganflyer X4-P will be used by the College of Agriculture and Bioresources for crop-related studies.

The U of S student newspaper, The Sheaf, met with Gordon Gray, a University of Saskatchewan plant sciences professor, and discussed how the partnership began and how UAV’s will play major part in the future of agricultural studies.

Read the full article in The Sheaf.

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