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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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Draganfly Innovations Inc. to Exhibit at Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas

Commercial UAVV Expo

Draganfly Innovations Inc. is proud to announce that we will be attending and exhibiting at the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, October 5-7, 2015. Stop by and visit us at BOOTH 821 to learn more about the solutions we offer for such applications as:

  • Industrial Inspection
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Mapping and Surveying
  • Public Safety

We look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!

Click here for more information on the Commercial UAV Expo..

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R.C.M.P. and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Speak of Draganflyer X4-ES UAS Use in Article “Flying UAS to Protect and Serve”

Doug Green flying Draganflyer X4-ES

The Draganflyer family of UAS continue to get rave reviews from public safety agencies. In the article “Flying UAS to Protect and Serve”, Inside Unmanned Systems had a chance to speak with Corporal Doug Green of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Quartermaster Ben Miller of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office about their successes with the Draganflyer X4-ES.

The full article can be read at the Inside Unmanned Systems website.

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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 Innovations Inc. and University of Saskatchewan to Partner for Precision Agriculture Research

Draganflyer X4-P at U of S

Tiny helicopters flying over crop fields may become a common sight thanks to a research partnership between the U of S and a Saskatoon-based company.

Saskatoon, SK (University of Saskatchewan News) February 12, 2015

Drones outfitted with a specialized camera will enable agriculture producers to get real-time information on the health of their crops and improve management practices, explained Gordon Gray, professor in the College of Agriculture and Bioresources. Gray has a background in photosynthetic florescence imaging of plants, and all it took was a phone call from Draganfly Innovations Inc. last year for the idea of using drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for imaging to take flight.

Draganfly specializes in drone technology and turned to Gray for his expertise in plant imaging. “They said they wanted to meet and explore the potential of imaging crops with these drone helicopters,” he said. The drones, which are small enough to fit in a suitcase when unassembled, were outfitted with a camera “capable of capturing multispectral images,” Gray explained. “Essentially, it measures the reflection of leaves and vegetation in the fields it flies over.”

Read the rest of this article at University of Saskatchewan News

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Draganfly Innovations Inc. to Request Permission from City of Saskatoon for Flights Over City Property

Zenon Dragan with Draganflyer X6

Draganfly Innovations Inc. will be making a pitch to the City of Saskatoon transportation committee for clearance to operate, and land, the Draganflyer sUAS systems on city property. Under federal laws, people and organizations that operate unmanned aerial vehicles must contact property owners and obtain their consent before flying the devices over their land.

All flights would be conducted on an “as necessary or required basis.”, under Transport Canada’s Special Flights Operations guidelines, for such operations as search and rescue missions, crime scene investigations and infrastructure inspections.

The Draganflyer X6 sUAS has been flown in the Saskatoon area, in partnership with the Saskatoon City Police, for accident scene investigation, and to document the crash of a manned aircraft in 2011.

The full article can be read on the Saskatoon StarPhoenix website.

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Draganflyer X4-ES Used by Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on the Cover of the February 2015 Issue of Law Officer Magazine

Law Office Magazine

Draganfly Innovations Inc. has been fortunate to partner with many great public safety agencies over the years. Mesa County started with working with the Draganflyer X6 in 2009, and more recently upgraded Draganflyer X4-ES, which has become part of their everyday toolkit.

This Law Officer magazine article offers a great perspective on how Draganflyers are being used for law enforcement in the US. Ben Miller of Mesa County Sheriff’s Office provides a wealth of information on how he’s handled media pressure and Fourth Amendment privacy concerns.

Full article can be read at Law Officer magazine.

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