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15 Steps to Starting and Running a Successful Drone Business

Thinking about starting a drone business as a side gig or as a main source of income? Doing so can seem like an overwhelming task, but having a plan and doing things the right way can make it more attainable (and profitable). Here are 15 steps that will help you on your way to developing a successful drone business.

Posted on February 3, 2021
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Optimizing Operational Capabilities During the Pandemic

I think it’s safe to say that we are all waiting for the day when we can put COVID‐19 behind us and “get back to normal.” However, the reality is that this pandemic will continue to affect how we live our lives and conduct business for years to come.

Posted on October 30, 2020
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Contracting Drone Operators: Pros and Cons for Your Organization

The use of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) among corporate and government entities has risen steadily since 2016, following publication of federal sUAS regulations (Part 107). Many organizations have seen the potential sUAS have to increase efficiency, improve safety and enhance capabilities, and are leveraging these advantages.

Posted on June 26, 2020
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Preparing for and Understanding Remote ID

Over the last decade, Civil Aviation Authorities worldwide have had to tackle the challenge of integrating unmanned aircraft into traditional airspace systems. As drones have increased in popularity, it has…

Posted on March 26, 2020
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The 5 Essential Steps of UAS Site Assessments

Most often, the crucial moment for avoiding an accident in aviation—whether you’re the pilot of a manned craft or an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)—is not when you’re airborne, but when…

Posted on November 6, 2019
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8 Tips from a Manned and Unmanned Pilot for Safely Flying a Drone in Extreme Weather Conditions

As the drone industry and FAA drone regulations expand, more and more industries are finding use cases to launch drones for daily operations. Some of these missions, of course, take…

Posted on April 1, 2019
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Improving Safety: Understanding sUAS Autonomous Capabilities

There’s absolutely no doubt about it: the future of commercial unmanned aircraft operations will revolve around autonomy. Without autonomy, sUAS lose many of the core benefits that have fueled their…

Posted on December 5, 2018
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Developing a Safety Culture Through an Internal Pilot Qualification Program

As the small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) industry continues to grow rapidly, large organizations are latching on to this industry‐altering technology and creating various models to scale and implement unmanned…

Posted on June 1, 2018
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sUAS Crisis Management: Ensuring Successful Communications During Crisis Response Operations

In 2017, the United States endured many natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other forms of destruction. Throughout these national crises and incidents, the small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) industry launched…

Posted on January 5, 2018