The Applied Aeronautics Albatross Showcased at Boeing and Queensland Government Summit

US Drone Manufacturer Extends Global Reach and Cements Expertise in Modular Based Systems

Austin, TX – The Applied Aeronautics Albatross, equipped with technology from leading Queensland firms, was on display last week at the signing of a partnership between The Boeing Companyand the Government of Queensland. Under the partnership, Queensland will become home to Boeings’ largest robotics development program outside of the United States. This cooperation isexpected to benefit local small businesses in the aerospace, manufacturing, defense and technology sectors. Continue reading

Leading Earthworks Contractor D&T Excavation Chooses Kespry for Inventory Management and Topographical Analysis

Oregon earthworks company selects Kespry drone-based aerial intelligence platform in partnership with John Deere dealer Papé Machinery

MENLO PARK, Calif.Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence solution provider, today announced D&T Excavation, an Oregon-based earthworks company serving commercial, residential and government agencies, has selected the Kespry aerial intelligence platform to perform comprehensive inventory management and worksite topographical analysis, and help ensure the safety of its employees. D&T Excavation conducted a comprehensive survey of available industrial drone options and chose Kespry following a recommendation and demonstration from their strategic equipment partner Papé Machinery, a member of the John Deere dealer network. Kespry and John Deere have an exclusive global strategic alliance to provide the Kespry aerial intelligence platform through the John Deere Dealer Network worldwide.

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Sentera Adds Gimbaled NDVI Data Capture to DJI Phantom 4 Drone Series

2018 growing season will offer most robust crop scouting options ever

MINNEAPOLISFeb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Sentera today announced the availability of a Micro Gimbal upgrade for Sentera Single sensors mounted on the popular DJI Phantom 4 Pro, Advanced, or Standard drone platforms. The micro gimbal compensates for drone pitch and roll so that the Single captures imagery closer to a straight-down (nadir) position. Sentera’s latest offering will help ag professionals collect more uniform normalized difference vegetative index (NDVI) or normalized difference red edge (NDRE) data across a wider range of operating and environmental conditions.

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Fortem Technologies, Inc., Announces DroneHunter: First Fully Autonomous Counter UAS Solution Using AI-Enabled Radar Technology

Powered by Fortem TrueView Radar, DroneHunter acts as “eyes in the sky” to alert security personnel of rogue aircraft operating in no-fly zones or unauthorized airspace

SALT LAKE CITYFeb. 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Fortem Technologies, Inc., announced today the release of DroneHunter™, the first military-tested unmanned aircraft that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue drones from the sky. Using AI algorithms, the DroneHunter system provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue drones over restricted airspace or no-fly zones. Once a rogue drone is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return, or safely discard to a predefined safe zone.

“Drones are accessible to everyone now and are beginning to proliferate to enable many new services,” said CEO of Fortem Technologies, Timothy Bean. “However, to fully embrace these  benefits, we must monitor the airspace and secure no-fly zones. Fortem’s safe, low-cost detection and mitigation systems like DroneHunter are game-changing, enabling the benefits of a drone world to be realized.”

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TEOCO launches UAV Service Enablement Platform for Drone

AirborneUTM will enable, optimize and operate autonomous flight plans

FAIRFAX, VA., USA – 26 February 2018 – TEOCO, the leading provider of analytics, assurance and optimization solutions to over 300 communicaton service providers (CSPs) and OEMs worldwide, has launched AirborneUTM, a Service Enablement Platform for unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs). Designed to support the next generation of IoT Services delivered via drones, the platform combines Airspace, Radio-Signal-Space (3D radio coverage), environmental data (wind and weather), as well as cost and regulatory information to enable, optimize and operate autonomous flight plans and missions. Continue reading

Wyvern Launches Safety Leader Training Course

By Michelle Dina | Feb 15, 2018 12:22:01 PM | Wyvern News

Yardley, PA:  Wyvern, the global leader in manned and unmanned safety, quality and risk management for aviation is pleased to announce the launch of its proprietary Safety Leader Training Course™, to be offered on a monthly cadence starting in March, 2018.

The 4-day Safety Leader Training Course™ is the best approach to gain the essential skills and knowledge needed to effectively lead a Safety Management System in any aviation organization. The NBAA-approved course provides the education and training that enables each professional to skillfully lead the pursuit of operational excellence. Students learn progressive techniques applied by top safety professionals around the world and follows the guidance from ICAO, Safety Management International Collaboration Group (SMICG), various national aviation authorities, and respected professional industry organizations.

“We are very pleased to be offering this course under the Wyvern brand, as it is a natural extension of Wyvern’s role as thought leader in safety and quality management,” said Sonnie Bates, CEO of Wyvern.  “Our ability to deliver new skills and disciplines to safety leaders, who then share their learnings across their respective organizations, is a true force multiplier when it comes to enhancing safety and quality across the industry.”

Wyvern’s Safety Leader Training Course™ is approved by the NBAA and completion of the course earns the student credits toward the Certified Aviation Manager designation from NBAA.  Wyvern’s  instructors are certified and accredited by IBAC, NBAA and ICAO and are typically quality and safety leaders across the industry.

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About Wyvern:

Wyvern is the leader in manned and unmanned aviation risk management, safety, quality and training.  Building on its 26-year reputation for delivering excellence and value in risk management to the aviation community through its flagship Wingman Program, Wyvern has expanded its offerings to include the rapidly developing UAS industry.  Its  EXACT Program is the first comprehensive safety, quality and risk management and professional certification program for end users and operators of drones.


Passionate about technology, drones, and aviation, Michelle works with a wide cross-section of customers from manned and unmanned operators and service providers, to brokers and corporate entities, helping them to source, research, vet, and manage their aviation operations. As Director of Sales/Corporate Relations, Michelle is a technical solutions and platform builder who uses data and best practices to promote safety and professionalism, reduce risk, and create commercial opportunities for Wyvern member companies.

A new infographic from explains: How are drones being used for agriculture? has released its third infographic on drone use applications. This time they discuss one of the largest addressable commercial market segment: agriculture.

Below they have outlined the four main use cases that the infographic goes into detail about:

1.    Multispectral imaging sensors mounted to drones are changing the game for the agriculture industry. In the past, these sensors were much larger and would be typically outfitted on a manned aircraft, which would then be flown over the crop field area. This method was extremely expensive and could only be done a few times a year. Today, with drones and compact sensors, farmers can pilot the drones themselves and scan their crop area as frequently as they want to, all at a fraction of the cost. With increased field scanning to evaluate crop health, better, more informed decisions can be made.
2.    Drones can create detailed GPS maps of a crop field area with their on-board cameras. From these aerial images, orthomosaic maps (smaller pictures stitched together to form one large picture) can be created, giving farmers a new perspective of their land. This allows farmers to better plan where crops are being planted to maximize land, water, and fertilizer usage.
3.    Heavy lift drones can carry large liquid payloads with the ability to spray crop fields with the necessary fertilizer and pesticides. These flying crop dusting platforms are a fraction of the cost compared to manned aircraft and can be deployed autonomously.
4.    Drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras provide farmers a new way to monitor livestock. This technology is especially useful when checking in on the herd to see if there are any injured, missing, or birthing animals. This setup also provides increased security to farmers as it gives them a new tool to monitor their property remotely.

Drones are the future of farming and as machine learning and drone efficiency improves, we will see drones continue to be integrated into the agricultural farming sector. will be here to facilitate and educate the public on just how beneficial drones are to the agricultural market.
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Dronefly, a division of Neat Brands LLC, is a leading distributor in commercial drones providing sales, support, and repair services. At Dronefly, our focus is to provide a solution that combines drone and camera technology to create a unique industry solution for our clients. Dronefly is a leading authorized enterprise dealer for DJI drones and FLIR thermal cameras. For more information visit:

Fortem Technologies, Inc., Announces DroneHunter: First Fully Autonomous Counter UAS Solution Using AI-Enabled Radar Technology

Powered by Fortem TrueView Radar, DroneHunter acts as “eyes in the sky” to alert security personnel of rogue aircraft operating in no-fly zones or unauthorized airspace

Fortem DroneHunter(TM): Counter UAS

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Idaho Technology Company Black Sage Plans Drone Defense Demonstration at Idaho State Capitol

BOISE, IdahoFeb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Boise, Idaho based Black Sage will demonstrate drone defense on the State Capitol in Boise, Idaho at 3:30 p.m.Wednesday, February 21, with the company’s state-of-the-art counter unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) technology. The demonstration will be the first of its kind.

“The layered approach Black Sage employs to detect, identify and defeat unauthorized drones is the most capable and flexible technique used anywhere,” said Black Sage Managing Partner Dave Romero. “Using a combination of radio frequency detection, radars, thermal cameras and non-kinetic effectors, Black Sage protects the airspace and safely brings down incoming threats.”  Continue reading

Affordable Drone Manufacturer Doubles Production Capacity for Second Time in 18 Months


Strong International Demand Serves as Primary Driver for Facility Expansion

Austin, TX – Applied Aeronautics, a leading provider of affordable commercial drones, today announced their Albatross UAV is operating on all seven continents and in over 40 countries. In response to growing demand for their products across both the private and public sectors, Applied Aeronautics will double its production capacity in Q2 of this year, marking its second facility expansion in the past 18 months.

“Our hardworking team, increased international outreach, and dedication to our clients were critical to our growth and success last year,” remarked Ryan Johnston, CEO. “This latest expansion will allow us to keep pace with increasing demand for our long-range UAVs and accessories as well continue to deploy an aggressive new product development program.”

Applied Aeronautics COO, Meg Annand added, “We take great pride in our commitment to making UAVs more broadly accessible from both a global and economic standpoint and are grateful that customer demand for our Albatross necessitates the second expansion of our production facility. We look forward to reaching further into the burgeoning network of innovative businesses utilizing UAV technology in coming months.”

In addition to doubling production capacity, Applied Aeronautics is investing in further developments to their Albatross UAV, as well as new products that will augment current offerings.

About Applied Aeronautics

Applied Aeronautics is a US-based UAV manufacturer, specializing in affordable, long-range composite solutions. Applied Aeronautics’ flagship product, The Albatross, is a modular, electric fixed wing UAV designed for use in most industries, ranging from agriculture and research to disaster management and defense. This entirely customizable solution was engineered for accessibility, to meet a growing demand for a professional UAV that married robust capabilities with an affordable price point. For more information on Applied Aeronautics, please visit

Drone Data Analytics Platform SkyWatch Announces $2 Million in Seed Funding

PALO ALTO, CaliforniaJanuary 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ —

SkyWatch, a data analysis, risk-assessment and active risk-reduction platform for the drone industry, announced today that it has raised $2 million in a Seed round from F2 Capital, Verizon Ventures and Kaedan Capital with participation of former senior insurance executives from companies like Axa and Liberty Mutual, and world-class leaders in the drone industry. SkyWatch will use the financing to continue building its innovative platform, enabling drone service providers to track important safety metrics during flight planning, flight execution and post-flight, and build on-demand insurance solutions.

“Goldman Sachs expects the drone industry to grow by $100 billion over the next five years as more businesses rely on them to complete tasks,” said Tomer Kashi, CEO & Co-Founder of SkyWatch. “Safety is often cited as one of the top setbacks for industry growth. SkyWatch will revolutionize drone safety by giving operators a holistic, one-stop solution to manage their flight safety. As more pilots improve their safety standards, regulators will lower the bar and open the skies to more operators, thus expanding this already emerging market.”

SkyWatch’s mobile application will be available on iOS and Android to both business and recreational operators in Q1 2018. The application will connect to most unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) of choice and allow operators to get real-time hazard warnings based off of the drone’s telemetry, calculating a proprietary “safety score” for each flight, based on the operator’s behavior. The “safety score” can be used to set an industry benchmark for operators, who will be more aware of how they fly, and will be able to improve their score as they practice better, safer flights. Additionally, the company plans to offer operators unique on-demand insurance solutions based on this proprietary safety score in coordination with leading insurance carriers.

“As a global leader in fleet management and mobile workforce solutions, we appreciate the importance of AI driven solutions to planning, executing and analyzing mobility while mitigating risk and cutting costs,” said Roni Burrell, Director at Verizon Ventures Israel.

SkyWatch’s software platform uses a variety of data sources and AI based algorithms to analyze risks. These include more than 30 drone sensors to predict and prevent potential failures before they ever occur, hyper-local weather mapping (wind, precipitation, and temperature), 3-D airspace and ground mapping, and crowd density mapping.

“Our discussions with other drone industry leaders all point to the need and demand for the SkyWatch risk management and insurance solution,” said Barak Rabinowitz, Managing Partner of F2 Capital. “2018 will be a big year for mainstream commercial adoption of drones and Skywatch is well positioned to help pave the way.”

“We are very happy to join Ori, Ronny and Tomer on their journey,” said Liad Rubin, Director on behalf of Kaedan Capital. “Their unique approach to problem-solving and their expertise in machine learning and data analytics is going to impact the way the drone industry deals with safety in the coming years”.

About SkyWatch

Skywatch is a powerful data analytics platform that empowers drone operators and fleet managers to track their safety metrics and reduce flight risks preflight, in-flight (real time) and post-flight. The SkyWatch platform leverages the power of machine learning to not only assess the risk, but to actively mitigate it. For more information and to gain early access, visit

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