Business Operations

Drones are Coming to Disney Skies – Sooner Than You Might Think

Written by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

In conjunction with the holiday season, Disney – now with a federal green light – is planning to bring its “Flixels” drone light show to one of its parks.

DJI is Bringing UAS Technology to Marriott Hotel Guests

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 08, 2016

JW Marriott Hotel & Resorts is partnering with DJI to launch the luxury hotel brand’s Drone Experience Program, which will allow guests to test out DJI’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology. JW Marriott Zhejiang Anji in China will first launch [Read More]

Skytango Debuts Marketplace for Buying/Selling Drone Services and Video

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 03, 2016

Skytango, a Dublin, Ireland-based start-up, has launched a global drone marketplace where customers can either buy drone services, or operators can offer their services. Launched today at the Drones Data X Conference, the marketplace serves as a place for commercial [Read More]

Intel Scoops Up Another Commercial UAV Company

Posted by Betsy Lillian on November 01, 2016

In its latest venture into the commercial drone space, Intel – not long after rolling out its own Intel-branded UAV – has acquired software company MAVinci.

Flirtey Claims First Silicon Valley Drone Delivery

Posted by Joseph Bebon on November 01, 2016

U.S.-based start-up Flirtey says it has made the first-ever drone delivery to take place in California’s Silicon Valley. According to the company, a Flirtey drone flew to a group of investors gathered at the Rosewood hotel on Sand Hill Road [Read More]

Michigan Companies Establish UAV Financing Business

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 27, 2016

Holland, Mich.-based Mishigami Group and Saginaw, Mich.-based Wirt-Rivette Group recently launched a drone financing company, dubbed Drone Finance Unlimited LLC (DFU). The Wirt-Rivette Group has an equipment leasing division and also provides creative financing solutions for businesses. With the new [Read More]

Welcome to Australia, PrecisionHawk

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 26, 2016

PrecisionHawk, a provider of commercial drone and drone data platforms, has continued its global expansion with the launch of its first Australian office. The company also operates out of Raleigh, N.C., and Toronto, Ontario. Business development executive Nathaniel Hyde will [Read More]

Ohio Airport Turns to Woolpert for Advancing UAS Work

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 25, 2016

The City of Springfield, Ohio, has contracted with Woolpert to provide a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Master Plan and an Airport Layout Plan for the Springfield-Beckley Municipal Airport. This includes furthering the airport’s work with unmanned aircraft system (UAS). [Read More]

Marques Aviation Signs up for UAS Maintenance from Robotic Skies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 24, 2016

Marques Aviation Ltd. has partnered with Robotic Skies to develop and implement a global maintenance plan for the Marques line of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) products. As part of the agreement, Robotic Skies will provide a warranty program and field [Read More]

Drone Start-Up from Colin Guinn, Jeffrey DeCoux Primes for Launch

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

Hangar, a new Austin, Texas-based software company specializing in autonomous data capture using drone technology, has announced a $6.5 million seed financing led by Lux Capital. Hangar was founded by Colin Guinn, former chief revenue officer of 3D Robotics and [Read More]

Tech & Engineering Veteran Transitions to UAS, Joins AirMap

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 20, 2016

Technology veteran Daniel Rubio has joined AirMap, provider of an airspace management platform for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), as chief technology officer (CTO). According to the company, Rubio will apply his expertise in mapping, the Internet of Things, robotics, mobile [Read More]

DroneDeploy Launches Flight Logs Solution with Seven Drone Companies

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 18, 2016

DroneDeploy, a San Francisco-based provider of a cloud-based drone software platform, has unveiled its new flight logs solution, available now with several partners: Airnest, Drone Complier, DroneLogbook, Healthy Drones, Kitty Hawk, NVDrones and Skyward. According to the company, direct access [Read More]

Jamba Juice Works with Texas Students on UAV Smoothie Delivery

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 14, 2016

Jamba Juice has partnered with the Frisco, Texas, Independent School District (Frisco ISD) to develop devices to deliver smoothies via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). According to a news release from the Frisco ISD Career & Technical Education Center, Jamba Juice [Read More]

New Investment to Help Spur Industrial SkyWorks’ UAV Solutions

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 13, 2016

Industrial SkyWorks, a Toronto-based unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and data analytics company, has announced the recent completion of an investment by the Georgian Angel Network (GAN). GAN is a member organization comprising accredited investors in South-Central Ontario seeking to deploy [Read More]

Drone as a Service Company Measure Announces New Memberships

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 12, 2016

Washington, D.C.-based Drone as a Service company Measure has announced its membership in both the International Franchise Association (IFA) and VetFran. Measure says it will now be able to offer “aspiring qualified franchisees a unique, comprehensive business opportunity to thrive [Read More]

Why You Should Take a Solution-Based Approach to UAV Services

UAO Staff
Written by Dustin Price on October 11, 2016

With sectors such as mining, infrastructure, agriculture and surveying, simply talking about a new technology is not enough to impress them; you need to talk about how this solves problems specific to their industries.

Trimble Sells UAS Business to Delair-Tech

Posted by Joseph Bebon on October 10, 2016

Trimble, a California-based technology company focused on applications requiring position or location, has sold its Belgium-based Gatewing unmanned aircraft system (UAS) engineering and manufacturing business to Delair-Tech. As a France-based provider of long-range, fixed-wing UAS solutions for industrial inspection and [Read More]

U.S. Air Force Vet Joins Civil Drone Sector at SkySkopes

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 07, 2016

Grand Forks, N.D.-based SkySkopes recently hired a U.S. Air Force vet, Mike Johnson, to take on the role of director of flight operations. According to a local North Dakota blog, the 2004 Air Force Academy graduate started his new job [Read More]

Orange Leaf Brings Unmanned Froyo Deliveries to College Campus

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 05, 2016

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, a self-serve snack franchise headquartered in Oklahoma City, has completed what it calls the first froyo delivery via unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The delivery took place at Hope College in Holland, Mich. The pilot delivery program, [Read More]

Citing Changing Drone Market, Parrot Reduces Growth Targets

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 04, 2016

Paris-based consumer drone company Parrot, citing the recent acceleration of the reduction in prices for the mid-end segment of the consumer drone market, has revised its growth targets for the year. The company, which says its sales have been impacted, [Read More]