As 2016 draws to a close, we are presenting our opinion on the biggest drone stories of 2016. Please leave your opinions and comments below the article:
FAA Part 107 and Ramifications for prosumer and light commercial space.
News: FAA moved on both registration…and then commercial use of small uAS (sUAS – also called Drones or Small Unmanned Aerial Systems).
Why we Care: This opens up the door to more uses of “drones for good” and assures that the industry won’t be left in limbo.
Link or Links – Here is our short piece explaining FAA Part 107
Total or Partial Failures in the Industry
News: Total or Partial Failures of most Drone industry would-be competitors – 3D Robotics and GoPro are the most well known, but a number of other efforts have failed completely or largely.
Why we Care: An industry saying goes like this “Drone are Hard” – and this has been proven over and over again by the failure of other companies to deliver successful consumer products. While it would be great to have more competition in the drone industry, most of these failures were due to lack of understanding what is involved. It’s safe to say the Next Big Thing in Drones is not going to come out of Kickstarter or a garage. Large amounts of talent, capital and a long term plan is needed to succeed in this endeavor.