At CES, a whole new flock of fly-high, fly-fast, fly-bad drones were introduced and now the category is suddenly destined to be the next monstrous consumer category. Some were so small they fit in the palm of your hand. In fact, I think I stepped on one in the show’s crowded aisles … but it might have been popcorn. I couldn’t see with all the folks mobbing the show floor, but I distinctly heard a crunch. Speaking of crunch, just in case you missed the “hot” news, Bezos’ Amazon drone delivered some guy a box of popcorn and suddenly the postal and every delivery services are facing extinction? [Read more…]
If you’re reading Drone Coalition you’re probably excited about the future of the drone industry, and you’re curious where career opportunities exist across the industry. Although there are endless opportunities to provide aerial services as a drone operator, I refuse to go that route and this discussion will focus more on “platform” companies (typically Saas) that have the potential to scale globally.
Most of our projects are either free or minimally monetized. This being the case it is challenging for me to avoid falling into the operator trap. Sure it is fun going for broke in the ‘independent drone app’ hustle, but at times you’ll find yourself thinking it would be nice to have a paycheck. [Read more…]
[NOTE: **Updates 7-10-16] With the much-anticipated announcement of the Part 107 sUAS rule for commercial flight today [June 21, 2016], there are still many unanswered questions and the answers will most likely come out slowly over the following 60 days. We’ll do our best to keep up, and here are some great resources for learning as much as you can about it today! [Read more…]
The FAA started posting amendments on 3/7/2016 which are different from what the FAA has been previously doing. In the past, the FAA was granting amendments to petitions to add aircraft or to add on closed-set TV/movie filming. This created a super backlog because many of the petitioners were repeats. [Read more…]
The cost of a typical camera drone has plummeted while they have become easier and easier to operate and now offer many automated functions and obstacle avoidance. With “anyone capable of getting great footage”, the question keeps coming up “is it too late to make money with drones?”. [Read more…]