Skylogic Research, LLC is a research, content, and advisory services firm supporting all participants in the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry.

We help you make critical investment decisions with confidence by providing research-based insights on the commercial drone markets.

Our focus is on the needs of three constituents:

  • Manufacturers, suppliers, and business service providers – who need research and insight into buyer needs
  • Buyers of UAS technology and services – to help inform their acquisition decisions
  • Investors – who need to distinguish technical and market viability

This focus, plus research as a foundation and reach into a community of more than 90,000 business executives and innovators through social media and media partnerships, allows us to deliver a high-value, low-risk method for achieving optimal understanding.

Drone Analyst® is the brand name and registered trademark of Skylogic Research.

While we are enthusiasts and excited by the tremendous attention focused on the small UAS market, we are pragmatists first and foremost. We recognize that using UAS technology must be tied to measurable benefits for service providers and end-users if the industry is to prosper.

We support the media’s effort to promote the safe use of drones and their many commercial uses.  Go to this page for articles that quote Drone Analyst or our published works.

For more on who we are and what we’re about listen to this 50-minute Commercial Drones FM podcast: Analyzing the Growing Drone Industry.


20140718_ColinSnow_0024_3x2_FBColin Snow, CEO and Founder, is a 25-year technology industry veteran with a background in manufacturing, electronics, digital imaging, field service, software, research, and mobility. His prior experience includes marketing, manufacturing, and operations management at Olympus Corporation, Oracle / PeopleSoft, Steelwedge Software, and SAP. As an industry analyst at Ventana Research, he covered a range of topics including supply chain management, operational performance, and product information management. Colin has been a photographer and built remote control aircraft since high school. He combined his passion for photography and aeronautics in 1992 by practicing aerial photography from manned aircraft. As photography turned away from film, he mastered digital imaging, photogrammetry, 3D imaging, and timeline editing. Today, as a hobbyist, he does aerial photography and video with multi-rotor helicopters. Colin holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, is a member of the major UAS industry groups including AUVSI, RCAPA, and AMA, and is a Part 107 FAA Certified Remote Pilot.  You can find Colin on Twitter @droneanalyst and LinkedIn.


DSC02389_fbCharlotte Ziems, Chief Content Officer, has more than 20 years of experience in publishing, business management, market research, and content marketing. A former high-tech publishing executive, Charlotte served as vice president of InfoWorld’s Test Center, founded InfoWorld Consulting Services, and held executive editorial positions at publications including Computerworld, PC Resource, PC/Computing, PC Week, and Computer Shopper. She lead market analysis and research of early-stage technology companies as VP research and operations at Guidewire Group, and spent more than five years building revenue at content marketing agency Tendo Communications by providing innovative content and social media strategy services to Hewlett-Packard and other B2B technology companies. As editor-in-chief at Informatica, she led the web and go-to-market content strategies and focuses on ensuring content was relevant, meaningful, and offered value for its audiences. She’s now at Sitecore as VP of Content Marketing. Charlotte holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia and is an avid equestrian, gardener, and drone enthusiast.  You can find Charlotte on Twitter @cziems and LinkedIn.

Contributors / Advisors

Chad Colby

Chad Colby is the founder and principal of Colby AgTech, where he works with progressive farmers, leading companies, and government agencies to provide deeper understanding of new technologies and recommendations on its practical applications.  Colby shares his knowledge and passion of agriculture by having one of the largest social media footprints in agriculture.   He is the industry-leading advocate for the use of unmanned aerial systems in agriculture.  Twitter’s Commercial Drone Industry Group named @TheChadColby as one of the “20 People to Follow on Twitter,” where he landed in the number six spot. Colby shares his ag technology expertise through speaking engagements in the U.S. and across the globe, as well as through his social media venues.  Chad is also the General Manager of Central IL Ag (www.centralilag.com), a 5th generation Case IH dealership in Central IL.  He resides in Goodfield, IL., with his wife Karen and two daughters.  You can find Chad on Facebook here and LinkedIn here.

Steve MallerSteve Maller is founder of Mallermedia and has worked as a photo and video software developer for companies such as Apple and Microsoft. His professional photography experience and love of flight drove him to build increasingly complex and capable aerial camera platforms, and he has gained significant expertise in the Film/Photo/Video commercial drone market. He closely monitors developments and applies them to his own work for companies all over the world. Steve and his wife live in Half Moon Bay, California. You can find him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook as PerspectivAIR.

Bill McNeil has over 25 years of developing and marketing GIS applications. In the early 90’s he founded MapLinx Corporation, a company focused on business applications such as sales analysis, territory design and call planning. After selling MapLinx, McNeil founded Chrona Software, another business mapping company that developed GIS applications for the sales automation and CRM space. When Chrona software was sold to Esri in 1994, McNeil managed Esri’s BusinessMap group for fourteen years. In 2009 he left Esri and developed, under the TexMobile brand, a web-based integrated mapping solution that creates point, cluster and heat maps, builds mileage logs to document travel expenses and creates routing directions from CRM and Excel databases. Bill is an avid UAV pilot and is our expert in Mapping and Surveying.  You can find him on Twitter @mapbill and LinkedIn here.


Jonathan-Rupprecht-Esquire-5x4Jonathan Rupprecht is a drone lawyer and a commercial pilot with single-engine, multiengine, and instrument ratings. He is also an airplane flight instructor and instrument flight instructor. Jonathan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Magna Cum Laude, and a Juris Doctor from Florida International University School of Law. Jonathan authored Drones: Their Many Civilian Uses and the U.S. Laws Surrounding Them. He later was an advisor for one of the amicus briefs for the highly publicized Huerta v. Pirker case. He co-authored a legal treatise on unmanned aircraft that is being published by the American Bar Association. Jonathan is currently practicing drone law in South Florida at his firm Rupprecht Law, P.A. You can find him on Twitter @RupprechtLaw.

Will Tompkinson is Owner and Consulting Lead for Insightful Dimensions and has worked in the domain of 3D data capture for the purposes of metrology and geomatics applications, for over 15 years. After working in roles ranging from Research Scientist, to Technical Consultant through to Global Sales Manager for organizations that include Ordnance Survey, Optech and Fugro; Will has now spent over two years as Consulting Lead for Insightful Dimensions, working with vendors and end-customers on both sides of the Atlantic. Through his work on these ongoing engagements, Will has a reputation for bringing expertise in both the implementation of, and market issues associated with, delivering projects using laser scanning systems, cameras, inertial navigation systems and 3D imaging solutions on the move. You can find him on Twitter @TompkinsonWill and on LinkedIn here.