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Commercial Drone Markets: 2015 Year in Review

By Colin Snow | December 8, 2015

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2014 and wrote about the mixed state of affairs in the U.S.  Back then, drones got considerable media hype and you would have thought that drones could do anything from … Read more

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Uncertain Case for ADS-B In Small Drone Traffic Management

By Colin Snow | November 1, 2015

What the heck is ADS-B and why should I care? I asked myself that question a year-and-a-half ago, because I kept seeing the term ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) come up in discussions and articles on unmanned aircraft traffic management (UTM). You may have seen it yourself in the UTM solutions proposed by Amazon, … Read more

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Five Skills You Need to Succeed in the Commercial Drone Market

By Colin Snow | October 26, 2015

These days it seems just about anyone can get an FAA Section 333 Exemption that allows them to legally use small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) for commercial purposes in the U.S.  As of October 20, 2015, almost 71% of all Section 333 grants have gone to firms claiming that their primary operation/mission is Film/Photo/Video (and … Read more

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New Survey on ADS-B Tracking for Small Drones

By Colin Snow | August 16, 2015

We have launched a new 10-question research survey on unmanned traffic management technology to get your opinions about ADS-B solutions for small drones.  You can take the brief survey here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DBRH89H Here’s the background: The technology for tracking small unmanned aircraft system (UAS) has advanced rapidly in the past few years.  New and disparate solutions all … Read more

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5 Tips on Finding a Good Drone Attorney

By Colin Snow | August 11, 2015

By Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq. for Drone Analyst In response to the rapidly growing drone industry, there are now many attorneys and law firms that are seeing an opportunity to make money and are offering drone legal services as a part of their regular practice areas.  Although many of these attorneys and/or firms may have experience … Read more

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New Commercial Drones Report: Current State of the U.S. Industry

By Colin Snow | July 6, 2015

UPDATE: September, 2016. This report has been updated to include the latest market trend and FAA Part 107 rules I just released a new research report.  It details the state of the commercial drone industry in the U.S. as of the end of September 2015.  It looks at recent innovations, business applications, key ecosystem companies, and market forecasts. It … Read more

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Diversity and Hype in Commercial Drone Market Forecasts

By Colin Snow | June 4, 2015

This post also appears in The Market section of sUAS News. —– Have you noticed the growing number of market forecasts for the commercial drones industry?  I have.  Not a week goes by that a new one doesn’t hit my radar.  I’m currently tracking about 15 [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” … Read more

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Five Observations about the Camera Drone Market from NAB 2015

By Colin Snow | April 21, 2015

By Steve Maller for Drone Analyst My brief but productive visit last month to the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas showed me just how fast the camera drone market is heating up. More than 97,000 people in media and entertainment attended this year, and the show featured for the first time … Read more

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FAA Proposed Drone Rules: Market Opportunity Winners and Losers

By Colin Snow | February 16, 2015

On February 15, 2015, the commercial drone industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. The Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed new rules for small unmanned aircraft systems seemed, at first blush, somewhat practical.  The FAA regulations will eventually allow commercial operations of drones that weigh under 55 pounds in U.S. airspace, without requiring operators to acquire … Read more

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Commercial Drone Markets: 2014 Year in Review

By Colin Snow | December 30, 2014

Judging by the headlines, 2014 turned out to be the year for drones. I referenced in Tweets a total of 503 articles with the word ‘drones’ in the headline last year.  A Google search brings up about 61.4 million results referring to ‘drones.’  Granted, that search includes references to military and hobby drones, but it … Read more

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