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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

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

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

Why Drones Are the Future of the Internet of Things

By Colin Snow | December 1, 2014

What if you could talk to a drone?  No, seriously.  You can already talk to a locomotive, so why not talk to a drone? For those of you following the technology, you already know that unmanned aircraft systems (a.k.a. drones) are finding their way into Internet of Things (IoT) implementations. IoT applications are typically composed … Read more

GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World

By Colin Snow | October 28, 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  The event was held in Reno, Nevada, (otherwise known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”), and its purpose was to assemble UAS experts … Read more

Drone Delivery: By The Numbers

By Colin Snow | October 2, 2014

What do medicine, batteries, and forgotten anniversary gifts have in common?  They are the most likely items consumers will want to be delivered by drone once that service is available.  At least, that’s the verdict from the consumers I surveyed in August and September of this year. In my post Drone Delivery: How Much Would … Read more

Commercial UAS Market Opportunities: Do defense avionics and electronics suppliers have a head start?

By Colin Snow | September 25, 2014

This post also appears in The Market section of sUAS News. As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares new guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the U.S. national airspace, startups and aeronautic mainstays are chomping at the bit to start selling drones for commercial ventures, from filming to crop scouting to inspecting … Read more

When Lockheed Meets GoPro: Ohio UAS Conference Wrap Up

By Colin Snow | September 4, 2014

Over the course of three days in August, I along with more than 670 participants at the Ohio UAS Conference 2014 in Dayton, OH, witnessed a large number of government and aerospace company attendees interested in taking drones into commercial markets.  From the dozens of presentations and interactions I had with academics, military contractors, aircraft … Read more

Drone Delivery: How much would you pay?

By Colin Snow | August 24, 2014

I love the look of the Tesla Model S, but I’d never get one. Somehow, the opportunity to pay $100K to drive only 300 miles before spending 4 to 9 hours recharging does not appeal to me. I also love the idea of Amazon’s drone delivery initiative Prime Air.  But, like the Tesla, the opportunity to … Read more

Five Reasons the AUVSI Got Its Drone Market Forecast Wrong

By Colin Snow | June 25, 2014

My guest blogger is Mitch Solomon of Aironovo and this is an excerpt from his post which we developed together. You can find his post here. —- Since its publication in early 2013, AUVSI’s The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States has become the gold standard forecast for the commercial drone … Read more