WWD Podcast – Episode 14: Steve Rhode with the Wake Forest Fire Department

Published March 22, 2018

Our guest is Steve Rhode, who is the Chief Pilot with the Wake Forest Fire Department!  Steve has an interesting and varied background in addition to his UAV Pilot role with the fire department. He is also a photojournalist serving many news organizations in the Raleigh, North Carolina area and he runs ...

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WWD Podcast – Episode 13: Mauricio Ortiz at Aeromao

Published March 2, 2018

Our guest is Mauricio Ortiz, who is the Owner of Aeromao!  As a Canadian leader in fixed-wing UAV manufacturing, they have exported to more than 45 countries in less than 4 years! The biggest standout features for these drones is the long flight time, ability to carry multiple sensors, and the affordability ...

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WWD Podcast – Episode 12: Bill Gaylord at AirData

Published January 30, 2018

Our guest is Bill Gaylord, who is a President and CEO at AirData UAV!  Formerly called HealthyDrones, AirData provides UAV pilots and fleet operators with innovative flight data analytics for preventive maintenance, regulatory reporting, general aircraft health, and flight performance.  I started using AirData’s cloud ...

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A Map of Drone-Related Violations in Canada

Published on December 18, 2017

For every legitimate drone operator out there, there is an equal number that are not playing by the rules here in Canada.  Even some people with good intentions find themselves in illegal territory by misunderstanding the Transport Canada rules, which can be convoluted at times.  I came upon Transport Canada’s corporate and non-corporate offender’s data, and I included my findings in an interactive map below.  Data from the Continue Reading →

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WWD Podcast – Episode 11: Jason Hagon at GeoDrone Survey

Published November 6, 2017

Our guest is Jason Hagon, who is a Director at GeoDrone Survey!  With a geospatial background from the University of Aberdeen and ongoing research efforts with the UAS Centre for Environmental Monitoring and Mapping (UCEMM), Jason began GeoDrone survey along with his partner Jonathan Adams in 2016, and have seen some great early success.  Their drone mapping efforts have included a flight mission on an ...

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WWD Podcast – Episode 10: Joel Kaiser at WeRobotics

Published August 31, 2017

Our guest is Joel Kaiser, who is an International Project Director with WeRobotics!  With over 15 years of experience in humanitarian aid and disaster response, he has now shifted his focus into the integration of drones to assist in these areas.  I’m glad that I didn’t have to go more than ten ...

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The Latest Wave in the Commercial Drone Market

Published on July 12, 2017

Here in BC when we operate our UAVs, we aren’t often dealing with flat farmer’s fields, endless sight lines and perfect weather.  We are operating in areas with steep terrain, coastal conditions, high winds and challenging takeoff and landing areas with tall timber and limited space.  With these factors to manage, the traditional skid landing that many fixed wing UAVs perform becomes problematic.  I’ve been researching ...

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