Posts Tagged 'drones'

Data Capture is Only the First Step for Any Drone Service Provider

Published August 22, 2019

With recent changes to the Canadian drone regulations (back on June 1st), I started to think more about the last 5 years in the commercial drone industry.  A lot has changed over this period, with plenty of players arriving and exiting from the scene. I should know, as I was one of them back in early 2016, folding my company Crop Sensors after an arduous attempt to enter the ...

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WWD Podcast Episode #23 – Matt Nanney from AECOM

Published August 1, 2019

Our guest is Matt Nanney, who is a Mobile Technology Lead & UAS Manager at AECOM!  After I spent nearly 8 years with AECOM in the Burnaby office in Canada, I thought I would check back in with the company that gave me a great start to my career.  Matt joined me from the Raleigh, North Carolina office – one of many ...

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What to Expect During Your Flight Review (Advanced Drone Operations in Canada)

Published May 9, 2019

If you are operating small Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) in Canada (under 25 kg), you have a couple of different options to get licensed, depending how you would like to operate.  You must be licensed to fly after June 1, 2019 in Canada, when the new regulations come into effect. If you would like to fly in controlled airspace, over bystanders, or within 30 metres ...

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New Canadian Drone Regulations Announced!

Published January 13, 2019

Last week, the Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced changes to drone regulations that will be coming into effect on June 1, 2019.  In the video below I’ve outline some further details about the new framework, including the Basic and Advanced level of pilot licensing.

Below are some links that you will find useful as a Canadian drone operator leading up to June ...

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WWD Podcast Episode #20 – Kwasi Perry at UAV Survey Incorporated

Published December 11, 2018

Our guest is Kwasi Perry, who is the Founder of UAV Survey Incorporated!  I enjoyed chatting with Kwasi, who has been active with unmanned aircraft in the commercial sector for years now, serving clients in a variety of sectors.  It was great to catch Kwasi before his trip to the African continent, where he is travelling with a number of different drones ...

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New to Mapping with Drones? 7 Areas to Focus on for Success

Published on May 1, 2018 | Last updated on May 9, 2018

There are many drone users out there that have some experience with photo and video capture, but haven’t conducted many mapping missions with their UAVs. If you are just starting to explore how you can create quality maps with your drone’s data, or you are looking for extra tips, then this post is for you.  Below is a list of ...

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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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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 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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