Photo Christopher Korody
Photo Christopher Korody

Hi all –

Another exciting week – seems like they all are – I am going to need a new
intro soon.

Going to start out this morning by answering Forbes’ rhetorical question “GoPro continues to spiral into irrelevancy. Can even a drone save it?” Mmm, no probably not – especially now that the drone is delayed till the Holidays. No doubt Nick and his team are hoping for another lurid FAA Christmas projection to hold off the analysts on the next call.

Mmm, no probably not – especially now that the drone is delayed till the Holidays. No doubt Nick and his team are hoping for another lurid FAA Christmas projection to hold off the analysts on the next call.

Alan Perlman, the UAV Coach, made the trip to the FAA UAS Symposium. He came away much inspired my Michael Huertas commitment to collaboration. Alan’s report is the most detailed account I have seen yet.

Mr. Huerta continued to make headlines, this time at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL event where he extended the collaboration promise announcing that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich will be heading up a standing advisory committee. Huerta also expressed hopes for a speedy approval by the House of the Reauthorization bill… without which, you guessed it, the things we all care about will be delayed.

In a moment of synchronicity both the FAA and EASA announced safety task forces to study UAS data. The EASA team is focused on collision data of which there is somewhere between precious little and none.

Fox Rothschild took a look at the proposed Micro UAS/ARC rule. This is the second time that the idea of manufacturer certification has come up recently, the first being in the discussions in the Senate about the FAA Reauthorization bill.

Which segues smoothly to Mark Dombroff’s look at a recent court decision that found that a Taiwanese manufacturer, Align could be sued in Colorado because they intentionally took steps to go to market there (and no doubt everywhere else in these United States.)

Cisco’s Executive Chairman John Chambers also presented at XPONENTIAL. His comments focused on the seven deadly errors corporations should avoid as they get into drones. It’s an interesting set of points that combines the zeal of an evangelist promoting a new cause (Airware) and his hard-won experience helping corporations to innovate.

It may be that with Krzanich and Chambers joining the fray, we will all look back at this week as a tipping point when drones became ever more about Big Data.

To help move things forward, the formidable Lovells UAS team of Lisa Ellman and Gretchen West announced the formation of the Commercial Drone Alliance. They have an excellent agenda. And great access with footholds in both DC and Silicon Valley.

One of the questions some people are pondering is whether to get their 333 exemption or sit tight and wait for Part 107. Marcos Osorno, Chief Technology Officer at Skyward did a neat bit of analysis, preparing both a table and a pair aerial images highlighting the differences between the two. I added my thoughts about the insurance implications and the relative value of the two.

I discovered a great think piece from InterDrone 2015, a presentation by Biren Gandhi, a distinguished engineer and strategist in Cisco’s Corporate Strategic Innovation Group. If you’ve been waiting for someone to explain how drones fit into the Internet of Everything (Cisco’s version of the IoT), this will get your head spinning. In the Cisco view, drones provide “air cover” by extending the IoE into a third dimension. Good stuff.

I also revisited a piece written by David Famolari for Verizon Ventures in early 2015 in which he argued the case for investing in drones. Kind of fascinating to see how much has and hasn’t changed in the ensuing 15 months – an object lesson in just how fast things are moving.

For a needed piece of inspiration take a look at this aerial drone ballet over
Mt. Fuji.

Thanks for reading and for sharing.

best,
ck

Christopher Korody
Founder and Principal
DroneBusiness.center

 

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