Dronin' On
Taos view north to Ute Mountain

Hi all –

Sitting here high in the Rockies it is abundantly clear that we all have a lot to be thankful for. I hope that each of you is enjoying time with friends, loved ones and your favorite Thanksgiving foods. And that the travel gods are smiling.

In particular, I should like to express my thanks to each of you for your interest and support. You are a fast growing and diverse group representing every aspect of our industry. I am very much enjoying getting to know those of you have volunteered to contribute to the 2017 Commercial UAV Implementation Survey research. Wow are you a bright, talented and diverse bunch. If you would like to influence the survey, please sign up and follow the easy directions =) The link will take you to the brand new website I just put online.

I figured that some of you are about done with what my Mom used to call “togetherness.” Here for you are a few stories…

A number of articles this week on the joint FAA/DHS drone-detection tests conducted in and around Denver’s Stapleton Airport with support from the State of Nevada and State of North Dakota UAS Test Sites. This is one in a series of six tests planned through 2017. Happy to see that Kay Bennett’s Silver Springs Airport was the primary training site for the crews. It’s a great location for all sorts of training initiatives, give Kay a call.

In what’s becoming an all too familiar story, the City News (Toronto) reported that whatever it was that caused the Porter plane to take violent evasive action on final into Toronto, was not a drone.

Motherboard has a well-researched story Amazon’s Delivery Drones May Face New Regulatory Roadblocks. Turns out that the once friendly skies in the UK are no longer quite so welcoming. Britain’s new transport secretary Chris Gayling warned that delivery drones do indeed pose a safety risk, and that they need to be “handled with great care” before flights are allowed.

“I think perhaps I have got a little less enthusiasm for a completely liberal market on unmanned aircraft and drones around the country than one or two of my predecessors,” The Times cited Gayling as telling an audience at the Airport Operators Association annual conference in London yesterday.

Just in time for the Holidays is a story in The Verge about cranberries in crisis. To Keep the Cranberry Industry in Its Birthplace, a Farm Turns to Drones, Data, and Automation. The drone piece is pretty cool – turns out that frost is a danger and the farmers run sprinklers –Keith Mann sends his drone over fields, providing him an aerial view of the land, allowing him to point out where some of the sprinkler heads aren’t activating. “Flying at 300 feet, they stick out like a sore thumb.”

Also in a vaguely agricultural theme, Quartz just published Colombia’s narcotics smuggling is going hi-tech with drone deliveries. These are not little quads either, the article says that ““The drone was used to carry cocaine to Panama, it had the capacity to transport 10 kilograms (22 pounds) per journey and it traveled a 100-kilometer (62 mile) distance.” Clearly BVLOS.

I am going to leave you with a fine think piece from the Washington Post. These 6 New Technology Rules Will Govern Our Future. The author’s premise is that “Technology is creating a new set of rules that will change our very existence.” Rule 1 – anything that can be digitized will be… then goes on to suggest that survival will no longer require a job and by Rule 6 concludes that the “Distinction between man and machine will become increasingly unclear.” Oh brave new world.

Thanks for reading and for sharing.


Christopher Korody
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