Great Sand Dune Drone Flight

Are Drones Allowed in National Parks? Great Sand Dunes National Parks’ Recent Project, and the Controversial History Surrounding Drones and the NPS

The Great Sand Dunes National Park in southern Colorado announced the completion of a research project earlier this week that used drones to collect data within the park. This is a big news, primarily because drones are generally banned from all national parks. [Skip down for some analysis of drones in national parks and related legal questions, or continue reading to… Read more →

Orlando drone law

Orlando Passes New Law Regulating Drones

The city of Orlando announced yesterday a new drone law that requires permits for drone users. The law went immediately into effect on passing. Violators who fly drones without a permit within the city limits will be subject to heavy fines. Also, jail time is possible for anyone operating UAVs under the influence (not a problem we typically hear about, but perhaps Orlando… Read more →

drone companies to watch

70 Drone Companies to Watch in 2017

While it’s impossible to track each and every drone company in such a fast-moving industry, we’ve done our best to highlight the biggest players and to give you a sense of who is doing what in the drone industry. Make sure to bookmark this page if you’re doing industry research. 🙂 Looking for a particular type of drone company? To help you find the… Read more →

Lily Robotics

Did Lily Robotics Close Because They’re Being Sued? The Story Behind the Company that Folded Despite $34 Million in Pre-Sales

At one time, Lily Robotics was one of the darlings of the drone industry. Back in 2015, Forbes wrote a short, glowing article about an sUAS camera drone that sounded a little magical, a lot amazing, and the good feeling presented in that article had generally persisted from that point on. “The quadcopter flies itself and can follow you at speeds of… Read more →

Aerial Thermography

7 Ways to Make Money with Aerial Thermography

As commercial applications for drones continue to grow at an exponential rate, it can sometimes feel hard to keep track of them all. If you fly a drone commercially and own your own company, you may have started your business by offering aerial photography and/or videography to real estate businesses, or maybe surveying to construction companies. But with everything in the industry growing so… Read more →

7 Commercial Drone Predictions

7 Commercial Drone Predictions for 2017

2016 was a HUGE year for drones. In the US, the FAA released Part 107 regulations concerning commercial drone pilots, and all over the world the drone industry grew, expanding into new commercial sectors and growing its presence in existing ones. What does 2017 hold for the commercial drone industry? This post from Drone Industry Insights ( makes seven predictions for… Read more →


Yuneec Announces H520, New Focus on Customer Service

Some of the biggest announcements to come out of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) last week were from Yuneec. One of Yuneec’s big announcements was the launch of the Typhoon H520, a six-rotor drone designed for commercial applications. This thing looks amazing, and is covered in greater detail below. Yuneec will also be launching a software developer kit (SDK) platform in Q2 of… Read more →