Flyability Opens First U.S. Office in Denver, CO
BY Zacc Dukowitz16 January 2020
Swiss-based drone company Flyability recently announced the opening of its first U.S. office.
The office is located in Denver, Colorado. According to Flyability, the new location will allow the company to work more closely with its customers in the U.S. and continue to grow its strategic partnerships throughout North America.
Being in the same timezone as our clients and partners will have a profound effect on the way we can support and advise them in the use of our technology. We will be quicker to react to their needs and to provide onsite support as needed.
– Alexandre Meldem, Flyability VP of Sales
Denver was selected for Flyability’s first U.S. office because of its central location in North America, its thriving technology-focused community, and its large airport, which will help the company provide close support to its customers by enabling more frequent onsite consultations and training.
Denver is also the location of one of Pix4D’s U.S. offices (the other is in San Francisco). This could have been a contributing factor in the decision to open there, since Flyability and Pix4D launched a partnership just last week—or it could just be that Denver is doing a good job of attracting tech businesses who are looking for opportunities outside of the confines of Silicon Valley.
A Good Sign for the U.S. Drone Industry
At a time when the FAA’s NPRM for Remote ID has many of those connected to the U.S. drone industry a little shook up, the opening of a new office in the U.S. by any drone company is a welcome thing.
Flyability is a fairly unique company because its drone platforms are created exclusively for commercial applications—the area of the drone industry where the opportunity for potential growth is by far the greatest.
Flyability’s Elios 2, a second-generation version of its drone made just for indoor inspection drones, has reportedly met the stringent inspection requirements of many different industries, including Oil & Gas and Chemicals. These guidelines are often required not just internally by company policy, but also by law when the inspections are of potentially hazardous containers, like pressure vessels.
Like the Elios, the Elios 2 sits in a cage designed to allow it to collide while flying without being brought to the ground. This design allows inspectors to fly it in confined spaces, such as inside a boiler or pressure vessel, in order to conduct a visual inspection, monitor corrosion, or collect visual information that might be used to create a 3D map.
Flyability’s Growth Could Be Our Growth
Since first opening in 2014, Flyability has had a string of good years.
In 2018 they had a successful Series B, which raised $11 million; in 2019 they launched the Elios 2; and now, early in 2020, they’re opening up shop in the U.S.
And more Flyability drones in the U.S. means more drone adoption in U.S. commercial industries—which potentially means more drone jobs.
Here’s to hoping that their success is a positive bellwether for the future of the commercial drone industry.