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Gain a Better Understanding of the FAA Waiver Process | FAA Summer Drone Webinar Series

Have you participated in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone webinar series this summer? The series is intended to help drone operators submit better waiver requests when applying for an operational waiver. So far, they’ve already covered topics including how to apply for a FAA waiver, how to conduct a risk assessment for your operation, and how to successfully apply for a nighttime waiver. With these webinars, the FAA has been able to answer some of the most commonly asked questions by drone pilots and provide answers with clarity that you seldom find elsewhere.

FAA Summer Webinar Series

If you missed out on the first few webinars, don’t worry — the series isn’t over yet, and there’s still time to register for the four remaining webinars. Through August and September, FAA experts will continue to host live online webinars to discuss the waiver process, provide examples of successful waiver applications, and answer your most pressing questions.

What You Can Learn From the FAA Summer Webinar Series

The most important takeaway from the FAA summer webinar series will be information on how to apply for a waiver and best practices for increasing the chance of approval. Drone pilots can request waivers for flights typically prohibited by FAA regulations such as flying a drone at night, flying beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), flying above 400 feet, or flying over crowds of people.

During the webinar series, you will learn:

  • The waiver application process
  • When to apply for a waiver
  • Common waiver requests
  • Common waiver application mistakes
  • Risk management, hazard recognition, risk analysis and assessment

The upcoming schedule includes discussion on waivers for operations BVLOS, over people, and above an altitude of 400 feet. Nighttime waivers were covered previously in a two-part webinar earlier this summer, but you can still check out our article, “How to Fly Your Drone at Night: Applying for a Part 107 Daylight Operations Waiver” for guidance.

FAA Summer Webinar Series Schedule, Aug. – Sept.

Here are the upcoming FAA summer webinars for August and September:

August 7, 2018 – “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”

Using real examples, this session reviews what a successful and unsuccessful waiver application looks like.

August 21, 2018 – “Beyond Visual Line of Sight”

Why is a BVLOS waiver so difficult to obtain? This session focuses on the “holy grail” of waivers. Is it impossible? No. Will it take more effort than applying for a night waiver? Definitely.

September 4, 2018 – “Operating Limitations: Altitude”

Learn how to fly above the 400 feet altitude ceiling with an operation limitation (altitude) waiver.

September 18, 2018 – “Operations over People”

Why are there so few approvals for this waiver? In this session, FAA experts address the mitigation necessary to ensure your operation doesn’t endanger people on the ground.


Register for the Free FAA Summer Webinar Series

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and caps at 1,000 attendees.


Why Bother with Waivers?

The Small UAS Part 107 rule is designed to minimize risks to other aircraft, people, and property on the ground. The rule includes the option to apply for a certificate of waiver, which allows for a small UAS operation to deviate from certain operating rules if the FAA finds that the proposed operation can be performed safely.

Waivers expand the possibilities of what you can do with your drone, whether it be gathering aerial footage of a crowd at an event, inspecting utility infrastructures from a high elevation, or another innovate use of drones. Understanding how to obtain a waiver will increase your potential as a drone pilot, open up more drone job opportunities, and widen the possibilities of what you can accomplish with your drone.

Part 107 waivers are commonly requested for:

  • Flying at night
  • Flying directly over a person or people
  • Flying from a moving vehicle or aircraft, not in a sparsely populated area
  • Flying multiple aircraft with only one pilot
  • Flying beyond the pilot’s visual line-of-sight
  • Flying above 400 feet
  • Flying near airports / in controlled airspace

The FAA makes public who has received a waiver. Reviewing this list can give you an idea of the types of waivers submitted and approved. It also enables employers, law enforcement, and other interested parties to validate that a drone operator posses the waiver they claim to have.

The penalty for unauthorized UAS flights can involve a heavy fine. In a 2015 case of multiple violations, the FAA proposed a $1.9 million penalty on SkyPan for conducting 65 unauthorized operations, violating airspace regulations and various operating rules. The FAA and Skypan reached a settlement agreement of $200,000, reducing the fine significantly but still proving the importance of gaining proper authorization for all UAS operations.

Additionally, technology and science media outlet Motherboard acquired and shared a list of every drone pilot ever fined by the FAA. The list revealed fines ranging from $400 to $5,500.

The lesson to be reaped from all this is that it’s better to do your paperwork for the proper waiver than to risk a fine. A fact sheet covering the FAA drone rules under Part 107 is available here.

FAA Webinars Year Round

With a heavy focus on safety, the FAA offers multiple opportunities for UAS education. Beyond the FAA Summer Webinar series, the FAA hosts webinars year round.

The FAASTeam sponsors thousands of aviation safety seminars and webinars throughout the country. These informative courses include a variety of topics designed to reduce risk and increase safety in aviation operations. You can search the seminar and webinar database to locate a seminar near you or to register for an online webinar. A huge bonus is that most courses are free.

If you’ve attended a FAA webinar, tell us about your experience on the UAV Coach community forum.

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Increasing Female Representation in STEM | The Fourth Annual Women in Drones Networking Event Planned for InterDrone

In September 2018, the fourth annual Women in Drones Luncheon, an event that strives to highlight the accomplishments of women in the commercial drone space, will take place at InterDrone, the largest commercial drone conference event in North America.

Women in Drones Luncheon at InterDrone

InterDrone Networking Event: Women in Drones Luncheon

Suzanne Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API (American Petroleum Institute), will host the 2018 event. Other esteemed participants so far include Lia Reich, VP Marketing-Communications at PrecisionHawk, Sharon Rossmark, CEO and Founder of Women and Drones, and Mariah Scott, President of Skyward, A Verizon Company.

An exciting development for the event this year is its partnership with Women and Drones, the largest online platform for women in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. During the luncheon, Women and Drones will announce the 2018 Women to Watch in UAS list of honorees. These women are have made exceptional contributions to the UAS industry and were selected from hundreds of nominations.

UAV Coach interviewed Sharon Rossmark, CEO and founder of Women and Drones, last year when the Women to Watch in UAS initiative first began. At that time, Rossmark shared that she envisioned the initiative as a way to identify women in the industry who are making an impact. The vision has remained clear this year as judges review hundreds of nominations from around the world and select the finalists to announce at InterDrone’s Women in Drones Luncheon.

InterDrone debuted the first Women in Drones Luncheon in 2015, and it has quickly grown into a model for networking in the commercial drone industry. The 2018 conference will feature more than 120 sessions, panel discussions, and keynotes conducted by renowned industry experts, covering numerous commercial drone applications. Opportunities for networking continue during the InterDrone After Hours sessions, open to all attendees with either a full conference or expo plus pass.

InterDrone will take place at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, September 5 – 7. The luncheon will be on Thursday, September 6, from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm. UAV Coach readers can use the code UAVCOACH for $100 off any of the conference tickets.

Increasing Female Representation in the Drone Industry

The drone industry has created numerous jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Statistically, these job opportunities are more likely to filled by men than women. According to a 2017 report by the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), “While women continue to make gains across the broader economy, they remain underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders.” In the report, it was found that nearly as many women have degrees as men, but that women make up only 30% of STEM degree holders. Furthermore, it was concluded that women are underrepresented in STEM jobs.

Women filled 47% of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24% of STEM jobs. Likewise, women constitute slightly more than half of college educated workers but make up only 25% of college educated STEM workers.

— Office of the Chief Economist, Women in STEM: 2017 Update

According to Suzanne Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API (American Petroleum Institute) and luncheon moderator, the Women in Drones Luncheon will help to close the gender gap in STEM fields such as those concerning drone technology.

This is an incredible time for women to enter into this emerging field, to participate in these new developments, and to pave a pathway for more girls to enter into STEM careers. I look forward to moderating the luncheon panel to help build networking opportunities for more women and girls.

— Susan Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API (American Petroleum Institute)

Register for InterDrone

InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. It is the most comprehensive conference program along with in-depth drone courses and special events, including the Enterprise After Hours and the Women in Drones Luncheon, as well as meetups designed for networking and keeping drone pilots up to date on the latest in drone news and the industry.

Attendee registration is now open. Pricing is available on their website. Our advice is to purchase your ticket as early as possible for the best deal. Also, remember to use the code UAVCOACH for $100 off your ticket.

UAV Coach has also partnered with InterDrone to arrange a sweepstakes and give away two free tickets to InterDrone. Visit our community forum for details on how to enter for a chance to win one of two free InterDrone tickets before the sweepstakes closes on August 7, 2018, 12AM.

Members of our own UAV Coach team will be at InterDrone 2018, observing how the industry has grown, gaining new knowledge on UAS technology advancements, and meeting other drone companies. We’re so excited to return to this year’s conference. Check out this video of highlights from last year:

And one last thing — let us know on Facebook if you plan to attend InterDrone 2018, and be sure to say hi if you see one of our team members at the conference!

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Meet Delair, the Only Drone Company Recognized as a 2018 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum

Last month the World Economic Forum recognized Delair as a Technology Pioneer. Their selection was noteworthy for two reasons—not only were they the only drone company to be selected, they were also the only company from France to be included on the list.

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Those companies recognized were selected based on their potential to “transform society and industry” and to “shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

And it’s easy to see why Delair was selected.

For years now, Delair has been working to push the boundaries of commercial unmanned flying with their innovative fixed wing solutions. In particular their pioneering advancements in BVLOS missions, on both the regulatory and the technological front, open new possibilities for how drones can bring more productivity and efficiency to businesses.

They’ve also been making strategic partnerships with companies like Intel to help push the use of aerial data processing toward actionable insights, and, when it comes to using drones for commercial purposes, they’re one of the leading end-to-end providers in the world.

About Delair

Delair was founded in France in 2011, and since then they’ve largely been known for their work in creating fixed wing drones for commercial applications, including uses in mapping & surveying, oil & gas, mining, agriculture, construction, and transportation. Last year they were selected by the French government as an accredited supplier of UAVs to French government agencies.

The company currently employs over 120 people worldwide, and they have a presence in over 70 countries, with over 80 resellers throughout the world. Their headquarters are in Toulouse, France, with offices in Ghent (Belgium), Singapore, and Los Angeles (USA).

Although they’re commonly known for their fixed wing drones, such as the the UX11, Delair doesn’t only make drones. In fact, it’s an emphasis on the software side of the drone business that is helping them differentiate in the market. They offer an end-to-end solution for large companies, which means that, in addition to manufacturing drones, they offer a full suite of industry-specific analytics software to do aerial data processing as well intuitive flight planning tools.

They also equip their drones with advanced sensing capabilities, including their most recent DT26X Lidar, a platform ideally suited for geospatial professional who require the precision Lidar enables.

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Focused on ROI

Return on investment (ROI) has been of one of Delair’s big talking points lately, which is significant because companies—not to mention individual business owners, such as farmers—will only adopt new technology if it can actually help them save money.

According to Delair, although acquiring one of their fixed wing drones might cost more up front than buying a consumer multirotor like DJI’s Phantom or Matrice, the money spent will be returned over time by significantly reducing operational costs and improving productivity.

When Delair looked at the costs required to fly the same piece of land for agricultural data collection using their fixed wing DT18 Ag drone versus a multirotor drone, the results were that, over time, their fixed wing paid for itself because it was so much more efficient than the multirotor. While the fixed wing only required one flight to collect all of the data needed, the multirotor required multiple flights to collect the same amount of data, which significantly drove up the operational costs.

To make this concrete, using the fixed wing over one year to fly an area of about 185,000 acres came out to a cost of about 25 cents per acre, whereas using the multirotor came out to about 6 dollars an acre. When you’re flying a huge piece of land over time, that savings is a huge difference, and will have a big impact on your company’s bottom line—you can read more about Delair’s ROI analysis for agriculture here.

Delair and BVLOS

Delair started early in thinking about the potential benefits of BVLOS drone flights for commercial applications.

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In 2011 they developed their first BVLOS prototype, and in 2012 flew the world’s first BVLOS commercial drone mission. Since then they’ve been racked up dozens of BLOS flights across the world have been working to open up BVLOS regulations in the United States (where they have actually done BVLOS flights as well, under applicable waivers).

Drones are the perfect tool to bring the power of big data to large, remote, unequipped locations.

– Michael de Lagarde, CEO of Delair

About one year ago, Delair set a new BVLOS distance record in France with a flight of 30 miles made to inspect power lines for the utility company Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE). The flight also recorded data data used to build models of RTE’s European power grid.

To support the record flight, two pilots were used for takeoff and landing, with the drone itself flying on autopilot using cellular connectivity.

Safety was ensured for the flight through the use of a flight corridor, which France’s civil aviation authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted Delair to use.

Intel’s Partnership with Delair

Last year, when Intel rolled out its Insight Platform for analyzing, storing, and managing data for commercial drone applications, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich proclaimed that data was the new oil.

Delair is a strategic partner with Intel in the creation of the Insight Platform, which was made in part to help turn the “big data” collected by drones into actionable insights for companies.

It’s all about workflow. What we want is to make this platform the center of aerial data for customers.

– Michael de Lagarde, CEO of Delair

Through the partnership, Intel will be able to draw on Delair’s years of experience in various industry sectors. This experience will help provide key insights into the needs of different industries, which will in turn guide the work needed to make further improvements and customizations to the Intel Insight Platform.

Check out this clip from an Intel demo at InterDrone 2017, which highlighted the Intel Insight Platform:

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Adding Drones to Your Cinematography Repertoire: An Interview with Mike Mazur, Owner of Diario Films

Mike Mazur is a Drone Pilot Ground School alum with a huge range of experience in cinematography.

He started out working in Manhattan in post-production. From there he learned about shooting and directing, and built up his skill set to the point where he is now, as the owner of his own production company, Diario Films. Mike has worked with artists like Kesha and Steely Dan, and he’s also flown missions for non-profits in Guatemala and elsewhere around the world.

We wanted to sit down and talk to Mike both about how he built up his production business, and also about his decision to add drones to his list of tools as a cinematographer.

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A music video on which Mike was both Aerial Cinematographer and Camera Operator


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Tell us about your background. How did you first get into work as a photographer and cinematographer?

My career started out very differently from many drone pilots I’ve met and heard about.

I first started work in photography and videography in post production, as an editor and and after-effects artist. For a significant part of my career I was managing a green screen studio in lower Manhattan, and only did post production work.

But after a while that work became tiresome, and I realized that I didn’t really want to spend the rest of my life in a dark room, looking at other people’s adventures.

So I eventually got a job as a producer, because I had been producing some of the shoots that we had done in lower Manhattan (including one with our current president, which was a funny experience).

The agency I was working for, which was called Cross Borders, eventually merged into another agency called Rain, and that was a creative agency where I handled projects in which we were creating digital content for corporations to use in one form or another. We worked with companies like Walmart, Subway, and Hess.

Although I wasn’t very enthusiastic about a lot of the more corporate work, we got to make a short documentary series about sports in America to be used in tandem with the 2012 Olympics, and I really loved that work. The goal of the series was to showcase how American society looks at sports—we did an episode on the Special Olympics, one on Jackie Robinson, things like that.

While at Rain, in addition to working in production I started picking up a camera. The first thing I really learned how to shoot well was a time lapse—I’d always be shooting time lapse photography while these bigger projects were going on. But we’d always hire a cinematographer and a director of photography to come and shoot the project for me.

And then, when I was 29, I had a sort of serendipitous occasion on a trip to Guatemala, back in January of 2013. I ended up getting a fellowship with a non-profit there, and staying for the entire year of 2013 doing work in both Central America and Southeast Asia.

To do this work, I would literally go from country to country, from town to town, with a big backpack that had a camera, a tripod, and a laptop. So I was finding stories, shooting them, directing them, editing them—I was delivering them, all by myself. And that was one of the coolest experiences of my life.

When I came back from that year I had so much experience to draw from for my work in cinematography.

I wanted to finish a documentary I’d started about a famous figure in Puerto Rico, so I teamed up with my friend Fernando, who is a brilliant cinematographer, and we raised a few thousand dollars through an Indiegogo campaign, and we spent two weeks on the island and were able to finish the project.

Around the same time, I met a producer named Matty Parker, who had just secured the life rights for the story of a man who was the first African American to play in the NBA, who is named Earl Lloyd. The NBA film premiered a little while back at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and we’ve secured international distribution, so we’re really excited about that.

So that’s the story of how I went from work in post-production to getting behind the camera.

What made you start using drones in your work?

It’s kind of a funny story.

At the same time DJI released the Osmo, which allows you to get incredibly smooth shots, and the X5 Handle—but the two didn’t actually work together.

They said it would, but in reality, it just didn’t. (The following spring, after releasing these two products, they released a little piece that allowed you to connect one to the other.)

The X5 handle was pretty expensive—it cost more than $2,000—but I couldn’t use it since it didn’t connect to the Osmo, so for a while I just had this really expensive paper weight sitting in my office.

At the same time, I’d been wanting to expand my repertoire and my business, and so I just compulsively bought a DJI Inspire 1 and started flying.

Check out this reel of Mike’s drone footage

How did you first start using drones as a commercial pilot?

The first time I flew a drone on a shoot was for a job in Guatemala, for a non-profit called the Friendship Brigade, which does loans to women in rural areas to help them start businesses. (This was on a return trip, not during my first period there where I was given the job to travel around the world.)

After that first experience, I realized that I really loved shooting with a drone, and I realized how much it improved the quality of the work that I did there.

The piece I made for the non-profit was a profile of a woman named Gilanda. She used the loans to really improve her life, and she helped all these other women in the community improve their lives.

Being able to follow her from the sky, and to shoot her house, was huge, since part of what she did with the money she borrowed was expand her home. And even at the end of the video I was able to get a great shot with my Inspire I that really helped close things out.

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A picture of Mike in Guatemala with his drone

Have you ever crashed during a shoot?

Who hasn’t?

No, but seriously, I definitely have had to deal with a crash, and it was heart breaking.

I was in Puerto Rico working on that documentary I talked about earlier, and still fairly new to flying. I was flying near a lake, and decided to pull back a bit without turning the camera around and looking at what was behind the drone—I just impulsively went backwards, and I got the drone stuck in a tree, about a hundred feet in the air.

Before I knew it a local man was chopping down the tree to get the drone back, and he’d cut it down within less than ten minutes with his machete. And I watched in agony as the tree turned in the air, at the last minute, and completely crushed the drone.

It was definitely a learning experience. Since then I’ve been through the Drone Pilot Ground School course, and I know a lot more about how to check yourself and be careful when you’re flying, to prevent those types of scenarios from arising in the first place.

When did you start flying commercially in the U.S.?

I shot abroad quite a bit, in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, India, France, both with a drone and with other equipment

And finally, when I was back in the U.S. and ready to work I decided I wanted to pursue Part 107 certification and became a professional drone pilot here.

I made the decision for a few reasons: I wanted to know the material, I wanted to get better at flying—and I figured the certification process would push me to do that, too—and I also wanted to separate myself from other cinematographers, who either weren’t flying drones at all, or who were flying drones illegally.

This was in late 2016, shortly after the Part 107 rules had come out, and I knew a few cinematographers who would just use a drone in shoots without knowing the rules at all. They’d show me their drone footage, and some of it would just be so illegal.

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A drone picture Mike took on one of his many trips

Have you ever had to turn down work because it would violate the Part 107 rules?

There have been multiple times where I’ve had to turn down jobs because I didn’t have the night time waiver, which I applied for and wasn’t able to get.

I’ve also had to turn down work in New York City on a few different occasions. Even though many locations in New York look like they’re OK for flying when you’re in the AirMap app, you then learn that the reality is way more confusing. And, of course, NYC claims to have a city-wide ban on drone flights, but even that doesn’t actually seem legal, it’s just something that the city has put on their website to discourage people from figuring out where they actually can and can’t fly.

Basically, it’s so confusing that I’ve decided not to do it, since I don’t want to risk breaking the law.

How do you typically find clients?

Word of mouth is key.

Every job I get is essentially stems from an existing group of contacts that I’ve built gradually over the years, and we all support each other and give each other work. Almost everything I do is an extension of some kind of work, some kind of contact that I’ve made in the past through previous networking. Your experience just snowballs.

If a contact I have sends me any kind of opportunity, I’ll immediately stop what I’m doing and apply to it. And often, because it comes along with my contact’s recommendation, I’ll get the job.

Of course, your work has to be solid enough to get your foot in the door, and you also have to be able to deliver when you show up to do the job.

One thing I did that helped me get work, and really distinguish myself, was that when I upgraded my cinematography services and started adding drone services as well, I made sure to send out emails to my contacts and let them know, and share my aerial reel.

And actually, creating that reel was one of the most important things I did to get those new clients who were interested in aerial shots. After my first drone shoots in Guatemala, I did some aerial shoots in New York and New Jersey, just flying around my family’s home, and put a reel together to show off my new skill set.

The key is to just keep chipping away—adding on footage to your reel, making it better and more diverse as you get more jobs, and also to keep adding on skill sets.

If you make it your goal to keep growing and keep getting better at what you do, you will find work—it may not always be easy, but it will come.

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Gauging the Drone Industry’s Worth: $187 Million Raised in the last Six Months

Over the last few years we’ve heard a lot of talk about how much the drone industry is growing. A recent report from Skyward found that 10% of respondents at the companies surveyed were using drones, with that number expected to double in the near future, adding more drone jobs to the market.

There’s also an often-cited Goldman Sach’s report on the drone industry, which projects a $100 billion market opportunity for drones (this projection includes both commercial and civil government sectors of the drone industry).

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But wrapping your head around whether the drone industry is in fact growing as predicted—really finding those concrete indicators of this growth, instead of just reading about huge, vague projections—well, that isn’t always such an easy thing to do.

However, when you review the last six months (January 2018—June 2018), you can see that the drone industry really is thriving.

One of the biggest indicators of an industry’s growth is whether people are actually willing to risk money taking bets on it. And when you look back on the successful fundraising rounds drone companies have had over the last six months, you can really see how much the industry is growing.

Let’s take a look at who those companies raising money are, and what they plan to do with the funds raised.

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A graph showing the amount each company covered in this article raised in the last 6 months

PrecisionHawk—$75 Million

Back in January, PrecisionHawk announced that they had raised a whopping $75 million, and then in June the news came out that, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, they’d added an additional $195,503 in equity.

PrecisionHawk plans to use the money they’ve raised to continue developing a full enterprise solution stack for commercial drone applications. This development includes the creation of drone hardware, sensors, software, and end-to-end support for integrating aerial data and analytics into the enterprise.

In early May, PrecisionHawk made headlines for the release of its new BVLOS technology at AUVSI XPONENTIAL, which came out at the same time as their corresponding Pathfinder report on BVLOS.

PrecisionHawk’s mission is to empower the enterprise pioneer, from pilot to deployment. To drive transformational change, we believe a business needs an integrated hardware-software platform and the technical support to connect to existing systems and workflows.

– Michael Chasen, CEO of PrecisionHawk

Skydio—$42 Million

In the early spring, Skydio announced that they’d raised $42 million in a series B funding round, which brought their total capital raised up to $70 million. The fundraising round was led by Playground Global and IVP, as well as Nvidia, Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, and Kevin Durant.

Skydio hopes to succeed in carving out space for itself in the consumer drone market despite the dominance of DJI, and will use these funds to continue work on its R1 drone, which is, in their words, the “first fully autonomous flying camera” (it is a pretty impressive UAV—you can see it in action in the video below).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsfkGlSajHQ

DroneDeploy—$25 Million

Toward the end of June, drone software company DroneDeploy announced that they had raised $25 million in a series C round of funding led by the Invenergy Future Fund. Other participants in the fundraising round included Scale Venture Partners, Uncork Capital, Emergence Capital, AngelPad, and AirTree.

Up to this point DroneDeploy had raised about $31 million, so the series C almost doubles their total capital raised.

According to DroneDreploy, they plan to use these funds to expand their data platform into new industries.

With this new funding round, we have the opportunity to work with more customers who will bring our drone data platform to new industries and transform workflows on every job site.

– Mike Winn, DroneDeploy CEO and Co-Founder

Cape Analytics—$17 Million

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Last month Cape Analytics announced that it had raised $17 million in a series B funding round led by insurance-centric VC fund XL Innovate. The round also included a number of Cape Analytics’ own insurance customers and partners, including The Hartford, Nephila, CSAA Insurance Group, Cincinnati Financial, and State Auto Labs Fund.

The funding will be used to grow its aerial imagery platform, which meshes computer vision with geospatial imagery to provide accurate data on properties to insurance companies located in the United States. Cape Analytics’ platform uses AI to organize and interpret huge amounts of data, and the funds will help continue to improve their software.

Matternet—$16 Million

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In late June, drone delivery company Matternet announced that they had raised $16 million in a fundraising round lead by Boeing’s HorizonX Ventures (Boeing’s venture section), along with investors Levitate Capital, Swiss Post, and the Sony Innovation Fund.

Matternet plans to use the funds to expand their delivery operations internationally, as well as in the United States.

https://youtu.be/dD1yyWuULCs

Between [Matternet’s] success in Switzerland and being selected by the FAA to test unmanned aerial networks in the U.S., we are excited to work together to reimagine how the world connects and shape the next generation of transportation solutions.

– Brian Schettler, Boeing HorizonX Ventures Managing Director

DroneBase—$12 Million

In mid-spring, DroneBase announced that they’d raised $12 million in a series B funding round co-led by Union Square Ventures and Upfront Ventures. Other funders included DJI, Pritzker Group, and Hearst Ventures.

When announcing the outcome of the Series B, DroneBase also announced a new enterprise level platform for their augmented reality platform, designed to help companies with fleets of drone pilots in training for various scenarios.

This round marks DJI’s third investment in DroneBase through SkyFund, which demonstrates our confidence in their continued success in an industry that, while growing at a rapid pace, is just at the beginning of realizing its full potential.

– Jan Gasparic, DJI Executive

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