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Basic & Advanced Operations

On January 9th, 2019, Transport Canada announced new drone regulations that will be coming into effect on June 1st, 2019. These regulations will affect everyone who flies a Remotely Piloted Aerial System in Canada. In an effort to educate the drone community, we’re supplementing our training programs offered throughout Canada with a series of in-depth […]

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Drone autonomy: Marketing buzzword or reality?

If you are in the UAV world you see the word “autonomous” used to describe how many unmanned aircraft function. It is used to describe an aircraft or other unmanned device that can follow a pre-programmed mission to accomplish a task. Let’s take a quick look at what autonomy is [gdlr_quote align=”center” ]Autonomy: freedom from […]

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Why All UAV Operators Need a COM

What is a COM? COM stands for Company Operations Manual.  It is a document containing everything from organizational hierarchy charts to recharging procedures to airspace coordination requirements and training procedures. Do I need one? COMs are a standard in commercial aviation and are currently one of the requirements to be a Compliant Operator.  As regulations […]

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Industry Insights: Real Estate

Meet your Instructor! Iain Box has joined the AAI Team as an instructor in our Western Division. Iain can fly some pretty cool aircraft, if you think 737s and A320s are cool, and he’s also really in tune with the aviation industry as a whole. I guess that’s what happens when you can say you […]

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UAV in Public Safety

I was following the story of the toddler who went missing in Manitoba and how the RCMP used surveillance drones to map out the search area and look for clues. This story prompted me to look into the significant role UAV can play in such scenarios in Canada. I thought our readers might find the […]

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5 benefits of UAV in agriculture

UAV have been in use in agriculture for a few years now, and more and more farms in countries such as Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Argentina are integrating UAV into their operations. According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), agriculture is expected to account for about 80% of all commercial UAV and is […]

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6 keys to being successful as a drone company

Reviewing my records from the last few years, I have been looking at the long list of drone operators that have started up in Canada, many assisted by me or my company Aerobotika. As I looked at their names and thought about their enthusiasm and dreams and where they ended up, I examined those that have become really successful […]

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Why all surveyors need drones

Every day, more and more surveyors are realizing that UAVs are a perfect complement to their work. Though a worthwhile and interesting career, surveying can involve dirty, dull, or dangerous work. As well, traditional methods can be expensive and eat into profits. As many surveyors have discovered, UAVs can be used to reduce the dangers […]

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7 steps to start a drone company in Canada

Far too often I have customers sending links to drone service company websites that have advertising and content that make me cringe. We mostly see what will eventually become evidence for Transport Canada to shut them down or fine them. We see them post half-truths about regulation and downright moronic claims that they are operating safely […]

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