On May 2-5, the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems (AUVSI) sponsored, Xponential 2016, the world’s largest the largest commercial UAS trade show in the world.  This year’s show, held in New Orleans, featured more than 600 exhibitors and was attended by more than 6,000 people. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, we travel to the main expo hall to hear some of the major announcements that were made during the show, learn about new products, explore the economic opportunities created by the technology and we’ll celebrate the 50th show of the Drone Radio Show podcast.

In This Episode

  • [03:25] Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator.  Michael Huerta, FAA Administrator announces the formation of the new Drone Advisory Committee to advanced UAV airspace integration.  The committee will be chaired by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich.  Huerta also announced the FAA will start allowing students to operate UAS for educational and research purposes.
  • [06:00] Gretchen West, Hogan Lovells and the Commercial Drone Alliance.  Gretchen West talks about the formation of the Commercial Drone Alliance, an industry led, non-profit organization with an overarching goal of proving value for commercial users to adopt drone technology.
  • [08:40] Natalie Cheng, Autel Robotics.  Natalie Cheng, Director of Communications with Autel Robotics of Seattle, Washington introduces us to the X-Star and X-Star Premium lines of drones.
  • [12:22] Rebecca Diaz, Flypro.  Rebecca Diaz of Flypro describes some of the features of the X-Eagle Sport drone for those that live an active lifestyle and want to record it via drone.
  • [13:57] Skye Intelligence.  An introduction to a new drone by Skye Intelligence that combines visual recognition, GPS and integrated tracking to create a really tight follow me mode.  The drone also has a simple social media sharing capability.
  • [16:56] Robert Becklin, Executive Director of the Norther Plains UAS Test Site.  Robert Becklin talks about what makes North Dakota attractive for UAS companies, including the synergies created by the universities, government policy and the test site which can support new business development.
  • [25:54] Kaci Lemler, Field of View.  Kaci Lemler, Operations Manager & Systems Engineer shares the story behind the start-up of Field of View and the company’s decision to remain in North Dakota, rather than heading to Silicon Valley or the Research Triangle.
  • [28:27] Kay Bennett, Silver Springs Airport, Nevada.  Kay Bennett, owner/manager of the Silver Springs Airport, talks about how the small commercial airport is repositioning itself as a drone flight, testing and operations center.
  • [32:37} Johnathan Daniels, Aerodrome.  Johnathan Daniels, CEO of Aerodrome describes how the company’s training facilities and courses will address the demand for qualified UAS trained pilots in the future, particularly when Part 107 is implemented.
  • [41:47] Tom Ramar, H3 Dynamics.  Tom Ramar, Global VP of Sales and Business Development for H3 Dynamics talks about The Drone Box, a box that can charge a drone and automatically send it out on its next mission.
  • [43:52] Hololens Shout Out. I didn’t get a chance to the interview the team with Insitu, because I was too caught up experiencing the first-hand demonstration of the Microsoft Hololens glasses.  The augmented reality decision platform might end being the future of how unmanned systems are managed.  I felt I was one step away from acting in Mission Impossible movie. It got my cool factor vote.
  • [44:26] Closing

Mentioned Links

Skye Intelligence

Skye Intelligence

Michael Huerta

Michael Huerta

Autel Robotics

Autel Robotics

Topcon

Topcon

Insoire

Inspire

Simulator

Simulator