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Small UAS Businesses That Continue To Thrive

Matt Dunlevy

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“There’s still room for you in this industry. So if you want to get in because you see how fun and fulfilling the UAS industry can be, I’m the one who’s here to say, ‘Absolutely!’  Not only is it as fund as it looks, but there’s a place for people who have an interest or a potential aviation passion or data, to come in and have an enriching career.”

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This Week’s Key Question

“Can small UAS businesses thrive in this changing industry?”

This Week’s Guests

Matt Dunlevy is founder  of SkySkopes, an unmanned aircraft systems flight operations company based in Grand Forks, North Dakota.   SkySkopes is a professional service provider with a highly qualified operations and geospatial team. They operate a wide variety of advanced sensors and aircraft for transmission and distribution line inspections, oil and gas applications, and many other innovative use cases that focus on adding value.  Matt founded SkySkopes in 2014 and secured the first FAA permission to fly UAS for business in North Dakota.  Since then, he has success sfully navigated the company’s growth through the changes and evolution of the drone industry.  A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Matt has taught numerous UAS courses at the University of North Dakota such as UAS Business, UAS Engineering, and UAS Ethics.  Matt was also one of my guests on the first year of the Drone Radio Show podcast.  At that time, the company was only about 1 year old and just starting to find its way in the energy sector.

What We Learn

Matt talks about Sky Scopes, how the company has grown over the past 7 years and the lessons learned in creating a drone-based energy services company.

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