Upcoming Speaking Events

This week we will be participating in speaking events in Terre Haute and Indianapolis, Indiana. 

We will be holding a fireside chat with VERGE Terre Haute on Thursday evening, event starting at 5:30PM. More details for that event can be found here: https://www.meetup.com/VergeTerreHaute/events/237637142/

On Friday morning at 10AM we will be speaking at the AUVSI Indiana Chapter meeting located at Stout Field, 2002 South Holt Road, Indianapolis, IN 46241.

We hope to see you there as we share some updates and discuss how the drone industry is taking shape for 2017 and beyond.

Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) held its historic first meeting in Washington D.C. on October 18th and 19th.

The Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) held its historic first meeting in Washington D.C. on October 18th and 19th.

A few weeks ago Pierce Aerospace was invited to become an inaugural member of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy chartered Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST). As an acting member of the UAST we will be working with other industry stakeholders and the government to enhance industry safety while helping establish standards for unmanned flight in the United States.

The first organizational meeting for the UAST was held mid October and behind the scenes work has been on going since then. Pierce Aerospace is serving on the co-chair selection committee and the data survey team.  The participants of these subcommittees are identifying a co-chair to represent the industry from a safety standpoint and developing information that FAA registered drone pilots will see in the near future.

It is an honor to be identified as a key industry stakeholder to participate with a team that will be making impacts in terms of further progressing the safety and integration of unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. However, we pass this honor to the pilots and early advocates of Pierce Aerospace. Pilots utilizing our Flight Portal product will be engaged in laying the foundations for tomorrow. The pilots are the pioneers.

The future of aviation is an integrated airspace with manned and unmanned aircraft operating without conflict and in relative safety. While today’s focus is certainly on the unmanned, Pierce Aerospace’s perspective is that this industry is aviation and aviation is about to enter into a new era. It’s not so much that these aircraft lack onboard pilots, but rather that there is so much that can be done with these aircraft.

Keep in touch, sign up for Flight Portal updates, and be sure to #logyourjourney.

Below are links for more information on the UAST and the other initiatives put forth during the White House Drone Day.

https://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=86693

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/08/02/fact-sheet-new-commitments-accelerate-safe-integration-unmanned-aircraft

Indy FPV Racing Meet Up

Indianapolis, IN

Pierce Aerospace is organizing a meet up to discuss organizing FPV racing in the Indianapolis and central Indiana area this Thursday, Sept. 29th at 6:30PM at MacNivens Restaurant and Bar. Indianapolis is the Racing Capital of the World and Pierce Aerospace aims to work with local pilots and businesses to expand and grow the opportunity for drone pilots to race in the central Indiana area. All pilots are invited, regardless of experience level. Representatives from businesses or venues that are interested in hosting drone racing events are also encouraged to attend.

This is the first in a series of meetings that will take place around the Indianapolis area. Future events will be announced so that ample opportunity is provided to get the entire community's input.

There's a lot of interest in FPV racing with international competition, broadcast coverage by the likes of ESPN, and several professional racing series that all show off drone piloting skills and innovation.  Pierce Aerospace is coordinating with drone racing design firm Glass Flight to search for remarkable and talented pilots that are interested in race competition. During the talent search pilots are encouraged to reach out via Instagram by tagging Pierce Aerospace and Glass Flight in their drone video footage.

Pierce Aerospace is developing Flight Portal, a cloud based drone logbook. Pierce Aerospace is supported by the Academy of Model Aeronautics and is redefining the way pilots log time and track resources.

Glass Flight engineers and manufactures airframes for use in the sport of drone racing. These innovative airframes are designed using the latest research in aerodynamics and advanced materials, coupled with emerging technologies that push the limits of drone racing. 

 

 

 

EAA Oshkosh Recap

The 500,000+ attended Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture fly-in and convention in Oshkosh is always a good time, but this year was an especially good time for UAS operators. Part 107 goes into effect on August 29th and the overall atmosphere in Oshkosh was fairly friendly towards the drone industry. Both the unmanned and the manned aviation are seeing the beginnings of unification in a shared skies environment. From our perspective, it appears that a mutual understanding is forming between manned and unmanned operators. Companies bridging the gap are lead by aviators with mixed backgrounds in both unmanned and manned aviation. Pierce Aerospace is of that pedigree. So is the airspace management company AirMap.

Industry consultants kept telling us that the serious unmanned companies were at Oshkosh.

It was clear that many of the companies attending Oshkosh had similar goals and are working with each other to help educate and enhance the capabilities of UAS operators. Kerry Garrison of Multicopter Warehouse gave us microphone time during his presentation to discuss Flight Portal and how it can act as a comprehensive flight tool that keeps operators compliant. AirMap threw a rooftop party on top of the Hilton for UAS folks and even handed out drones as party gifts (best party gift ever?). We will be meeting them again in Los Angeles in a couple weeks. 

We spoke with many universities and noticed that more and more of them are starting UAS programs. Students are even leaving these programs early and/or leaving college completely debt free. Several universities told us that there is such great demand that their students are getting $70-100k salary offerings upon graduation. We were happy to hear that Flight Portal will fit the classroom and operational needs of these programs as they continue to grow.

Drone manufactures were featured in innovation pitches; there were policy forums, educational workshops, and more discussions were taking place on the current and future roles of UAS. 

If you made it to Oshkosh we hope that you had a great time and learned a lot. If you didn't make it then be sure that you sign up for next year. The companies paving the way for this industry are already integrating with manned aviation at the largest aviation event in the world.

DJI Inspire with FLIR thermal imaging - on display at Multicopter Warehouse's booth.

DJI Inspire with FLIR thermal imaging - on display at Multicopter Warehouse's booth.