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FAA Postpones New Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft System Registration Rules until Spring 2016

FAA Postpones New Commercial Small Unmanned Aircraft System Registration Rules until Spring 2016

If you’ve gone through the FAA registration process for your senseFly eBee or eXom , you’ve had to fill out a couple paper forms and get a notary.  You’ve also had to send in that paperwork with a five dollar check and wait 60 days for a response. 
As of December 21, there is a new and much improved system available for hobby and recreational small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) that is proposed to be available in similar form for commercial sUAS technology in Spring 2016.

What are the FAA’s new commercial sUAS rule changes?

Here’s a quick look at what’s proposed for Commercial sUAS registration:

  • One operator’s (business entity) registration number works for all your sUAS products
  • The operator’s registration number must be marked on every sUAS you fly
  • You can register online or via paper
  • You must register before your first flight outdoors, whether it’s a commercial flight or not
  • Registration cost is $5.00

What does this mean for operating small unmanned aircraft systems?

This will streamline sUAS operations relative to the FAA in a few ways. It will no longer be necessary to include every possible “N” number you may fly in your COA request. There will also be no more need for individual paperwork for every sUAS in your fleet, and no more waiting 60 days to register your sUAS.

We will keep you updated as the new registration system for commercial operations comes online, so be sure to follow us on Twitter , LinkedIn or our Blog for updates.


December 28, 2015  |  Category:

3 Ways Mining Drones Are Changing the Mining Industry

3 Ways Mining Drones Are Changing the Mining Industry

The mining industry can be very dangerous for many people involved. These days, the features and functionalities offered by drone technology are working to change that. Mining drones not only improve efficiency and mining operations, but also improve the safety of many workers. With features including everything from aerial imaging to surveying to GPS mapping, mining processes are simplified, efficiency is improved, and safety is restored. To learn more, check out the examples below of specific applications and opportunities drones provide the mining industry.

Providing a Real-Time Slope Ratio Analysis

Using drones in quarries or mines gives you the ability to improve material extraction due to 3-D data generation. The drone can analyze the slope ratio of a mine or quarry and provide a realistic, 3-D model of the area you’re working in. This not only allows material to be extracted easier because you’re aware of the surroundings you’re working in, but it also keeps miners safe, giving them a complete view of their worksite and how to approach it.

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The mapping technology of a mining drone provides the added benefit of mapping out your worksite as well as comparing it to your process plans or other mines you’ve done work in. This allows you to monitor material extraction by knowing what has been extracted, what’s left to be extracted, and if your extraction plans need any changing or altering. This helps keep your project on track without unnecessary setbacks due to problems not easily discovered manually.

Giving You Fast Data Output

Another benefit of drone technology for mining is the ability to extract data from your worksite in many different forms, including point-cloud, HD video, and high resolution still imagery. This gives you flexibility in the data you collect and allows you the option to pass that data on in any form needed for a specific operation or project. You aren’t restricted to gathering limited data because of the technology or expertise you have on hand. With a drone, you have a wide array of possibilities to gather, analyze, and share data.

Visit our website to learn more about the mining drone technology offered at RDO Integrated Controls or reach out to our experienced and knowledgeable staff for more information.


December 9, 2015  |  Category:

How Do Drones Help the Landscaping Industry?

How Do Drones Help the Landscaping Industry?

Gone are the days of traditional manual landscaping processes. These days, drones are positively impacting the landscaping industry. Their ability to capture high-resolution aerial imagery assists service providers with land resource management. And with their ability for vertical take-off, they’re the perfect tool for monitoring large properties as well as small ones of 10 acres or less, or properties in condensed neighborhoods. Read on to learn more about the advantages of using drones for landscaping.

How can drones help improve efficiency for landscaping?

Using drones for landscaping benefits all parts of the process, including the pre-bid analysis. With drone technology, aerial imaging lets you capture real-time imagery of potential project sites. This eliminates the need to send employees out to the site to gather the data needed for the pre-bid analysis. Instead, the drone captures all of the images and measurements you need, including area measurements and plant and tree counting, in real time. This saves time and money for both parties.

What does drone technology offer when it comes to landscaping imagery?

Drone technology allows you to embed high-resolution UAV imagery in your existing GIS programs. This is cost effective because you aren’t required to replace all of your technology. And this also means your projects will stay on track because you don’t have to switch over to new systems. Your process will only be improved with high quality images.

What else does aerial imaging do?

An important part of most landscaping projects is identifying irrigation deficiencies. This is challenging to do effectively when done from the ground manually. Using a drone can greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of this part of the project. By using aerial imaging, drones capture aerial photographs, allowing you to easily and safely spot irrigation deficiencies. The images captured also give you the ability to plan for flood mapping, enhancing the overall quality of your project.

Our experts at RDO Integrated Controls are here to answer any of your questions regarding drone technology for the landscaping industry. Check out the products and drone technology we have to offer today.


December 7, 2015  |  Category:

Top 5 Reasons to Use Drones for Disaster Response

Top 5 Reasons to Use Drones for Disaster Response

When a disaster happens, it’s important to assess the situation and gather information as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, with the number of logistics to consider, the process can take longer to complete. This results in putting both those affected and emergency response personnel in greater danger. Thankfully, the advance of drone technology improve and speed up the process. Here are the top reasons anyone involved in disaster response should use an emergency drone for their operations.

1. Real-Time Assessment

One of the major advantages to using drones for disaster response is real-time assessment. Drones allow you to assess damage and complete rapid entry route planning for emergency response personnel in real time. This means emergency personnel reach the disaster quickly and safely – and also means those affected are attended to as soon as possible.

2. Thermal Scan Overlay

Another helpful feature of drone technology is the thermal scan overlay. Thermal scan from a drone overlaid on video and photo helps to quickly identify survivors. The information returned also helps to determine the best rescue plan. This benefits both survivors and emergency personnel involved in a disaster, and improves the overall survival rate.

3. Progress Monitoring and Reporting

Using an emergency drone for disaster response also means real-time progress monitoring and reporting for crisis management. Assessments are safely and quickly taken by the drone. This allows personnel to easily determine how effectively and efficiently the disaster response process is progressing and ultimately helps them make faster decisions if changes are needed.

4. Detection of High Risk Areas

Drones offer the ability to detect and isolate high risk areas within a disaster. This improves the safety of first responders by providing a complete overview of the scene and altering those of high risk areas that could threaten emergency personnel.

5. Damage Assessment Transfer

A damage assessment is a necessary part of disaster response. But it takes time to conduct and distribute between the necessary parties. By using drones, personnel quickly obtain a damage assessment. The assessment can then be quickly and easily transferred to other agencies, insurance interests, and other necessary parties.

To learn more about using emergency drones in disaster response, check out the drone technology offered at RDO Integrated Controls. Our experienced team is here to answer all of your questions.


December 2, 2015  |  Category: