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Fox Business Features Aeryon Labs on Day 5 of Rise of the Drones Series

Recently, on the Fox Business program, Closing Bell, host Liz Claman spoke with unmanned vehicle manufacturers about the technology, markets and legislation. As part of the five day series, Rise of the Drones, Aeryon President & CEO, Dave Kroetsch, participated in this interview on Friday, August 22, 2014.

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UAV's Get to Work

One of the toughest questions yet to be answered in the evolving world of unmanned aviation is at what point a toy becomes a tool. For Dave Kroetsch and his partners, the answer unfolded in 2006 when they leveraged their longtime interest in radio-controlled (RC) aircraft into a foothold on what is clearly the next big thing in aviation. Now their little quadcopters do everything from mapping crime scenes to guarding the Prime Minister.

Kroetsch started building radio-controlled aircraft in 1996 while still an engineering student at the University of Waterloo (UW). He even set up an aerial robotics team to enter academic competitions. After graduating, Kroetsch missed the fun he had had building flying machines. Former teammates Michael Peasgood and Steffen Lindner felt the same way, so in 2006 they formed Aeryon Labs to perfect and commercialize a tiny helicopter and camera system. The Aeryon team understood their customers were not going to be remote control enthusiasts, but rather people trying to get a job done.

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Eyes in the Sky: Drones Delivering News

This article, in Editor & Publisher magazine, discusses how journalists and newspapers are discovering benefits for using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and the issues that need to be considered when using the technology for recording and reporting news stories.

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Safety is the primary reason why the FAA has yet to regulate and approve drones for journalists, but that slow evolution may also be attributed to a lack of legal certainty, as well, according to Dave Kroetsch, CEO of Aeryon Labs, Inc. in Ontario, Canada.

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FAA Research Program at Virginia Tech UAS Test Site Includes Aeryon SkyRanger

The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) test site program will begin using the Aeryon SkyRanger to help determine how to integrate UAS into the US national airspace.

Waterloo, ON – August 14, 2014 – Aeryon Labs is pleased to announce that the Aeryon sUAS platform has been selected to collect images and data in two of the six Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) UAS test site programs. In addition to the research being conducted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) using the Aeryon Scout™, the FAA recently granted the Virginia Tech UAS test site a Certificate of Authorization (COA) to conduct authorized flights using the Aeryon SkyRanger™.

These UAS operations will occur at test areas in Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland and will help determine UAS failure mode testing, as well as determine and evaluate operational and technical risk areas in a range of commercial and public safety applications.

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I Fly with My Little Eye

This article discusses the value of aerial imagery, the breadth of applications that can benefit from using small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) technology, the advantages and some of the challenges encountered when capturing aerial imagery with a sUAS.

The following is an excerpt from the article:

The Value of Perspective

The point of having flying robots, aka small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs), is as much about imaging as about flying. Amazon Prime Air may someday deliver instant shopping gratification from the skies, but for the near future the most valuable payload a tiny flying robot can carry is usually an image sensor, followed closely by a transmitter to beam images back to the ground for a remote view.

This should be no surprise—the insights we gain from high-level perspectives are profound and incredibly valuable. Whether from trees, hills, towers, or eventually balloons and aircraft, we have always sought higher vantage points. The urge to acquire them is fundamental, built into our bodies (better visibility is one theory for bipedalism) as well as our languages—think of words like “overview,” “supervise,” “surveillance,” and “understanding the big picture.” Poets have written about the gift of “see[ing] ourselves as others see us.” Perhaps the ultimate “perspective photo” is the one astronauts get looking back at earth; those lucky enough to experience it firsthand frequently describe it as life-changing. In some cases aerial views can also be life-saving…or at least day-making.

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