Category Archives: Aerial/UAS

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What Is Hi-Target?

A prominent manufacturer of surveying hardware and software in its own domestic market, Hi-Target is looking towards a broader future in the global geospatial sector. A familiar story: a startup rose rapidly in the Asian infrastructure and development boom to capture top status for certain surveying and mapping products in their domestic market—a market larger...

From Down Under to the Skies Over North America

As aerial firms evolve and expand to provide imaging as a service (IaaS), the next step is 3D data services.  A prominent Australian aerial services company, with success in the 3D data market, is eyeing an expansion into North America. Aerometrex Pty Ltd.—not affiliated with Aero-Metrics or Aerometrics—is a prominent aerial imaging, remote sensing, 3D...

The Cost of Compliance: FAA’s NPRM Remote ID: Part Two

Due to a scheduling issue, the January 21st issue of Pangaea (including part one of this series) was published only online. Here’s the link to part one. In part one of this series, we looked at the basics of the FAA’s Remote ID (RID) plan as outlined in its notice of proposed rule-making (NPRM). Now...

How to Get a Drone License

Here is a step-by-step guide to the basics of obtaining an FAA 107 commercial drone license. So—you’re stepping into the aerial arena, taking command of your first unmanned aerial vehicle (drone). Given their usefulness in a wide range of geospatial work, that’s absolutely a smart decision. But you know it’s not as easy as grabbing...

The FAA’s NPRM for Remote ID: Part One, the Basics

We’ve got a lot of material to cover on these important rules, so let’s jump right in. Remote identification (RID) is the FAA’s “license plate in the sky” for UAS that, once implemented, will pave the way for a host of advanced unmanned capabilities: beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), operations over people (OOP), night-time...

UAVs Beyond Visual Line of Sight

Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) is where the cutting edge of commercial UAS technology shakes hands with ever-lagging regulations. With such rapid developments in the technology, aviation authorities worldwide struggle to keep up with UAS capabilities, particularly in an industry where safety is paramount. In some countries, BVLOS has already shown itself to be...