Archived Blog Posts
Take a look through our blog posts and see what interests you. We've discussed many topics, from available drone platforms for various industry requirements, to regulations, and of course helpful Tips and Tricks! Please share our posts to social media if you like what we are presenting, and always, feel free to Contact Us if you have questions about anything we've written about!
July 3, 2019
This article is a must-read if you are new to the drone world and are looking to learn how to get your boots dirty (flying drones professionally will often take you into some dirty places!). Learn what sort of training is required, as well as certifications, etc. This is the basic step by step guide on how to get started with drones!
FEATURED POST: NEW DRONE REGULATIONS IN CANADA AS OF JUNE 1st, 2019
May 30, 2019
Gone are the days of “recreational” drone flying! Everybody who operates a drone that weighs more than 250g is required to pass a government test. Here is a breakdown of the new regulations!
FEATURED POST: HOW DID A SINGLE DRONE SHUT DOWN GATWICK AIRPORT?
December 20, 2018
It is interesting how the drone industry is developing so rapidly, but due to laws in many major countries, there is almost no way to legally neutralize a drone.
March 13, 2019
A new laundry list of DJI drone platforms are now on the Transport Canada list of “Safety Assured” systems, safe for operations in controlled airspace, and most have been approved for operations near (less than 100ft, but greater than 16.4ft) people!
FEATURED POST: SMOKING CANNABIS AND FLYING DRONES
October 24, 2018
Since cannabis became legal in Canada on October 17th, 2018, there has been many discussions about the effects on the workplace. You see it in the news, plastered all over the papers and on the internet. You cannot fly drones while stoned!
FEATURED POST: PROCESSING DATA ON THE FARM
November 28, 2017
Farmers and agronomists who use drones or UAVs for agriculture (or more specifically precision agriculture) are often limited to what they can do with the data they collect. The solution? SnailMailData.Ag
Featured Post: 3 MASSIVE CHANGES COMING TO THE DRONE INDUSTRY
November 21, 2017
It's not a movie, it is one of a few major changes to the drone industry that are on the way, each of which is going to have massive implications. If you read to the end, you might find a *bonus* technology that is going to be the Granddaddy of them all... but it is some time off...
Featured Post: How to become a drone pilot in canada in 3 steps
June 22, 2017
"How do I become a drone pilot?" I get asked this question almost daily by students at the high school that I teach at, and where I run a "Drone Club." First of all, it is not as easy as just buying a drone and putting it in the air...
Featured Post: Flying A Drone in the City
June 23, 2017
Due to the recent drone laws enacted by the Canadian Government, introduced by Marc Garneau, the Minister of Transport, it is quite a bit more difficult for you to operate your drone within a "built up area" which definitely would include almost every corner of a big city!
Featured post: How Drones are Revolutionizing Industry
June 29, 2017
There is no doubt about it; drones are revolutionizing industry. They're being used for an endless array of applications. Here are just a few examples of how drones are making an impact across many industries...
Featured Post: 5 Things to Know about Drones in Agriculture
July 7, 2017
Whether you have never used a UAV before and are thinking about using drones in a farming operation, or, maybe you've been using one for a while; there are some things that we've learned about using drones on the farm that you need to know.
Featured Post: How Agriculture Met Virtual Reality - A lOve Story
August 15, 2017
Okay, lame title I admit - but here you are, and now I'm going to tell you how we were the first company on the planet to do what we do. We are using UAV (drones) equipped with 360 degree video camera's to record above, around, and INSIDE the crop.
FEATURED POST: Why You Need to Know about #Drones4Crohns
November 14, 2017
Did you know that Canada has among the highest rates of Crohn's Disease and Ulerative Colitis in the world?
Did you know that Crohn's disease has almost doubled in Canadian children under 10 years of age since 1995.
and did you know that almost 250,000 people in Canada are struggling with the burden of living with Crohn's and Colitis diseases?
This section consists of our regular posts over the years.
First of all, nobody calls them “drones” any more…
In Canada, they’re now officially called Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, or “RPAS,” formerly known as “Unmanned Air Vehicles” (UAV), and alternatively known as “Unmanned Aerial Systems” (UAS) in the United States.
Did you know that if you own a drone - Training is Mandatory
June 14, 2017
All Canadian drone owners need to have an SFOC. That is a Special Fiight Operation Certificate. Without it, you are at risk for fines from Transport Canada and other liability issues...
Bringing the Field to the Farmer: How drones and virtual reality are changing field scouting
June 15, 2017
The thought of trudging through three and a half feet of thicket in the sweltering heat seems pretty terrible right about now. So, why not bring the middle of the field to you instead...
Fixed-wing vs. Multi-rotor Drones: Which is the best?
June 16, 2017
It is no secret that the range of applications is extensive though, so it is extremely important for people to understand the limitations, benefits, and differences between the two main types of UAVs; fixed wing vs. multi-rotor (a.k.a. multi-copter, quad-copter, etc.).
3 reasons why you should fly drones in the morning
June 17, 2017
There are many things that must be considered when taking amazing aerial photos, however, some things are less important than others. Taking pictures first thing in the morning will provide you with the most amazing photography conditions!
Drones: An Industry in it's Infancy
June 18, 2017
The "drone" industry in Canada is often seen as being in it's infancy, and it's often referred to as being a "gold rush!" People are flocking to the industry to take advantage of the rapid growth and steep gains in virtually every commercial industry.
Weather: The Drone Killer
June 19, 2017
If you want to make money flying drones commercially, or even if you are having fun just flying them around in an open field; you had better understand how weather can affect the operation of your flying machine. It isn't a "little thing." Weather is the number one reason people have accidents with their drones.
The Problem with Big Companies Using Drones
June 20, 2017
The drone industry is developing in such a way that it is becoming cost prohibitive for large companies to run in-house drone departments.
Props & Drops - Why Drones Fall from the Sky
June 21, 2017
One of the major reasons drones are falling from the sky (it doesn't happen often, but it does happen!) is because of a prop malfunction. This can happen a few different ways...
10 Uses for Drones on the Farm
June 24, 2017
This is just a very short list of what can be accomplished using drones on the farm. The truth is, there is almost no limit on what can be accomplished!
Safe and Efficient Drone Operation Goes Beyond the Joystick
June 25, 2017
The regulations outline 61 conditions of the UAV Exemption, which must be met in order to fly a drone, or “Unmanned Air Vehicle” (UAV) without a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC). The SFOC is a document issued by Transport Canada which is essentially the drone equivalent of a driver’s license.
4 Reasons why Agricultural Drones are Mainstream
June 26, 2017
Agriculture is one of the biggest industry in the world. Technology is continuously changing how we grow food, allowing farms to become more efficient, using less hours of labour to complete the same job as it would have taken just 5-10 years ago. The amount of information you can learn about your crops, simply by getting an aerial perspective is huge...
Flying a Drone for Fun in Canada
June 27, 2017
You require an SFOC in most cases if you want to fly your drone in the city. Here is a summary of some of the new rules for recreational drone users in Canada.
Flying Drones on Canada Day: What you Need to know first!
30 June 2017
In case you were thinking of bringing your drone along to take some cool shots, please consider the following before you do:
Why Drones? Have a seat...
July 4, 2017
Whether you are the foreman on a construction site, the senior manager for a mining operation, or a farmer or agronomist managing hundreds or thousands of acres of cropland; there are several things that you must first consider when considering the purchase of a drone. First and foremost, you have to ask yourself, "why?"
July 5, 2017
Why not bring your drone when you're heading out to catch ol' "General Sherman" (the one that got away). Drones can give you an excellent idea of underwater structure (if the water is clear) where fish may be hiding out, and can take some fantastic angles when you're reeling in that monster!
Tell Me More about the Transport Canada Drone Exemptions
July 6, 2017
There are actually TWO exemptions, which have slightly different rules... one is for UAVs that weigh one kg or less, and the other is for UAVs that weigh above one kg (up to and including 25 kg). Lets see if we can clarify some of the confusing parts about the UAV Exemptions in Canada...
Is it too hot to fly my drone?
July 8, 2017
UAVs are susceptible to a myriad of failures due to various complications with the system. When it comes to operating conditions, the list is quite long of ways that your drone can be impacted. We're going to talk about some of the ways heat can affect drone operations.
Proper Prop Care: Your Drone Maintenance Guide
July 25, 2017
Something that people often overlook with their drones is how to care for the props so they last longer, get more time in the air (efficiency), and, you know, don't shatter mid-flight and cause a crash...!
Drone Night in Canada - Training in Compliance with Transport Canada
August 5, 2017
If you've been flying a drone in Canada over the past few years, you should have noticed that the regulations have been changing all around you. Whether you're flying a drone for fun, or for work or research, the regulations are in a constant state of flux.
Flying a Drone Into a Volcano
November 8, 2017
It's no secret that drones are being used for many scientifically-relevant, research-oriented applications - and some of the stuff these researchers are doing makes be twinge with jealousy. When universities send teams of researchers out to gather information using UAV platforms that allow data to be collected in ways that were never before possible...
Drone Crashes - True or False or all of the above
November 11, 2017
Unless you've been living under a rock, you must have heard about the drone that hit a plane in Canada (or rather, a plane that hit a drone!). Yes, the headlines from October 16, 2017 read "A drone crashed into a commercial airplane in Canada, the first time such an incident has occurred in the country..."