Drones For Father’s Day [Best Gifts For Dad 2018]

Best drones for father's day
Looking for a great gift for a dad who has it all? Why not look into the exciting world of drones? These RC aerial vehicles are fun to fly and to build. And while they might have been very expensive once, high-tech quadcopter toys and camera drones are now available to anyone for a reasonable price. We’ve taken a look, found 5 of the best drones for Father’s Day, and reviewed them all in this comprehensive guide.

5 Drones For Father’s Day

There are lots of different drones out there, and if you’re looking for a more comprehensive guide to the best drones for sale we have one here. To narrow it down to our 5 best drones for Father’s Day, we decided to pick some choices that are relatively cheap, enjoyable for beginners and intermediate fliers alike, and which serve different needs so that you can find the choice that’s gonna make the best gift for your Dad.

For the beginner: Altair Aerial AA108

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The Altair Aerial AA108 is our favorite drone to recommend to beginner drone pilots, perfect for the Dad who has an interest in drones but who has never flown before. It’s portable, fun to fly, and very durable – always important when you’re a first-time flier who’s liable to have a lot of crashes.

For less than $150 USD you’re getting a very solid all-around drone that’s very easy for beginners to fly thanks to features that let the drone hover and maintain its bearing on its own as well as a slower speed setting.

The best thing about the AA108 is that it can actually grow with you as you get better at flying. Just switch to one of the more advanced speed settings and turn off some of those automatic flight modes, and you’ll be able to soar at great speeds and try doing some spins of your own.

Plus, it has a very good HD camera for photographing events. All told, this is just one of the most solid little drones out there and a great drone for Father’s Day.

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• 3 Flight Skill Levels

• Cheap drone for Father’s Day

• Headless mode for easy beginner flight

• Altitude Hold Function keeps the drone hovering on its own

• Can be controlled with a smartphone

• 100 meter range

• 720p HD camera

• Up to 10 minutes of battery life

For the photographer: AA818 Hornet

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The AA818 Hornet is a slightly more advanced (though still very much beginner-friendly) version of the AA108 that’s specifically optimized for photography.

It can fly for 15 minutes off of a single battery – a flight time that’s much higher than anything else in this price range and which makes it ideal for a longer photo shoot.

The Hornet also has a range of 150 meters, which makes it easier to get sweeping pans and to get perfect photos or video of hard-to-reach places.

Finally, the Hornet has a body that’s built for stability. Just look at the large propeller guards – when you put this thing in altitude hold mode and let it hover on its own, it barely hovers at all! Attention to detail like that is what makes it the best photography drone you can buy for under $700.

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• 3 Flight Skill Levels

• Affordable drone for Father’s Day (on sale for $160 at time of writing)

• Headless mode for easy beginner flight

• Altitude Hold Function keeps the drone hovering on its own

• Can be controlled with a smartphone

• 150 meter range

• 720p HD camera

• 15 minutes of battery life

For the advanced flier: Altair Blackhawk

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The Blackhawk is one of the best budget long range-drones for sale. It’s very fast and comes with a heavy and durable metal body, although the plastic propellers have a tendency to break if you’re not careful, which is one of the reasons this vehicle is recommended for more intermediate or advanced pilots.

This vehicle doesn’t come with a camera, but if your Dad already has a GoPro HERO 3 or 4 the Blackhawk comes with a mount you can attach it to.

Mostly, however, this drone is all about being fast and fun to fly and having good stats, like a 300 meter range and 15 minutes of flight time – all for only around a hundred dollars!

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• Cheapest drone for Father’s Day

• Headless mode for easy beginner flight

• 6-axis gyro

• Durable metal frame

• 300 meter range

• GoPro HERO action mount (camera not included)

• 15 minutes of battery life

For the outdoorsman: DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is a tough, high tech, and portable camera drone for Father’s Day that you can take anywhere with ease. It has some of the best stats around: 7000 meter range, 27 minutes of flight time, and a great camera perfect for taking photos and videos of the outdoors or, heck, anywhere really!

As you can expect, this drone is quite a bit more expensive than the other options on this list, costing between $845 and $1000 USD depending on whether or not there’s a sale happening. But if you want to get the best outdoor drone for Father’s Day around, the Mavic Pro is sure to please.

Drones for Father’s Day

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• Most expensive drone for Father’s Day

• Can be controlled with a smartphone or controller

• 3-axis gimbal for camera stabilization

• High tech obstacle avoidance technology

• 7 kilometer range

• 4K ULTRA HD video camera

• 27 minutes of battery life

For the DIY Dad: Maxxrace STEM Drone Kit

Once upon a time, the stereotype was that Dads would build trains or other intricate models in the garage. But now, Dads on the cutting edge of technology can build drones there instead. There’s lots of great drone kits for sale, but our favorite is the Maxxrace STEM.

This kit is super simple, highly upgradeable, and great for first-timers. And the drone itself comes with features like assisted take-off and altitude hold that make it super easy to fly.

And best of all, it costs less than $40 USD at full price! If you’re looking for DIY droned for Father’s Day, this is definitely one of the best.

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• Very inexpensive drone for Father’s Day

• Flexible controls

• 6-axis gyro for flight stability

• Easy to build no matter your skill level

• Customizable

Drone Gifts For Dad FAQ

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What make a drone a good Father’s Day gift?

Have you ever raced RC cars? Drones are a similar thing, but they can fly, and they’re also on the cusp of cutting-edge technology. If your father is a hands-on pilot they can be built or upgraded like a modern model kit.

Fast drones can be raced competitively, but a lot of drones have practical applications and are perfect for anyone interested in photography.

In short, drones are a great gift for anyone, fathers included.

Are there Father’s Day drone sales?

Most major drone manufacturers will indeed have Father’s Day drone sales. Just check the Amazon listings we’ve linked to above – if you look around Father’s Day, you’ll see that most of them will have the usual price crossed out with a red line and there will be a new, lower price next to it.

What type of drones are there?

There are lots of different types of drones – pro drones, camera drones, racing drones, DIY drones. You can find full product review guides for all of these different categories elsewhere on our website, and we’ve picked some of the best from each to feature in this very article.


Well, now you know what we consider the best drones for Father’s Day. Hopefully we’ve helped you find a great gift for Dad at a reasonable price. And if your father has a favorite drone that we neglected to mention, or you know about a great deal we missed, be sure to let us know all about it in the comments so that we can keep this article up-to-date with all the best information.

Mavic Pro 2 News And Rumors

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At 10 AM on July 18th, 2018, DJI will be making a major announcement to the public and press. The event is simply titled “See The Bigger Picture” and was announced with a single mysterious teaser image. Some people think they might be officially announcing a release date for the DJI Phantom 5, while others think it might just be more info about their HQ’s new skybridge. But many believe and hope that “See The Bigger Picture” means that DJI is finally coming out with an updated version of their most advanced camera drone, and that we might soon be seeing the DJI Mavic Pro 2 in stores and on Amazon.

There’s lots of rumors surrounding the upcoming DJI Mavic Pro 2, but how much of it is true? We’ve compiled all the information we have in this handy article so that you can see for yourself.

DJI Mavic Pro 2 Release Date Rumors

Rumors from the Chinese press indicate that beta testing on the Mavic Pro 2 ended sometime in January of this year and that mass production started in February. This, combined with other buzz from organizations in China, suggests that the Mavic Pro 2 will be available sometime in the year 2018.

However, none of the Mavic Pro 2 leaks can agree on when exactly that time will be. The first rumored date was March. When March passed with no news, leaks suggested that it would be coming out in late spring. It’s now the middle of summer, and we still have no official word on when this new drone will be available for sale.

Many people think that the “See the bigger picture” event DJI has scheduled for July 18th, 2018 will be the official launch date of the drone. We cover this mysterious even in more detail below if you want to scroll down to that section.

DJI Mavic Pro 2 Specs Rumors

Most of these leaked Mavic Pro 2 specs come from a Chinese journalist who goes by OsitaLV, who has a good track record with leaks in the past and who is generally considered a trustworthy source. In addition to the following specifications, he also provided this image:

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dji mavic 2 rumors and news

The biggest difference between these images and the existing DJI Mavic Pro are the chevron design on the front of the vehicle and the implication that the Mavic Pro 2 will be equipped with a new 1/1.7 inch Sony IMX226 sensor. That would be huge, as it would make the new version of the Mavic Pro definitively better than the Phantom 4 Pro, whose biggest selling point over its more portable cousin at the moment is the larger sensor.

That said, the veracity of these hand-drawn images have been called into question, largely because the camera appears far too large for a foldable drone of this type. This will be an issue no matter what the drone’s specs actually end up looking like: DJI will have to balance the portable appeal of the Mavic line with the consumers’ desires for better high-tech features.

Here are some RUMORED specs for the Mavic 2, most of which come from OsitaLV and other members of the Chinese press:

  • The DJI Mavic Pro 2’s price may be $1299 USD or higher. This would make it more expensive than the Phantom 4, which would be a big departure from the (relative) cheapness of the Mavic Pro 1.
  • – The Mavic Pro 2 may be much larger than its predecessor
  • – It may be known simply as the “Mavic 2”, without the “Pro.” Personally, we at Dronethusiast think this is unlikely, as the Mavic Pro 2 is actually the third drone in the Mavic line (following the release of the Mavic Air last year.)
  • – 4820 mAh battery capacity and 15.2 V power. This would mean that the battery would not be compatible with older Mavic models, but could give the drone a 32 minute flight time.
  • – Brushless motors for quieter propellers
  • – 45 mph (72 kph) top speed
  • – The Mavic Pro 2 will likely have a new controller design
  • – The Mavic Pro 2 may use OcuSync technology
  • – The Mavic Pro 2 will use the DJI GO app (this isn’t so much a rumor as it is an almost certain thing, since all modern DJI drones work with DJI GO.)
  • – Obstacle avoidance in all directions much like the Mavic Air
  • – Infrared 3D sensing and a larger 1 to 1.7-inch sensor
  • – Improved vision processing system

The “See The Bigger Picture” Event

So. On July 18th, 2018, DJI will be holding a press conference in New York where they are expected to announce a new consumer drone. They teased the event with this image:

dji mavic 2 - see the bigger picture event

The picture is a panoramic view of a camera range taken with the “tiny planet” photographic technique, which suggests that whatever they’re announcing will have a 360 degree camera. This is supported by the “bigger picture” slogan, but that could also be referring to a larger sensor. All of these are potential features of the new Mavic Pro 2.

In addition, the Chinese press has been actively discussing the impending release of the Pro 2, leading some to believe it may be released sometime in the next 48 days, a window which would include the July 18th event.

Finally, in perhaps the most ridiculous piece of speculation, some forum users have pointed out that if you draw lines on the words, you can kind of make it spell “M II,” which could stand for Mavic II. This is a real stretch – the “I”s are sideways, it only works if you turn the picture upside down, there’s no reason they would call it a “II” with roman numerals when DJI’s other sequel drones all have the numbers written Arabic-style (e.g. “Mavic 2”) and “M” could refer to the Mavic Air just as much as it could refer to the Mavic Pro.

I mean, look, by drawing different lines we can make the letters spell “P5” for Phantom 5 and it’s equally likely:

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dji mavic 2 - see the bigger picture event - phantom 5

Leaving aside the more ridiculous claims, the idea that DJI will be announcing the Mavic Pro 2 at this July 18th event is certainly very possible, though even if they announce it on that day we may have to wait a bit longer before it hits shelves. We will be certainly watching the event closely and will update this article as the story develops.


The DJI Mavic Pro is our favorite of DJI’s small drones, so we definitely can’t wait for a sequel! Of course, it’s important to remember that rumors and leaks, no matter how reliable, are just that. Don’t get your hopes up too much. We know the Mavic Pro 2 is coming, so just be patient and trust that the world’s most innovative drone company won’t let us down.

Missing Man Found By Drone in Norfolk

Missing Man Found By Drone in Norfolk

Peter Pugh, a man who went missing from Brancaster, Norfolk, over the previous weekend was found in the nick of time by a drone user. Pugh, 75, vanished after he left to walk home through a fielded area last Saturday, which resulted in a major search for his whereabouts.

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Pugh reported that, because he knew the area fairly well, he decided to go through the fields even though the ground was notably unstable in areas. He assumed that the ground would improve as he kept on, but this was not the case. Unfortunately, Pugh was taken by the incoming tide and was not able to keep his footing.

Because of the tide and the reeds, Pugh became stuck overnight. By the time he was found the next day, he was weak from hypothermia and doesn’t recall being rescued.

Fortunately for Pugh, he was spotted on Sunday by a drone that had been sent up by a local user.

Police have given credit to both the drone and the owner, mentioning that they were key in finding Pugh quickly.

“The emergency services and technology saved his life, but he stayed alive because he was so fit,” Pugh’s wife commented.

Black Swift Gained a Contract With NASA – Drone Flight to Hit New Heights

Drone Flight to Hit New Heights

Black Swift Technologies, also known as BST, for short, are a specialized engineering firm who have recently been recognized for their recent initiative work where building scientific aerial platforms with a purpose are concerned.

Just a few days ago, they announced that they have been awarded a contract with NASA for the purpose of developing a drone that will be able to perform observations in the upper atmosphere of the planet Venus.

Black Swift Technologies are in the midst of proposing and further creating a planetary drone based off of a proven method for extracting energy from atmospheric shears, which is known as dynamic soaring. This method has propelled the world’s smallest, fastest aircraft while providing the necessary energy needed for low-level, long-endurance flights. Think of birds flying across the ocean at great length, for example.

“While there have been a variety of systems that have been proposed for upper atmospheric observations of the planet Venus, the planet’s high wind speeds post a significant challenge to the designs we have. Our solution is designed to not just survive the planet’s harsh environment thanks to the wind, but also to be simultaneously able to perform targeted sampling of the atmosphere will still being able to extract the energy we need, even if it’s on the darker side of the planet.”, the CEO of Black Swift Technologies, Jack Elston, Ph.D., commented.

Though Venus has the hottest surface temperature of any planet in our Solar System, coming in at a whopping 467-degrees C, the temperature and the atmospheric pressure from 50 km to 65 km above the surface of Venus is almost identical to Earth’s. Because of this, for decades the upper atmosphere of the planet Venus has been an exploration focus.

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“Black Swift Technologies has provided aerial solutions for wildland fires, volcanic observations, tornadoes, and hurricanes – some of the most extreme phenomena on Earth. This mission is a natural extension of our focus, only now are we concentrating on the extreme conditions of Venus.”, comments Elston.

Black Swift Technologies were founded during 2011 in Boulder, CO. They are recognized for their ability to deliver robust, reliable and insanely accurate unmanned aerial systems, all of which are capable of flying in demanding atmospheric environments with scientific payloads. In fact, their drones are capable of flying at high altitudes, in corrosive particulates, and even during the strongest turbulence imaginable.

Venus has an atmosphere that is primarily composed of nitrogen and carbon dioxide, which means it’s a lot hotter and denser than that of our Earth. Because of this, Black Swift Technologies have been contracted as a result of NASA’s need for the best of the best.

Black Swift Technologies have experience with environmental monitoring, infrastructure inspection, construction monitoring and management, precision agriculture, risk mitigation, stockpile management, volumetric measurement, precision aerial mapping, and more.

Each of their UAS solutions use the SwiftCore Flight Management System, or FMS, which consists of the SwiftPilot autopilot system, the application-specific sensor integrations, the SwiftStation ground station, and the SwiftTab user interface, which is a tablet-based technology.

In addition, Black Swift Technologies also use a number of their unique capabilities in order to fully develop and further deploy their advanced small UAS. This is all thanks to their team’s expertise combined into their designs, implementations, and overall analysis when it comes to “smart” controlled systems, their expertise when it comes to both safe and legal flight operations within the airspace of the United States, and even their practical knowledge and experience in regard to their flight experience within demanding conditions.

We’re excited to see what Black Swift Technologies comes up with in the near or distant future, especially when it comes to how they will utilize UAS technology and soar to new heights, bringing our Solar System just a little bit closer.

AERTEC’s TARSIS RPAS Completes Automated Operations from Sand

AERTEC Solutions has reached a new technological milestone in the

RPAS sector in Spain with its unmanned fixed-wing aerial platform TARSIS 75. This RPAS, built in carbon fibre, has made a complete and automatic operation in the Arenosillo area, on the beach of Mazagón (Huelva) , thus expanding its range of capabilities in unconventional operation areas.

TARSIS 75 is the first RPAS in its category to successfully complete a full automatic operation on beach sand in Europe.

Thanks to the close collaboration that AERTEC Solutions has with the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), in the first days of June a series of TARSIS 75 flights were carried out in the facilities of the El Arenosillo Experimentation Center (CEDEA), one of the largest segregated airspaces in Europe. To date, there is no record in both Spain and Europe that other RPAS with similar characteristics to the TARSIS 75 have successfully completed an fully automated operation of these characteristics, from a beach. Takeoff, flight and landing have been carried out automatically, so that this new technological milestone comes to add to the performance of the fixed-wing aerial platform developed by AERTEC.

This new development expands the range of observation and surveillance operations of the TARSIS 75, providing a greater flexibility. Immigration control, emergency support, support to fishing fleets or environmental operations, stand out among other applications to benefit from this capability. The TARSIS 75 is a light tactical high-performance unmanned aircraft, fully designed with AERTEC’s own technology, ready to transport a

maximum payload of up to 12 Kg and reach a maximum autonomy of 12 hours.

These tests with the TARSIS 75 were carried out following the participation of the company in UNVEX SECURITY & DEFENSE, the European summit of remotely piloted air systems (RPAS) that took place in León from May 29 to 31.

The first operational evaluation campaign of the TARSIS 75 was also carried out in León a few months ago, by the Rapaz program promoted by the General Directorate of Armament and Materials (DGAM) of the Ministry of Defense to evaluate different RPAS for future acquisitions by the Spanish Armed Forces.

AERTEC is following the operation campaigns of the Ministry of Defense within the RAPAZ program. This will allow the TARSIS systems to be tested by the Spanish Army and using their extensive operational experience to identify specific improvements, which, added to the capacity of adaptation by AERTEC Solutions as design authority, will allow for a full compliance of the system with the requirements from the user.

About AERTEC Solutions

AERTEC Solutions is an international engineering firm specialising in technologies applied to aeronautics. The company has references from more than 100 international airports spread out over 40 countries in five continents and has a presence in the world’s large aeronautical programmes, including the A350XWB, A400M, A320 and A330MRTT programmes, among others.

The company is currently a Tier 1 supplier of manufacturing engineering services and programme management to the Airbus Group for its civil and military aircraft, in addition to providing its know-how and experience in industrialisation activities, manufacturing support, assembly and design, production support and testing systems engineering.

The company employs a team of over 500 professional experts in aeronautics and has offices in Spain, the United Kingdom, Portugal, Colombia and the United States.

Soar TGE to generate the world’s first fully decentralised global super-map using drones

Leading Australian geospatial mapping technology company Soar has announced their highly anticipated Token Generation Event (TGE) designed to fund the launch of the world’s first decentralised global platform for the distribution of drone content and maps.

The TGE will be facilitated by an international consortium of blockchain advisors including Fidem and Digital Capital Management. The Soar TGE is expected to raise up to US$20 million through the sale of its SKYM token and has already secured several cornerstone investments from technology funds including Lateral Capital Ventures, Peregrine Corporate, Alium Capital and Otsana Capital.

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Soar’s stage 1 is the initiation of its global drone content marketplace platform, which company founder and CEO, Amir Farhand believes will be the go-to place for almost any content that drones produce at both consumer and commercial levels.

Amir Farhand said: “Both professional and hobbyist drone operators will be able to monetise unused content, the majority of which are sitting on old hard drives and forgotten. We have already onboarded over 450 drone operators globally, and we are just scratching the surface of this opportunity.”

Soar’s mapping platform looks to advance the business models used by Getty Images and Shutterstock, by placing the marketplace on the blockchain and leveraging underlying mapping technology which Soar currently employs for use in various applications and industries ranging from mining, agriculture through to security and defense.

“The provenance of the technology behind Soar actually came from our work in different niche industry sectors, and it has given us the fulcrum to take Soar to the masses. However, the genesis of all this towards everyday applications and the betterment of humanity is immense and inspires myself and my team”.

Soar’s platform is intended to provide an easy-to-use home for drone content, with a broad range of applications in industries such as agriculture, environmental, logistics, insurance and even news and media. In addition, the Soar platform will integrate with several global technology giants including the Alibaba Cloud, a key provider of cloud hosting and computing power services.

Leveraging the power of the Alibaba Cloud, the Soar platform is expected to pave the way for Soar’s Stage 2 project: the world’s first fully decentralised global super-map protocol.

Amir Farhand said: “What we are setting out on doing with Soar is to build a compelling solution for not only drone technology but in fact the greater mapping community, with a primary focus on decentralisation and community engagement.”

“The blockchain further enhances this by encouraging both accountability and authenticity. Our end game is to build a dynamic super-map of the world at an unprecedented level of detail through the aggregation of crowdsourced drone content.”

With over a billion monthly views, Google Maps is one of the most significant sources of geographic data and has ultimately become the first universal map. However, as concerns continue to rise over the risks associated with any centralised private organisation controlling and owning such significant public data, the value and demand for the decentralised ownership of such powerful and vital content is set to continue. An industry snapshot released by PwC and Bloomberg, recently stated that the drone industry would be worth a massive $127B by 2025.


YellowScan, UAV LiDAR specialist, opens YellowScan Inc. in Salt Lake City.

YellowScan, designer, developer and producer of UAV LiDAR solutions for professional applications, continues to expand its presence in the United States with the opening of a new office located at 150 S. State St. Suite 100 Salt Lake City, UT 84111, USA.

In addition to the corporate headquarter in Montferrier-sur-Lez near Montpellier (France), the new office supports the company’s growth strategy. General Manager, Cliff Holle, is set to head operations at the US branch. Holle brings over 20 years of experience and tactical know-how of the North American market.

YellowScan Inc., Principal, Pierre d’Hauteville is really thrilled to count Cliff in the team,“Cliff Holle leading the expansion of our company in the US is a great asset. His experience within the geospatial and operations field will guide us through our growth strategy and help us better serve our customers and gain a leadership position in the North American market. This move represents YellowScan’s continuous dedication to enhance our customer experience globally”.

Securus Technologies AeroDefense systems’ AirWardenTM at Georgia Department of Corrections facility

Securus Technologies, a leading provider of technology-enabled solutions for public safety, law enforcement, investigations, corrections and government payment services has selected AeroDefense systems’ AirWardenTM Radio-Frequency-based drone and pilot detection, location and alert system for deployment at its correctional facility customer sites.

“Contraband delivery via drones is a threat to both corrections staff and inmate safety,” said a Securus spokesperson. “In response to our customers’ needs to mitigate this threat, we conducted an exhaustive market review of available drone detection technologies and determined AeroDefense‘s RF drone and pilot detection system is the most effective, affordable solution available. Combined with our market-tested Wireless Containment Solution, we offer a thorough deterrent to the introduction of contraband cell phones into the prisons we serve.”

In addition to cellphones, many correctional facilities have experienced drone deliveries of drugs, weapons and other contraband.

“Out of numerous tests with other drone detection equipment from virtually all the big companies that have drone detection technologies, AeroDefense stands apart from others,” said a Georgia Department of Corrections spokesperson. “It’s also one of the few that has completed extensive testing with government entities and with many different drones. The system always detects and never fails. The support received is also phenomenal. The AeroDefense system has been installed since December 2017.”

With AirWarden, corrections security can be alerted to drone and pilot activity. This includes flight tracking and the pilot’s controller location.

Linda Ziemba, AeroDefense founder and CEO commented, “To ensure the AirWarden product was effective, legal and proven before entering the market, over the past two years we focused on developing drone detection technology based on Internet Security techniques. Our team is honored to have the opportunity to work with Securus to operationalize drone detection technology specifically for the unique correctional facilities environment.”

“The AirWarden system is the only system that just worked from the very first demo,” said Georgia’s spokesperson. “The low false alarm rate and location information about a drone and pilot are both extremely valuable.”

About AeroDefense

AeroDefense provides counter-UAS solutions to detect drones at correctional facilities, stadiums, critical infrastructure, and other high value targets. AeroDefense’s AirWardenTM Drone and Pilot Detection, Location and Alert System detects RF drone signals, locates both drone and pilot, and alerts appropriate personnel via text, email, or command center console. Founded on the premise that drones are computers in flight, AeroDefense leverages Internet Security techniques to enhance public safety and personal privacy from drone misuse. Based in Holmdel, NJ, AeroDefense is a privately held, woman owned company that operates within the Counter-UAV regulatory environment. To learn more about the AirWarden Drone and Pilot Detection, Location & Alert System, please visit www.AeroDefense.tech.

About Securus Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. Securus Technologies focuses on connecting what matters®. To learn more about our full suite of civil and criminal justice technology solutions, please visit securustechnologies.com.

Hiroyuki Yoshimoto Assumes Office as New Nidec President

For the first time in the 45 year old history of the Kyoto-based multinational manufacturer of electric motors, Nidec has a new president, as Hiroyuki Yoshimoto becomes the first person to hold the post after the company’s founder Shigenobu Nagamori. The appointment, announced on February 15, was approved on June 20 at the 45th regular general meeting of shareholders and a subsequent meeting of the board of directors.

Nagamori will remain at the helm of the company, together with the new president and COO Yoshimoto, as chairman and CEO. “I have no intention of resigning yet, but the time has come to share the responsibility of managing a company group that now operates in 43 countries and continues to grow. At first, Yoshimoto will take over about 30% of my responsibilities. 10% of my time will go towards chairing the board of Kyoto Gakuen Educational Foundation that manages Kyoto Gakuen University, where I will develop the next generation of talented engineers, but I will dedicate the remaining 90% to Nidec. As a result the ‘management power’ of the company will actually increase to 120% (90% + 30%),” Nagamori said at a press conference held in Kyoto.

“Yoshimoto is young and ambitious and his management style and methods are similar to my own. Shortly after joining Nidec he managed to turn around Nidec Tosok, a struggling subsidiary, in a single year and significantly boost the growth of Nidec Corporation’s automotive business in under two years.”

Nidec has a history of acquiring and turning around underperforming companies and Yoshimoto outlined his ambition to further boost the growth of the company group by focusing on post-merger integration. “I do not intend to change a winning formula,” he said at the press conference. “On the contrary, I will stay true to Nagamori’s methods and thoroughly infuse the Nidec spirit into the newly acquired businesses through hands-on management.” Yoshimoto also stated his vision for Nidec to become a globally respected company group that each employee can take pride in being a part of.

About Nidec

Nidec was founded by Shigenobu Nagamori in a shed in his backyard in 1973 with only three employees and a vision of making energy efficient brushless DC motors the new global standard. After becoming the first company in the world to successfully commercialize a direct-drive spindle motor for HDDs using brushless DC motor technology in 1979, the company went on to become the world’s number one manufacturer of small precision motors. Nidec later launched into a global effort to diversify and grow its business through a series of nearly 60 mergers and acquisitions.

Currently, the Nidec group, having grown into the world’s number one comprehensive motor manufacturer, employs over 100,000 people in more than 40 countries and manufactures motors and related products for a wide range of applications including IT equipment, home appliances, electric vehicles and other automobiles, robots, drones, industrial facilities and more. In terms of market capitalization, Nidec ranks among the largest companies in Japan with a capitalization that exceeds 5 trillion JPY (46 billion USD1).

After reaching 1 trillion JPY (8.3 billion USD2) in annual sales in FY2014, the Nidec group announced its targets for 2020 and 2030 as 2 and 10 trillion JPY respectively. The electrification of automobiles, increased use of robots, move toward energy-efficient appliances and manpower-saving in agriculture & logistics are four major trends that drive the increased demand for Nidec’s products.

1Calculated based on the JPY to USD exchange rate conversion on the 31st of May 2018

2 Calculated based on the JPY to USD exchange rate conversion on the 31st of March 2015

IAI and AIRBUS enter $600 million agreement to lease Heron TP MALE RPAS to German defence ministry

Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) signed an agreement with Airbus to lease Heron TP Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) RPASs (remotely piloted air vehicle system) to Germany’s Federal Ministry of Defence. Under the $600 million deal, Airbus DS Airborne Solutions GmbH will serve as the prime contractor responsible for managing all aspects of the project, including operational support and maintenance throughout the term of the agreement. The nine-year agreement is pending approval of the German federal budget, which is expected in the second half of 2018.

The Heron TP MALE is a high altitude, long endurance, strategic, versatile and multiple-payload RPAS, which features IAI’s most advanced technologies. The system which is a world leader of its kind is in service with the Israel Air Force since 2010. The Heron TP is the strategic variant of the Heron family, which includes the Heron 1, used reliably by the German Air Force since 2010 Afghanistan and since 2016 in Mali. The German’s choice of the Heron TP builds on this long-term successful experience.

Shaul Shahar, IAI EVP and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group, said, “We are thrilled and proud of this agreement with the Federal Ministry of Defence, a major strategic customer. The Heron TP is a first-rate strategic RPAS. Its strong performance will provide Germany with unprecedented air superiority. We regard it as a powerful symbol that the technology of Israel’s largest defense company will be used in the heart of Germany’s defense organization. IAI and Airbus would like to thank the German government

for this vote of confidence built over many years. We are committed to preserving the quality of our service and systems and look forward to continued collaboration.”