Fixed wing fliers fake frenzy foiled – Rod Vaughan update

A year ago, New Zealand TV journalist Rob Vaughan had just taken an ambulance ride away from the scene of a forced landing that he nearly pulled off.

The Aeroprakt A-22LS ZK-LFD he was flying nosed over at low speed in a soft field having shed its windscreen 1600 feet above, the cause of his hasty return to mother earth.

Considering Mr Vaughan’s low hour tally, just 350 at the time of the incident he did very well.

Mr Vaughan was taking his visiting son for a flip taking off from North Islands Thames Aerodrome.

Having been patched up Rod immediately jumped to the, it was a drone explanation.

The Mail Online from the UK ran with this headline:-

Pilot and his son miraculously survive after a DRONE collides with their plane at 2,000ft and causes them to crash into a field

Hauraki Aeroclub chief flying instructor weighed in and to his mind,

“The most probable explanation is that it was a drone,” noting that club members had checked the aircraft and there was no sign of feathers or any other suggestion a bird had impacted the windscreen.

“Something has hit it and that something is pretty heavy, the windscreen is 4mm to 5mm thick and it has imploded,”

The story was picked up worldwide with news outlets damning drone drivers from South to North. The excitement was generated because this was potentially tehfirst time a drone had taken down a manned aircraft.

A quick Google search using the term Rod Vaughan and drone brings up 657,000 results.

In mid-April 2018 I received information that the aircraft operator prior to the incident was looking to replace the windscreen on ZK-LFD.

I reached out to the operator to ask about this but received no response.

I also emailed the NZ CAA and on the 2nd of May 2018 received this response from Phillipa Lagan

“The Civil Aviation Authority is not aware of a pre-existing defect or a replacement part being on order. In the interests of safety, if you have any details pertinent to the investigation, these would be welcomed.”

What I thought at the time of the incident

Last Friday 29th March 2019, the NZ CAA released Safety Investigation Brief Occurrence 18/1472

On 29 March 2018, the pilot and passenger departed Thames Aerodrome for a scenic flight to the east coast. Having been flying for approximately 40 minutes, heading back to Thames Aerodrome, the pilot flew the aircraft over the open mine to the north of the town of Waihi.

While both occupants were viewing the open mine at approximately 1600 feet above mean sea level, and at a speed of 80 knots, the windscreen failed catastrophically. The sudden inflow of air caused both cabin doors to come open and aerodynamic control became compromised. The pilot elected to make a forced landing onto open ground to the south of the town. While a successful approach was made to the chosen farm paddock, following touch down the aircraft bounced and was inverted, injuring the occupants.

Emergency services attended and provided assistance. When interviewed regarding the incident the pilot reported a possible collision with a drone. Examination of the aircraft and searches of the area of the mine have found no evidence of a drone.

During the examination of the aircraft, it was found that there was discolouration of the plastic polymer windscreen in the form of yellowing from the original clear.

Subsequent laboratory examination of recovered chards and sections from the windscreen identified evidence of Ultra Violet (UV) degradation to the upper areas of the exterior surface. UV degradation can affect the polymer bonding properties which can result in sudden failures.

Due to the high UV levels in New Zealand that can adversely degrade plastic polymers, it is recommended that aircraft are stored in a suitable building or a material cover is placed over the windows. Thorough pre-flight inspections could identify the emergence of discolouration or other defects of the aircraft transparencies. The use of cleaning materials should also be carried out in accordance with the manufacturer’s requirements. Any defects noted should be discussed with a suitably qualified maintenance provider.

No drone then.

Two things stood out in the report to me, firstly the visible evidence of a defect in the windscreen that must surely speak to maintenance and inspection procedures at the airfield of departure.

Mr Vaughan as the pilot in command is of course ultimately responsible for accepting the aircraft in the condition it was offered.

The second thing that stood out was how Mr Vaughans flying hours were reported.

Total fixed wing 350 approx.

With this aircraft type N/K

In last 7 days N/K

In last 90 days N/K

In last 12 months N/K

So, I am left wondering how Mr Vaughan could have approximately 350 hours and no idea of his total time on type and hours flown in the last 12 months.

Might his logbook be a little lacking?

Part 61 of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Regulations, Pilots Licences and Ratings states that :-

61.29 Pilot logbooks – general requirements (a) A student pilot and the holder of a pilot licence issued in accordance with this Part must maintain an accurate and up-to-date logbook.

So surely Mr Vaughan’s flying hours should be spot on and known?

The rush to cry wolf, or in this case drone, no doubt appealed to a TV journalist who was all too willing to hold court on safety matters.

I doubt very much that the worldwide RPAS industry is going to receive an apology from Mr Vaughan.

The damage has been done and doubts seeded about drone safety in the general publics mind.

General Aviation is becoming a hindrance to the progress of technology. I firmly believe it’s time to re think the rights and privileges given to those drilling holes in the sky for fun.

We should be having the conversation about what General Aviation should be permitted to do.

RPAS outnumber GA at least 10 to 1 now, and that is probably very conservative. I also believe the money being made by sUAS is probably greater than or at least equal to what it is by GA.

It’s time the RPAS world came together and fought every false claim effectively.


Skycatch and Komatsu Australia partner to boost project efficiency in Job Sites Across Oceana

Komatsu’s Everyday Drone Solution.

Komatsu Australia Corp. and Skycatch Inc. are partnering to boost the efficiency of construction, mining, and quarry sites across Oceana with the High Precision Package.

The High Precision Package is also known as Komatsu’s Everyday Drone Solution, a key component to the Smart Construction workflow.

The Everyday Drone contains the Explore1 high precision UAV, the Edge1 integrated GNSS base station and edge compute module, and the Viewer, an online data visualization and analysis tool, all packaged into one, commercial grade kit. The Everyday Drone allows a user to experience industry-leading time to data without needing Ground Control Points (GCP), and the ability to seamlessly integrate precision aerial data into their Smart Construction Workflow.

In common construction workflows, the time to data using traditional surveying methods could take weeks until project stakeholders can view or analyze their job site data. With the Edge1, customers are able to leverage a seamless GCP free workflow that consistently delivers sub 50 mm accurate data, in arbitrary or local coordinate systems within 30 minutes, saving countless hours and labor costs.

“We are now using the Everyday Drone at the start of projects to collect whole site information for pre-tender and bidding capability, comparing against 3D design surface to provide fleet and project managers real, accurate information viewed in the Smart Construction Application. This allows them to work out their cut and fill volumes with accuracy from the beginning, and enables the project tender team to select the right machines for the project optimising fleet recommendation and empowering the team to make the right, data-based decisions from the start,” says Aaron Marsh National Technology Solution Expert Manager – Smart Centre at Komatsu Australia Pty Limited.

“Skycatch is proud to offer a better way of accessing precision data on-site. With traditional methods, the solutions are piecemeal, cumbersome, and time-consuming. Now, customers are able to make informed decisions about changes to what was planned and what is actually happening on site in near real-time, ultimately providing greater productivity, increased profit and reducing project risk from beginning to end,” says Christian Sanz, Skycatch Founder, and CEO.

Customers in Australia have already experienced the benefits of the Everyday Drone Solution, shared James Mackenzie, National Remote Support Manager at Komatsu Australia. They went out to test the receptiveness of a drone solution in the market, originally in Civil Construction and quickly expanded into Quarry sites. Mackenzie was able to survey 6 quarries in 5 days for different customers, post-processed in the cloud, receiving the data back the next day. “Compared to a traditional survey, this is 100% more productive and efficient,” says Mackenzie. “By using the Everyday Drone, customers are no longer putting themselves in harm’s way, surveying around heavy machinery or climbing up unstable stockpiles at risk of twisting an ankle”. He also noted that customers immediately appreciated the fast turn-around-time, the ease of use, and the ruggedness of the products.

“Skycatch’s ability to provide near real-time data throughout the entire project is vital, and being able to deliver that to the customer, supervisor and give project teams the ability to make decisions throughout the project easily with usable, accurate data is key to the success of the project as a whole, not just in siloed environments is priceless,” says Marsh.

About Skycatch

Skycatch is the leading industrial data collection and analytics company, focused on indexing and extracting critical information from the physical world. We use a combination of hardware, software, and artificial intelligence to deliver high precision data at unprecedented speed and ease of use. Built for enterprise, our turnkey solutions are deployed across global project sites with the world’s largest construction, mining, and energy companies. For more information, visit

About Komatsu Australia

Komatsu is a manufacturer of utility, construction and mining equipment and over the past 6 years has been a key driver for change in the way OEMs typically do business. Leading the way in technology and innovation in the solution based business.

Komatsu has been supplying and supporting Komatsu equipment to Australian contractors, quarries, miners, farmers, and other end users since 1965 — celebrating our 50th anniversary of Australian operations in 2015.

Today we are a strong member of the worldwide Komatsu family, with sales, service, support and parts facilities throughout Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia — and able to draw on the global resources of Komatsu to ensure the ongoing success of our customers.

We are very proud of our deep engagement with the Australian community, through our dedicated management and staff, our business partners and suppliers, our support for community organisations, and of course our customers and the industry sectors they serve.


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Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) platform

The increasing number of drones operating in the airspace has forced the aviation sector to rethink the concept of Air Traffic Management. In Europe, the European Commission has launched the concept of U-Space, a set of decentralized services created to integrate drones in the airspace and to enable them to operate together with manned aircraft. In Switzerland, several stakeholders have worked on products and services linked to U-Space. With the view to ensure transparency and inclusiveness, the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA) has facilitated the creation of the Swiss U-Space Implementation (SUSI) platform.

Rapidly evolving technologies, as well as the societal need to develop smarter and greener mobility and to improve existing processes have accelerated the development of the civil drone market. The increase of complex operations such as mapping, search and rescue, disaster relief or package delivery have pushed the range of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) beyond operations conducted in visual line of sight. With the increasing density of these operations, the need to integrate UAS into airspace has been recognised worldwide. This need has led to the creation of a UAS Traffic Management (UTM) in USA, which in Europe is referred to as U-Space.

The U-Space is a set of services and specific procedures enabling a safe, efficient, sustainable and secure integration of UAS into airspace. These services rely on a high level of digitalisation and automation of functions, which enable complex operations with low human workload. Harmonized standards worldwide are key for a dynamic drone sector, as legal certainty is needed to enable investment. According to the European Commission, the drone industry will represent up to 10 percent of the aviation market within the next 10 years what explains the objective of Europe to be at the forefront of setting global standards in the domain. Moreover, the European Commission identified that “the infrastructure, software and data to build a U-Space are already available. The challenge is to integrate the existing building blocks into a genuine efficient system and, at the same time, tackle safety, security and environmental concerns” (Commissioner Bulc presents plans for the creation of a European drone services market, European Commission, 2016).

On the 28th of February 2019, Europe agreed on a set of rules and procedures to operate drones. These rules will replace the national regulatory frameworks in force today and will need to be implemented by Member States and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) until mid-2020. Subsequently, the European Commission, together with EASA have agreed to work in “close cooperation with Member States, to develop, as a matter of urgency, an institutional, regulatory and architectural framework for a competitive U-space services market” (Drones Amsterdam Declaration, EASA, 2018).

The Swiss U-Space Implementation

In Switzerland, the implementation of the different technologies required is already ongoing. This work is inspired by the US Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) UTM concept of operations and the work of Concept of Operation for European UTM System (CORUS) and has resulted in the current Swiss U-Space Concept of Operation (SUSCO).

A Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) governs the interaction between the different stakeholders. Any such entity fulfilling the roles set forth therein and intending to positively contribute to the development of the Swiss U-Space can apply to join the SUSI. As of March 2019, the following industries have signed the MoC: Skyguide, Swisscom, Involi, Sensefly, Wing and Auterion.

The users of the U-Space are not expected to be part of the SUSI. However, users with special needs like the police, the military, Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) and others are included in a special user group under the UAS-Integration program and provide their requirements to the SUSI.

Unifly accelerates growth with Danish subsidiary: Unifly ApS

Unifly is proud to announce its expansion through the establishment of its subsidiary Unifly ApS, which is located in Copenhagen, Denmark. The firm welcomes two new employees; Peter Byrn and Tobias Lundby. This expansion allows for more intense support of the Scandinavia and Baltics region.

Managing Director of Unifly ApS, Ronni Winkler Østergaard, explains:

“I am proud of the setup of Unifly ApS as a subsidiary and the employment of Peter and Tobias, which highlights our progress as a company. With Peter and Tobias in the team, we are able to provide our partners with more intense support in the region.”

Peter Byrn joins the company as a Project Manager. He has a master’s degree of Geographic Information Technologies from Aalborg University and Royal Technical University of Stockholm. He is specialised in Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Location Intelligence and Virtual 3D Modelling.

During Peter’s career, he has gained notable skills in emerging IT technologies, business development, agile project management and use case exploration and documentation. The industry expertise Peter has acquired over the years is mostly related to transportation, public safety and defence.

Peter’s roles have been focused on exploring and defining high-value business cases in close collaboration with clients and business partners; first on a conceptual level and afterwards as the project lead to match capabilities and demands, in alignment with client’s future requirements and strategies. Peter holds a strong desire to solve challenges by use of innovation, creativity and emerging technologies.

Peter Byrn: “Unifly is a technology-driven company where innovation, IT solutions and agility are all key elements. All of those elements line up perfectly with my engagement and enthusiasm. I also have a great personal interest in the drone industry in general. So, being part of all this within a company that is strongly going to influence the future, is very motivating and extremely exciting.”

Tobias Lundby will fulfil the role of Technical Business Analyst. Tobias’ background lies within robot engineering. He has a master’s degree specialized in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). Tobias has acquired in-depth knowledge concerning the manual and autonomous operation of drones, navigation in changing environments, Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA), etc.

He gained this knowledge working at the University of Southern Denmark. He wrote his thesis about Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) and also developed the internal Sandbox environment at the University.

Tobias Lundby: “Unifly is providing essential tools and infrastructures to the drone industry of today and tomorrow. Therefore, when I received the offer to be a part of their Scandinavian expansion it was an obvious step in my career. My background lies within robot engineering, with a master’s degree specialized in Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). I also worked at the University of Southern Denmark, which allowed me to gain a lot of knowledge concerning the manual and autonomous operation of drones, navigation in changing environments, etc.”

This expansion is another important step towards Unifly’s goal and ambition to safely and securely integrate drones into the airspace, all over the world.


Waterproof Drones – Get a Look Under the Water – Updated 2019

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Summer is one of the best times of year for drone enthusiasts. Clear skies, descent weather, and many new opportunities to get some great shots and overall air time. For those who haven’t thought about investing in a waterproof drone yet, we’re here to give you a bit of a push.

While your selection of waterproof drones may be a small one right now, we’re hoping to see this list grow by next summer. Even during rain, snow, sleet, you name it, these drones can handle all of it.

Waterproof drones with camera are a great addition to anyone’s collection. They’re perfect for getting the best shots during wet weather and underwater without the user having to worry about the electronic components being damaged. Their frames are sealed tight to ensure they can withstand something so extreme as sitting on the bottom of a pond!

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Waterproof Drones Table of Contents

  1. #1 Swellpro Splash 3 Drone
  2. Braha Aqua RC Quadcopter
  3. Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone
  4. Goolsky JJRC H31 Quadcopter
  5. Goolsky Q353 Triphibian Quadcopter
  6. The QuadH2O Kit
  7. FAQ on Waterproof Drones
  8. The Best Waterproof Drones

Waterproof Drones

We’ve tracked down all of the best waterproof drones currently for sale. Each one has something a little different to offer, but they are all waterproof models.

Swellpro Splash 3 Drone

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Even though there are a number of waterproof drones out on the market today, the Splash 3 by Swellpro was the first modular, all-weather waterproof drone. It’s able to both land and float on fresh and salt water and has the ability to fly in any weather conditions.

The amphibious UAV platform has a number of modules that can be switched out for various tasks. For example, you can change it to have a release mechanism for a fishing line, fishing bait, and even has the ability to drop equipment for emergencies if the need arises. The payload release device is sold separately, however.

Listed below are the specs and features of the Splash 3:

• Comes with a built-in 4K waterproof camera able to take photos and videos underwater

• Uses a 2-axis gimbal

• The S3 remote control supports a live video feed with an OSD and a built-in 5” FPV LCD monitor

• Features Position Holding, Auto Landing, Auto Return to Home, One Key Takeoff, Waypoints, Mission Planning, Follow Me, Tap to Fly, and more

• Small enough to fit in a compact case

• Able to use the mobile app for Follow Me using both GPS and GLONASS

• Uses new 620kv motors with 1242 quick release carbon fiber propellers

• Flight time of up to 20 minutes

• Uses a 5.8 GHz transmission system with a video range of 1 km

• Hits speeds of up to 36 mph

• Weighs 5.2 pounds

At this time of writing, the Splash 3 by Swellpro is currently priced around $1,700, and we no doubt see why it’s currently that expensive.

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Braha Aqua RC Quadcopter

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Who said waterproof drones have to be insanely expensive? The Aqua RC by Braha sets the stage for waterproof drones that won’t drain your wallet. You can fly it both indoors and outside, it comes with a rechargeable battery that is built-in, and is an overall simple, yet very useful, quadcopter.

This is one of the best waterproof drones specifically for those who are trying to get one with that as its main feature. Therefore, if you’re looking for a simple drone that offers basic specs and features, but is a waterproof model at the same time, you’re going to love this one.

Listed below are the specs and features of the Aqua RC:

  • • Uses a 4-axis structure for a more flexible flight
  • • Uses a 6-axis gyro
  • • Uses a 2.4 GHz transmission system
  • • Flight time of up to 10 minutes
  • • Able to be flown both indoors and outside
  • • Weighs 1.8 pounds with a total size of 20”x3.5”x14”

At this time of writing, the Aqua H2O by Braha is priced around $32, which is a great price for what you’re getting. It’s a basic drone that runs well and is 100% waterproof.

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Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone

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Parrot is a drone manufacturer that we all know and love. They boast quality, affordability, and never fail to please the masses. The Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone is definitely no exception to these qualities. Not only do you not have to worry about registering with the FAA, it’s both air and water-ready and built with a hydrodynamic hull and streamlined foils to ensure it can move effortlessly through the water.

All you need to use to control the Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone is a smartphone or a tablet and the FreeFlight 3 application and you’re good to go!

Listed below are the specs and features of the Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone:

  • • Uses the VGA mini camera with 480×640 resolution
  • • Has a durable, shock-resistant design
  • • Features Flight Mode, Aquatic Mode, 360-Degree Forward Flips, 360-Degree Backward Flips, acrobatic flips and stunts
  • • Uses a removable 550mAh LiPo battery
  • • Has a maximum flight time of up to 9 minutes
  • • Recharges in up to 25 minutes when using a 2.6A charger (not included)
  • • Able to reach speeds up to 6.2 mph across fresh water and 11 mph in the air
  • • Uses an integrated antenna for increased range
  • • Able to tilt from 90 degrees to 180 degrees with a single tap
  • • Uses a 3-axis gyroscope with an accelerometer
  • • Weighs 8.6 ounces

At this time of writing, the Parrot Hydrofoil MiniDrone costs a measly $38.

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Goolsky JJRC H31 Quadcopter

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The JJRC H31 by Goolsky has definitely won a place in our hearts. Not only does it have a cheap price tag, but it has the most bang for your buck compared to the previous two cheap waterproof drones.

You can choose between green and white for the color, have Headless Mode at your disposal, multiple flight tricks, and so much more. One of the best features this drone has is the over-charged protection, which ensures that your battery is protected.

It’s a great beginner drone because it doesn’t go all that fast if you have it on the lowest setting. There are multiple speed levels to ensure that it’s able to be used by all skill ranges.

Listed below are the specs and features of the JJRC H31 by Goolsky:

  • • Features Headless Mode, One Key Return, 3D Flips, 360° Eversion, and more
  • • Uses a 6-axis gyro
  • • Includes LED lights for low visibility flying
  • • Has high-speed rotations and multiple flight modes
  • • Comes with over-charged protection to protect the battery from damage
  • • Uses a 2.4 GHz transmission system with 4 channels
  • • Flight time of up to 8 minutes
  • • Has a transmission range of between 70 to 80 m
  • • Uses a 400mAh LiPo battery
  • • Weighs less than a pound with a total size of 14”x9.5”x5”

At this time of writing, the JJRC H31 by Goolsky is priced around $33, which is practically stealing. You’re getting some awesome unexpected specs and features, never mind the fact that the manufacturer packed all of this in plus the waterproof capability.

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Goolsky Q353 Triphibian Quadcopter

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The Q353 Triphibian by Goolsky is an awesome waterproof quadcopter that’s ready-to-fly right out of the box. It’s uniquely made with a design in mind that allows it to support Air, Ground, and Water modes. Even if it’s submerged or has flipped upside down in the water, it’ll roll itself right way up easily.

It also comes with a flashing LED light that allows for better visibility in low light settings. This is especially useful for when the drone is submerged in water. You’ll be able to see where it is at all times.

The orange color also helps with visibility when in the water, as well. This, paired with the flashing LED light, ensures that it’s going to be very difficult to lose it in the water.

Listed below are the specs and features of the Q353 Triphibian by Goolsky:

  • • Features Headless Mode, Air/Ground/Water Modes, Hovering, One Key Return, and more
  • • Uses a 6-axis gyro
  • • Uses a 2.4 GHz transmission system with 4 channels that have been improved for anti-interference purposes
  • • Includes a flashing LED light
  • • Flight time of between 6 to 7 minutes
  • • Takes a 1200mAh LiPo battery
  • • Weighs less than a pound with a total size of 14.3”x14.3”x4.7”

At this time of writing, the Q353 Triphibian by Goolsky is going for around $104, but trust us when we say it’s worth every penny. Even though it’s more expensive than the budget drones on our list, never mind the first one, it’s still considered a budget drone. The fact that it’ll flip itself when face-down in the water alone is a must-have.

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The QuadH2O Kit

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This one is geared toward enthusiasts who like to build their own stuff and make it their own, whether they switch out a couple of things to their liking or just like to build.

The QuadH2O Kit comes with everything you need to get your specific build ready before you do any installations, but you will need a couple of components separately. For example, the remote control and LiPo battery, which will need to be supplied on your own.

Listed below are the specs and features of the QuadH2O Kit:

  • • Able to reach speeds of up to 45 mph with GPS and the motor/prop/ESC combo
  • • When paired with a NazaV2 flight controller you gain GPS Assisted Hover, Low Voltage Protection, Enhanced Failsafe, and much more
  • • Flight time of between 8 to 12 minutes
  • • Can take up to 800 g of payload
  • • 3S or 4S 4000 mAh or higher LiPo recommended
  • • Able to film and take pictures underwater
  • • Transmission range of up to 1 km
  • • Uses a 2-axis gimbal
  • • Compatible with Sony FPV and GoPro Hero 3, 3+, and 4

At this time of writing, the QuadH2O Kit runs for around $850. This price is only for the kit, however, so be prepared to be paying a lot more for the electronic components.

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FAQ on Waterproof Drones

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If you don’t see your question listed below in our FAQ section, get in touch with us and we’ll help you out!

What’s the difference between a waterproof drone and a water resistant drone?

Waterproof drones are able to be fully submerged in bodies of water without the user having to worry about damage. Their electronic components are completely sealed off and cannot make direct contact with the water. Water resistant drones, however, are not sealed completely, so they can’t be submerged. They can handle mild snow or rain, but if they become submerged, they’ll be damaged.

What are waterproof drones used for?

You can use a waterproof drone for essentially anything. Whether it’s during heavy rain, other extreme weather conditions, to get some underwater shots, while you fish or kayak, you name it.

What should I look for in a waterproof drone?

Other than the drone actually being waterproof, you should be very careful when looking at the price. If it’s suspiciously cheap for a drone of this category, you may want to avoid it altogether. That, or look into it more seriously to find out that it’s only water resistant instead of waterproof as it was initially advertised.

A Waterproof Drone For Everyone

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Waterproof drones are some of the best pieces of technology we have today. We can now take our electronics underwater, so there is no limit to the types of footage you can get when you have one of these.

Justin is a certified Drone Enthusiast with several years experience piloting as many UAV aircraft as he can get his hands on. While shooting footage as a hobby has now become more of a full time job, Justin still enjoys the peaceful feeling of getting a birds eye view while hiking or on vacation with his family. Reach out to Justin by using the Dronethusiast Contact Page or email at

HUMA – Home & Urban Mobility Aircraft Launches in LIMA

Samad Aerospace is a disruptive technology start-up in the UK aerospace industry; committed to accelerate the development of the future ecosystem of aviation through the design and development of electric and hybrid-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft to improve connectivity and civilian air transportation worldwide.

The world had seen two aviation revolutions since the invention of Wright brothers. The conversion of wooden biplanes to fast metal monoplanes followed by the integration of jet engines have enabled massive progression in world aerospace industry. Today, aircraft electrification, VTOL (therefore, no need of busy airports), autonomy and exploitation of artificial intelligence (AI) are critical enabling technologies to unlock the upcoming wave of 3rd aviation revolution. Globally, world-leading aircraft manufacturers are working towards realizing this future, with significant investments are made today in the US and China to accelerate development and production of innovative more-electric next-generation aircraft.

Samad Aerospace is pioneering the design, development and build of the world’s fastest vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) electric and hybrid-electric aircraft at 1500 miles range and up to 460 miles per hour speed that significantly reduces travel time (~50%) for air ambulance applications, intercity air transporters and international air travels, via the E-Starling.

Today at LIMA’19, the CEO of Samad Aerospace, Seyed Mohseni said, “In addition to this, Samad Aerospace has been watching the development of urban air mobility closely. We believe that the technology we’re developing will be applicable in many ways to the market as it evolves from today’s best practices.”

“Our advances in technology such as autonomy and usage monitoring will be key, and we look forward to continuing to add our perspective to emerging markets including urban air mobility.”

Seyed launches HUMATM (Home & Urban Mobility Aircraft), a two-seater 2-in-1 combo of all-electric VTOL aircraft and car. The design of the aircraft addresses all of the key criteria tailored to the urban mobility market: minimum acquisition and operating costs, as well as improved efficiency and ease in air travel.

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SqwaQ BVLOS Drone Command & Control Link

Soon, drones, air taxis and helicopters will be able to share the same airspace with unlimited range and onboard collision detection. Over the past year, a company called SqwaQ has been aligning with major partners in general aviation, telecommunications and drones to overcome the biggest hurdle restricting the wide-scale operation of drones and air taxis: A reliable, robust data link with redundant safety backups and unlimited range that can support any aircraft flying from ground level up to 5500 feet altitude.

Currently, drones rely on WiFi to fly, but this fails after 1-2 miles. Flying further can only be done using pre-programmed GPS coordinates that leave the pilot unable to control the drone or recover it in an emergency. Satellites require heavy equipment and cost over $1,000 per hour for enough bandwidth, so they are not an affordable option for civilian drones. 4G LTE provides a nationwide footprint but a single connection doesn’t provide enough bandwidth and there is no backup if it fails. 5G cellular won’t work for these aircraft either. The 5G cell towers have to point down toward the ground to work properly, so 5G signals cannot reach the altitudes where drones, air taxis and helicopters need to routinely fly.

The SqwaQbox is a bit like your cell phone, but combines up to 12 modem modules inside rather than just one, and slots for up to 24 Simm cards. All those connections are combined to create one fat, multi-redundant data pipe that can support multiple pilot view cameras, ADSB, VHF radio, pilot command and control, and any other IP traffic desired, at incredible speeds. SqwaQ already has four patents issued on the device but the real value is in the services the company provides.

SqwaQ is an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) similar to Google-Fi, but architected to serve the needs of high bandwidth Industrial IoT customers and aircraft operations. The company has bandwidth agreements to provision prioritized 4G and 3G data services on over 600 global cellular networks in 100+ countries. SqwaQ customers can routinely change cellular networks as desired, and even transmit on multiple cell networks simultaneously. That capability is particularly important to emergency responders and disaster management teams needing flexibility.

“SqwaQ is about to change the perception of capabilities that were thought to be years away. We can liberate manned and unmanned aircraft to safely share the same airspace, even flying in and out of major airports. How would YOU use that capability? “, said Ted Lindsley, CEO.

Valqari Launches the First Solution for Drone Delivery’s Last Inch Logistic Problems

The Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox holds U.S. and international patents for safe and secure drone deliveries

Valqari, a Chicago-based start-up, has solved the last inch logistic problems associated with drone delivery with its patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox, a universal drone receptacle for package delivery and pick-up. Backed with a strong international patent portfolio, the smart mailbox features agnostic capabilities to ensure seamless integration and communication with any drone manufacturer during a fully-automated delivery process. It is a concept that gives Valqari the ability to revolutionize drone deliveries for industries including pharmaceuticals, meal delivery and grocery services, governments and residential e-commerce.

This technology also puts Valqari ahead of major players, like Google, Amazon and Uber, when it comes to the end process of a drone delivery. To date, it is the only drone delivery solution to be issued utility patents in 13 countries and territories including: the U.S., the U.K., Germany, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, South Africa, and several other countries in the European Union. This blocks competitors from entering the smart drone delivery mailbox market in these regions and positions Valqari as a true global leader.

“We knew the biggest hurdle facing drone delivery was that there was no standardized, safe and secure landing area. This gave us a clear vision from the start that our mission would be to provide the missing piece to the last stage drone delivery process,” said Valqari’s CEO and co-founder Ryan Walsh. “As a result, we beat major global companies in developing the winning solution with our Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox. In 2013, we saw that no one else had developed this technology, which is why it was critical for us to put a stake in the ground by immediately applying for utility patents to make us the only smart mailbox option for commercial and residential use.”

Valqari’s innovation gives drone delivery providers a safe landing area by using two-way communication technology to eliminate risks related with total automated drone delivery. It will provide Valqari’s prospective partners a complete end-to-end delivery solution and offer future users reduced shipping costs, increased market penetration, reduced liabilities and a secure chain of custody.

This comprehensive solution is the result of four years of development by Ryan Walsh and fellow Valqari co-founder Alexander Falesch. Back in 2013, the two realized the quickly approaching reality of drone deliveries. Through vigorous research and testing, they created a secure and practical answer for the final few inches of delivery since no other drone delivery application was addressing the need. In 2017, their vision became a reality with the Smart Drone Mailbox concept and Valqari was officially founded.

What’s Next for Valqari

Now, as commercial drone deliveries become inevitable, as early as 2020, it will be a necessity that businesses around the world are equipped with Valqari’s complete solution. This will pave the way for the eventual progression into residential deliveries in urban, suburban and rural areas, with Valqari’s long-term goal of eliminating the need for traditional mailboxes.

About Valqari

Valqari is a Chicago-based start-up that has created the only drone delivery solution that has solved the last inch logistic problems with its patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox. It features communication technology that will allow for an entirely automated drone delivery. Valqari currently holds utility patents in 13 countries and territories including: the U.S., the U.K., Germany, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Australia, South Africa, and several other countries in the European Union. To learn more about Valqari visit

Suntuity AirWorks Launches US Dealer Program

Suntuity AirWorks, the UAV and drone services division of the Suntuity Group of companies, has announced the launch of a new Dealer Program that services the ever-expanding needs of industries and businesses that can benefit greatly from ground-breaking drone technology solutions. By utilizing Suntuity’s global financing, technology and procurement capabilities, Suntuity AirWorks is well-positioned to service dealers with deliverables including drone financing, sales, operations and delivery for both residential and commercial markets across the US.

“Suntuity AirWorks dealers can now bring value to their customers through the use of Suntuity’s drones-as-a-service program,” said Josh Kneifel, VP of Operations at Suntuity AirWorks. “This is just the tip of the iceberg for delivering and maintaining drone and UAV services across dozens of industries.”

The Suntuity AirWorks Dealership Program is available in different tiers depending on the capabilities of each partner. These include authorized, advanced and elite-level Dealerships in addition to a nationwide network of Suntuity AirWorks Certified Partners for training, service delivery and O&M.

Certified training is available through the Suntutiy AirWorks Academy, an institution that provides drone and UAV certification training with physical access to platforms and payloads across a spectrum of industry verticals. The Academy itself was established specifically to offer this level of in-depth training to new Partners and Dealers so that they can maximize the success of their business.