Michael E. Drobac to speak at the sUSB Expo 2016, The Silicon Valley Drone Show


Michael E. Drobac

By Kirk Elton Greninger

sUAS News is happy to announce Michael E. Drobac will be speaking at the sUSB Expo this week April, 27th, 28th and 29th, as a returning speaker he will have new and valued information to impart attendees of the show, Mr. Drobac a veteran of the small UAV collation is now a policy advisor at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, D.C. his continued role at the forefront of the drone industry and deep, well founded insights should not be missed.

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Come see at the sUSB Expo, uAvionix Micro ADS-B Receiver For Small Drone Collision Avoidance

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Get your hands on the real thing at sUSB Expo later this month, pingRX will be demonstrated.

Electronics manufacturer uAvionix has introduced the smallest and lightest ADS-B receiver ever made. The new “pingRX” weighs 1.5 grams and requires 1/100th the power of conventional ADS-B receivers. It implements “Sense and Avoid” capabilities for small drones operating in the National Airspace (NAS).

ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast) helps aircraft operators sense and avoid possible collisions. ADS-B is mandated by the FAA for all aircraft in the U.S. National Airspace in 2020. Used now primarily on manned aircraft, miniaturizing the equipment was essential to make it useable for small drones. pingRX measures 32mm x 15mm x 3mm, which is a fraction of the size of earlier units.

Early adopter Randy Mackay, lead developer of ArduCopter, said that it “feels slightly magical to have real aircraft appearing on our ground station map.”

pingRX receives ADS-B information broadcast by other aircraft on 2 frequencies approved by the FAA (978MHz and 1090MHz.) This allows the unit to detect commercial aircraft threats within a 100 statute mile radius in real time.

Josh Vinyard, in Fort Worth, Texas, said, “I was picking up aircraft in Dallas, and I was on the ground.”

For drone aircraft system installation, pingRX is designed for direct MAVLink integration with Pixhawk autopilots and APM Mission Planner software.

Since cost is an important factor determining how quickly a new device is adopted, pricing of pingRX units will be a fraction of the price of earlier airborne ADS-B receivers.

uAvionix will display its new patent-pending “pingRX” ADS-B receiver this month at sUSB Expo in San Francisco 27-29 April and the Xponential/AUVSI trade show in New Orleans, 3-5 May.

More information about the new pingRX and other uAvionix technology can be found atwww.uavionix.com.

About uAvionix

uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable family of ADS-B transponders, receivers and navigation tools. uAvionix’ Ping network system combines hardware, software, and real time airspace mapping to enable companies to safely and reliably operate drones in the NAS. Founded in 2015, Palo Alto based uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded RF engineering, sUAS operations and compliance, hardware, software, and cloud services. CEO Paul Beard is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive background in aviation and unmanned aircraft systems.

Contact: info@www.uavionix.com

Phantom 4 Drone Giveaway at the sUSB Expo!


The team at Boomerang Carnets is looking forward to the upcoming Small Unmanned Systems Exposition (sUSB Expo) in Silicon Valley on the 27th, 28th & 29th and wanted to let commercial business operators and the public know how exactly valuable the experience was and how their services can aid them in their unmanned systems endeavors.

When a UAV gets shipped overseas, round trip, the question arises, “How do I avoid paying import duties and taxes?” Answer: get The Merchandise Passport, an ATA Carnet. The ATA Carnet is an international customs document that works in 85+ countries and territories to get acceptable items into countries temporarily (up to 1 year) without paying duty and tax. This works for humanitarian causes, demonstrations, exhibitions, sales meetings, trade shows, film and video shoots and other commercial purposes.

The process to get an ATA Carnet is all online. We provide standard 24 hour service and same day service is available for an extra charge. We recently had a client with a couple of drones going to Switzerland for testing and she applied for the carnet in the morning and picked it up from the Silicon Valley office on the way to SFO that same day. By the way, I originally met that client at an sUSBExpo!

To learn more, or just enter the drawing, meet us at sUSBExpo 2016 a.k.a. The Silicon Valley Drone Show, later this month. Leave your business card for a chance to win a DJI Phantom 4 drone worth $1400. See you there.

Click here to register www.susbexpo.com/sign-up/

Regulatory Line Up At The Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition 2016

Hear it strait from the unmanned aircraft National Airspace System (NAS) integration super line up! We’ll hear from Micro UAS ARC industry co-chair Nancy Egan. The Micro ARC just wrapped up and made their recommendations to the FAA last week. We’ll get a timely firsthand account of what transpired and the recommendations made on our behalf. Hoot Gibson from the FAA’s Unmanned Systems Integration Office (UASIO) will be updating us on 107, purported to be release in springtime. Douglas Marshall will be updating us on the progress of the ASTM standards that will be part of the 107 rule. James Poss, representing ASSURE will explain the process for conducting the testing necessary to validate those ASTM F-38 standards.

We’ll also have a panel of seasoned experts explain the 333 processes and the nuisances of what the COA and 333 exemptions actually allow.

The FAA is under a great deal of pressure, and changes are happening fast. This may be your last opportunity to get an understanding of where we are at in the drone integration process, and still have time to contact your elected representation for a say in your unmanned aircraft future. Once all of these pieces start to come together, the community will have a difficult time trying to make changes to what is shaping up to be less than favorable regulations.

sUAS News has always taken a proactive approach towards informing and educating the community. Continuing with that philosophy, we are selling all remaining seats for the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition at cost (lunch not included) as a community service. In light of recent developments, we believe this action to be necessary for the benefit of the Global UA community.

We’ll see you in San Francisco, April 27-29 2016


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Learn about Drone Insurance from Terry Miller at the sUSB EXPO 2016



Terry Miller

By Kirk Elton Greninger March 25, 2016

Drone business operators know that commercial operations have risk factors that require insurance, so even the best pilots are required to get insurance before many major companies will contract with them. This is where Terry Miller comes in, Mr. Miller runs Transport Risk Management a drone insurance firm out of Colorado, also contributes to sUAS News on a regular basis.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Miller will be engaged at the 4th annual Silicon Valley Drone show held on April 27th, 28th, and 29th 2016, he will be covering topics he’s discussed in brief in his articles on FAA registration vs TRMXXX identification, and telematics insurance (pay as you fly, or pay how fly) .This can’t miss presentation strikes at the heart of what a successful drone business needs, limiting liability and risk and protecting company assets and paving the path to business growth. It’s one thing to build a drone business it’s another thing to secure it from the complications of operating with new technology where aerial robots excel, dull, dirty, and or dangerous. Terry Miller will inform you how it’s possible to stay on top and avoid the pitfalls that devour many small businesses.

Learn more about Terry Miller and sUSB Expo Speakers here



Chris Anderson to speak at the sUSB Expo 2016, The Silicon Valley Drone Show


Chris Anderson

By Kirk Elton Greninger January 17, 2016

The Silicon Valley Drone Show held in San Francisco in the core of the US technology market, each year leading innovators in the field of unmanned systems gather to exchange ideas and inform the community on the future of sUAS business. The sUAS News Team is excited to announce that Chris Anderson will be engaged at the upcoming sUSB Exposition, enlightening us on recent 3DR innovations in aerial robotics and cinematography, as well as scientific applications for agriculture, industry and public safety.

Solo Radio Tower Orbit

Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3d Robotics and the founder of DIY robotics prior to directing 3dr he was editor and chief of The Economist then Wired before jumping fully into the drone industry. Mr. Anderson has written a few NY Times Best Selling books The Long Tail, Free, Makers: The New Industrial Revolution.
Mr. Anderson has a background in physics and research at Los Alamos and has made major contributions working for Nature and Science journals.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see him in person at the Silicon Valley Drone Show April 27, 28 and 29th in San Francisco California. Be sure to register early to save your place.


Learn more about mapping with 3DR in the sUAS News Podcast http://www.blogtalkradio.com/suasnews/2014/10/30/mapping-with-3d-robotics

Jonathan Downey to speak at the sUSB Expo 2016, The Silicon Valley Drone Show

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Jonathan Downey

By Kirk Elton Greninger March 17, 2016

This April 27, 28 and 29th in San Francisco California sUAS News welcomes you to register for the Silicon Valley Drone Show; Jonathan Downey the founder and CEO of Airware is returning this year to update attendees on developments at Airware and what we can expect from this shining star of sUAS autopilot systems with cloud based interactivity.

Mr Downey has over a decade of drone development experience, after receiving his B.S. from MIT. Mr Downey joined Boeing as a software engineer and contributed to the development and flight testing of the A160T Humming bird a full scale fully-autonomous helicopter. The A160T enjoyed world records for longest endurance helicopter flight and regularly operated within the NAS.

Airware | Powering Drones for the Enterprise

Mr Downey is quite familiar with the acquisition and negotiation of venture capital after landing over $40 million in support from various top investors for Airware such as Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers, First Round Capital, Google Ventures, GE Ventures, and Intel Capital.Don’t miss the opportunity to Jonathan Downey in person at the Silicon Valley Drone Show April 27, 28 and 29th in San Francisco California. Be sure to register before April 20th to save your place and some money.