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Not In Time For The Holidays, But Right On Time For UAS

Although we talk to several people and entities on all things UAS every week, I can't honestly say every single conversation leaves us excited. This week I had a great chat that would have anyone in UAS excited.
By Luke Geiver | November 05, 2015

Although we talk to several people and entities on all things UAS every week, I can’t honestly say every single conversation leaves us excited. This week I had a great chat with Brett Terwilliger of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Based on the work his team is looking to partake in for the betterment of the sUAS community and budding industry, I believe it should be easy for everyone to see why I was excited after the call.

With his team at ERAU, including researchers and students, Terwilliger is working to educate sUAS operators—both new and experienced—on everything from regulations to the best sUAS platforms available today. As he told us, many people have a tech understanding or can speak and think in those terms, but not all also have a great understanding of aerospace, certainly not many with as much knowledge as the ERAU team has.

Through a crowdfunding effort, Terwilliger hopes all of that will change. The group is creating an sUAS consumer guide that will essentially show which platforms are best for a wide-range of user and/or application. Never before has such an undertaking to this level happened in the UAS industry. (Partly because the industry is so new).

Even though the consumer guide will not be completed before this holiday buying season (the same time period that the FAA believes 700,000 to 1 million sUAVs will be bought or sold) it will still hold incredible value for users when it comes out next summer. Think of this scenario: every user that flys this year for the first time will most certainly want to know what the next best option is, and, every non-user that saw others flying and wants to get their own first UAV will want to know what to buy. Because the aim of the consumer guide is also to educate the operator on regulations and the rules of the sky while also showcasing which options are best for which situations, it is exciting to think about picking up and reading that consumer guide for the first time. Look for more developments on the guide from our team soon. It will be a good read.