Emerging UAS Industry Triggers Growth in Specialty Insurance Market

Emerging UAS Industry Triggers Growth in Specialty Insurance Market

By William D. Ezzell

Unmanned Aerial Systems are without a doubt at the forefront of aerial innovation. As an emerging industry that is inherently fraught with risk, it should come as little surprise that the insurance market is quickly trying to capture and develop this promising new market. 

One major carrier, Liberty Mutual, recently announced a joint venture with Acend, Inc. to launch a new drone insurance platform. Details remain to be seen (the company states that it will begin writing policies this summer). And we are closely following the types of common and unique risks these policies should protect against.

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FAA and ASSURE Publish Results of UAS Collision Study

FAA and ASSURE Publish Results of UAS Collision Study

By James A. Liebscher

On April 28, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and ASSURE, the FAA’s Center of Excellence for UAS Research led by a consortium of leading research universities, released the first of its kind study aimed at understanding the risk posed by UAS to humans on the ground. The goal of the study was to determine how to safely fly UAS over people with minimal risk to serious injury.

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FAA Issues 200 Maps to Streamline Commercial Drone Ops

FAA Issues 200 Maps to Streamline Commercial Drone Ops

By Thomas Nguyen

On April 27, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) published more than 200 facility maps with additional maps to be published throughout the year. These maps are being used in an effort to streamline and automate the commercial drone authorization process as well as integrate the use of drones into the National Airspace System. 

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Nearly Instantaneous Crop Data

Nearly Instantaneous Crop Data

By Tyler Short

HAEVIC, a South African drone manufacturer has introduced a new drone platform called the AgriAnalys Drone, which contains an installed multispectral camera recently acquired by HAEVIC. The drone is able to perform its flight survey for nearly 50 minutes, and the camera begins to process information while the drone remains in flight. 

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FAA UAS Regulation Expands as FAA Implements First Drone-Specific Airspace Restrictions

FAA UAS Regulation Expands as FAA Implements First Drone-Specific Airspace Restrictions

By Michael B. George

Common sense might tell you that it’s a bad idea to operate an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) over U.S. military bases. Either way, it will soon be illegal to fly a drone over a military facility. Effective April 14, 2017, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will restrict drone flights up to 400 feet within the lateral boundaries of 133 identified military facilities.

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