First Commercial Drone Flight Over Land Approved

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June 10 (Bloomberg) -- The first legally approved commercial drone flight over land occurred June 8 to survey an oil field in northern Alaska, U.S. aviation regulators said today in a statement. Aerovironmnet Vice President of Marketing Strategy Steven Gitlin speaks on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West.” (Source: Bloomberg)

It went to great.

We have been working on this for white some time.

We have been in this business for more than 25 years.

We spent much of the last decade proving the technology out and continuing to advance it.

This is a real landmark moment for this industry and a number of different industries locally.

You brought a drone with you.

Talk to us a little bit about the potential for drone technology in your line of work.

I brought with me the wasp.

This tiny device has as much technology packed into it as a private plane does that is piloted by a person.

All kinds of technology related to navigation, autonomous operations, they are all in this.

This is designed to provide information.

It is nothing less than the digitization of agriculture.

It is turning bridges and pipelines and roads and crops into zeros and ones that can help people make better decisions.

This is just the first step.

How quickly do you expect the faa to approve these flights?

We hope to demonstrate success in alaska and there will be more confident in the technology and our ability to take it to a lot of different paces and benefit a lot of different industries.

We hope it will move quickly.

We are prepared for that.

We have been working on it for some time.

Let's talk about your confidence in the technology.

How can you ensure there will not be any problems or accidents?

Our approach is to take a mission services business model.

We take our operators, many who come from the military and have use the technology lee -- the technology extensively.

Our people are the ones operating the systems and delivering information to our customers.

We view safety as the highest priority.

Extensive training goes into the operation.

They are trained to operate with local air traffic control authorities to make sure everything happens in a safe and effective fashion.

We are looking at a hummingbird is that a kind of drone?

It is a technology development project.

We produced the hummingbird.

It is the first aircraft of its time.

Six inch wingspan.

It weighs less than a aa battery.

It can fly in tiny spaces.

If you can imagine a collapsed building, it is hard to get into narrow spaces.

You can potentially fly the hummingbird drone into that.

What about the potential for consumers to benefit from this technology?

Is that more of a far eye out -- a far out pipe dream?

We think there are an unlimited number of ways unmanned aircraft can benefit companies, government agencies, and individuals.

We are at the beginning of that.

Sunday, we launched the movement with the first faa approved operation over land in alaska.

We could see more of these devices helping protect the public and property, helping companies operate more effectively and helping consumers in ways that are important to them as well.

How do you see the market playing out between big technology companies and smaller drone focus companies, like your company?

We think of ourselves as a technology company.

We have been in business for over 40 years.

We have seven vehicles in the smithsonian.

Our project -- products make up -- percent of the unmanned aircraft.

The market that is beginning to emerge is this martial market.

We are approaching it with a mission services capability.

We have us that list a new capability that delivers higher fidelity and higher survey data that has the potential to transform i large number of industries.

It is a wide open space.

We are excited to be in a leading position.

Thank you so much for sharing

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