Firms Make National Rounds To Conduct Training As Drone Industry Grows

New federal rules opened the skies last month to many interested in flying drones for business purposes, but they also provided a boon to those carving out niches in the industry. With a barrier to entry now lower, those looking to get a piece of the drone pie are plentiful, but some may need to…
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Next Drone Biz Lunch To Feature General Atomics

A staff member from General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will headline the next Drone Biz luncheon in Grand Forks. Set for Oct. 13, the lunch will feature Everett Dunnick, manager of the company’s flight training academy near Grand Forks. The academy is located in Grand Sky, an aviation business park under construction on Grand Forks Air Force Base. The…
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Riedy Named As COO Of EdgeData

A former UND administrator has a new job with a Grand Forks-based software firm. Joshua Riedy has joined EdgeData as its chief operating officer and has claimed a partnership stake in the company. Riedy most recently served in roles as the vice provost, chief strategy officer and chief information officer at UND. During his time at UND, he oversaw several…
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Robot Aviation, SkySkopes Announce Global Operations Partnership

Two unmanned aircraft systems companies with Grand Forks ties have announced a partnership for global operations. Flight service firm SkySkopes and Robot Aviation, a major Norwegian UAS manufacturer, are teaming up for missions to collect thermal and infrared data in a series of test flights around the Western Hemisphere. The two companies will be using the Robot Aviation FX20…
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Survey: Humanitarians Have Favorable Views On Using Drones In Their Field

The number of uses for unmanned aircraft continues to climb and some are beginning to delve into the technology’s potential in the humanitarian sector. A survey conducted over the course of November 2015 to January 2016 by the Swiss Foundation for Mine Action found most respondents had favorable views of using drones in the field. “A majority…
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