Propwash

By Nihal Mohan

Every week, I share the most important ideas, news and insights from all over the drone space and tell you what matters. Join a rapidly growing list of engineers, managers, CxOs and drone enthusiasts staying ahead of the curve, cutting through the noise, and following the rise of the drone ag... Read more

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#16・

Propwash #16 - Lets read some reports

There were a couple of new industry reports that were released recently that are completely worth going through to know where the industry stands and where it is headed. As with my previously mentioned methodology of reading industry reports, we shall focus m…

 
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Propwash #15 - The drone industry's politicization

The drone industry has very few public personas. The CEO of the biggest drone company, Frank Wang is quite elusive, Chris Anderson - Silicon Valley's drone figurehead and CEO of 3D Robotics recently joined Google's flying car company. DJI's Romeo Durscher rec…

 
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Propwash #14 - Notify and fly, Imitation drones, winning drone photos and more

The FAA's B4UFly app helps drone pilots in the USA check for airspace restrictions and notifications before flight and also apply for authorizations to fly in controlled airspace through LAANC. The app was initially developed by the FAA themselves, which rece…

 
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Propwash #13 - Drone for Public safety - the numbers

Drones being used for public safety is ever-increasing as many first responders, police agencies, and firefighters continue to add drones to their arsenal.DroneResponders, a non-profit that supports the use of drones for public safety and emergency response h…

 
#12・

Propwash #12 - When drones and aircraft collide

Drones share airspace with manned aircraft. Compared to manned aviation, drones have a much lower barrier of entry and that brings in the risk of people flying recklessly. Because drones share the sky with aircraft carrying people; lives are at stake and flyi…

 
#11・

Propwash #11 - Where is the drone Industry headed?

In the drone space, Germany's Drone Industry Insights is a well known market research company that publishes their analysis, results and forecasts in blog posts while also selling detailed market reports. Just recently, they released their market forecasts fo…

 
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Propwash #10 - Undelivered parcels and 5G drones

Editor's Note: This week's issue is going out on Friday 9AM PT. We'll revert to the normal schedule on Thursday.

 
#9・

Propwash #9 - Rain making drones and Amazon's woes

Humanity has tamed rain (to some extent). The process of artificially inducing rain or cloud seeding has been around for almost 100 years. It works by adding substances such as dry ice, iodide salts or other salts to clouds that accelerate the creation of wat…

 
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Are Drone Light shows the future of Fireworks? - Propwash #8

People watching the inauguration of the Tokyo Olympics this week were treated to a special spectacle. Apart from the usual fireworks display there were 1824 drones lighting up the sky, seamlessly transitioning between the Olympics logo and a revolving globe. …

 
#7・

Propwash #7 - How a UFO sighting shut down a major airport and drones were blamed

Earlier this week, a police officer doing her rounds in Glasgow, UK saw a bright light in the distance in her rear-view mirror. She tried to shake it off her trail to prevent it from following her. Alarmed and scared, she soon called her station to report tha…

 
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Propwash #6 - The biggest drone conglomerate you didn't know about

A holding company is not your typical company. It's one that "owns" several other companies by having a majority stake in them. Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway is a famous example of a holding company that has made Buffet one of the richest people on earth…

 
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Propwash #5 - What is a 4G drone anyway?

Last week, Parrot revealed the Anafi Ai - a 4G enabled drone with a striking appearance. Looks aside, what is Parrot trying to do with the Anafi Ai?The first thing Parrot wants you to know is that this is a 4G drone. It's an IoT device. Parrot claims that the…

 
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Propwash #4 - Is DJI losing it's market? Also, Is a hoverboard a drone?

DJI is the metaphorical king of the hill in the drone ecosystem. But are things about to change? The drone insurance provider Skywatch released a post showing a decline in DJI's market share of commercially insured drones. This was covered by DroneDJ, sUAS Ne…

 
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Propwash #3 - Why the FAA wants to TRUST you.

If you're flying drones in the USA, the rules that apply to you differ on whether you're flying to make money or flying just for fun. If you're flying to make money (in any form, including social media), you're flying under the Part 107 rule where you should …

 
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Propwash #2 - The rise and fall of 3D Robotics - Silicon Valley's drone darling

3D Robotics (3DR) plays a very important part in the history of the drone age. It was one of the leading companies and a figurehead for open source technology while it fought the giant, DJI in the early years of the industry.Here's a not-too-long drone histor…

 
#1・

Propwash #1 - Investments, New Leadership, Mini competition and shepherding!

Hi everyone!Welcome to the first issue of Propwash. Today I cover topics from billion-dollar investments to shepherding. Yes, you read that right. Continue to find out more! 👇