DJI AirWorks 2018 Recap

Last week the Fortress UAV team attended one of the biggest DJI hosted events of the year, AirWorks 2018. The event was jam packed with an announcement-filled opening keynote, interesting panel discussions and thought-provoking workshops. With their biggest crowd yet, over 800 in attendance, 37 sponsors and 102 speakers, DJI kicked it off with a packed ballroom anxiously awaiting to hear this year’s big reveals. This is our recap of the three must-knows from the AirWorks keynote.

What’s the Difference: Drone Repair vs. Drone Maintenance

‘Repair’ and ‘maintenance’ are often used as interchangeable words – swapped out for one another. However, many times this leads to confusion as their definitions are quite different. Repair can be defined as the act of fixing or mending something. Maintenance can be defined as the process of maintaining or preserving something. Repair is reactive while maintenance is proactive. When used in terms of drone repair and drone maintenance, it is imperative to use responsibly and understand the key differences.

Want to Optimize Your Drone's Battery Life? These Tips Can Help

Consumer drones make up 94% of total unit sales while commercial drones represent the other 6%. However, because they are more expensive, commercial drones make up 60% of the industry's revenue. But regardless of the type of drone you use, one thing is for sure: keeping your drone's battery charged and well-preserved can help you make the very most of its functionality. If you're having trouble preserving your drone's battery life or using it efficiently, we're here to help. Here are just a few smart ways to conserve and optimize your drone's battery life.

Exploring Some Common Signs Your Drone Needs Repair

According to Gartner, in 2016, around 110,000 drones were sold for commercial use. In 2017, that figure is expected to rise to 174,000, and the number of consumer drones is projected to rise to 2.8 million. But whether your drone is used for recreational or commercial applications, it's important to recognize some common signs that may mean that it needs to be repaired. A drone that's working improperly can cause trouble for businesses that rely on drone technology for a number of purposes. Here are some common signs that mean your drone may soon need to be repaired.

Drone Problems: 3 Issues Commonly Seen in Today's Drones

Drones are becoming a major part of society. From hobby drones to military devices to delivery services, more and more drones are being used today. In fact, between 2014 and 2015, drone sales increased 63% and have only continued to rise. But like all forms of technology, drones aren't flawless. And if you're a drone owner, it's important to be aware of possible issues you may come across. So let's explore a few common drone problems and how to fix them.

Fortress UAV Launches Fortress UAV Protect, A Preventative Maintenance Program

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(Plano, TX) - September 19, 2018 - Fortress UAV, a leading provider of drone repair services, announces the launch of Fortress UAV Protect - a new drone preventative maintenance program. Fortress UAV Protect is a nose-to-tail preventative maintenance service that rivals those of manned aircraft maintenance services.

Fortress UAV Protect will provide customers with a per drone maintenance schedule that includes an industry standard maintenance checklist plus check points specific to the particular drone model being serviced.

Current drone models included in the maintenance program: DJI Mavic Pro, DJI Phantom 4, DJI Inspire 1, DJI Inspire 2, DJI Matrice 600 and DJI Matrice 200/210. More models to come.

“At Fortress UAV, we are always in pursuit of new and innovative services that provide our customers with the support they need and the peace of mind they deserve,” said Brendon Mills, CEO of Fortress UAV.

With the preventative maintenance program, customers will help mitigate and reduce the risk of accidents and/or crashes, lessen costs by maximizing the lifespan of their drone assets, reduce the risk of liability should an accident and/or crash occur, ensure drones are flight-ready and have maximum uptime, and get a step ahead of any FAA mandated UAS maintenance reporting regulations.

Fortress UAV will provide an easily accessible, full-detailed report of all maintenance checks performed plus any additional comments or findings. These reports can be compiled to present a clear and concise drone maintenance log for each drone being covered.

“Fortress UAV provides top-notch drone repair services and has unbeatable customer service. By adding preventative maintenance to our contract services, we no longer worry about our drones being flight-ready. Their team performs all the checks necessary to confirm the airworthiness of our drones, providing us peace of mind. We can focus on what matters most - providing our services to the community,” stated Barry Moore, Mansfield, TX Police UAS Pilot.

Fortress UAV is establishing itself as a leader in drone maintenance regulatory reporting needs. Although there are not currently FAA mandated regulations surrounding the prescriptive maintenance of drones, it seems it is only time before they are established. Fortress UAV Protect customers will be a step ahead in not only acquiring the regulated maintenance but also in providing the necessary reporting to the FAA. For full FAA UAS regulations and policies, please visit here.

“The need for drone maintenance reporting is inevitable. Receiving and creating a log of all maintenance performed on your assets will only put your business ahead of the curve once the FAA maintenance mandates arrive,” said Garret Bryl, Principal Aerospace Software Engineer and UAS pilot for the Public Safety UAS Response Team.

Sample core maintenance check points include: Visual inspection of all moving parts for wear/tear and water damage, inspection of all wiring, cleaning of any dirt and/or debris, running key performance tests on batteries, upgrades to software, key calibrations, and the visual inspection and balancing of propellers and replacement of some components by drone type.

It is important to note that this is not a warranty or repair program. This program is intended for preventative uses only – identification of potential risk factors before an accident occurs.

This new service is in addition to the already existing, successful national drone repair business model that was launched in 2017. Fortress UAV is proud to be a leader in providing UAS maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

To speak with a Fortress UAV maintenance expert, please call (469) 808-1299 or email uavsales@fortressuav.com.

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Caring for Your Drone: 3 Tips to Make it Last a Lifetime

Caring for Your Drone: 3 Tips to Make it Last a Lifetime

With the FAA predicting there will be seven million drones being used throughout the U.S. before 2020, there's a good chance you'll end up owning a drone. Flying a drone is a great hobby and can be a lot of fun. But if you don't take care of your drone, you may end up having to retire it much sooner than expected. So let's take a look at a few tips to help you properly care for your drone.

Could You Benefit from Having Drone Insurance?

With 770,000 drones already registered with the FAA, there's a good chance you have one or are going to get one soon. Drone flying is a great hobby and can be a lot of fun. This is especially true when drones are used for things like photography or videography. But what happens when something goes wrong and your drone is damaged? Or worse, your drone causes property damage? Let's take a look at the importance of having drone insurance.

How Exactly Does a Drone Work?

Over the past few years, drones have become one of the most popular hobbyist devices. With the drone industry now being worth $3.3 billion, it's no surprise that people are continuously innovating with drone technology, producing bigger and better drones. But if you're thinking about getting a drone, you should know how these devices work. So let's explore a few of the most important components of drones.

New Program Aims to Develop System to Prevent Drone Delivery Crashes

With the FAA expecting there to be at least seven million drones in the United States before 2020, more and more people and businesses are finding new uses for drones in today's society. One increasingly popular use for drones is deliveries. But with the FAA limitations on drone flying height and speed, companies are hitting walls when trying to develop drone delivery programs