Okay…The blog is back.
After several months of rest and reflection I am ready to start posting up my blog again. I trust that you will continue to find it to be informative, entertaining and maybe at times provocative to you. I plan on blogging at least monthly with concise comments, observations and commentary. I hope that you like my new website and will visit it often to view blog posts and retrieve new resource information on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones, stormwater management, climate change risk management and other issues affecting the environment and our planet.
I just came back from the Transportation Research Board Annual Conference where I am associated with the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Subcommittee. There is an enormous increase in UAV demand in the international and USA commercial sectors. The UAV market is expected to be worth $42 billion in the USA and $140 billion internationally within the next 10 years. Commercial UAVs in the USA are estimated at 44,000 and estimated to be 1.5 million within the next two years.
Expect changes in regulations what will be more flexible in the line of sight requirement that currently is a major constraint to commercial applications. The FAA is developing new UAV processes and procedures to address this huge increase in UAV applications, especially in light of Amazon and other retailers strongly considering this technology for consumer delivery. It is hard to imagine large numbers of UAVs in the air at one time delivering packages or pizza. I would not be surprised if the FAA will lease out specific airspace to companies such as Amazon, Federal Express and other companies similar to the Federal Communication Commission leasing out public airwaves/bandwidth to various interests. An interesting concept.