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Senior Industry Analyst

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Frost & Sullivan
7550 West Interstate 10 Suite 400
San Antonio , Texas 78229
United States

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Michael Blades, a senior ..., 1 Feb 2016 [cached]
Michael Blades, a senior analyst at the market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, said the train- ing and simulation market is attractive because while other programs in the defense budget are experiencing cuts, funding for training remains stable. Blades projected that the combined annual growth rate from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal year 2020 for total spending on training and simulation would increase about 1.7 percent per year. That number is close to the rate of inflation, which means training and simulation is a steady market, he said. Another reason companies like Lock- heed would be interested in investing in such systems is because militaries in general want to do more with less, he said. "They want to be able to do more training for readiness with the same amount of dollars. One solution to that problem is using immersive virtual training as opposed to expensive live training, Blades said.
Those requirements are probably imposed ..., 1 May 2015 [cached]
Those requirements are probably imposed because, while the aircraft must remain in line of sight, "they will be testing beyond line of sight (BLOS) and see-and-avoid systems, and would consider this operation safer with a trained pilot at the controls should malfunctions occur," remarked Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan.
"Think of [the pilot] as a drone test pilot," he told the E-Commerce Times.
The FAA "is learning from practices that are already in place in Europe, Australia and Canada, and plans to use information collected from test sites and comments from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to make safe and effective rules," Blades said.
FAA's Cautionary Stance
The certificate's overall requirements aren't too strict, Blades maintained, because safety requirements are more stringent for experimental systems.
"Flying drones above 500 feet [puts them] in the same airspace as passenger traffic," he pointed out.
Further, BLOS "still has several years of development before implementation," Blades said, and methods for air traffic controllers to track drones, and systems for avoiding collisions, are "being developed but won't be robust enough for efficient or safe operation for five-10 years."
It will take "at least five years" for Amazon's plan to use drones for delivery, Blades suggested, because "it will take at least that long to develop a system that ensures safety and prevents loss or theft."
"Virgin was out ahead of ..., 1 Nov 2014 [cached]
"Virgin was out ahead of everyone else for space tourism," said Michael Blades, the aerospace and defense industry senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan, a market research and consulting firm. "It will still happen, but it has been pushed way to the right.
"It is just like any kind of other new technology, especially when it comes to flight," he continued.
Facebook's acquisition of ..., 6 Mar 2014 [cached]
Facebook's acquisition of Titan Aerospace could open up new possibilities for the communications industry, said Michael Blades, a senior analyst at Frost & Sullivan Aerospace and Defense, a research and consulting firm based in Mountain View, Calif.
"If Facebook is able to provide substantial amounts of bandwidth via high altitude [drones], then it follows that other companies will use the same methods for other forms of digital communications: cellphones, television programming, etc.," Blades said in a statement.
"DJI started the hobby ..., 5 May 2015 [cached]
"DJI started the hobby unmanned aerial vehicle [UAV] market, and now everybody is trying to catch up," says Frost & Sullivan analyst Michael Blades.
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