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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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"DJI started the hobby ...
www.forbes.com, 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.
Those requirements are probably imposed ...
www.linuxinsider.com, 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.
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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."
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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 ...
www.ndtv.com, 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 ...
www.space.com, 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.
"European air space may not be ...
www.ecommercetimes.com, 20 Dec 2014 [cached]
"European air space may not be larger, but it is just as crowded on a density basis," noted Frost & Sullivan analyst Michael Blades.
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"The FAA can place whatever restrictions they want on operations when approving a Section 333 waiver," said Michael Blades, a senior industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan.
Keeping Pace With Everyone Else
It's been suggested that the U.S. is falling behind other countries with respect to regulating drones.
"I think arguments that other areas are ahead of us are strong," Blades told the E-Commerce Times. "European air space may not be larger, but it is just as crowded on a density basis."
Also, Australia "has a great program for certifying operators and platforms for commercial use" at a cost of about US$7,000, Blades pointed out.
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It's possible that a large number of UAS in the sky could overwhelm the communications networks used to control them, Blades suggested, and if a UAS were to malfunction, people and animals might be hurt.
The FAA may be moving slowly because "rather than learn from mistakes, they want to have as good an operating environment in place as possible before making widespread commercial use available," Blades said.
On the other hand, the longer the FAA takes to work out regulations, the more advantages non-U.S. companies will have, because they "are gaining experience, expertise and lessons learned by operating systems now," Blades said.
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