Event 38 Newsletter
June, 2016

"How Customers use our Drones & Great Tutorials" Edition
In This Issue:

1. Introduction - Latest update from Jeff Taylor, Founder and CEO

2. Drone Data Management System Update - We continue to add new features and make the system easier to use. Users in 70 countries agree. This month we have new features and two new tutorials to share with you.

3. Regulatory update for US readers - Commercial regulations were finally published on 6/21/16. While the rules are basically positive for commercial drone users, many changes will need to be addressed in the future.

4. Event 38 and our customers in the News - Posts from guest authors and news from our team.

5. Event 38 Company Updates:
  • Tell us what you think – Do you have a new product feature you would like to see, a general how-to question, a word of praise or disappointment for us, we want to hear from you!
  • Become an Event 38 Reseller – We have an active international program. Become our local representative in your country.
  • Service Provider Partners wanted - If you provide services to the drone industry, we want to hear from you.
  • Become a guest blogger – Tell your story to the world. You could be next to get international exposure to more than 2,000 readers. We can even help you with editing.
  • Investors – We appreciate introductions!
  • Research initiatives – Doing industry research with drones? Maybe we can help.
  1. Introduction
       By Jeff Taylor, CEO

A P P L I C A T I O N S 

Dear Friends, In this newsletter we want to talk about how you use our drones, sensors, and DDMS all over the world. From farmlands in Canada, to orchards in Southeast Asia, you put our drones to work for you every day in hundreds of different ways.

In this issue we share how one company is using our drones to help build the third largest dam in the world in Brazil, another is using our gear for crop monitoring and research, and still others find innovative ways to streamline their operations. Read more about them below.

We continue to make progress with Drone Data Management System development. This month we would like to share two new tutorials that help you make the most out of your drone data. See below for more information
As our company enters its fifth year, we are excited about the progress that the drone industry has made and the tremendous support you have given to us along the way. From our humble beginnings in 2011, we now have customers in more than 70 countries on six continents using our drones, sensors and DDMS analytics platform for countless business applications, conservation, and research. 

We are always interested in your ideas and feedback on how we can better serve you. What can we do for you?

Thanks again! 

Jeff Taylor
jeff@event38.com   | @mjefftaylor | @event38
3. Drone Data Management System Update

The Event 38 Drone Data Management System™  is our All-in-One Storage, Sharing and Analysis Platform..

DDMS is one of the first to be able to take data from any drone
or sensor, create high value analytics, and
port it out to popular reporting systems

DDMS streamlines your entire post-processing workflow - Upload, Process, Analyze and Share. It automatically creates a geotagged orthomosaic and tiles large maps to be viewed quickly in Map Viewer, our online map tool or on your mobile device. DEMs, NDVI and DVI calculations are available as well.
Over the past few months, we have attracted users on six continents. You have flown thousands of missions and achieved important insights from your data. And your feedback has set the stage for our future development activities. 

Solutions for Agriculture - By combining our rugged, long endurance fixed wing E386 drone bundled with ten new apps on our cloud based Drone Data Management System™, growers now have the ability to easily collect detail data and create high-value analytics for improved farm management. More information is here.

Tutorial - How to Create Management Zones in DDMS and Share Them with Ag Leader SMS

Management zones close the gap between observation and action, allowing a farmer to utilize drone data to create prescription maps. By applying fertilizers and pesticides intelligently, farmers save time and money.
We have ported DDMS to Ag Leader SMS, the agriculture industry-leading SMS software, which provides you with an easy-to-use decision-making tool to help you capture the most out of every acre. More information here

Great How-toTutorial for Capturing and Processing NDVI Imagery

Droneranger published an excellent post on DIY Drones about how he used one of our infrared sensors and DDMS to capture NDVI. You can read the full article   here
4. Regulatory Issues 
Notice to USA Drone Owners  -
In December, 2015 the FAA introduced mandatory registration of all drones, both new and previously purchased. If you own a drone you must register your drone before first flight or face stiff penalties and possible civil and criminal penalties. Click here for more information.
USA Commercial Drone Regulations (known as Part 107) were finally published on 6/21/16 
This is only the first of many rules to be published. Here is a brief summary of the new regulations::
  • Maximum weight: 55 pounds.
  • Maximum altitude: 400 feet above ground level
  • Maximum speed: 87 knots/100 mph.
  • Drone operator must pass a test, be approved by the TSA, and be at least 16 years old 
  • Daytime operation only
  • Minimum weather visibility of 3 miles from control station
  • Operation may only be conducted within the visual line of sight.
  • Can only fly over people who are participating in the operation. 
  • No airworthiness certificate is required but operator must complete a pre-flight checklist.
Full details are here

We will keep you posted as additional changes are implemented.
5. Event 38 and Customers in the News
  • Bird Eye Drones Helps Build World’s Third Largest Dam in Brazil- Brazil is building the world’s third largest hydroelectric dam on the Xingu River, a tributary of the Amazon.  When complete in 2019, the Belo Monte Dam will generate 11,233 megawatts of electricity and distribute it throughout the country for both residential and commercial use. Bird Eye Drones, Event 38 partner is using long endurance E384 fixed wing drones to create aerial imagery and topographic surveys of the affected areas.   Read more  here.

  • Two Manitoba companies join the Event38 UAV family -  Toronto based  National Air Services, a trusted Event 38 reseller, delivered our fixed-wing drones to two companies in Manitoba. WesternSky Services Inc., based in Birtle MB, is planning to use his new E384 platform  for agricultural applications and Agritruth Research,  actively involved in researching new ways to maximize crop yields. Read more here:

  • Jason, The Aero Scout, has created a good article: "Small Drone Aerial Mapping 101" and talks about Event 38's DDMS-   "I've used them all for various missions but right now I use Event 38's DDMS™ for producing my maps. I find it very easy to use, produces some of the best maps and has a free trial."
  • Drone sales in the U.S. more than doubled in the past year and Event 38 plays a key role - More info here

Say hello to our newest reseller partners:

  • Switzerland - Geozone, AG. For 26 years GEOzone AG has offered state of the market surveying equipment, training, and services for customers around the world. Contact Mr Zdenko Kurtovic, kuzo@geozone.ch for more information.

  • India - Skynetra Pvt Ltd - A  mapping organization,  targeting  surveying, agriculture, railways and different other sectors. Contact Rahul Jain - raj@matrix-geo.com
  • USA - My Drone Adventure, is an internet retailer Offering a wide range of drones for customers around the US. Contact contactus@mydroneadventure.com for more information.
And take a look at the artistic promotion our partner Ranger UAV in western Australia has recently released:
  More news is available at the Event 38 blog, Droneyard.com  Info  here

7. Event 38 Company News

International Reseller Program - We believe local presence is important and we are actively seeking additional partners. Our reseller program is customized for each partner. In general, we sell to you at a discount, and you can re-sell at whatever price you desire. If you are interested in working with us, please contact John Blair, jblair@event38.com for details.

Tell us What You Think! – We work very hard to provide you with the best possible products and customer service. Sometimes we get it right and other times we know we can do better. Most of all we want to make sure, so please tell us how we are doing and what we can do better. Contact John Blair, jblair@event38.com with your comments.

Service Provider Partners Wanted - We are looking for partners who can offer insurance, maintenance or other drone related services to our customers around the world. Please contact John Blair, jblair@event38.com to discuss details.

Become a Guest Blogger - Our blog, Droneyard, http://droneyard.com/ gets significant international exposure. Each month thousands of viewers come to our website for information about our company and how drones are improving commerce and environmental conservation.  We welcome your contribution – It’s easy and we can help with editing if you like. Please contact John Blair, jblair@event38.com for details.

Investors – (This is not a solicitation).  In preparation for a capital raise we have begun developing relationships with investors who are interested in our marketplace. We would welcome an introduction to anyone, angel or VC, who you think might be interested in our company. Please contact John Blair,  jblair@event38.com with details.  

Event 38 Ongoing Research Initiatives – We have several initiatives underway to develop commercial use of drones. Our goal is to demonstrate ROI to end users. If you are conducting research in the agriculture, construction, surveying, environmental conservation, or related industries, we would welcome the opportunity to work with you. Please contact Jeff Taylor, jeff@event38.com for details.

About Us - Event 38 designs and manufactures drones, specialized optical sensors, and a cloud based Drone Data Management System™ for small and medium sized businesses. Today we have customers in 70 countries using our products for agriculture, surveying, construction & mining, environmental preservation, and other applications.