Image above: iStock/acavalli HAI@Work webinar explores the benefits of adding UAS to your operation. For years, they waited in the wings as their potential was tested, but today, there’s no doubt about it: drones are here and they’re providing the services our customers need. Helicopter operators who’ve incorporated drones into their businesses are reaping the benefits through expanded services, while those who haven’t could very well experience a loss of business down the road. During the HAI@Work webinar on May 27, a group of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) experts and helicopter operators who’ve incorporated drones into their businesses came together to share the hows and whys of embracing drones, the pitfalls to avoid, and the potential for helicopter operators to lead the way in their use. The panelists were: Scott Burgess, professor, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and chair of HAI’s UAS Working Group Mark Colborn, retired reserve officer, Dallas Police Department Jonathan Daniels, CEO, Praxis Aerospace Concepts International Mark Gibson, president and CEO, Timberland Helicopters Tombo Jones, director, Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership, an FAA-designated UAS test site Nate Robie, manager of unmanned aircraft systems, Dominion Energy. “The proliferation of drones into the aviation industry has really been on the uptick

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