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a million customers and $120 million in
revenue; and CardCaller, which developed
the first Canadian fixed-amount prepaid,
multilingual telephone calling card. He sold
both companies at a value significantly
higher than his initial investment, he says.
After leaving the telecom industry,
Zwebner attended the International Consumer Electronics Show 2016, and saw Intel
display a drone.
"Every single media outlet was there to
cover it," he adds. "I said to myself, 'this is
Following his revelation at the CES
Show, Zwebner went to pilot school and
became a solo pilot, where he learned about
aerodynamics, avionics, airspace, air traffic
control, navigation and communication. In
addition, he learned about FAA regulations.
governing the industry.
"I knew I didn't want to manufacture
drones or do software development," Zwebner says. "I wanted to become a service bureau that could go out and serve companies
and stick to an area that I know well - land
and real estate."
can access dangerous or
hard-to-reach areas so inspectors
don't have to put themselves at risk.
Filling a Gap
Zwebner and VolAero continue to embrace
new technologies. In April, the company
signed an agreement with San Diego-based
Geodetics to use that company's drone
technology. Geodetics developed a drone
that integrates a LiDAR sensor for use in
GPS applications. Geodetics is also supplying VolAero with mobile mapping products.
VolAreo is using Geodetics' technology
to map out a six-mile stretch of road for a
re-grading project, Zwebner says.
"This was a missing piece that was
required for some of our engineering clients
with precision needs and we have now
filled the gap," he adds.
VolAero's agreement with Geodetics
exemplifies its focus on offering the latest
technology to its clients. "Every few months
there are new sensors, new drones and new
software on the market," Fidelin says. "We
want to stay up-to-date and use the best
technology available to us."
For more information about the company
and its services, visit www.volaerodrones.
com or call 786-228-8404.
Top Tips for Drone Usage
1. Ensure that all Remote Pilot Licensing, insurance and FAA restricted airspace approvals are
in place. Make sure drones have been well maintained, firmware updated, and the batteries are in good working order. Make sure the team is experienced and has the necessary
skill sets to carry out the mission.
2. Brief the drone team on the specific business challenges and the precise imagery and data
outputs required from the mission.
3. Make sure the mission is well planned and the data capture portion and requirements
are well explained to your team. The drone team should have the scientific or technical
expertise and the specialized equipment required to capture, analyze, interpret and deliver
the data as needed.
4. Make sure safety measures and emergency procedures are in place and that everybody on
the team in well briefed on all aspects of the mission.
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