PrecisionHawk to launch 'nation's largest network of commercially licensed drone pilots' after acquisition of Droners.io and AirVid
PrecisionHawk Inc. has acquired two companies—Droners.io and AirVid—that have platforms that enable users to commission UAS pilots for commercial jobs.
PrecisionHawk will merge the companies to form a network of more than 15,000 commercially licensed UAS pilots, which will be the largest network of its kind, according to PrecisionHawk.
PrecisionHawk will continue to connect certified UAS pilots directly to customers. The company will also use the network to service its growing base of enterprise customers in insurance, agriculture, energy, construction and government, as it has received increasing demand for UAS flight services from the business and government sectors since 2016, when the FAA began allowing corporations to use UAS for commercial purposes.
According to PrecisionHawk, a network of professional UAS operators will allow it to “quickly scale its team and technology to meet the growing demand for timely and consistent aerial data collection.”
“Droners.io and AirVid share our mission of helping drone operators turn their passion into a profession,” says Michael Chasen, PrecisionHawk CEO.
“Combined with PrecisionHawk’s expertise in providing professional drone services to the enterprise, this merger enables us to build the best platform for drone pilots while simultaneously providing our enterprise clients with the on-demand services they require.”
By the end of this year, PrecisionHawk expects to have completed hundreds of thousands of missions. PrecisionHawk will look to meet this demand by focusing on growing its newly formed network of certified pilots across the United States and abroad, as well.
Part 107 certified pilots can join the network and start accepting jobs in their region by creating a profile at www.droners.io.
“We believe that a drone pilot network is one of the fundamental building blocks of a successful drone ecosystem,” says Dave Brown, founder of Droners.io. “We’re excited to continue our mission with PrecisionHawk and support the growth of the drone pilot economy.”
Brown will manage the pilot network development team, while AirVid founder Patrick Egan will assist PrecisionHawk as a consultant.