Evans Incorporated Analyst Interviewed by Farm Futures Magazine

Chad Tyson, senior analyst at Evans Incorporated, discusses the impact of new FAA rules with Farm Futures Magazine.

Aerial View: Farm drones cleared to fly

Will new FAA rules make unmanned aerial systems the next must-have farm tool?
Bob Burgdorfer | Sep 21, 2017

Precision agriculture is rapidly evolving, with new sensors, devices and software that help farmers do their jobs better.

Unmanned aerial systems (aka drones) can play a role in that evolution now that the Federal Aviation Administration has provided the means to legally fly them to deliver chemicals, collect crop data and inspect fields.
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Evans Incorporated Attending Impactful Healthcare Events

By Kara Argus

Always eager to stay connected to the healthcare community, Evans Incorporated will be attending impactful events this month to keep our finger on the pulse of timely industry developments. Next week Evans healthcare leaders Denise Braun and Kara Argus will be participating in lively panel discussions and group breakouts at two events sponsored and led by healthcare experts in the DMV area. Continue reading

Emergency Preparedness from the Emergency Responder Perspective

Interview with Charles Calimer

Lt. Charles Calimer has nearly 40 years of experience responding to emergencies in his hometown of Galloway, New Jersey. We spoke with Lt. Calimer to gain perspective from the emergency response side on how healthcare facilities can better manage and develop their emergency preparedness programs. Continue reading

UAS Usage in Western Wildfire Firefighting Operations

As we find ourselves nearing the peak summertime travel season, May 4th is proclaimed International Firefighters’ Day (IFFD). It was instituted after a proposal was sent out across the world on January 4, 1999 due to the deaths of five firefighters in tragic circumstances in a wildfire at Linton in Victoria, Australia.
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Working to Relieve Public Concern About UAS Use in the Law Enforcement Industry

Law enforcement organizations are increasing their use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for rescue missions, disaster response, pursuits, and other activities that are possibly dangerous or difficult to access on foot. Public opinion is playing a large role in the success of these programs.

Most organizations looking to start a UAS program will face challenges, but the challenges regarding perception can be particularly delicate in the law enforcement industry. With widespread public concern about safety and privacy, the industry demands clear and accurate communication about the intended uses of UAS. Furthermore, potential conflicts between federal and state/local laws must be considered.

The following two case studies about police departments beginning to use UAS and the public response highlight some issues law enforcement should consider before taking to the air:

  • Los Angeles’ efforts to launch a UAS program sparked such widespread protests in January that the program is now on hold. A formal opposition group formed specifically to combat alleged infringement of personal privacy, aptly named the “Stop LAPD Spying Coalition”. Sheriff officials told the LA Times[1] that UAS would “only be authorized for use in…extremely dangerous and threatening situations.” The department’s written policy specifically prohibits UAS use for random surveillance missions. Yet critics note that the policy could be changed at any time, that there can be a fine line between surveillance that police deem appropriate or mission-critical and what residents consider obtrusive, and that the department has surveilled residents without public approval in the past. The aggressive opposition indicates a lack of trust between (certain) residents and city officials, or misunderstanding about the intended use of UAS and safeguards in place to ensure public safety and privacy.

An effective communications strategy could resolve these issues.

  • San Diego adopted UAS regulations in April allowing more aggressive local enforcement of existing UAS federal law, including issuing citations and levying fines. The rules didn’t restrict anything that isn’t already illegal under FAA regulations. Critics alleged the regulations didn’t go far enough to ensure residents’ safety and privacy. Yet city officials wanted to avoid interfering with the booming UAS industry and its many benefits, and were also limited in what they could regulate when airspace is largely under federal control. (Some local laws already conflict with Part 107 and other FAA rules; a proposed ordinance in Toms River, NJ that would have severely restricted drone operations was grounded by public opposition, indicating that the public can find laws too lax or too restrictive).

Given the mounting issues with public perception, law enforcement organizations should design an outreach strategy ahead of launching a UAS program. The public must be convinced of law enforcement’s need to use UAS to execute public safety responsibilities, that they will protect residents from related risks, and that law enforcement is complying with all relevant laws (a police UAS violating regulations could certainly damage a community’s trust). Some key things to consider include:

  • Clear definition of the types of missions for which UAS will be used;
  • Statement of the need for UAS (i.e., what UAS can do better than personnel on foot, their greater access and appropriateness for missions that are too dangerous for personnel)—to emphasize collective benefits rather than feeding into public fears;
  • Safeguards in place to ensure public safety and privacy—police policy, state regulations, and whether policy changes require public approval;
  • Overview of existing federal regulations that restrict UAS operations;
  • Overview of any state or municipal laws regarding UAS operations;
  • Branding (visible from the ground), so the public can distinguish police units from hobby, commercial or other UAS, and law enforcement can issue citations for unauthorized units.

The FAA is working to better communicate UAS regulations, which should help quell some fears and possibly prevent the need for state and local UAS-related laws. Some resistance to police UAS programs could be a result of public concern over mission scope and/or a misunderstanding of the regulatory limits placed on UAS at the federal level. As people are generally afraid of the unknown, clear communication is key for gaining public trust and support. As additional federal regulations are released that could authorize more widespread use, ongoing outreach will continue to be important


Evans Incorporated, Noblis, and Dynamis to hold Upcoming UAS Panel Discussion

Did you know that latest estimates forecast the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry to be worth $82 Billion over the next 5 years?  However, organizations are struggling to capitalize on this limitless potential, especially if they don’t understand the regulatory boundaries. So what exactly is UAS, and what does it mean for your organization?

If you’re a commercial and public sector manager or executive focused on the use of drones and their potential but unsure of where to start, then look no further! Join three firms specializing in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Solutions, Evans Incorporated, Dynamis, and Noblis, for their upcoming UAS Panel event, Propelling Business and Government to New Heights — Institutionalizing the Full Potential of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) on Thursday, May 25th from 7:30am – 10:00am, at the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce (NOVA Chamber). This panel discussion will help you answer the following questions:

  • What do I need to know to plan how best establish, operate, or scale my drone operations or programs?
  • How can organizations best work with the government to obtain unique authorization or waivers for unmanned operations?
  • What are some of the more creative uses of this technology that have helped these organizations that might benefit others?
  • For companies thinking about starting a new drone program, or early adopters, what observations or advice would you have based on what you have seen and experienced?
  • What do you think will be most critical to monitor over the next 12-18 months for organizations that try to align their own drone operations and investment strategies with the evolving marketplace?

This unique event will provide participants with the opportunity to talk and network face-to-face with a cross-section of industry representatives about ongoing regulatory, security, operational, and technological changes driving the integration of drones into the National Airspace System (NAS), your businesses, and our economy.

Registration is limited — click here for more information and register by May 18th to secure your spot!

Evans to attend the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 Conference (May 9-11)

Evans Incorporated is excited to attend the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) XPONENTIAL 2017 conference, May 9-11 in Dallas, Texas.  This is the largest Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) conference in the United States and we are eager to exhibit our CAARMA UAS Solutions Suite.  Come visit us in booth 3159 – we welcome everyone in attendance to swing by to hear how we deliver ROI – Real Operational Impact®.

In this emerging market, large and small companies are rushing to capitalize on new technologies and the growing demand for UAS services. We are excited to be at the forefront of this trend, supporting the Federal government with the implementation of UAS regulations over the past year.

Evans has supported the aviation industry for 23 years, providing full-service support in the areas of air traffic control, pilot training, unmanned systems, flight planning, technical operations, human factors analysis, business integration, strategic planning, and aviation program management. The Evans aviation team includes UAS experts, pilots, and personnel who have been air traffic controllers. Altogether, Evans’ staff combines over 40 years of operational aviation expertise that is relevant to UAS.

Evans brings its proprietary CAARMA Solutions to organizations in the aviation industry to assist in the integration of new capabilities, services and products. Evans’ CAARMA Solutions, the approach that is foundational to everything Evans does, are proven to have saved their customers over $10M on one project alone, through improved decision making and cost avoidance measures.

During this conference, we will be looking for companies and organizations that want help envisioning how drones can be used in their business model.  We provide support with organizational design and managing change in your organization as you adopt a drone program.  We will help you design your drone program, train your pilots, assist with FAA’s required applications, and get you flying.

-Greg Caramanica, Business Development Manager, Unmanned Systems