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Village of Foremost Mayor Ken Kultgen and Municipal Administrator Kelly Calhoun

IN-FLIGHT Data lands at Foremost!

Okotoks Online ( www.okotoksonline.com )

Story located at www.okotoksonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26515&Itemid=33350 


New Okotoks Company First Of Its Kind In Western Canada

Written by Chad Coughlin on Thursday, 11 December 2014

















Owner/Operator Chris Healy shows off some of the UAV/UAS technology he uses for IN-FLIGHT Data (Photo Courtesy Brian Betts)


A new company based out of Okotoks is utilizing state of the art technology to bring a first of its kind service to Southern Alberta. IN-FLIGHT Data uses Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to collect and provide data on agriculture and land management.


Owner/Operator Chris Healy says the vision for the unique business began two years ago. Farming is in my family's blood and speaking with my uncle, the question came up 'how can we increase our yield?' That led to me doing a whole bunch of research both with the drones and my background in project management and business information technology. I very quickly realized that this was a service that is not being offered in Western Canada. It is leading edge technology and it can drastically improve the marketability of our rural farmers on the international marketplace."


So, how does it work? The company uses the latest in robotic and GPS positioning technology to take pictures and provide data to clients. Healy says the remotely piloted aircraft technology can be utilized by farmers and landowners to help maintain and operate their land and services. "Agriculture is one portion of it. The second portion is land management and encompassing land management are things like aerial inspections, cell phone tower inspections, transmission and distribution tower inspections, bridge inspections. Anything that's on a piece of land that you need to go and manage and take care of and track, that's what this tool would be used for."


Specifically, when it comes to the farmers, we would show up on the farmer's site after we had done all of our pre-work. Our flight plans would be pre-programmed, we'd have all of our approvals through Transport Canada. When we show up on site, we would literally put our UAS up into the air, fly the path, have it land and download the data. He says "after the data is collected it can be copied straight up for the client or brought back to the office for further analysis and post processing. This includes multiple options for utilizing thousands of photos.


Healy explains one the biggest benefits of aerial system technology is that it can help farmers reduce costs and be competitive in the global marketplace. He says studying analysis of how chemicals are being used in the field can translate into a reduction of spray and chemical cost by 25 to 40 percent. He also suggests monitoring vegetation and taking the necessary steps can greatly increase crop yield.


IN-FLIGHT Data is the first company of this type in Western Canada. There is a series of 58 criteria that all operators must meet in order to fly without having to file with Transport Canada. Healy says because of these regulations and the complexity of the technology, safety is paramount.


"The most important thing is safety. These are GPS indicated flying lawnmowers. If you're not careful you can really do some damage to people and property. It's important that you are trained, follow the regulations and are compliant with Trans-Canada. Not just anyone can go and pick up a drone and figure they are going to go and manage their crops."


For more information on the company visit their website at: http://www.highriveronline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28430&Itemid=344#sthash.SbBt1xtm.dpuf  

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Story located at: www.highriveronline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28430&Itemid=344


First Of It's Kind Company Looks To Help Southern Alberta Farmers & Landowners

Written by Chad Coughlin on Thursday, 11 December 2014



















Owner/Operator Chris Healy shows off some of the UAV/UAS technology he uses for IN-FLIGHT Data (Photo Submitted)


A new company based out of Okotoks is utilizing state of the art technology to bring a first of its kind service to Southern Alberta. IN-FLIGHT Data uses Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to collect and provide data on agriculture and land management. 


Owner/Operator Chris Healy says the vision for the unique business began two years ago. Farming is in my family's blood and speaking with my uncle, the question came up 'how can we increase our yield?' That led to me doing a whole bunch of research both with the drones and my background in project management and business information technology. I very quickly realized that this was a service that is not being offered in Western Canada. It is leading edge technology and it can drastically improve the marketability of our rural farmers on the international marketplace."


So, how does it work? The company uses the latest in robotic and GPS positioning technology to take pictures and provide data to clients. Healy says the remotely piloted aircraft technology can be utilized by farmers and landowners to help maintain and operate their land and services. "Agriculture is one portion of it. The second portion is land management and encompassing land management are things like aerial inspections, cell phone tower inspections, transmission and distribution tower inspections, bridge inspections. Anything that's on a piece of land that you need to go and manage and take care of and track, that's what this tool would be used for."


Specifically, when it comes to the farmers, we would show up on the farmer's site after we had done all of our pre-work. Our flight plans would be pre-programmed, we'd have all of our approvals through Transport Canada. When we show up on site, we would literally put our UAS up into the air, fly the path, have it land and download the data. He says "after the data is collected it can be copied straight up for the client or brought back to the office for further analysis and post processing. This includes multiple options for utilizing thousands of photos.


Healy explains one the biggest benefits of aerial system technology is that it can help farmers reduce costs and be competitive in the global marketplace. He says studying analysis of how chemicals are being used in the field can translate into a reduction of spray and chemical cost by 25 to 40 percent. He also suggests monitoring vegetation and taking the necessary steps can greatly increase crop yield.


IN-FLIGHT Data is the first company of this type in Western Canada. There is a series of 58 criteria that all operators must meet in order to fly without having to file with Transport Canada. Healy says because of these regulations and the complexity of the technology, safety is paramount.


"The most important thing is safety. These are GPS indicated flying lawnmowers. If you're not careful you can really do some damage to people and property. It's important that you are trained, follow the regulations and are compliant with Trans-Canada. Not just anyone can go and pick up a drone and figure they are going to go and manage their crops."


For more information on the company visit their website at: http://www.highriveronline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=28430&Itemid=344#sthash.SbBt1xtm.dpuf

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December 8, 2014


IN•FLIGHT DATA LAUNCHES SOUTHERN ALBERTA’S 1ST UNMANNED DRONE

COMPANY FOR FARMING, AGRICULTURE AND LAND MANAGEMENT


OKOTOKS, ALBERTA – Today, IN•FLIGHT Data Inc. launched its ground-breaking company using unmanned aerial systems, or drones less than 2kg, to provide outsourced services to southern Alberta farmers and land owners. It is the first company of this type in Western Canada, and (to our knowledge) all of Canada.


On Dec 1, 2014, Transport Canada changed the rules governing and regulating the UAS/UAV industry to allow responsible, trained UAV operators to conduct commercial operations once all exemption requirements have been met. IN•FLIGHT Data Inc. is positioned to take advantage of these rules changes. We are the first company in Canada to take advantage of these new regulation changes to conduct commercial operations since the rules have changed.


UAS, or Unmanned Aerial Systems, are also known as drones. They are beginning to be used in Canada for many different applications from police support services to environmental monitoring. IN•FLIGHT Data uses this latest in robotic and GPS positioning technology to provide a wealth of data services to its clients. IN•FLIGHT Data uses UAV/UAS in the <2kg class.


Consumers in Alberta should be aware of some of the basic rules governing UAS operations, as this technology is now entering the Alberta market and anyone may purchase these unmanned services. IN•FLIGHT Data is very well-positioned to answer these types of questions to the media. IN•FLIGHT has over 200 flight hours on our equipment, we are ground school trained by CCUVS in Medicine Hat Alberta and we always maintain our Transport Canada compliancy. If you would like information on how consumers can purchase these types of services safely, please contact us.


“Customer safety is always our first priority. All commercial operations must be conducted in a safe manner, adhering to all Transport Canada special flight exemptions,” says Chris Healy, owner/operator of IN•FLIGHT Data Inc. “Safety is paramount to everything we do. These are basically GPS-indicated flying lawn-mowers. It is in everyone’s interest that safety is always first!”


IN•FLIGHT Data Inc. is a local, southern Alberta corporation established to provide outsourced agriculture and land management services to clients in Alberta. IN•FLIGHT Data Inc. was incorporated on Dec 3, 2014 taking advantage of the Transport Canada UAV regulation and special flight exemption changes and is based in the Okotoks, AB area.


 

Contact:

IN•FLIGHT Data Inc.

Phone: (403) 512 8805

Email: info@inflightdata.ca

www.inflightdata.ca


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Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems host venue for TV show about UAV's

Updated 21 November 2015


The Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems, located in Foremost Alberta, was the recent venue for a new TV show being produced in Western Canada all about UAV's, and their many uses.


The TV show is being filmed by Bluebox Media, and is slated to appear on Canadian TV.

Details about the show's airing dates will be posted when available.

Presentation to CCUVS Director Len Mitzel, Village of Foremost Mayor Ken Kultgen, and Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems Safety Officer Doug Hanna

Chris Healy from Inflight Data talking to attendees of Dronefest

Gull Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada - July 25-26, 2015

Gull Lake is the center of the drone universe with DroneFest, the first ever Drone Air Show in Canada.


Companies from around the country will be coming out to demonstrate their drones to drone pilots and interested consumers at Antelope Lake Regional Park, 20 kilometres north of Gull Lake.


In addition, a Drone Trade Show will be held, along with workshops throughout the two days. There are also plans to host a Drone Film Festival the same day. To learn more visit www.gldronefest.com

CBC News Calgary

Near Okotoks, Alberta, Canada - 11 December 2014

Press Conference Slideshow

Near Okotoks, Alberta, Canada - 11 December 2014

​​Western Wheel - Weekend Edition 

Farming Technology Takes to the Sky

Story by Bruce Campbell, Photos by Jordan Verlage on Aug 28, 2015


Farmers can now get a bird's-eye view of their fields after harvest that will help them prepare for future crops. An Okotoks company can fly drones over farms to photograph fields from above.


"Once the crops are gone we can start to do bare-earth analysis... Farmers can then use that information so when they come back in the spring they know how to plant."


"We can provide elevations, topography, to do things like (determine) hydrology... further mapping can provide information on biomass, nitrogen requirements, potassium requirements, and others." 


Read the entire story from the Western Wheel - Weekend Edition here.

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FIRST ANNUAL DRONEFEST in Saskatchewan

IN-FLIGHT Data is the first confirmed guest, of the first Canadian drone festival!!

Way to Go TEAM IFD!! Stay tuned to hear about our presentations and demonstrations at the festival!

High River Online ( www.highriveronline.com )

Story located at http://www.highriveronline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30995&Itemid=346


Drones Survey Farms To Increase Productivity
Written by Don McCracken on Thursday, 18 June 2015


A business out of Okotoks is flying high in more ways than one.

Chris Healy runs IN-FLIGHT Data which flies drones over farms to provide producers with all the information they need to make informed decisions and increase production.

Healy says once they capture all the data with their drones, it's put into their computers and analyzed

"We can tell them the elevation of all of their land in one picture, we can tell them how much crop coverage they have on their land in one picture, we can tell them how much soil they have on their land that hasn't grown anything," he says. "We can give them very specific measurements around how much land of theirs is vegetating, and how much of their land has not vegetated yet."

He says farmers can get the information on a USB stick, plug it into their tractor and use it for any variable rate seeding or spraying technology available.















Example of a typical NDVI map provided by IN-FLIGHT Data


Healy says the are not the drones you see hobbyists flying around.

"The drones you typically see in the stores or online are typically multi-roto helicopters that can range anywhere from $500 to as much as $3,000 or more," he says. "Our specific drone that we're using for agriculture is a fixed wind airplane and it runs upwards of $100,000."

Healy's just signed deals with UFA and Olds College to provide services to the store's clients and to provide the college with the data he gathers so along with the information they gather on the ground, they can get a better understanding of how the two relate.

He says what they're doing by taking the pictures is all based on mathematics not biology, chemistry or physics and is based on empirical evidence and the deal with Olds College will allow the college to validate the information. Olds will also be able to get up to speed in the GPS and GIS game when it comes to farming and ranching and the students and curriculum will benefit from the research and the analysis that's done on that data.- See more at:
http://www.highriveronline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30995&Itemid=346#sthash.UFrLCRi0.NWIrlAxH.dpuf

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Story located at http://www.swiftcurrentonline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30926&Itemid=408


DroneFest First Flight a Success
Written by Joey Donnelly on Tuesday, 28 July 2015


Western Canada's first drone festival took place at Antelope Lake last weekend, 25 km north of Gull Lake. The unmanned aerial vehicles are becoming increasingly popular for personal use and in business.

"Everybody who came out, more or less, stayed the day. We had comments from people, said they really enjoyed it, learned a lot," said Craig Baird organiser and founder of the Gull Lake Dronefest. "We're planning on having it next year - have a small little air show in one place, and a larger big event in another place."

At least fifty people packed the Antelope Lake Hall. Baird says he's working with Transport Canada to have the license for an air show next year.  Baird expects that the popularity of this festival will grow.

"The RCMP is starting to use drones to fight crime and things like that. But also with agriculture, there're a lot of agricultural uses. The uses of agriculture actually really improve things like yields and efficiency. We some companies come and talk about that and the huge amounts of ways that these can be used from analyzing crops through infrared to counting livestock," Baird said.

To learn more about the festival, visit gldronefest.com.

DRONE FUTURES.org 

Podcast: IN∙FLIGHT Data Delivers GOLD to Farmers

June 27, 2015


Farmers may not often find gold in their soil, but with precision data on moisture, plant health, herd strength, and more, agriculture-focused drone businesses hope to deliver information that is just like gold. Stay tuned to hear about the transformation taking place in the agriculture industry because of forward-thinking aerial photography companies like today’s guest...


...We’re helping farmers overcome some of the challenges they are facing when it comes to scaling up their farms. Farms need to be large in order to be profitable, and with a large farm comes a lot of work. We’re helping them ensure that the money they are investing in their farm in terms of the inputs is going towards the best decision that is going to generate the best return of investment possible.


Read, and hear, the entire story here

Southern Alberta Business Gives Farmers a Bird’s-Eye View

Written by Helen Pike on 22 December 2014


Near Okotoks, Alberta, Canada - The possibilities for tending a farm are sky-high, thanks to a company out of southern Alberta. With the help of quad-copters, more commonly known as drones, Chris Healy, owner and operator of IN-FLIGHT Data, can survey crop land and gather useful data for farmers. The data can reveal the health of the land and reduce chemical spray costs by 25 to 45 per cent and help increase crop yield.


“Once the data’s been collected we can give it right to the client,” Healy said, adding he is able to survey land, take high-quality images and create stitched-together mosaics. Thanks to Transport Canada’s new regulations, commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots can take to the skies easier than ever before, but Healy said there are still dozens of regulations he has to follow before taking to the skies. “There are still 58 different criteria we must meet every time we put our [UAV] up into the air,” Healy said. “Included in that are things like being appropriately trained, having the appropriate amount of insurance, making sure you have all the correct land-owner permissions before you go on people’s land, those sorts of things.”


Healy’s family has been in the agricultural industry for generations, and he said for him as a business person, a helpful service like those offered by IN-FLIGHT Data just made sense. “Farming is in my family’s blood,” Healy said. “I have a wealth of knowledge I can draw on from my family’s background on the agricultural side, and they marry together quite well.” Once growing season is rolling, he hopes to take flight as much as possible, but for now he’s just hoping to plant the seed and get farmers thinking about how UAVs can help them.

Behind-the-scenes filming with Bluebox Media

IN-FLIGHT Data, Foremost Centre for Unmanned Systems, and CCUVS presenting the value of UAV technology for Alberta and Canadian industry

ANNOUNCEMENT - IN-FLIGHT Data Becomes Preferred Data Supplier to UFA

May 18, 2015


IN-FLIGHT Data is the proud to announce we are the Preferred Data Supplier to UFA!


UFA (United Farmers of Alberta) is one of the largest farm, ranch and petroleum companies in Western Canada, and IN-FLIGHT Data is proud to partner with UFA to provide a wealth of aerial field scouting and analysis to its customers.


With over 50 projects already "on-the-go" with more on deck, IN-FLIGHT Data is positioned to be the largest supplier of aerial agricultural field scouting data in Western Canada.

GULL LAKE DRONEFEST 2015 - Workshop Presentation

March 13, 2015 - IN-FLIGHT Data is the proud to be the first confirmed

workshop presenter, of the first Canadian drone festival!!


Big Data and Drones in Agriculture:

How much data is there on my farm, and what types of BIG DATA tools can I use to collect, manage and act upon this information?


Come out to DroneFest in Gull Lake, SK July 25 and 26 2015, to see just how much data you think there isn't..

1st ANNUAL DRONEFEST 2015

ANNOUNCEMENT - IN-FLIGHT Data Partners With Olds College

June 26, 2015


IN-FLIGHT Data is the proud to announce we are now in a research and data partnership with Olds College to provide aerial data to the College for research and instructional purposes!


Olds College is one of the premier Canadian integrated learning and applied research colleges specializing in agriculture, horticulture, and land and environmental management, and IN-FLIGHT Data is proud to partner with Olds College to provide a wealth of aerial data for its research and educational requirements.


Welcome, Olds College, to the IN-FLIGHT Data Community of UAV Aerial Data Pioneers! 

High River Online ( www.highriveronline.com )

Story located at http://www.highriveronline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30995&Itemid=346


Drones Survey Farms To Increase Productivity
Written by Don McCracken on Thursday, 18 June 2015


A business out of Okotoks is flying high in more ways than one.

Chris Healy runs IN-FLIGHT Data which flies drones over farms to provide producers with all the information they need to make informed decisions and increase production.

Healy says once they capture all the data with their drones, it's put into their computers and analyzed

"We can tell them the elevation of all of their land in one picture, we can tell them how much crop coverage they have on their land in one picture, we can tell them how much soil they have on their land that hasn't grown anything," he says. "We can give them very specific measurements around how much land of theirs is vegetating, and how much of their land has not vegetated yet."

He says farmers can get the information on a USB stick, plug it into their tractor and use it for any variable rate seeding or spraying technology available.















Example of a typical NDVI map provided by IN-FLIGHT Data


Healy says the are not the drones you see hobbyists flying around.

"The drones you typically see in the stores or online are typically multi-roto helicopters that can range anywhere from $500 to as much as $3,000 or more," he says. "Our specific drone that we're using for agriculture is a fixed wind airplane and it runs upwards of $100,000."

Healy's just signed deals with UFA and Olds College to provide services to the store's clients and to provide the college with the data he gathers so along with the information they gather on the ground, they can get a better understanding of how the two relate.

He says what they're doing by taking the pictures is all based on mathematics not biology, chemistry or physics and is based on empirical evidence and the deal with Olds College will allow the college to validate the information. Olds will also be able to get up to speed in the GPS and GIS game when it comes to farming and ranching and the students and curriculum will benefit from the research and the analysis that's done on that data.- See more at:
http://www.highriveronline.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=30995&Itemid=346#sthash.UFrLCRi0.NWIrlAxH.dpuf

IN-FLIGHT Data demonstrating safe UAV operations

IN-FLIGHT Data now associated with myUAVtraining

Updated 08 April 2016


IN-FLIGHT Data has teamed up with myUAVtraining to deliver Transport Canada Registered Compliant UAV Pilot training to students in Canada.


Also based in Okotoks, AB myUAVtraining is a Registered Education Provider with Transport Canada, and is certified to administer both the Compliant UAV exam and the Industry Canada ROC-A radio operator's certificate. 



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