Autonomy Hub Launches On the Backbone of New FAA Drone Regulations

Andrew King, of This Week Community News, did a wonderful piece on the new drone Part 107 regulation rules from the Federal Aviation Administration and how it will impact the aviation and commercial landscape of unmanned systems.

  Steve Hane (center) of MetroAir Photo legally pilots his drone on the roof of the Murphy Co.'s building in Columbus, home of Autonomy Hub, while collaborators Loren Stone of the Tesla Foundation (left) and Dave Agler of Double I Media look on.

Steve Hane (center) of MetroAir Photo legally pilots his drone on the roof of the Murphy Co.'s building in Columbus, home of Autonomy Hub, while collaborators Loren Stone of the Tesla Foundation (left) and Dave Agler of Double I Media look on.

He interviewed our Autonomy Hub Founder and the Midwest Director for Tesla Foundation, Loren Stone, as a contributor for this article, while highlighting the launch of Autonomy Hub, in the Franklinton area of Columbus, Ohio.

The new FAA regulations which went into effect on Aug 29th 2016, have began shedding more lights on the commercial use of drones.

This Week Community News:...Thanks to new rules from the Federal Aviation Administration, the world of commercial drone flight is no longer the wild west. This allows "for drone pilots with commercial missions -- including photography, video and other services -- to legally fly in airspace that was previously forbidden to them.

This Week News Interview Highlight of Autonomy Hub:...Loren Stone is one of the technology experts who sees that potential.

Among many other titles he holds, Stone is the Midwest Director for the national science and technology nonprofit Tesla Foundation, CEO of Columbus' Murphy Company., a technology and services business that recently expanded into drone products, and President of the UAV Systems Association.

With his connections in the field, Stone has established Autonomy Hub, which offers a collaborative environment where leaders from a variety of private companies and higher education can work together to help spread information and push the industry.

"As an entrepreneur, you can build things on your own, and sometimes I do," Stone said. "But there's no greater strength than collaboration."

Stone is operating the hub out of the Murphy headquarters in Franklinton. He said central Ohio is the perfect location for drone innovation, given the business climate and Columbus' $40 million Smart City Grant. 

"(Central Ohio) has a lot going on," he said. "We're the birthplace of aviation, we sent the first astronaut into orbit and now we're on the forefront of autonomy in the U.S."

While casual observers may see drones simply as a way to get an interesting photo or video, the group sees much larger accomplishments on the horizon for autonomous technology.

With innovation and collaboration boiling over in Columbus, Ohio, the Autonomy Hub, Tesla Foundation and its strategic partners welcome the chance to be leaders in the Midwest. It has been a long time that the economy has seen such mass potential for large numbers of work force development exploding in an industry. We welcome fellow professionals, future customers and hobbyists to ride this together.

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