And that's a wrap: the end of our coverage from AUVSI Xponential 2016! It certainly represented a shift from other shows we've attended in the past, representing a much broader spectrum of the drone industry – but I was glad to have had the experience. We met up with old friends (including Drone Girl Sally French) and new: Danijel Jovanovic from Exponent, with whom I had corresponded from half a world away and never, ever expected I would meet in person.
I also had the opportunity to highlight my home state of Oregon and its bright future in the drone industry by doing a segment with my friends at SOAR. It's always treat to see Rick and Beth, our stalwart sponsors from GoProfessional Cases (and see them again a few days later as I traveled to their home town of San Diego for International Drone Day), and see the latest from FLIR, which continues to relentlessly push forward thermal imaging technology for small drones with the VUE PRO R.
Also, it was an honor to have met Zenon Dragan: the man who pioneered “drones” as we currently understand them. My hope is that our encounter on the show floor will just be the beginning of a relationship that will give us an opportunity to learn more about him and his newest generation of aircraft.
Finally, I have a little confession to make: the video you see here was actually shot on the third day of the four-day long AUVSI Xponential show, because Sally wasn't able to stay for the last day. She was eager to get home and see if her Yuneec Tyhpoon H was waiting for her on the front porch (spoiler alert: it was!)
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