VDOS Global in the news

4.4.17 Brian Whiteside Testifies before Congress

Brian was asked to testify before the House Aviation Subcommittee on Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Enabling Innovation in the National Airspace.  Here is a link to the hearing:

2.10.17 Drone Complier selected as the Compliance App for all of Australia!

Our software Drone Complier has been selected as the safety compliance app by CASA for helping Drone Operators in Australia ensure safety and compliance when flying in the country.

Here is the link to the CASA announcement:


10.21.16 VDOS performs critical research with the WWF on Bowhead Whales in the Arctic

The missions performed during the summer of 2016 in the Canadian arctic were a complete success! They were flown by Thomas Seitz our director of operations who managed to capture video and images of Bowhead Whale behavior that has never been see or documented before.

Here is a link to the BBC edit:


The following is the link to the press release: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/video-drone-footage-reveals-rarely-seen-bowhead-whales-in-the-arctic-597915941.html?tc=eml_mycnw

4.8.16  The VDOS team has successfully completed their first support classes for teaching Oregon State University Safety and Best Practices!

Led by John Rohrer the VDOS team has completed the initial Drone Safety and Best practices program for the University.  This is the foundation of what is our program that will become the insurance adjustor program with Cunningham Lindsay!  We are anticipating a September start in conjunction with the new Part 107 rules for the full insurance adjustor program.

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20.4.16 VDOS and Vale Training Solutions article on the value of drones to the insurance industry.

Around the world the idea of using drones to gather data about our surroundings is literally taking off. The technology is being employed from agriculture to industrial inspections, and now the insurance industry is looking at the benefits and value of collecting information through the use of unmanned aircraft. Risk Magazine Article

16.3.16 VDOS Global and RPAS Training and Solutions PTY LTD have come together to form Complier Enterprise!

This merger establishes a new market dominating force for Enterprise Clients in the UAS industry with offices and operations on the three continents of North America, Australia and Africa.  www.dronecomplier.com

2.24.16 VDOS Global received patent pending status for our SEED Enterprise support software!

SEED is our patented software that automates the collection, analysis, data management, and re-inspection using drones and other devices for our Enterprise clients.  Contact us to learn about how it can work for you!

12.3.15 VDOS Global and Cunningham Lindsey announce partnership for Drone supported insurance claims

VDOS Global today along with Cunningham Lindsey announce their partnership in using unmanned system for insurance claims services.  VDOS will be providing Enterprise Support for Cunningham Lindsay insurance adjustors and clients world wide.  Press Release

10.1.15 VDOS Global, Textron Unmanned Systems, and Firewhat successful integrate the Aerosonde UAV into Firefighting for the US Department of the Interior

VDOS Global recently successfully demonstrated the integration of unmanned systems in a wildfire environment with the US Department of the Interior.  VDOS under an MOU with Textron Systems integrated the Aerosonde UAV with the Firewhat Incident Command System on the recent Tepee Springs Fire.

Press Release

9.23.15 VDOS Global Featured in National Geographic Article

VDOS was recently featured in a National Geographic Article on Drones and their potential.

National Geographic Link

9.17.15 VDOS Video from work this summer with the World Wildlife Fund

We would love to be able to share more videos but due to restrictions on sharing we are not able to.  However here is some video from our work in the Arctic the summer with the World Wildlife Fund.  Enjoy!

VDOS Summer 2015 Arctic Video

6.12.15  VDOS Global and F3 Win First Place in Civil Survey Category for the Leica Geo-systems International Users Contest

VDOS Global performed a detailed aerial survey with F3 performing laser scanning on a water reclamation plant in Benicia California.  The results proved the valuable capabilities and opportunities for unmanned aircraft in surveys and the powerful tool they have become.  VDOS is very proud of the team in this pioneering effort.  Please contact us for a copy of the results and associated white paper.

6.3.15 VDOS Global Announces Al Spain has joined the advisory board.

Corvallis, OR – June 3, 2015 – VDOS Global LLC announced today that Al Spain has joined the VDOS Global Advisory Board.

VDOS Global LLC, the nations’s first commercial supplier of unmanned operations and services for the industrial, energy, and environmental sectors authorized by the FAA for both on and off shore commercial operations, is excited to announce that Al Spain will be joining the advisory board.  Mr. Spain was a co-founder of Jet Blue and served most recently as the Senior Vice President of Operations for the Airline.  He brings over 50 years of aviation operations and corporate knowledge that will help VDOS Global grow and expand in the commercial drone market.  “We are incredibly excited and grateful to have Mr. Spain as a part of the VDOS Global team and look forward to his wisdom and support as we scale and grow into the opportunities ahead,” said Brian Whiteside, the President and Founder of VDOS Global LLC.  “I have tremendous respect for Al’s military service and his aviation background. There are very few people in the world who have his depth and knowledge.”

Mr. Spain is a dedicated professional with a proven track record of moving companies forward and tackling the challenges of aviation operations and regulatory approvals.

“I consider it an honor and privilege to join the Advisory Board of VDOS Global as we position the company in a rapidly expanding market with increasing demand for our services.  I am particularly proud of the company as it continues to maintain its leadership role in the growing world of Unmanned Aerial Systems and the incredible amount of data that we will be able to provide our customers,”  stated Mr. Spain.

Mr. Spain has been an aviation pioneer in bringing new business models and operational constructs to market that are critical in establishing the future market of unmanned and airborne robotic systems.   He was one of the early pioneers in applying unmanned systems when he was involved in the Army’s USD-1 program,  flying and testing these aircraft. Mr. Spain holds several degrees and is a member of several aviation and corporate boards focused on economic development and aviation industries.

VDOS Global is currently supporting operations across the United States for both on and off shore clients.  The company is based in Corvallis, Oregon with expansions in Louisiana, Texas, Mexico, and Brazil.

3.24.15  FAA announces nation wide commercial operations below 200 feet are authorized.

VDOS Global is very excited to be able to offer our services nation wide without the need for site specific COAs for our clients who want inspection support below 200 feet AGL.  We have active COAs for our inspection requirements above 200 feet or within the vicinity of airports and now can offer immediate expanded support.  This includes Alaska and Hawaii.  Please email us at inforequest@vdosglobal.us

“The Federal Aviation Administration has established an interim policy to speed up airspace authorizations for certain commercial unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators who obtain Section 333 exemptions. The new policy helps bridge the gap between the past process, which evaluated every UAS operation individually, and future operations after we publish a final version of the proposed small UAS rule.

Under the new policy, the FAA will grant a Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) for flights at or below 200 feet to any UAS operator with a Section 333 exemption for aircraft that weigh less than 55 pounds, operate during daytime Visual Flight Rules (VFR) conditions, operate within visual line of sight (VLOS) of the pilots, and stay certain distances away from airports or heliports:

  • 5 nautical miles (NM) from an airport having an operational control tower; or
  • 3 NM from an airport with a published instrument flight procedure, but not an operational tower; or
  • 2 NM from an airport without a published instrument flight procedure or an operational tower; or
  • 2  NM from a heliport with a published instrument flight procedure

The “blanket” 200-foot COA allows flights anywhere in the country except restricted airspace and other areas, such as major cities, where the FAA prohibits UAS operations. Previously, an operator had to apply for and receive a COA for a particular block of airspace, a process that can take 60 days. The agency expects the new policy will allow companies and individuals who want to use UAS within these limitations to start flying much more quickly than before.

Section 333 exemption holders will automatically receive a “blanket” 200 foot COA. For new exemption holders, the FAA will issue a COA at the time the exemption is approved. Anyone who wants to fly outside the blanket parameters must obtain a separate COA specific to the airspace required for that operation.”

Above excerpt from sUAS News:  http://www.suasnews.com/2015/03/34879/faa-streamlines-uas-coas-for-section-333/

3.18.15 VDOS Global Accepted as a member of HSAC

The Helicopter Safety Advisory Committee is a dedicated team focused on the safe operation of aircraft in and around the Gulf of Mexico.  VDOS is very proud to have been approved as an associate member.

2.25.15 VDOS Approved for onshore operations throughout the US, Alaska, and Hawaii by the FAA.  

VDOS becomes the first company authorized to commercially operate for on shore and off shore operations.

2.15.15 VDOS Global Featured in Go Gulf Magazine

Go Gulf is a regional magazine focused on serving the Petroleum Industry in the region.  Link Here

2.2.15 VDOS Global is a member of the External Advisory Board for Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence – ASSURE 

VDOS Global is proud to be a part of the incredible team dedicated to the safe integration of unmanned systems led by Mississippi State University.  Members include industry leaders and universities across the nation.  Link Here

1.11.15 – Brian Whiteside Interview with Bloomberg TV regarding the VDOS Approvals and Commercial Future.

Video link to Bloomberg: Video Link

12.10.14 – For Immediate Release VDOS Global has received a Section 333 Approval for commercial UAS Operations for our work with Shell Oil.

Press release; VDOS News Release 12.10.14

12.2.14 – Portland Monthly Article on the Oregon UAS Industry and VDOS

Link to the Article: Here

11.25.14 – WSJ Rachel King Article on the NTSB Ruling and how it may affect the agriculture industry that includes comments from Brian

Link to the article; here

11.18.14 – Aeryon Labs Inc. Press Release on VDOS use of Sky Ranger UAS

Link to the press release; here

10.21.14 – VDOS receives contract to support the University of North Dakota’s Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems and the PMATS program.

VDOS will support with our MQ-9 Pilots and Sensor Operators for mission and training support.

10.16.14 – “Yamaha Waits for FAA Approval on Agricultural Drone”

The CIO Report in the Wall Street Journal describes VDOS FAA application status, and its next in line to hear regarding it’s exemption;  read the story.

8.9.14 – “The drones are coming! The drones are coming!

The Oregonian joined a community forum about practices and legislation related to UAS operations and talked with VDOS founder Brian Whiteside about the future of the drone industry; read the article

8.1.14 “VDOS Global LLC Tests UAV Wildland Firefighting Applications in Eastern Oregon”

The Benton County Economic Development Office described the first UAV flyover at the Warm Springs Federal Aviation Administration test-site and the collaboration between VDOS Global and Oregon State University; read the story

7.16.14“Warm Springs drone program taking flight”

Central Oregon news channel KTVZ featured VDOS Global and the Warm Springs Test Range it manages; Watch the Video

6.30.14“Like Amazon, other firms want permission to fly drones”

PC World described VDOS Global’s FAA application  as well as efforts within other industries to take advantage of UAS technology; read the article


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