The unmanned aerial systems (UAS) sector in Ontario, Canada is enjoying a head start in developing and refining novel uses for UAS applications. With the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)'s UAS regulatory framework not moving quickly, UAS businesses are discovering Ontario offers a combination of cost-effective and efficient capabilities along with a friendly regulatory environment that enables them to take advantage of opportunities in this fast-growing, high-tech industry.

Ontario's friendly skies are helping UAS application developers put their technology to good use

UAS producers and service providers in Ontario are enjoying the opportunity to lead the development of real-world uses of UAS applications. Businesses in Ontario are already using UAS applications to monitor natural resources, inspect crops, protect wildlife, and reconstruct traffic accidents. In fact, a UAS operated by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) was recently credited with the first documented case of a UAS saving the life of a human being –which landed the small aircraft a permanent spot in the Smithsonian museum. "There are many instances where UAS applications can take the place of risky manned flights" states Jeremy Byatt of ING Robotic Aviation in Ottawa. "And they can do so while reducing costs and environmental impact. A commercial UAS application can map 1000 hectares in a single 30 minute flight."

Ontario offers the perfect environment for launching a successful UAS business

The UAS-friendly regulations aren't the only thing attracting the attention of businesses. The UAS sector is a natural fit for Ontario, which already stands as a world leader in the aerospace and information technology sectors. Fifteen of the top 25 aerospace companies in the world have key operations in Ontario. Bombardier, United Technologies Corporation, and Honeywell are just a few of the aerospace companies that benefit from Ontario's highly collaborative R&D ecosystem which brings together universities, private and public sector institutions and one of the most highly-skilled workforces in the world. This environment has already helped several small and medium sized businesses jump to the forefront of the young UAS industry.

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