Did Someone Order A Liver

7 October 2020 | Propeller Heads Newsletter


If you’re around us long enough, chances are you’ll hear a story about Mike Briant. Remember those old Dos Equis commercials about the Most Interesting Man in the World? They were based on Mike Briant. 

Earlier today we announced that our long-time friend would be joining the team officially as our Chief Security Officer! He brings not just his 25 years of experience in law enforcement and international security operations, but a bunch of other stuff that if we told you about, he’d have to come find you.

But if one Mike wasn’t enough for you, we’re adding another! Mike Rogers has also joined the team! Who is Mike Rogers? Wow, what’s it like living under that rock? Recently retired FBI Special Agent, the manager and grower of the FBI’s UAS program! THAT Mike Rogers! Mr. Rogers is one of only a few we think could be our Director of Public Safety with over 30 years of experience as a Field Training Officer, investigative Special Agent, SWAT team pilot, Aviation Program Manager with over 5,000 hours on manned aircraft (to name a few)…. and we couldn’t be happier to have him join us!

But don’t just take my word for it. Join us next Tuesday for our Tech Tuesday | Training in Law Enforcement Drone Programs webinar at 12pm EST. Space is limited, so register HERE today!


Image Courtesy: MissionGO
Alright, alright. Amazon is not on to the black market. Not yet anyway. But it was a funny title, right? 

This isn’t the first time a drone has been used to deliver an organ a fairly long distance to a patient. In 2019 a drone flew 3 miles to deliver a kidney, but MissionGO just shattered the record by flying over 10 miles from an airport to a hospital. This could be an amazing development in both the medical field and for drones with beyond visual line of sight flights. A huge leap forward in cutting down wait times for patients who need life saving organs. 

It’s good to note that the organs that they flew, were not actually for a patient. They were for research. You think they’d just give good organs to a guy with a drone standing in the parking lot of an airport? Probably not, but we’ve got our guy Jake at Hartsfield testing it out. 

The truth is there is a whole lot of work to do before they reach the organ transporting big leagues. Right now there are huge risks with this. What if two drones collided and then you have your classic “whose is whose“ situation? Or if Amazon did join the black market and hacked the drones? You’d flood the black market… supply outgrows demand, blah blahblah blahblah. But jokes aside, this is huge news. MissionGO, keep up the awesome work! 


Image Courtesy: VintagePhotos
So here’s the scenario, a guy is out walking in a state park sometime between 5 and 6am. No, we don’t know why. Yes, we know that’s way too early. Surely he could see something, why else go? Exercise? Nah… It is the West Coast, does the sun rise earlier than it does here in Atlanta? No, that’s dumb…it sets over there. 


This man was out walking on a trail, when everyone’s worst nightmare happened. He missteps, and slips off the trail and falls down a rocky cliff face in a place called “The Devil’s Punchbowl”. Which is a pretty metal name, but just look at that picture above. Would you be looking where you were going with that view? We don’t blame you, sir.

Depoe Bay Firefighters used their thermal capable drone to spot the hiker. Once located, they shined their lights so that he could find his way down. He had to walk through the cold surf, but surfs him right! Am I right?? He’s fine. It’s ok to laugh.


Image Courtesy: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
What better show of the utility of drones than showing how they can clean up after people from the South? And that’s not a dig. There’s a good ol’ Southern boy writing this article, put your pitchforks away. 

It’s been our experience that we make the best food here in the South, and because of that we tend to get overly excited and make a big ol’ mess of things. Well, someone has to clean that up. It’s definitely not going to be us after eating a big helpin’ portion of Fox Bros BBQ. I can tell you that for certain. 

So what better way to do that than with a disinfecting drone? It’s 2020 afterall. The company providing the drones, Lucid Drone Technologies, have specifically designed these drones to spray not only the seats that are covered in BBQ sauce, but also the hand rails covered in gravy, and the glass partitions that have bacon grease slathered on them at half time. As is customary.

Mercedes-Benz Stadium said it will cut the time it takes to clean the seating area by 95%! Which is good, considering the drones probably can’t get to the pig trough… er… concession stand area.


Another silly drone gun
Mavic Mini 2?
Carrying COVID by Drone


Oct 13th –Tech Tuesday Webinar | Training in Law Enforcement Drone Programs 
Oct 26th  – 1 – Day Online Part 107 Course
Nov 16th-20th -5 – Day Integration of UAS to Law Enforcement – FULL!
Nov 16th  – 1 – Day Online Part 107 Course
Dec 7th-11th – 5 – Day Integration of UAS to Law Enforcement
Dec 7th  – 1 – Day Online Part 107 Course
Alright, folks — that’s it! Hope you have a great week!

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