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The Future Of Drones In Print


Facebook recently unveiled plans to fly high-altitude drones over remote places to beam internet access to underserved populations. 

It seems like not a week goes by that drones don’t end up in the news – sometimes for controversial reasons, like entering restricted airspace; and sometime good ones, like helping search for disaster survivors.

A new magazine just launched by Waukesha’s Kalmbach Publishing is tracking all of these developments.  Tim Kidwell is editor of drone360, which is on a newsstand near you.  Kidwell spoke with Lake Effect's Mith Teich to talk about the rise of drones and the need for a magazine to explore this relatively new market.

"There is a little bit of discomfort with the word 'drone'...its because its become synonymous with these very stable multi-rotor aircraft that are easy to fly. I don't know if it's necessarily good or bad, but when you say drone, it really does bring up a number of different air craft," says Kidwell.

With so many new models of drones available for both industrial and public use, the atmosphere seemed ideal to start a magazine featuring these unique machines.

"We had gotten to the point where we're seeing them everywhere, and it's definitely the right time to get in - both for the hobby market and then just where the technology is headed."