A message from Leif Johan Holand
CEO, GRIFF Aviation
CEO, GRIFF Aviation
As we come to the end of 2019, and look ahead to a new decade, I want to take a moment to give you some insight into what we’ve been up to this past year, and what we can all look forward to as the UAV industry prepares to enter an exciting new era.
2019: A great year for GRIFF
The past year has been an inspiring and busy one for us all at GRIFF Aviation. We have been traveling all over the world meeting clients, attending conventions, and delivering demos. We have organized training camps and trained pilots. We have increased the number of employed engineers and we’re still hiring.
We have hosted visitors from every corner of the world, some of them twice, and among them some of the most renowned companies in the aviation industry. They liked what they heard, loved what they saw, and we’re now preparing to go into several key commercial partnerships.
Most significantly, we also started development work on two new UAV platforms, and completed the development work on the GRIFF 135.
2020: Delivering the GRIFF 135
I am very excited to announce that the commercial production of the GRIFF 135 has commenced. We believe it is one of the most robust UAV on the market. We should all be very proud of this modular aviation platform; it is not only a beautiful piece of industrial technology, it is set to be one of the most robust UAVs on the market.
We have now finished the first production run and started shipping the GRIFF 135 around the world. The first batch went to Japan, the second to Canada, and we are now shipping to Australia too. Next year, we will travel to locations worldwide to train UAV pilots as GRIFF 135 heavy lift pilots, using the services and expertise of the GRIFF Academy.
2020: Setting new UAV standards
The UAV industry is at a turning point. The next few years will see rigorous new standards introduced to control how UAVs are not only developed and manufactured, but also how they are integrated as an industrial aerial platform to the operators of any RPAS organization.
Aviation authorities are continuously introducing new regulations, and from my own professional experience of coordinating helicopter missions, I think it is important that we, in the UAV industry, do adhere to the same rules and regulations as the rest of the aviation community. Not only that, I also believe GRIFF should be proactive in setting the standards in our industry – that is the future!