Originally Posted by Deadstick 8409
$1000 to come see them sell you a product? Damn. I need to look at other careers.
Yes that is a scary concept. It is an example of the arrogance you can display when you are the only game in town. Trimble has been number-one ever since GPS entered the civilian market, and they maintain their position by buying out any serious competition that comes along. Their recent purchase of the Gatewing (developed in Belgium) is a typical example.
There might be some good news here for US pilots. This very large and powerful company is probably putting on the pressure to make it legal for commercial operators to use UAV's for aerial photography, as it is in Canada. These things cost more than $100,000, and I'm betting most of that cost is software.