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What Does it Mean to be a Licensed Drone Operator?

If you are looking at hiring a drone operator for any commercial reason, then you will see that drone operators need to be certified (often incorrectly referred to as licensed) by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). This is the legal requirement in the UK currently to operate commercial and it's vital that anyone that you hire to carry out aerial photography and video work on your [...]

2020-06-27T15:27:45+00:00Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on What Does it Mean to be a Licensed Drone Operator?

Coronavirus and Our Business Implications

Business, not so as Usual! But Business nonetheless! Covid-19 Working Policy Coronavirus update on our business plans and preparations for our clients Ironically, Drone (UAV) work is built on a platform of social separation by default as we are required to ensure our aerial activity is safely separated from all people, property, vehicles, and vessels not under our control by law. This separation is 50m [...]

2020-06-15T11:46:29+00:00Categories: Drone UAV News, General|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Coronavirus and Our Business Implications

Drones and Flood Damage

The UK has been battered in recent months by a series of storms that have left large swathes of the country suffering or at risk from flood damage. A recent BBC report showed the damage to properties in East Yorkshire form a drone's perspective highlighting the scale of the issue. This type of aerial footage certainly makes for compelling viewing but drones can also [...]

2020-03-03T14:04:03+00:00Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Drones and Flood Damage

The Drone Industry Looks at Plan Bee

Aside from sharing a name, drone scientists are working on other ways that drones can learn from the world of bees. The UK is leading the way in this field with Professor James Marshall of Sheffield University recently presenting their work to the American Association for the Advancement of Science Conference.  Aided by a £4.8 million grant from UK Research and Innovation, the researchers are studying bees with [...]

2020-03-09T15:14:50+00:00Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Drone Industry Looks at Plan Bee

Drone CAA Compliance Audits – What is involved?

Oh Crap! The CAA want to Audit my Operation! I have been a certified and approved CAA drone Pilot now for four years and to date have never been subjected to an audit by the CAA, which I have thought was somewhat odd to be honest. Even being a couple of miles away from Gatwick CAA HQ, I had been expecting a visit at some point, but not [...]

2020-02-28T21:23:41+00:00Categories: Drone UAV News, General|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Drone CAA Compliance Audits – What is involved?

Drones and Valentines Day Romance

You wouldn't normally associate drones with romance - Valentine's Day is normally more of a flowers and chocolates kind of a day - however, there are some ways that drones can be used to spread the message of love. DJI certainly agree as they've tried to capture the spirit of Cupid with one romantic themed blog post encouraging couples to use a drone to "take unique portraits, tell [...]

2020-01-29T17:05:19+00:00Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Drones and Valentines Day Romance

Drones Deliveries Planned for South East Hospitals

Drone deliveries are something of a contentious issue with the UK public.  A recent survey by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers entitled 'Public Perceptions: Drones', only 23% of those surveyed support drone deliveries, citing fears over package thefts, accidents in the sky, and invasion of privacy as the main reasons for their reticence. Against this somewhat bleak backdrop, it is clear that plans being formed by Solent Transport [...]

2020-06-13T15:55:56+00:00Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Drones Deliveries Planned for South East Hospitals

BVLOS – the CAA Publish a Guide

In a groundbreaking move aimed at assisting the UK in leading the way in unmanned aviation, the CAA have published the first guide on making BVLOS drone flights part of everyday life. It's widely acknowledged that BVLOS legislation and technology holds the key to unlocking much of the drone's commercial potential.  It enables the much talked about possibility of drone deliveries, long distance infrastructure surveys as well as [...]

2020-01-17T14:24:51+00:00Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on BVLOS – the CAA Publish a Guide

DJI Drone Detection System – UK Approved

With DJI drones believed to account for over two thirds of the global civilian drone market, it makes sense that the UK would look to them to pioneer a drone detection system.  Their answer to meeting the potential security and safety challenges posed by increased UAS usage is Aeroscope. This multi-layered system has now been approved by the UK's Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and is [...]

2020-02-19T13:18:56+00:00Categories: General|Tags: |Comments Off on DJI Drone Detection System – UK Approved

Drone Acronyms Explained

The aviation industry in general is awash with acronyms that can be baffling to uninitiated and drone pilots have certainly cornered their share. You can quite often see these terms bandied about by pilots on their websites and if you don't know what they mean, they can make understanding what they are saying a little tricky.  So this handy tool will explain some of the most common ones, [...]

2020-01-16T12:05:08+00:00Categories: General|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Drone Acronyms Explained