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COVID-19

Published March 29th 2020
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19

Published March 29th 2020

COVID-19 - Extension of validity of UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions expiring on or before 30 June 2020   The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 1360 Unmanned Aircraft – COVID19 Pandemic – Extension of Validity Period for all UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions Expiring on or before 30 June 2020 ORS4 1361 Small Unmanned Aircraft - COVID 19 Pandemic - Emergency services Response Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19 SW2020/063 Read More »


Why we do blade inspections, the way we do blade inspections

Published March 24th 2020

Writing is ambiguous. It misreads, misdirects, and paves the road for misunderstandings. Though the written word holds endless opportunities, when it comes to communicating the big picture, text alone is a clunky tool at best. Here, we prefer to let the visuals talk. After all, you know what they say about an image. If you believe in that sort of comparison, our new wind workflow is worth 100010 words, or something near that. We’re not mathematicians. I’d rather describe us as software magicians, and this new feature goes beyond text and above images, to bring together all your data and create that big picture, we’re all looking to communicate. Enough fancy words. Let’s have a look at this new blade inspection workflow. This is a little preview. To get the full picture, sign up and try it yourself. We have been working closely with Natural Power to create this workflow. The goal was to support the p... Read More »


A Scopito White label

Published March 17th 2020
A Scopito White label

A Scopito White label

Published March 17th 2020

Has the thought of building your own analytics platform ever crossed your mind? Here’s a little exercise for the next time it happens. Grab some paper and a pen. Now scribble down all the features you need. Then how those would work together. How someone might use them, how they should be used and how to communicate that. Once you’re done, grab a blank sheet and draw all of it. This is just the first draft. That is what we did seven years ago, and the result didn’t look anything like it does today. Quality takes time. Scopito today is worlds apart from Scopito in 2014, both in terms of features, design and backend infrastructure. The analytics platform has been formed by thousands of users over millions of hours and as a result, has become extremely stable and secure, even in extreme conditions. It has been updated, upgraded and refined constantly, since the day in 2014 when it first saw the light of day. At that point in time, the industry mo... Read More »


Exactly how much is visual inspection data worth?

Published March 16th 2020

It can be easy to look for a one-and-done solution, when it comes to pole-maintenance. But is it worth it? In most cases, cooperatives are missing out on huge benefits, by not using their inspection data properly. This article investigates the short- and long term advantages of using drones for inspections, coupled with Data Management software for analysis and storage. 1. Short term benefits We consider short term benefits immediate; the benefits that you will see during the inspection and analysis. Time saved Pedernales Electric Cooperative has seen the following numbers from their use of drones and Data Management software: Inspections carried out 88% faster on average. Each pole inspected in 10 seconds with drone vs. 15 minutes for lineman. Whole process of inspection was at least 80% cheaper with a drone. Return on investment was 97% for the first year. The data was provided to us by Eric Bit... Read More »


Succeeding with using drones/UAVs to optimize maintenance operations, in 4 steps

Published March 16th 2020

This article builds on the premise, that using drones for maintenance inspections, provides significant value. If you are looking to harvest the value of drones for your own organization, you are in the right place. Frequent inspections and predictive maintenance goes hand in hand, and UAVs are the way to go if keeping costs low is a priority. 1. Start yesterday 70% of all utilities are already using drones as part of their operations. Start small When trying to change the ways of a large organization, you will experience push-back. Even if management OK’s your project, colleagues might have concerns about your project’s implications. Your first job is to prove the concept with concrete results. A common mistake is thinking, that you need to implement drones on a semi-large scale, to see results. This is what gets most projects shot down before they even take flight. Not a lot of companies are willing to risk a big investment, without concrete pr... Read More »


How to create UAS jobs for yourself. Starting a DSP in 4 steps

Published March 16th 2020

1. Picking a market Are you stuck looking for UAS jobs in your area, but finding nothing? Have you considered starting your own company? It is easier than you might think. We have broken it down into 4 crucial steps. The first step for any budding entrepreneur, should always be to pick a beachhead market. Most entrepreneurs are head over heels in love with their business idea; so much in fact, that they often forget to consider, if there is a market for it, and how to win set market. But, thanks to this article, you won’t make that mistake. Let’s begin. The commercial drone industry is large. It is growing rapidly and crawling with competition fighting for those UAS jobs. It is a market bursting with opportunity, but also one where you (as a supplier) is easily replaced. So upon entry; Do your research. Any good business starts with a great idea, closely followed by a lot of investigative work. Something which is less fun than, say,... Read More »


InsurTech SkyWatch.AI and Starr Insurance Companies launch a Usage-Based Drone Insurance Product in Canada

Published March 2nd 2020

SkyWatch.AI and Starr offer on-demand hourly, monthly and annual drone insurance solutions based on a proprietary safety platform   SkyWatch.AI, the world’s first on-demand, telematics-based insurance platform for commercial drone pilots, launched its drone insurance product in Ontario, Canada. SkyWatch.AI’s dedicated drone insurance allows professional drone pilots to easily set and manage their coverage through their mobile or desktop devices. The policies are underwritten by a member of Starr Insurance Companies, the leading aviation insurance company in North America, which has insurance carriers rated “A” (excellent) by AM. Best.   Through Skywatch.AI, commercial and recreational drone (RPAS) pilots rapidly receive flexible liability insurance by the hour, month or year. The telemetry-based risk analysis platform provides a best-in-class risk map to help pilots plan their flights, get real-time quotes, proactively avoid potential hazar... Read More »


PD-1 and Leleka-100 at UMEX 2020 show in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Published February 28th 2020

We would like to share that Ukrspecsystems and Spetstechnoexport are participating in the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX 2020) taking place on February 23-25, 2020 in Abu-Dhabi, UAE.  The representatives of our company will be happy to meet you at the UAE Pavilion, Stand: 05-A20 hosted by International Golden Group (IGG). UMEX is a unique event in the Middle East region offering the possibility for international defense and security companies to showcase the latest technologies and unmanned systems. The Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference dedicated to three areas: defense, aerospace, and the country's external and internal security. We are sure that participation in the exhibition allows us to get new contacts, better understanding of the market and start new partnerships! Read More »


Alert for Restricted Airspace - Cheltenham (Temporary)

Published February 28th 2020

Categories: Air displays and events, Air traffic control, Airspace alerts, Balloons, Commercial pilot helicopter, Drones, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter Alert for Restricted Airspace - Cheltenham (Temporary) Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cheltenham Festival 2020 from 10 to13 March 2020. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M013/2020.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.   SW2020/038 Read More »


CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

Published February 28th 2020
CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

Published February 28th 2020

Categories: Aerodrome safety, Air display and events, Airspace alerts, Airspace change, Autogyros, Balloons, Drones, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83 GA FEEDBACK Edition 83 Flight Planning and the use of electronic devices is a major theme in this edition. Every flight needs to be planned thoroughly and the use of electronic devices can ensure NOTAMs and Controlled Airspace are avoided by an appropriate margin. Similarly, in the air electronic aids can be invaluable provided they are set up and used correctly but pilots must have some back-up means of navigating immediately available for the occasions when they fail. Other topics include a fire, low flying regulations, overhead joins and a report about an unmanned system rich in Human Factors. SW2020/037 Read More »


NAV CANADA signs strategic agreement with Unifly

Published February 28th 2020

February 26, 2020, OTTAWA/ANTWERP – NAV CANADA has entered into an agreement with Unifly, a strategic technology partner, in the deployment of a national system that provides digital services for safely operating and managing drones in Canadian airspace. The system has an intuitive user interface and will enable Canadian drone pilots to access web and mobile applications to identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, manage operations, pilots and fleet of drones.   This fully digitized system makes the process of requesting authorization to fly in controlled airspace easier and faster for qualified drone pilots. The app will also benefit airlines and general aviation pilots, as it reduces the risk of accidental drone incursions. As Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA has an essential role to play in developing an operating environment that supports the innovative potential of the drone industry and ensures safety across Canadian airspac... Read More »


Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

Published February 28th 2020

Categories: Airspace change Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan As part of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT), have commissioned NERL to establish an impartial team known as the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to lead the programme to create a coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in Southern UK. This is being referred to as the Masterplan for short. We are seeking your views on the criteria that the CAA will use to determine whether to accept the Airspace Change Masterplan into the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. See our public engagement exercise consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/airspace-change-masterplan-criteria for more information and respond online before 27 March 2020. SW2020/36 Read More »


DRONE DELIVERY WHITE PAPER SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASE

Published February 20th 2020

The Drone Delivery Group committee met on the 12th of February 2020 and we are proud to announce that the White Paper has been fully revised and re-issued to committee members for approval. Drone Major Group also met with the Department for Transport today for their input into the White Paper which will be released for group wide consultation in the next two weeks. The paper will then be presented to Government in March.   If you would like to know more or get involved in accelerating the evolution of the commercial drone industry within the UK, please register your interest here.  https://www.dronemajorgroup.com/drone-delivery-group Read More »


UK Drone Delivery Group makes urgent ‘call to action’ for property owners and influencers to provide testing areas for drones - to prevent ‘bottleneck to growth’

Published February 18th 2020

One of the UK’s leading drone experts today urged British property owners and business leaders to leverage the opportunity of their under-used land for drone testing, to help accelerate the rate of growth of the UK drone industry, in the face of what he described as ‘an emerging ‘bottleneck’ to growth’. Robert Garbett founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, which is the first industry initiative to provide guidance on the steps required to enable accelerated commercialisation of the UK Drone Industry, stated “There is a current unnecessary ‘bottleneck’ in the evolution of the drone industry and this primarily lies in the lack of controlled testing locations which can provide trial areas and safe environments to accelerate the development of drone technology, help to shape its standards, and ensure appropriate but non constricting regulations”. He commented “The British Government has played a constructive role to date an... Read More »


Jamming trial to effect electronic situational awareness devices and UAS system 40,000 FT AMSL

Published February 9th 2020

Categories: Drones, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter Jamming activity will take place 10 - 21 February 2020, 0800 and 1800 GMT, near RAF Spadeadam and surrounding areas. This may affect cockpit devices and UAS systems operating on 433MHz, 868MHz (FLARM/PilotAware), and 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz (WiFi) within 30 NM of 550306N 0023318W (spadeadam) up to 40,000 FT AMSL. During the trials GPS moving maps and WiFi devices (including UAS systems) may suffer intermittent or total failure. GNSS jamming will also take place as part of this activity. For further information contact: [email protected] In an Emergency or to cease jamming contact: 01697 747321 extensions 6386, 6375 or 6388. SW2020/027 Read More »


Wingtra and Delair sign on dotted line to offer practical business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects

Published January 28th 2020

The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) WingtraOne mapping drone and delair.ai artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software will now be promoted in both companies’ portfolios of solutions for extracting useful business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects. Earlier this year, Wingtra and Delair announced that the compatibility of the two products was tested and evaluated. Due to the complementarity of their solutions, they recently made the decision to join forces in a sales partnership. “We tested WingtraOne data compatibility with delair.ai a while ago and were convinced by the ease of use and the functionality of the software, especially in cases where deep AI analytics and accessibility by stakeholders is important,” said Leopold Flechsenberger, Head of Sales at Wingtra. We are excited to include delair.ai in our recommended software portfolio and that they’re promoting WingtraOne as a go-t... Read More »


What’s the difference between PPK and RTK drones, and which one is better?

Published January 28th 2020

  Post-processed kinematic (PPK) and real-time kinematic (RTK) are not new technologies. They’ve been used in terrestrial surveying for years to improve the accuracy of GNSS data. Both methods correct the location of drone mapping data and remove the need for GCPs, bringing absolute accuracy down to cm (sub-inch) range. However, when you factor in obstacles and environmental conditions common to aerial surveying, the difference between a PPK drone and an RTK drone becomes more important to understand. In fact, choosing the best correction method for your surveys will save you time and project costs. But how do you know which is best? The answer can be found in learning about how each method works, including its inherent strengths and drawbacks. What is an RTK drone (and how does RTK work)? An RTK drone carries an onboard GNSS RTK receiver that gathers data from satellites... Read More »


Mira Early Adopter Program

Published January 20th 2020
Mira Early Adopter Program

Mira Early Adopter Program

Published January 20th 2020

To visionary UAV/RPAS pilots, Mira cordially invites visionary UAV/RPAS pilots and entrepreneurs to join our early adopter program of the Mira Rotorcraft System. Take the opportunity to enrich your capabilities with this unique, versatile and UAV system! Mira has developed, and is now poised to reveal, the Mira Rotorcraft — a conceptually-new, universal and modular unmanned aerial system. The unique Mira Rotorcraft has been purposely and strategically designed with unrivalled versatility, enabling the widest range of aerial tasks and missions to be accomplished using the same, single vehicle. Our prototype Rotorcraft is flying and so we are ready to finalise the build and delivery of several Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of the Mira Rotorcraft - capable to fly for 6 hours over 360 km with 5 kg sensors, whilst versatile for the next mission of carrying a payload of 20 kg for 1.5 hours over 120 km. The MVP Mira Rotorcraft systems are planned to be delivered in Q3 2020. W... Read More »


SN-2020/001: Small Unmanned Aircraft - Water Ingress

Published January 16th 2020

Please find below details of the CAA Publication you have selected. Dependent on availability, you are able to download the file, or purchase a printed copy. EU exit Please note that, in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a negotiated agreement, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term. These will be updated in due course following the UK’s departure from the EU. In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid. Reference:SN-2020/001 Title:Small Unmanned Aircraft – Water Ingress Description:The purpose of this Safety Notice is to remind pilots of the requirement in law that they must be reasonably satisfied that a flight can be safely made (ANO 2016 article 94(2). Status:Current Review Comment:None Version:1 Date:16 January 2020 View File:Open document in new win... Read More »


SN-2020/002: Small Unmanned Aircraft – Overflight of Uninvolved People

Published January 16th 2020

Please find below details of the CAA Publication you have selected. Dependent on availability, you are able to download the file, or purchase a printed copy. EU exit Please note that, in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a negotiated agreement, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term. These will be updated in due course following the UK’s departure from the EU. In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid. Reference:SN-2020/002 Title:Small Unmanned Aircraft – Overflight of Uninvolved People Description:The purpose of this Safety Notice is to provide additional guidance to remote pilots in the form of suggested best practice when considering flight over people in accordance with articles 95(2)(d) or 95(3) of the ANO. It is also intended to remind and assist remote... Read More »