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Join Drone Major Group in the 2019 Elma Sperry Yachting Challenge

Published February 6th 2019

Supporting PTSD Resolution   Drone Major Group is proud to be the lead sponsors of this year’s Elma Sperry Challenge, a unique and exciting sailing regatta that brings together members stakeholders of the drone industry in an informal, philanthropic setting. The event provides the perfect opportunity for both internal team building, as well as offering key moments for networking with other industry members and professionals – all whilst supporting a great cause and one close to Drone Major’s heart.   The event itself is to take place 8-9 May 2019 at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. It is an experience full of leisure and fun, starting with a BBQ dinner on the eve before the race and finishing with an award ceremony to celebrate the winning team. The race is fully supported by excellent training staff, making the event enjoyable for experienced sailors and novices alike. Truly an irreplaceable opportunity for your company to grow together and make... Read More »


Robert Garbett Named “Expert Speaker” For 2019 AeroPodium Event

Published February 5th 2019

Robert Garbett Named “Expert Speaker” For 2019 AeroPodium Event 2019 well very may be the Year of the Drone, with the technology advancing at hyper-speed and new applications emerging on a daily basis.  With a mass of information and various initiatives entering the public eye, it is not often that an opportunity to learn the industry from those who started it comes around – until AeroPodium.   The event, taking place on 4th March 2019 at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel in London, UK, offers a perfect opportunity to explore both drone technology, as well as the rules, regulations and social cause associated with them. This event takes a comprehensive look at topics from social responsibility and non-military drone use to insurance, liability, safety and concerns.  At a sensitive time in this technological revolution, an opportunity for current, relevant education should not be overlooked.   As a proud sponsor, Drone Major Group&rs... Read More »


Drones, Standardisation and the UK Economy

Published February 4th 2019

Drones, Standardisation and the UK Economy The drone industry is stirring up both praise and controversy, proving that rapidly developing technology sectors are never easy to control whilst underpinning the urgent need for standardisation in the industry.   In terms of the societal benefits, air drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) are becoming an invaluable tool within many industries, offering efficient and safe solutions to problems that previously required extensive labour and time. Additionally, as externally predicted, air drone technology has the potential to increase the UK GDP by £42 billion by 2030… showcasing the potential for continued advancement and integration across all environments.   If the UK industry is to gain maximum benefit from the many advantages that industrial drones can provide, it is essential that recognised safety and quality standards are developed which can keep up with the pace at which the technology is evo... Read More »


Artificial Intelligence, Genuine Results

Published January 30th 2019
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Artificial Intelligence, Genuine Results

Published January 30th 2019

Artificial Intelligence, Genuine Results Drone Major Group is happy to welcome UK based Drone Tracking Technologies (DTT) to our growing supplier family. A recent addition to the drone identification market, DTT builds and manages drone detection and counter drone systems. DTT’s evolving innovations are efficient, flexible and responsive – helping organisations adopt a dynamic approach to mitigating rogue drone threats.   DTT has produced tangible results in drone detection and management, utilising AI interface to plot directions and protect against polymorphic threats. With the recent events highlighting the dangers of air drone misuse, it is as good of a time as ever to consider a detection or counter drone strategy.   Drone Major provides the highest level of expert consultancy within the drone industry, working with suppliers like Drone Tracking Technologies to create and implement client specific strategies.   To learn more about Dr... Read More »


Collaboration is Key Utilising Co-Creation to Create Sustainable Solutions

Published January 28th 2019

The most successful products, the most innovative technologies and the things we use daily and could not live without are all the result of collaboration. The merging together of new visions, plans, trials and errors, allow superior solutions to emerge as a result of the cooperation between many minds. Clearly, to the consumer, collaboration is an undeniable asset.   The tendency in business, however, is to view collaboration as a threat to both financial success and the protection of intellectual property. Organisations fear losing credit for their contributions, being overshadowed by another party or fiscally suffering from the success of something that was, at the beginning, their primary vision. When businesses work together to materialise new ideas, new technologies and new theories, the risk of unequal reward is possible - A risk that some are unwilling to take, despite consumer demand.   TEAL Consulting, however, takes a progressive stance. Their representa... Read More »


Legal Advice for Commercial Air Drone Use

Published January 22nd 2019

Legal Advice for Commercial Air Drone Use   The air drone (UAS) industry has always been a turbulent, yet omni-promising market. Innovation continues to supersede proposed reality and advancements are only expected to continue with vigor. By 2020, the air drone industry is expected to reach a market value of $100 billion, $17 billion of that valuation attributed solely to commercial drones, according to Goldman Sachs. The available options are numerous and the market itself can be difficult to traverse, but the legality behind it all proves even more so.   Drone Major Group is pleased to welcome Royds Withy King as a partner, a dynamic and innovative UK based law firm, to offer a premier level of legal expertise throughout the commercial air drone integration process.  Like Drone Major Group, Royds Withy King prides itself on being ahead of the curve, constantly adapting and changing with the innovations and advancements in the drone world.   Repre... Read More »


The Future of Autonomous Air Travel is Here

Published January 18th 2019

eVTOL - The Future of Autonomous Air Travel is Here Just a few years ago, journalists, tech specialists and the general public alike were fantasising at the revolutionary idea of flying to work, to the airport, to the grocery store even. Ultra-innovative companies, like Uber, capitalised on and even glamorised the idea of autonomous air travel. Despite unrealistic action plans, these high-tech transportation alternatives wielded hearty promises: a decrease in traffic congestion, less air pollution, safer cities. These promises were just futuristic aspirations, the majority thought.   Fast-forward to 2019, the eVTOL (electric vehicle take-off and landing) market is on the verge of a technological breakthrough. Whilst the majority dismissed the idea as surreal, Volocopter (an eVTOL industry leader) researched, strategised, prototyped and tested. “The best way to predict the future is to invent it,” Volocopter declared. Today, only a few years after its first con... Read More »


Drone Major Group Industry Experts Discuss Airport Air Drone Fiasco

Published January 16th 2019

When speaking of rogue air drones, jumping to conclusions and integrating extensive technology to ground an air drone is not always the solution. This past month, especially in light of experiences at Gatwick and Heathrow, more and more people have been weighing the benefits of drone technology against the consequences of its abuse by rogue operators. Drone Major Group’s Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, sits down with Counter Drone expert, Barry Jenkins, to discuss recent news from an insightful, independent perspective. “Why do airports lack proper counter drone policy and procedures?” Garbett poses, “a lack of expert consultancy.” ***Listen to the full podcast here *** Read More »


Aero Enterprise is EN ISO 9001:2015 certified

Published January 15th 2019

On December 12, 2018, Aero Enterprise passed the certification audit for the airborne inspection of on-/offshore wind turbines and industrial objects of all kind, including data analysis, classification and reporting. The ISO 9001:2015 is a well-known standard for the certification of quality management systems. The norm describes the requirements for operations and work equipment as well as the outcome of a company in order to guarantee a standard promised by quality policy of the company. At the same time, the management system is subject to a continuous improvement process. Aero Enterprise was able to reach the established standard in the certification audit with TÜV Austria in December 2018 and thus proves the mastery of quality management according to the international standard. "The certification forms the basis for the continuous improvement of Aero Enterprise and gives us the opportunity to prove to our customers the high-quality standard of our service"... Read More »


The Day the Drone World Changed and what it means for 2019

Published January 8th 2019

It’s been over ten days since the cataclysmic events that caused so much disruption at Gatwick. Initially, on the surface, it appeared this was something resembling another possible drone incursion that would have eventually got sensationalised in the tabloids then forgotten about. However, it soon became apparent, by mid-morning on the 20th, that this was something unprecedented in the evolution and history of drones. It wasn’t simply someone who was flying about blissfully unaware of the rules and regulations, or a possible highflying object that may or may not have been a drone. This was something far more contrived, calculated and executed. And I, like many other commentators, were completely caught out and surprised by the impact that ensued. Nefarious activities with these commercial off the shelf products are not new. Terrorist organisations in volatile theatres have been employing similar platforms for several years and there was even an assassination attempt... Read More »


Introducing the CCROV - The first underwater camera drone equipped with 4K camera

Published January 3rd 2019

Introducing the CCROV - The first underwater camera drone equipped with 4K camera. CCROV is an out-of-the-box complete underwater ROV solution for underwater monitor and inspection, outfitted 6 thrusters and 4K camera recording.     CCROV will work perfectly with your underwater service and enrich your product portfolio as well. The CCROV is available from John Howard and Associates -   John Howard has worked in the marine contracting industry for over 30 years, in which time he has been involved in a wide variety of activities including: Capital dredging, coastal towing, harbour maintenance, marine geo-technics, marine demolition, piling and contracting but most significantly in building and operating de-mountable Jack-up Barges.   John Howard & Associates has been formed to assist and provide a range of services to organisations in the following disciplines: Government Departments Major Contractors... Read More »


Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd receive Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Silver Award

Published December 5th 2018

Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd (EEI) had the honour of receiving the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Silver Award and are thrilled to be recognised for their efforts. The Defence Employer recognition scheme recognises employers who support Defence personnel and inspire others to do the same.  Eagle eye Innovations Ltd is a veteran run company with all their air instructors having served on RAF frontline squadrons at some point in their careers. They recognise that without their professional Royal Air Force training, experience and discipline accrued whilst serving, Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd wouldn’t be able to offer the world class services it does today. Sion Roberts, Managing Director said, “Receiving the Silver Award is a wonderful bit of recognition for the effort we go to assist people transitioning out of the military. It’s also a good award to show the continuing services we provide to serving members and units of Her Majesty’s Armed Forc... Read More »


Swoop is delighted to join Drone Major Group

Published December 5th 2018

Swoop is delighted to join Drone Major Group and support of the drone industry's financial requirements. Swoop works with over 1,000 funding providers to help businesses access financing from mainstream Banks, alternative lenders, Venture Capital funds, SEIS/EIS investors, Angel Networks and Grant agencies. Additional services include FX, R&D claims, invoice financing and energy saving. Swoop’s one-stop shop approach through their platform simplifies your funding journey. Swoop's technology analyses every funding opportunity in seconds and our experts stick with you when you find what your business needs. When it comes to savings, Swoop analyses what bank and service are the best value for your business and they manage the switching process too. Click here (http://bit.ly/DroneMajor) to register today. Read More »


ParaZero Announces the First Ever FAA Waiver for Flight Over People with a Parachute System

Published October 21st 2018

Drone safety systems company, ParaZero Israel Ltd (ASX:PRZ), announced that the first FAA waiver for flight over people with a parachute system was granted to a UAS operator using the ParaZero SafeAir System. The waiver for Part 107.39(a) has been granted to North Dakota operator, Botlink, using ParaZero's SafeAir System on a DJI Phantom 4. The company is utilizing the waiver to perform missions for local law enforcement as well as for generating media content as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP) lead by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The first flights using the waiver were conducted during the tailgating event prior to the North Dakota State University vs South Dakota State football game at the FargoDome in North Dakota. The drone performed multiple flights over the crowds gathered in the stadium's parking lots and provided important, real-time footage for local law enforcement and media companies. Th... Read More »


Winter news from Scopito

Published October 21st 2018

Winter news from Scopito

Published October 21st 2018

    Join the Scopito force At Scopito we recently created the 'Scopito Users Group' on Facebook. That means that you can now join more than 200 members in learning more about our drone inspection analysis platform. This is both for existing subscribers and for other people interested in learning more about the platform. You can ask questions to Scopito and to other users. You are also welcome to see the group as a networking group and make a post if you are looking for specific types of contacts in relation to drone inspection. Join the group and get great tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242988556285085/ or search for 'Scopito Users Group' on Facebook. Will you be meeting us in London? Scopito will participate at The Commercial UAV Show, 14-15 November, London. If you're there, make sure to come by for a talk. Maybe we can help each other. More people are hearing about us At Scopito we also recently reached... Read More »


Japan-based Terra Drone acquires significant stake in Inkonova

Published October 17th 2018

Terra Drone, a leading global commercial drone technology company, acquires a significant stake in Swedish aerial robotics for underground mining startup, Inkonova AB. ■ For full release follow: https://www.terra-drone.net/en/news/ ■ Media Contact: [email protected] Terra Drone’s UAV inspection, survey, and other service provisions cover various industries globally including mining; Inkonova’s main market. The deal is comprised of a cash injection, changes to the management team, as well as technical, business development, and operational collaborations. Ahmed AlNomany, Inkonova AB Cofounder and CEO stated “We feel reinforced, a sort of graduation. Terra Drone’s global network of clients, post-processing domain, service-based business model, customer experience, technical personnel, and human and financial resources, will help us dramatically ramp our business development and commercial-readiness efforts, taking our technology to... Read More »


SalusUAV: BVLOS Training & Operational Safety Cases

Published October 17th 2018

Many professionals are looking to unlock the full commercial potential of their drones by wanting to fly BVLOS.  Whilst routine BVLOS flights are not yet allowed by the CAA, it is still possible for your business to operate BVLOS with the correct permissions and training. Operating BVLOS is not simply flying longer distance flights, the skills required involve decision making, situational awareness, workload management, communications and automation management. At SalusUAV we know more about BVLOS than anyone  else because we have spent the last four years being funded by the UK government to do research into BVLOS drones. Having flown over 2000km EVLOS and BVLOS, we can help you prepare a thorough Operational Safety Case (OSC) and our instructors can train you properly because we know what we’re talking about. Contact us for more info. Read More »


SkyWatch.AI: App for On Demand Drone Insurance

Published October 16th 2018

SkyWatch aims to create innovative, easy-to-use tools that empower drone operators to fly safely, manage their flights seamlessly, and make sure they are insured at a reasonable price. With SkyWatch.AI, drone operators can fly with peace of mind with simple, fast and transparent drone insurance coverage. The mobile app allows you to precisely plan your flight, avoid potential hazards in real-time before lift-off and fully customize your policy. This way you’re only priced for your needs, it’s instant, and it's easy-to-purchase, not to mention you can save up to 50% on your premiums just by flying safely! Hence the slogan, Safer Pilots Pay Less! SkyWatch.AI is available for all iOS and Android mobile devices and tablets. Download the app here For more frequent flyers such as commercial drone operators, contractors, and fleets, SkyWatch Plus offers a monthly insurance plan with coverage across the entire US. “With this new addition to our platform,... Read More »


New solid-state LiDAR for drone collision avoidance

Published September 27th 2018

Step up your anti-collision game with the brand new TeraRanger Tower Evo! Meet Terabee's latest solid-state LiDAR system. Now smaller, lighter (from 92g), faster and 35% lower-cost than our previous generation Tower. Prices start from 399 Euros.  Choose 4 detection zones or 8, 60m range or 600 readings per second. It's ROS-ready and Pixhawk compatible.   LEARN MORE   Outdoor demo TeraRanger Tower Evo detects and avoids tree branches, leaves, metal structures and concrete surfaces - all in outdoor conditions with bright sunshine. <WATCH THE VIDEO>   Indoor demo Where GPS is off, TeraRanger Tower Evo is On! See how static and moving obstacles are avoided indoors. Our infrared Time-of-Flight technology also works in the dark. <WATCH THE VIDEO>   About Terrabee PERPETUAL INNOVATION Since inception, we’ve achieved something remarkable, every single year!   Drone based solutions 2012... Read More »


WingtraOne drone to help build EuroTube

Published September 23rd 2018
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WingtraOne drone to help build EuroTube

Published September 23rd 2018

As construction of EuroTube, the very first European super fast transportation system starts full steam, the team uses WingtraOne drone to conduct a topographic survey of the site. The project EuroTube proved to be surprisingly challenging from the very beginning. First, the team had to find a long, flat stretch of land for EuroTube’s construction in Switzerland, a country famous for its mountains. And just as the right location was found in the canton of Valais, another challenge came along. How to survey such a complicated site surrounded by mountains, water bodies, forests and railway tracks? Luckily, the fellow Swiss company Wingtra already had a solution – a VTOL drone WingtraOne. The 3 km long and 3 m wide stretch of land will be used to build the EuroTube – a vacuum tube that is to be the testing site for ultra high-speed transportation technology. The project is the European answer to its American counterpart Hyperloop of the SpaceX and Elon Musk fame.&n... Read More »