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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 »


FREE Professional Prints in partnership with FUJIFILM and One Vision Imaging!

Published September 23rd 2018

Print it to Prove it! Imagine just how good your aerial photography could look if it were printed by the UK’s leading professional photographic laboratory? Well, now you can. The team at Drone Major have joined forces with FUJIFILM and the UK’s finest professional photographic laboratory One Vision Imaging to offer you (3) FREE 10 x 8 or 12 x 8” prints in their ‘Print it to Prove it’ campaign. You simply pay the postage. We spoke to One Vision’s Managing Director, Derek Poulston to find out what it’s all about. “We know the quality of true photographic printing is simply the best that can be achieved by any print method yet so many choose to print their own on Inkjet printers at home. Knowing that aerial photography is often reliant on detailed imagery we know that nothing can beat photographic printing for image definition. As a business, we pay many hundreds of thousands of pounds for our printers compared to a few hundred poun... Read More »


DRONE TRAINING PROFESSIONALS SHARE EXPERTISE AT UNIVERSITY LECTURES

Published September 23rd 2018

The sky is the limit for lecturers at Bristol’s University of West England (UWE) after the UK’s leading drone training experts ran a flying course at its Frenchay Campus. RUSTA recently taught 16 members of staff from three out of four of the UWE’s faculties. The participants came from departments as diverse as Engineering Design & Mathematics, Film & Journalism and Geographic & Environmental Management, where they learnt pre-flight processes and procedures, flight manoeuvres and emergency procedures. The course was facilitated by Dr Mark Palmer, senior lecturer at UWE, as he had already obtained his Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO) with RUSTA in 2016. Sion Roberts, managing director of RUSTA, said: “Although we have held many courses in Bristol over the past four years, we’ve never held one solely on the campus and solely for university staff.” “The facilities for classroom instruction were second to none and... Read More »


Wingtra named 7th best startup in Switzerland

Published September 23rd 2018

At the annual TOP 100 Startups award night held by Venturelab in cooperation with the Handelszeitung and PME Magazine, Wingtra was chosen as the 7th best startup in Switzerland. The jury of reviewers, made up of over 100 investors and industry experts choose from over 100.000 young Swiss companies. They ranked Wingtra nine places higher than their 16th place last year. Maximilian Boosfeld and Elias Kleimann, two of Wingtra’s founders, were in attendance to receive the award.  In the category for Electronics/Mechanics, Wingtra ranked second. Another drone company, Flyability, who build a drone focusing on safety and inaccessible places, took out the first place. Switzerland has become a hub for advanced drone companies and this is shown with ten percent of the top 100 companies being related to drones. Three of these were in the top 10. Maximilian Boosfeld, Co-founder and CEO of Wingtra commented, “It is great to see 3 commercial drone companies amongst the top 10... Read More »


SkyWatch launches 3 integrations with leading drone apps

Published September 23rd 2018

As from today, Maps Made Easy, Drone Harmony, and DroneDeploy pilots will be able to purchase SkyWatch's on-demand insurance precisely for the mission they are planning seamlessly from within the drone industry's leading flight apps. The Maps Made Easy integration enables Map Pilot users to purchase and manage on-demand insurance based on the flight area they are planning to survey, directly from the Map Pilot mobile app. Additionally, the flight telemetry is uploaded to the SkyWatch platform to analyze flight risk, and pilots are rewarded with lower insurance rates for practising safe flight. “With this first-of-its-kind integration, drone pilots can now get insurance coverage in seconds, transparently, as a part of their existing workflow.”, said Tomer Kashi, CEO of SkyWatch. “I’d like to thank the innovative and professional Maps Made Easy team that helps us take insurance to the 21st century.” Tudor Thomas, Co-Found... Read More »


SalusUAV: Drone Operator Human Factors Training - 10% Discount

Published September 23rd 2018

SalusUAV - putting the customer first SalusUAV continues to deliver industry-leading PfCO courses, delivered by experts in the field. We can now also offer course delivery at customers' premises, giving you not only a financial saving but also a time saving since you don't need to travel.  Feedback so far has been fantastic. It also means we can see precisely where and how you operate, allowing us to ensure the course is exactly right for your needs. Unmanned Human Factors Course Clients attending SalusUAV PfCO courses are nearly always surprised by our emphasis on Human Factors. By the time they leave, they understand our reasoning for this and often ask if they can go deeper into the subject. As a direct response to this feedback, we now offer a 1-day Unmanned Human Factors course.  The day gives candidates a better understanding of how to improve their skill set in Situation Awareness, Decision Making, Workload Management, Communi... Read More »