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

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

    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

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

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

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 »


Amsterdam Drone Week – where the UAS community comes together

From 26 – 30 November - the international event Amsterdam Drone Week - will be launched as an initiative of RAI Amsterdam and EASA, and is powered by Airbus, Boeing, the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, IDS, and Bell. During this event, the new European regulations for drones and the future of Urban Air Mobility will be discussed by leading experts, policymakers, and companies in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community. Besides the EASA High-Level Conference on Drones, Amsterdam Drone Week will be filled with several international leading conferences, showcases and demonstrations. Among the list of the top-level speakers is EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc, Tom Enders (Airbus), Dutch Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management), Steve Nordlund (Boeing HorizonX), Patrick Ky (EASA), and Uber Aviation’s Eric Allison, to name a few. On the agenda of Amsterdam, Drone Week are a variety of events with top-level... Read More »


The developing role of drones for fleets

The major rivers and waterways of big cities could regenerate as freight arteries, years after road and rail replaced waterborne transport, according to a leading expert. In a reverse of history, rivers are now a huge, empty resource, while the urban roads around them suffer from congestion and pollution, said Robert Garbett, chief executive, Drone Major Group. He will be speaking at Fleet Live about the possibilities for drones and how they could impact on freight transport and deliveries. “If you are based in London and want to be one of the first companies to receive freight by drone, I would recommend staying by the river,” he said. While any freight coming from the east into the capital by road has to contend with the bottlenecks of either the Blackwall or Dartford tunnels, setting up distribution centres outside the capital, floating cargoes down the river to Canary Wharf via autonomous barges, and then making local deliveries by electric van would avoid t... Read More »


New solid-state LiDAR for drone collision avoidance

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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 »


Demonstrating how the Dark Matter® hX can stay airborne for hours

  As a UK manufacturer of high-quality precision engineered carbon fibre unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV/Drones) and accessories, at Clogworks Technologies, we pride ourselves in fine-tuning our products to give our customers the most of what is currently achievable. Since the start of 2018, we have been busy conducting tether testing with Dark Matter® hX in different operating and challenging conditions. Recently we completed tethered endurance tests to demonstrate some of Dark Matter® hX capabilities and specifically the ruggedness of our systems. Firstly, Dark Matter® hX was deployed for 5+ hours. This was quickly followed by another test of more than 8 hours continuous flight just a few days later, both recorded as a time-lapse video. We are pleased to share these videos of the endurance testing in the links below. click here for 5+ hrs tether endurance video. click here for 8+ hrs tether endurance video. Examples of specific tether drone a... Read More »


5 Reasons To Choose A Long-Endurance Fixed-Wing VTOL UAV

When selecting a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) to complete the mission of your project you’re going to need to take into consideration a number of factors. The first and most likely one of the most important factors to consider is how long will you need the drone to be in the air. No doubt there are other factors to take into consideration like payload capacity, VTOL (vertical take-off and land) capabilities and many others. We take a look at five reasons why you should be choosing a long-endurance, fixed-wing UAV for your operation. Time is Money Multi-rotor drones are a lot slower than fixed-wing drones, which travel at a high speed, so getting a job done quickly isn’t usually an option, especially if you need to cover a large area of land. Whether the drone is being used for construction, maintenance, agriculture or public safety, having the drone in the air for longer periods of time saves a lot of time as opposed to bringing it down every h... Read More »


Inkonova receives a PO from Barrick’s Golden Sunlight Mine

On the 7th of August 2018, Inkonova received a purchase order for an underground aerial survey (flying scan) in Golden Sunlight Mine in Montana, U.S. The mission is likely to demonstrate both Inkonova’s units, the TILT Ranger and the Batonomous. The mine is owned and operated by Barrick Gold, the largest the largest gold mining company in the world, with its headquarters in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Funded by Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health, via a grant to Montana Tech, the mission is scheduled for the last week of August 2018, set to include several inaccessible stopes underground where several technical deliverables including 3D laser point clouds, visual footage and photogrammetry will be tried out, and is co-liaised and supported by Montana Tech University as a part of Barrick’s Underground Autonomous Drone project. This is the first service mission for the Batonomous in North America, and the second overall. The ... Read More »


Aero Enterprise inspects industrial plants for voestalpine

Aero Enterprise inspects industrial plants for voestalpine In April, airborne inspection of industrial plants was carried out on the voestalpine plant premises in Linz/Austria to examine potential damages. Linz/Austria, 14th May 2018. Through the cooperation with voestalpine at the Linz facility, Aero Enterprise has taken the next step towards inspection of industrial sites for damaged areas and anomalies. Various industrial plants, such as blast furnaces and gasometer, were inspected in April for a total of three days with the in-house developed helicopter drone. Drone inspection in the industrial sector "The use of the fully automated high-tech robot 'SensorCopter' not only makes inspection more efficient, it also reduces downtime and significantly increases safety at work," said Robert Hörmann, CEO of Aero Enterprise. The focus of the test flights is on the efficient use of the self-developed system - consisting of a flying robot with high-resol... Read More »


Aero Enterprise launches partner model for airborne inspection of wind turbines

Linz, Austria, 17th August 2018. The Austrian company Aero Enterprise offers a cooperation model for the efficient inspection of wind turbines for wind energy consultants and service companies throughout Europe. With the new concept, Aero Enterprise supports its customers and partners in the progressive requirements for digitization. The partner model and scope for the inspection of wind turbines are modular and therefore very flexible: Rotor blades and tower can be inspected by the cooperation partner even with multicopter drones. Aero Enterprise actively supports the transition to digital asset assessment in methodology and flight procedures. The data collected (by the partner) are processed by Aero Enterprise, standardized and made available in a 3D environment for better orientation using the licence free "AERO-View". Depending on the agreed service model, the extensive data collected can be analyzed, quantified, and classified for damage by Aero Enterprise itsel... Read More »


Buy a drone air force for less than £30k - you’ll also need some Bacofoil

The Royal Air Force has celebrated its formation in 1918 with a series of superb displays and parades that show off their professionalism, panache and pride and demonstrate their global status as a leader in air and space power. The RAF’s creation lies in part with the threat posed by the manned Zeppelin raids on the UK mainland of World War One. The last attack off Great Yarmouth was unintentionally marked a hundred years ago to the day, by the drone attack wreaking a similar terror from the skies on the President of Venezuela. For air forces around the world and their political masters, there is now a new kid on the urban block. The £30K air force is available now with minimal running costs, no infrastructure requirements and comes pre-loaded with the mother of all irony bombs; soon it could be delivered to you straight from the warehouse, by drone.   So, the new kid on and above the block is an illegally modified drone. However, they have been around for decades,... Read More »