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What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019
the drone industry and how it will change with the introduction of 5G technology

What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019

5G has been the subject of significant recent media scrutiny, with critics claiming that the high frequency, ultra-fast service is dangerous to overall health, while supporters assert its potential to revolutionise life as we know it by offering 10-20x faster internet speeds than its predecessor, 4G. Regardless of what side you may fall on, it is important to understand the basics of what 5G is and how, if implemented, it could affect activities like drone use. So, what is 5G? In the most basic sense, 5G is the next generation of internet connectivity. It dramatically increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the pre-existing radio spectrum, allowing more users to access the network simultaneously, whilst maintaining a strong and fast connection. Essentially, 5G means a stronger mobile internet connection, lightning fast web searches and almost immediate connection between users, especially in condensed urban areas. The applications are vast, ranging from seamless data sharing b... Read More »


BAPCO Expo 2019: In Case you Missed it…

Published March 22nd 2019

The BAPCO Public Safety Communications Expo 2019 was a great opportunity to learn from and network with many industry leaders – from Samsung and Airbus to H-Robotics and Airvis. This year’s Expo included the first ‘Drone Zone’ and Drone Major Group was delighted to be one of the featured providers, with our own Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, presenting on two important topics: Perpetual surveillance and the future of drones. For those of you who missed the event, this podcast episode explores the highlights of Garbett’s presentations, as well as other insightful takeaways from the two-day event. A great event with a great turn out, Drone Major Group is excited to continue the enthusiasm and bring out even more suppliers to the 2020 BAPCO expo. >> LISTEN HERE TO THE LATEST PODCAST << Read More »


Are Drones the Farm Aids of the Future?

Published March 21st 2019

The days of small, recreational drones are long behind us, with commercial applications of drone technology expanding at an exciting, and often unforeseen, pace. It seems that every day there is a new prototype, a new business or a new application for drone and counter-drone technology, further sparking public interest in the true capabilities of this revolutionary technology. A recent, and very applicable, development comes in the form of crop monitoring. In previous years, monitoring large crops fields required large-scale piloted aircraft and bulky sensors; however, the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” has introduced technologies that promise to make personal and professional tasks far more accessible. Drones are an important component of this revolution, as their applications in farming are producing substantial benefits for both farmers and the wider population. UAV’s equipped with advanced imaging sensors are now able to scan expansive fields and g... Read More »


Revolution.Aero Europe 2019: Learn and Network with the Best

Published March 7th 2019

Revolution.Aero Europe is coming to London next week (11-12 March 2019 at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington) and Drone Major Group, along with other industry leaders, are excited at the opportunity to connect and network with a professional set of speakers, organisations and innovators. Revolution.Aero Europe is a new London conference – bringing together the people shaping the aviation industry. There is an inspiring agenda of sessions planned, to be delivered by insightful speakers from industry leading companies in eVTOL and electric aviation, as well as from key influencers from across the aviation skyscape. A blend of high-level industry professionals from the traditional aviation sector will convene with start-ups and entrepreneurs set to disrupt the aviation space with the evolution of electric and unmanned aviation. Stakeholders will have the chance to discuss future regulation and how we might work together to unlock the potential of future aviation. Wit... Read More »


Robert Garbett to Speak at BAPCO-CCE Event 12-13 March 2019

Published March 7th 2019

Drone Major’s Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, is honoured to be speaking at BAPCO-CCE’s Public Safety Communications event occurring next week (12-13 March) at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. While exhibitor slots are now closed, it is not too late to attend…   A critical time in drone innovation and standardisation, Garbett will be addressing two pressing topics: Perpetual Surveillance and The Future of Drones.   Perpetual Surveillance: Perpetual (or persistent) surveillance drone systems are a key element in the evolution of security systems. Utilising the available technology, companies, governments or other organisations can detect, locate, characterise, and even track various subject matter with the end goal of improving current safety measures. The systems are intended to be long term, lingering idle until commanded or perpetually surveying an area – depending on the user needs. Additionally, the technology is functional acro... Read More »


Robert Garbett on Start-Up Funding and Business Planning

Published February 18th 2019

The world today is fast paced, innovative and highly competitive. At times it seems that regulations cannot keep pace with inventors and at other times it is the case that inventors cannot keep pace with each other. Everyone is scrambling to create their own break through, hoping to bring to life a concept never before thought possible. Having recently gone through the Start-up phase ourselves, Drone Major knows that creating unique ideas is challenging… but finding funding should not be. To merge this gap and help other new, young companies, Drone Major has partnered with financial services provider, Swoop. LISTEN HERE TO THE PODCAST> In this episode of The Drone Major Podcast, Robert Garbett, the Chief Executive, discusses his own experience with building a Start-Up from a simple idea to a formalised business plan. He speaks on the importance of a full-spectrum team – people to produce the creative ideas and people to logically consider the financial consequenc... Read More »


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 »


A SKYCORP announcement - e-Drone Zero - 2019 Deliveries

Published February 5th 2019

A SKYCORP announcement - e-Drone Zero - 2019 Deliveries   Almost 3 months have passed since the unveiling of Europe’s first commercially available hydrogen powered drone e-Drone Zero in London’s Commercial UAV Show last November by SKYCORP and we would like to start off by thanking everyone for the tremendously overwhelmingly positive feedback and response. As 2019 is the first official year of production and deliveries then feedback & tight cooperation with first integrators is extremely vital to fine-tune the interoperability between the drone, the AI and the payload for maximum benefit in varied use-cases and environments. This means that not only can everyone who want to be in the top priority list of incorporating an advanced hydrogen Smart-Drone into their workflow enjoy a very tight knit relationship and have feedback based custom tailoring and other added benefits, but they of course also get to enjoy the perks that come with the technology such... Read More »


Public Safety Expo: Drone Suppliers Wanted - Exclusive Drone Major discount at the BAPCO-CCE 2019 Expo

Published February 5th 2019

Drone Major is excited to announce that we are partnering with the BAPCO-CCE (British Association for Public Safety Communications Officials and Critical Communications Europe) to curate ‘the Drone Zone’ at their 2019 industry event, taking place 12-13 March 2019. For the first time in history, BAPCO and CCE will be working together to showcase the latest in critical communications and public safety solutions.   This year, ‘the Drone Zone’ will highlight and discuss the latest developments (and issues) surrounding drone technology, providing the participants with an area to demonstrate their offerings to a large and active market. Topics are poised to include Airport security, rogue drone events (and precautionary measures), potential emergency services applications and much more.   At such a critical point in time, it is important for drone industry members and providers to come together to showcase the true benefits and possibilities asso... 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 »


eVTOL Milestone: Boeing’s Successful Test Flight

Published January 31st 2019

eVTOL Milestone: Boeing’s Successful Test Flight 22 January 2018, American aircraft manufacturing company, Boeing, reached a technology milestone – the first flight of their passenger air vehicle (PAV). The flight, which lasted only minutes, involved a vertical takeoff, hover and controlled landing. The eVTOL vehicle proves promising in terms of autonomous functions and ground control systems, with future flights aiming to test forward motion and transitional maneuvers.   Boeing has developed this technology as a part of their NeXt programme, which has partnered with major transportation corporations such as Uber to work towards a highly advanced vision of urban air mobility. The aspirations of both organisations extend far beyond this test flight, hoping to commercialise their PAV prototypes as early as 2023. It is not just Boeing at the cusp of this revolution; Bell, Volocoptor and Airbus are also hard at work to showcase their ideas of the future of transpo... 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 »


RUSTA delivers regulatory consultancy service to the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong

Published January 24th 2019

The Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong have been investigating how the United Kingdom, America and Australian UAV businesses operate before implementing their own training course procedures and regulations. RUSTA were honoured to be selected from a number of NQE’s to spend the week with the Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong this month offering their regulatory consultancy services. The Civil Aviation Department of Hong Kong Head Quarters is located next to Hong Kong International Airport at Chek Lap Kok, with the assistance of RUSTA they are exploring the concept to introduce new regulation and legislation for sub 20kg UAV market in Hong Kong. During the week, Jim Rowlands one of the senior RUSTA instructors, covered how theoretical elements are taught in the UK. This included Air Law, Principles of Flight, Meteorology, CAPS, Lithium Polymer Batteries, Emergency Procedures and Human Factors. Jim also engaged delegates in a practical element of basic flying ex... 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 »


RUSTA Revamped PfCO Course for 2019

Published January 22nd 2019
RUSTA revamped PfCO course for 2019_Drone Major Group

RUSTA Revamped PfCO Course for 2019

Published January 22nd 2019

RUSTA are pleased to announce the restructure of their existing RPCS classroom course for Permission for Commercial Operation (PfCO). The structure has changed slightly, this is to make it more practical for those wanting to complete the theory course, operations manual and flight test all at once. RUSTA understand that people lead busy working lives and the demand for a concise 3-day course is now available. With the operations manual workshop and flight test offered on the third day, it is now possible to complete the process in 3 days, no waiting for a busy flight test slot. Day 3 is optional for candidates with the requisite number of hours and an operations manual that is close to reaching the required ratification standard.  Alternatively, if candidates would prefer, they can complete just the 2-day theory course– and then go away and complete their operations manual in their own time and arrange their flight test for a later date once their operations manual... 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’s Guide to Counter Air Drone Technology

Published January 17th 2019

Guide to Counter Air Drone Technology The drone industry is quickly becoming one of the most potent and profitable industries in the world.  The rapid influx of air drone technology into the market has steepened the learning curve for both civilian and industry affiliates alike as concerns continue to increase over what can be done to mitigate the threat of air drone technology being operated by ‘rogue’ operators in sensitive or prohibited areas. Recent events such as the shutdown of both Gatwick and Heathrow airports in London highlight the true danger in waiting to adopt a counter drone strategy – drone advancements are not slowing down, so the only option is for organisations to catch up and prepare.   In light of the recent media focus on this issue, it is easy to think that air drone technology is a threat, if not just inconvenient to those who experienced delayed flights or evacuation.  It is hard to refute the latter, but Drone Major... 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 »