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The CAA has launched a consultation on our airspace classification review

Help us identify volumes of controlled airspace in which the classification could be reviewed Give us your views On 30 October 2019 the Secretary of State for Transport wrote to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) to amend the 2017 Air Navigation Directions to give us a new role regarding the way in which airspace is classified. This now means that we must: Regularly consider whether to review the classification of airspace; consult airspace users as part of that review; where we consider a change to classification might be made, amend it ourselves in accordance with a new procedure that we must develop and publish; in developing that procedure and our policy describing airspace classifications, seek to ensure that the amount of controlled airspace is the minimum required to maintain a high standard of air safety and, subject to overriding national security or defence requirements, that the needs of all airspace users are reflected on an equitable basis. We are... Read More »


20%-25% off SafeAir systems for DJI Mavic and DJI Phantom series

SkyWatch.AI recently teamed up with ParaZero to offer reduced rates for safer pilots who use the AirSafe systems.   ParaZero is now offering a major discount to the end of 2019 with 20%-25% off of their SafeAir systems for DJI Mavic and DJI Phantom series.   Please Visit>   https://parazero.com/shop/?utm_source=DroneMajor&utm_medium=referral Read More »


SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance Launches Partnership with ParaZero Drone Safety Systems to Benefit Safer Drone Pilots

SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance, a prominent risk-assessment and InsurTech platform for the drone industry and ParaZero, the leading developer of advanced drone safety systems, announced today a collaboration that will allow drone pilots, using the SafeAir Parachute to receive reduced rates on their drone insurance. The companies have teamed up in order to further benefit safe pilots who take extra measures to reduce drone risks. Pilots with ParaZero’s SafeAir system can now share their flight data with SkyWatch.AI and receive a higher Safety Score that will provide them with a unique reduced rate.   The collaboration between SkyWatch.AI and ParaZero will allow drone operators to dramatically mitigate risk through the ASTM compliant ParaZero system, reduce their insurance costs with SkyWatch.AI, and also apply for a Flight Over People waiver with the FAA. This cooperation brings with it added value to drone operators, and is another great advancement in the development of... Read More »


Commercialisation of the Drone Industry... are we just dreaming?

Without question, the most exciting emerging industry mankind has ever witnessed but are we really moving as fast as some would have us believe or is it all just bluster? The evolution of the drone industry seems to shift from one exciting development to the next. First the sky will be full of tiny air drones or Unmanned Air Systems (UAS), then we are all going to be flying to work in taxis but the reality is that things are not advancing as rapidly as some would have you believe because we simply do not have the infrastructure needed to enable it.   We seem to be a long way from commercialisation (I'll come on o what that means later)and here's why: 1. To manage any volume of unmanned air traffic safely, we need to establish what is known as Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), but UTM is not some magic thing which will just appear, it will take years of development both technically and regulatory and (no matter what certain app developers say) you can&... Read More »


The UAS community created ‘a new transport ecosystem’ at Amsterdam Drone Week

Just like the drone industry itself, the Amsterdam Drone Week is rapidly outgrowing its infancy. Together with the High Level Conference on Drones, co-organized by the European Aviation Authority EASA, the second edition of the event made Amsterdam the epicenter of the global drone industry. In addition, important milestones were achieved in the adoption of European legislation and regulations concerning U-space. “We are at the dawn of a new social and industrial revolution”, said Philip Butterworth-Hayes at the opening of the Amsterdam Drone Week. “Humans, robots and automated systems are going to work together. We are creating a new transport ecosystem and we are learning right now here in Amsterdam how this will work. ”Filip Cornelis, Director for Aviation (DG MOVE Directorate) in the European Commission, added the important role of cities in reshaping the future of mobility: “Cities will have to manage the 3rd dimension: the skies over the cities w... Read More »


A MEDICAL CHECK FOR YOUR UTILITY

Colorado Aerial Imaging’s insights to being a successful DSP. “I see a lot of people worrying about drones invading their privacy. It never worried me much. My life is just not that exciting – people flying over my house; they won’t see anything that they could sell to a news outlet and make good money. I’m not Tom Cruise.” – Scott Fredericksen, CEO, Colorado Aerial Imaging     Though he might be a few movie-deals behind, Scott Fredericksen has the edge on Cruise, when it comes to aviation expertise. With 21 years in the US Army National Guard flying BlackHawk’s (UH-60), Huey’s (UH-1) and Scouts (OH-58s), he knows his way around a cockpit. He even ended up as the Aviation Battalion Commander in Colorado, before he left to become an entrepreneur four years ago.   Joined forces With a degree in Aerospace engineering and a professional software engineer, it made sense to Scott, to start a... Read More »


FROM EXCEL TO EXCELLENCE

The story of how one Co-op turned 3000 images in Excel into actionable insights about their assets.   “Successful people don’t keep up. They stay ahead.” Into the realm of drones Curtis Marshall first ventured into the realm of drones through a volunteer program. His local public safety agency researched drones for search and rescue missions, HVAC thermal imaging, fire aid, and the likes. The drone-fever hit Curtis hard. He read everything he could get his hands on. He just wanted to learn, learn, learn. Eventually he knew a lot about drone technology. He knew so much, in fact, that he decided to try and make some money from it. Curtis started his own business and went for his first tender. “I quickly realized that the amount of data we would acquire was way too much to manage. At least in any way that made sense.” – Curtis Marshall After reaching out to his Facebook community, he got in... Read More »


AUTONOMOUS DRONES FOR INDUSTRIAL SITES

The push for digitalization in the global business age exacerbate with challenges familiar to manufacturers. Increased volatility in prices and availability of raw materials, the response to rapid swings between product shortages and capacity overages, staff fluctuations, concerns about intellectual property security, and the frequent movement or closure of industrial sites - all increases competitiveness and search for efficiencies. Autonomous drones help companies respond to time, cost, and quality restrictions, while dynamically positioning them to respond to future technology- and data-driven demands. ENSURING INDUSTRIAL SECURITY Industrial sites run the risk of disruptive physical security intrusions. Whether operators are guarding equipment, products, or crops - autonomous drones allow them to dynamically and instantly respond to security threats across their sites. Use of piloted drones to better monitor equipment and operations is already commonplace. The aerial data g... Read More »


Dutch Drone Delta: Dutch consortium is preparing for Urban Air Mobility

Drones have the potential to reduce traffic congestion, to automatically inspect and secure ports and to deliver medicines at the right time and location. To ensure that this happens in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner, leading industrial parties in the Netherlands announced the launch of the Dutch Drone Delta consortium during the Amsterdam Drone Week. Ambition for the Netherlands The Dutch Drone Delta focuses on creating opportunities for the Netherlands in the field of future passenger and freight transport through the air with drones (Urban Air Mobility). The consortium will work on the essential requirements for the successful integration of drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in the Dutch society, including social embracement and safe integration into the airspace. By using drones for medical deliveries, surveillance and inspections of ports and ultimately the transport of cargo and people by air the socially added value will be shown to the general public. Th... Read More »


Introduction of priority rules for manned and unmanned aircrafts

Growing number of drones requires uniform European regulations The rapidly increasing number of complex flights undertaken by drones makes the adoption of further European regulations on U-Space more critical than ever. In order to integrate all the various types of drones and drone-operations into the urban airspace, right-of-way rules will apply, with manned flights generally having right-of-way over unmanned flights. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will present the main principles of the proposed draft regulation of the so-called “U-Space” at the beginning of December at Amsterdam Drone Week. The opinion will be proposed and clarified at the EASA High Level Conference on Drones, which will take place on the 5th and 6th of December.   It’s the first time anywhere in the world that such regulation on U-space/Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) is being drafted and implemented according to EASA Executive director Patrick Ky. This regulation... Read More »


Flying motorbikes showcased at Amsterdam Drone Week

Amsterdam Drone Week is getting ready to show two innovative flying machines designed and created by students from TU Delft University. Both are single-person aerial vehicles that look like flying motorbikes. Both futuristic vehicles are also creating waves in the international media as they are compact, quiet, and electrical. Startups Talaria and Silverwing will give visitors a glimpse of what Personal Air Mobility will look like in future.    In recent months, a team of over 30 students from the Talaria startup worked overtime to complete their electrically powered aerial vehicle. Their Hermes II prototype is now ready and will be shown to the public for the first time at Amsterdam Drone Week. The flying machine is 2 m tall and the diameter of the rotors is approximately 2.6 m. Alexander Essle, one of the students: ‘This first prototype is intended to function as a single-person flying machine. The ultimate goal is to have it fly fully autonomously’. The... Read More »


Digital Catapult announces Platinum Award winners

This week Digital Catapult celebrated the launch of the inaugural Platinum Awards and the announcement of our eight winners.  Digital Catapult's Platinum Awards is a prestigious new initiative recognising and celebrating the most impactful advanced digital technology startups and scaleups, adjudicated by an eminent, independent judging panel. The Platinum Awards celebrate the best companies that have been part of Digital Catapult’s industry-leading programmes: CreativeXR, Augmentor, Machine Intelligence Garage, 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme, LPWAN Testbed, Immersive Labs, Cyber 101 and the Future Networks Lab.  We were thrilled to welcome so many of the companies that have worked with Digital Catapult over the last five years to celebrate the 24 shortlisted startups and scaleups and to join us in recognising the achievements of the eight winning companies - the stars of Digital Catapult’... Read More »


Medical drone showcased at Amsterdam Drone Week

KPN provides communication data links for test flights  The prototype drone used for trials with medical drones will be showcased at the Amsterdam Drone Week at the beginning of December. Last week, the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam gave the green light for the trial named the Medical Drone Service. KPN is involved in this innovative project as a technology partner. The Erasmus MC and Sanquin Blood Bank, in collaboration with ANWB, PostNL and technology partners Avy (drone developer) and KPN are investigating how drones can be used for medical applications such as transporting blood, medicines, and diagnostic samples to patients and care institutions. Within a period of three years, the partners involved in this collaboration aim to determine what kind of contribution drones can actually make to society in ensuring that care is delivered at the right time and the right place.   Connectivity In the coming period, ANWB will be the party actually carrying out the test flights... Read More »


FUNDING AND SAVINGS IN ONE FELL SWOOP

Swoop is a business funding and savings platform enabling businesses to discover the right funding solutions across loans, equity and grants, and to identify and easily make savings - all in one fell swoop.   The Swoop platform simplifies and speeds-up access to finance for your business. The advanced algorithm analyses every opportunity available, so that you can be matched with relevant funding solutions in a matter of seconds. But Swoop is more than just a technology platform – we understand finding the right funding can be a daunting and complex process, so our team of experts is readily available to help manage your application from beginning to end.    We work with over 1,000 funding providers from mainstream banks, alternative lenders, venture capital funds, SEIS/EIS funds, angel investors and grant agencies, meaning that whatever your funding requirement, we’re able to offer a solution.    You can keep track of the prog... Read More »


DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

Funds will develop new technology to tackle rising security risks posed by Unmanned Air Systems.   The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) can today announce it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year by the then-Defence Secretary. Among the proposal being developed are methods for detecting 4G & 5G controlled drones, cutting edge applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence for sensors to automatically identify UAVs, and low risk methods of stopping drones through novel electronic defeat or interceptor solutions. The competition, run by DASA – the MOD’s innovation hub – on behalf of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), is the latest stage in Dstl’s ongoing research programme into countering unmanned... Read More »


Small Business Funding Options Simply Explained

We set up Swoop to help businesses grow, and one question we hear again and again is “where can I get access to funding for my small business?”.  In order to grow, your company is likely to face the need for additional capital, which can be obtained in one of three main ways: equity, debt, or grant. This blog aims to simply explain these options to enable you, as a small business owner in UK or Ireland, to make better decisions about your company’s financial future.  Equity Finance for SMEs Equity financing involves the sale of your company's shares, and giving a portion of the ownership of the company to investors in exchange for funds. The proportion of your company that will be sold depends on how much has been invested in the company, and what that investment is worth at the time of the financing.  In the very early stages of business, the most likely route to equity funding is through Angel investment and those investing through the... Read More »


Percepto Autonomous Drone-in-a-Box Shortlisted for Prestigious Security Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Percepto, the global market leader for autonomous industrial drone solutions, has revealed its Drone-in-a-Box (DIB) solution is a finalist for the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2019, in the Security Technology Innovation of the Year category. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 20th November at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Percepto’s artificial intelligence powered DIB delivers aerial surveillance by navigating pre-defined patrols, providing real-time detection and tracking of humans and vehicles, as well as anomaly identification, all without the need for a pilot or on-site operator. It is currently being used in security operations by large industrial organizations around the world to improve security and safety, reduce risk, improve regulatory compliance and optimise operations. Speaking at IFSEC International earlier this year, where Percepto premiered its next-generation DIB to security professionals in Europe, the Co-Founder and Chief Com... Read More »


Percepto at AUTOMA 2019 to Show How Autonomous Drones Improve Inspection, Operation Security and Safety at Oil & Gas Refineries

Percepto, the global market leader for autonomous industrial drone solutions, today announced its participation in AUTOMA 2019 – The Oil & Gas Automation and Digitization Congress. The company will share with key players from the upstream, midstream and downstream segments, real cases of how its artificial intelligence-powered drone-in-a-box (DIB) solution is able to automate inspection, operations, security and safety for organisations operating oil and gas refineries. The oil and gas sector has been one of the earliest to recognize the potential of autonomous drones and earlier this year the American Petroleum Institute published its Guide to Developing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program in which it suggests ‘These systems have the potential to significantly reduce safety risks to personnel, cut operational costs, and increase efficiencies across a variety of tasks.’  These benefits mirror the experience of Percepto’s Chief Commercial Officer,... Read More »


Why you should be outsourcing your data analysis

Are You spending unnecessary resources on in-house analysis, or are you right to hold off when it comes to outsourcing? Trusting an external company with Your data analysis might feel daunting, but in many cases, it can actually save You a lot of time and even increase the quality of inspection results. However, sometimes it just isn’t right. So how do you know? Read on.   There are many factors to consider, before deciding whether to outsource your data analysis. We aim to aid that process, by breaking it down, and presenting the key points, enabling you to make the right decision for Your company.   The advantages There are tons of advantages to external data analysis, and with specialized companies popping up left, right and center, there are also plenty of options to choose from. You will be saving a lot of time outsourcing. And time is money. But data analysis is not cheap, and you should always consider if it is a viable solution, compared... Read More »


5 steps to mastering your commercial drone operations

Electric Transmission & Distribution Everyone with a stake in the Electric Transmission & Distribution industry, are aware of the rapidly growing adoption of commercial drones. However, successfully integrating drones into your operations can be a long process of trial and error if you do not have the necessary knowledge beforehand. This article comprises the 5 most important points to consider, in order to maximize value gained from drone operations.     1. Consider the benefits Using drones for inspections provides a sea of benefits. Identifying and understanding the ones essential to your business, will help you gain the most value from your investment. Reduced inspections times “Every time we fly, we’re literally saving 2-3 days of work. Without the drone, you’d have to obtain approval before even sending someone up in the truck, a process that could take days.” – Stephen Dorsett, Indianapolis Power &... Read More »