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PD-1 and Leleka-100 at UMEX 2020 show in Abu Dhabi, UAE

We would like to share that Ukrspecsystems and Spetstechnoexport are participating in the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX 2020) taking place on February 23-25, 2020 in Abu-Dhabi, UAE.  The representatives of our company will be happy to meet you at the UAE Pavilion, Stand: 05-A20 hosted by International Golden Group (IGG). UMEX is a unique event in the Middle East region offering the possibility for international defense and security companies to showcase the latest technologies and unmanned systems. The Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference dedicated to three areas: defense, aerospace, and the country's external and internal security. We are sure that participation in the exhibition allows us to get new contacts, better understanding of the market and start new partnerships! Read More »


Alert for Restricted Airspace - Cheltenham (Temporary)

Categories: Air displays and events, Air traffic control, Airspace alerts, Balloons, Commercial pilot helicopter, Drones, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter Alert for Restricted Airspace - Cheltenham (Temporary) Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cheltenham Festival 2020 from 10 to13 March 2020. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M013/2020.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.   SW2020/038 Read More »


CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

Categories: Aerodrome safety, Air display and events, Airspace alerts, Airspace change, Autogyros, Balloons, Drones, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83 Flight Planning and the use of electronic devices is a major theme in this edition. Every flight needs to be planned thoroughly and the use of electronic devices can ensure NOTAMs and Controlled Airspace are avoided by an appropriate margin. Similarly, in the air electronic aids can be invaluable provided they are set up and used correctly but pilots must have some back-up means of navigating immediately available for the occasions when they fail. Other topics include a fire, low flying regulations, overhead joins and a report about an unmanned system rich in Human Factors. SW2020/037 Read More »


NAV CANADA signs strategic agreement with Unifly

February 26, 2020, OTTAWA/ANTWERP – NAV CANADA has entered into an agreement with Unifly, a strategic technology partner, in the deployment of a national system that provides digital services for safely operating and managing drones in Canadian airspace. The system has an intuitive user interface and will enable Canadian drone pilots to access web and mobile applications to identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, manage operations, pilots and fleet of drones.   This fully digitized system makes the process of requesting authorization to fly in controlled airspace easier and faster for qualified drone pilots. The app will also benefit airlines and general aviation pilots, as it reduces the risk of accidental drone incursions. As Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA has an essential role to play in developing an operating environment that supports the innovative potential of the drone industry and ensures safety across Canadian airspac... Read More »


Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

Categories: Airspace change Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan As part of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT), have commissioned NERL to establish an impartial team known as the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to lead the programme to create a coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in Southern UK. This is being referred to as the Masterplan for short. We are seeking your views on the criteria that the CAA will use to determine whether to accept the Airspace Change Masterplan into the Airspace Modernisation Strategy. SW2020/36 Read More »


DRONE DELIVERY WHITE PAPER SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASE

The Drone Delivery Group committee met on the 12th of February 2020 and we are proud to announce that the White Paper has been fully revised and re-issued to committee members for approval. Drone Major Group also met with the Department for Transport today for their input into the White Paper which will be released for group wide consultation in the next two weeks. The paper will then be presented to Government in March.   If you would like to know more or get involved in accelerating the evolution of the commercial drone industry within the UK, please register your interest here.  https://www.dronemajorgroup.com/drone-delivery-group Read More »


UK Drone Delivery Group makes urgent ‘call to action’ for property owners and influencers to provide testing areas for drones - to prevent ‘bottleneck to growth’

One of the UK’s leading drone experts today urged British property owners and business leaders to leverage the opportunity of their under-used land for drone testing, to help accelerate the rate of growth of the UK drone industry, in the face of what he described as ‘an emerging ‘bottleneck’ to growth’. Robert Garbett founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, which is the first industry initiative to provide guidance on the steps required to enable accelerated commercialisation of the UK Drone Industry, stated “There is a current unnecessary ‘bottleneck’ in the evolution of the drone industry and this primarily lies in the lack of controlled testing locations which can provide trial areas and safe environments to accelerate the development of drone technology, help to shape its standards, and ensure appropriate but non constricting regulations”. He commented “The British Government has played a constructive role to date an... Read More »


Jamming trial to effect electronic situational awareness devices and UAS system 40,000 FT AMSL

Categories: Drones, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopter Jamming activity will take place 10 - 21 February 2020, 0800 and 1800 GMT, near RAF Spadeadam and surrounding areas. This may affect cockpit devices and UAS systems operating on 433MHz, 868MHz (FLARM/PilotAware), and 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz (WiFi) within 30 NM of 550306N 0023318W (spadeadam) up to 40,000 FT AMSL. During the trials GPS moving maps and WiFi devices (including UAS systems) may suffer intermittent or total failure. GNSS jamming will also take place as part of this activity. In an Emergency or to cease jamming contact: 01697 747321 extensions 6386, 6375 or 6388. SW2020/027 Read More »


Wingtra and Delair sign on dotted line to offer practical business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects

The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) WingtraOne mapping drone and delair.ai artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software will now be promoted in both companies’ portfolios of solutions for extracting useful business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects. Earlier this year, Wingtra and Delair announced that the compatibility of the two products was tested and evaluated. Due to the complementarity of their solutions, they recently made the decision to join forces in a sales partnership. “We tested WingtraOne data compatibility with delair.ai a while ago and were convinced by the ease of use and the functionality of the software, especially in cases where deep AI analytics and accessibility by stakeholders is important,” said Leopold Flechsenberger, Head of Sales at Wingtra. We are excited to include delair.ai in our recommended software portfolio and that they’re promoting WingtraOne as a go-t... Read More »


What’s the difference between PPK and RTK drones, and which one is better?

Post-processed kinematic (PPK) and real-time kinematic (RTK) are not new technologies. They’ve been used in terrestrial surveying for years to improve the accuracy of GNSS data. Both methods correct the location of drone mapping data and remove the need for GCPs, bringing absolute accuracy down to cm (sub-inch) range However, when you factor in obstacles and environmental conditions common to aerial surveying, the difference between a PPK drone and an RTK drone becomes more important to understand. In fact, choosing the best correction method for your surveys will save you time and project costs. But how do you know which is best? The answer can be found in learning about how each method works, including its inherent strengths and drawbacks. What is an RTK drone (and how does RTK work)? An RTK drone carries an onboard GNSS RTK receiver that gathers data from satellites and a stationary base (ground) station to more accurately correct image location, in real ti... Read More »


Mira Early Adopter Program

To visionary UAV/RPAS pilots, Mira cordially invites visionary UAV/RPAS pilots and entrepreneurs to join our early adopter program of the Mira Rotorcraft System. Take the opportunity to enrich your capabilities with this unique, versatile and UAV system! Mira has developed, and is now poised to reveal, the Mira Rotorcraft — a conceptually-new, universal and modular unmanned aerial system. The unique Mira Rotorcraft has been purposely and strategically designed with unrivalled versatility, enabling the widest range of aerial tasks and missions to be accomplished using the same, single vehicle. Our prototype Rotorcraft is flying and so we are ready to finalise the build and delivery of several Minimum Viable Product (MVP) of the Mira Rotorcraft - capable to fly for 6 hours over 360 km with 5 kg sensors, whilst versatile for the next mission of carrying a payload of 20 kg for 1.5 hours over 120 km. The MVP Mira Rotorcraft systems are planned to be delivered in Q3 2020. W... Read More »


SN-2020/001: Small Unmanned Aircraft - Water Ingress

Please find below details of the CAA Publication you have selected. Dependent on availability, you are able to download the file, or purchase a printed copy. EU exit Please note that, in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a negotiated agreement, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term. These will be updated in due course following the UK’s departure from the EU. In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid. Reference:SN-2020/001 Title:Small Unmanned Aircraft – Water Ingress Description:The purpose of this Safety Notice is to remind pilots of the requirement in law that they must be reasonably satisfied that a flight can be safely made (ANO 2016 article 94(2). Status:Current Review Comment:None Version:1 Date:16 January 2020 Read More »


SN-2020/002: Small Unmanned Aircraft – Overflight of Uninvolved People

Please find below details of the CAA Publication you have selected. Dependent on availability, you are able to download the file, or purchase a printed copy. EU exit Please note that, in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a negotiated agreement, some CAA website content and application forms may continue to carry the EASA logo or reference the EU or EASA rather than the UK CAA in the short term. These will be updated in due course following the UK’s departure from the EU. In the meantime, the guidance provided and the application forms accessed via the CAA website portal will continue to be valid. Reference:SN-2020/002 Title:Small Unmanned Aircraft – Overflight of Uninvolved People Description:The purpose of this Safety Notice is to provide additional guidance to remote pilots in the form of suggested best practice when considering flight over people in accordance with articles 95(2)(d) or 95(3) of the ANO. It is also intended to remind and assist remote... Read More »


The 2020 African Drone Forum has an ambitious goal

The 2020 African Drone Forum comprises a Symposium, Expo and Flying Competitions, which will take place in Rwanda. The Symposium and Expo will be taking place in Kigali from February 5 to 7, 2020. Competitive flights will commence on February 8, 2020. Emerging technologies can play a vital role in improving the lives of people in hard-to-reach rural communities across the continent, increasing resilience, and leapfrogging existing infrastructure to deliver significant socio-economic benefits. The African Drone Forum is a timely multi-stakeholder engagement programme that will take place in 2020 in Rwanda, a country already using drone technology to improve the lives of its citizens. This Forum will showcase the latest drone technology, convene experts and regulators together in a Symposium, and challenge drone companies to take part in flying competitions with real-world elements. Competition Background The Lake Kivu Challenge Organizing Committee invites UAS companies (manufa... Read More »


Creative genius by artificial intelligence – but who owns the copyright?

Artificial intelligence, once the stuff of science fiction, is now common place in our day to day lives. This is only set to increase rapidly over the coming years, but not without a unique set of legal challenges. One key  challenge is the question of how the relationship between AI and copyright is defined. Whilst historically AI has taken over repetitive, process driven tasks carried out by humans, AI has now entered the creative sphere. Huge numbers of non-human AI artists, poets, writers and musicians have emerged, creating high level pieces of creative works. In 2018 Christie’s became the first auction house to offer a work of art created by an algorithm – the portrait, titled Edmond de Belamy, sold for $432,500. Whilst there is clearly a demand for AI as an emerging creative medium,  who owns the copyright in what is created? Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1998), ownership of the copyright in source code or other dat... Read More »


Shetland Space Centre (SSC) Design Principles Questionnaire

Shetland Space Centre (SSC) is developing a vertical launch spaceport on the island of Unst, Shetland. The spaceport will launch small rockets into space from Lamba Ness on Unst in a Northerly direction over the sea. To ensure that the launching rockets are protected from other air users SSC (the change sponsor) are undertaking an Airspace Change with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The change process is described in CAP 1616, which can be found at this link: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1616E2noninteractive.pdf One of the key principles of the change process is that it should be as transparent as possible, therefore the CAA hosts an airspace change portal where individual airspace changes can be followed. The following link will take you to the portal: https://airspacechange.caa.co.uk/OrganizationSearch Another important principle is that “In contemplating any airspace change proposal, the change sponsor must consider the impacts on others and the imp... Read More »


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 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 now beginning the f... 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.   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 »