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COVID-19

Published April 2nd 2020
The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak

COVID-19

Published April 2nd 2020

COVID-19 - Extension of validity of UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions expiring on or before 30 June 2020   The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. ORS4 1360 Unmanned Aircraft – COVID19 Pandemic – Extension of Validity Period for all UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions Expiring on or before 30 June 2020 ORS4 1361 Small Unmanned Aircraft - COVID 19 Pandemic - Emergency services Response Further information regarding COVID-19 is available at www.caa.co.uk/covid19 SW2020/063 Read More »


Alert for Restricted Airspace - Cheltenham (Temporary)

Published February 28th 2020

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

Published February 28th 2020
CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

Published February 28th 2020

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 GA 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 »


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

Published February 28th 2020

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. See our public engagement exercise consultations.caa.co.uk/policy-development/airspace-change-masterplan-criteria for more information and respond online before 27 March 2020. SW2020/36 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’

Published February 18th 2020

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

Published February 9th 2020

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. For further information contact: [email protected] In an Emergency or to cease jamming contact: 01697 747321 extensions 6386, 6375 or 6388. SW2020/027 Read More »


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

Published January 16th 2020

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 View File:Open document in new win... Read More »


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

Published January 16th 2020

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 »


Shetland Space Centre (SSC) Design Principles Questionnaire

Published January 2nd 2020

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

Published December 18th 2019

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 »


A MEDICAL CHECK FOR YOUR UTILITY

Published December 9th 2019
A MEDICAL CHECK FOR YOUR UTILITY

A MEDICAL CHECK FOR YOUR UTILITY

Published December 9th 2019

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

Published December 9th 2019
FROM EXCEL TO EXCELLENCE

FROM EXCEL TO EXCELLENCE

Published December 9th 2019

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

Published December 9th 2019
AUTONOMOUS DRONES FOR INDUSTRIAL SITES

AUTONOMOUS DRONES FOR INDUSTRIAL SITES

Published December 9th 2019

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 »


DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

Published November 7th 2019

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 »


ZeroAvia Announces £2.7m UK Government Grant for the Development of Zero Emission Aviation

Published September 23rd 2019

Project partner Intelligent Energy will optimise its higher power fuel cell technology for aviation use cases. Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK back the development of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial aviation “HyFlyer Project” puts the UK at the forefront of R&D around decarbonising aviation and represents significant opportunity to enable the UK’s 2050 Net Zero strategy Industry-leading innovators Intelligent Energy, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) and Cranfield University to collaborate with ZeroAvia  CRANFIELD, UK, September 18th, 2019 -- ZeroAvia, the leading innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation, today announced that it has received a £2.7m (US$3.3 million) grant from the UK Government to support in the development of the principal technology... Read More »


JUMPSTARTER COMPETITION

Published August 21st 2019
JUMPSTARTER COMPETITION 2020

JUMPSTARTER COMPETITION

Published August 21st 2019

TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES NEEDED: WIN MAJOR INVESTMENT PLUS $100,000 IN CASH  Level39 (where we have an office in 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf) have been working with Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund on their innovation competition: JUMPSTARTER. Here's the deal - if you participate in the pitching competition taking place at Level39, September 16-17, you will be considered for the chance to pitch at the Grand Finale in Hong Kong, February 11-12, next year.  The winning five companies presenting at this event take home a share of $5m investment commitment and $100,000 in cash.  Application deadline is August 23 - so please register soon! https://www.jumpstarter.hk/en/location/london-regional You'll be invited to pitch in a one-to-one session on September 16, and if all goes well, you'll present at the larger event, the day after. If you have any questions contact Asif Faruque, Head of Content at Level39, direct on a... Read More »


Space Drones Have Arrived

Published July 4th 2019
zero gravity drones able to transmit information from space to earth quickly, safely

Space Drones Have Arrived

Published July 4th 2019

Well, technically, space drones have been around for a while since traditional satellites are in fact drones*. Recently, however, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) showcased a fully autonomous drone system that can operate with zero gravity. The “JEM Ball,” which weighs only 1 kilogram and is equipped with highly sensitive cameras, is already being used and tested at the International Space Station. The goal of the technology is twofold: decreasing the amount of time that astronauts spend taking/transmitting photos and increasing the amount of area photographed. Since it is small in size and easily manoeuvred (both from space and from ground controllers), the JEM Ball’s range extends beyond that of the astronauts. The drone can navigate into small crevices or dangerous locations, sending real-time photo evidence down to the researchers on Earth. A real-world example of drone technology revolutionizing the way in which we live and work.  ... Read More »


How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

Published May 9th 2019
white background photo of notre dame with air drone pictured

How Drones Helped Save Notre Dame

Published May 9th 2019

Paris used to be a no-fly zone – well, for drones that is. The city, rich in history, art, fashion, to name a few, is known for taking cultural protectionism very seriously, which may explain the aversion to allowing high tech devices, like drones, to operate in their skies. But we have to wonder now if that opinion may change? When Notre Dame went up in flames close to two weeks ago, the world watched in awe as emergency services organisations struggled to gain control over the fire. While this is and continues to be an undeniable blow to history on a global scale, the event marked a significant milestone for the drone industry. Firefighters, desperate to quell the flames and preserve what they could of the landmark, looked to drones for safety and guidance. DJI drones equipped with delicate, yet powerful imaging devices helped to add information, insight and data to the strategy of the crews on the ground while allowing them to keep a safe distance from the scene. Utilisi... Read More »


SKYCORP & The Bionic Eye: Upgrade Your Drone System with Hydrogen Technology

Published April 30th 2019

SKYCORP, a Drone Major supplier and the provider of Europe’s only commercially available hydrogen drone (e-Drone Zero) has recently announced a joint service relationship with The Bionic Eye – a project they are calling H2DroneUnlock. This strategic collaboration will provide current drone hardware providers with the opportunity to revolutionise their offerings with the integration of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell powered system. To SKYCORP, the benefits of Hydrogen Fuel Cell power (as opposed to traditional LiPO batteries) include the following: 3+ times longer flight endurance on multicopters Refuelling reduced to 1-2 minutes Improved workflow Improved flight characteristics Zero emissions In addition to installing the power system, SKYCORP and The Bionic Eye will also provide extensive training to ensure mastery of the use of your drone with their system. The benefits are clear – SKYCORP and The Bionic Eye are giving your business the opportunity to un... Read More »


Intelligent Energy leads UAV fuel cell power market with launch of 2.4kW module

Published April 16th 2019

Intelligent Energy is to launch a market leading 2.4kW fuel cell power product for the commercial UAV market at the largest industry show, AUVSI Xponential 2019, Chicago (30 April – 2 May). In just 18 months, Intelligent Energy has launched four products specifically designed for commercial UAVs. These products provide a solution to the constraints of battery power and offer minimum downtime and fast refuel, making them a compelling option for the commercial UAV market. Recently, Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module – launched just eight months ago - was used to achieve a new Guinness World Record for the longest multi rotor flight time, conducted by South Korean company MetaVista. The multi-rotor UAV flew for 12 hours, 7 minutes and 5 seconds using liquid hydrogen to fuel the module. This record greatly exceeds the previous one held for 2 hours, 6 minutes 7 seconds, demonstrating just what can be achieved. Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelli... Read More »