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CAP2000: Clued Up Autumn 2020: Electronic Conspicuity

The Clued-up publication is devoted to the subject of electronic conspicuity in our developing airspace infrastructure.   Why do we need it, what has changed, what does it do, where can i get it and what will it cost?  Who will benefit, where is it likely to be necessary, when is it likely to be mandatory and will it be required by all air vehicles and in all classes of airspace?  This Clued-up publication looks at all of those aspects and tackles each in a very practical manner.  It is a very informative publication packed with very current information. Read More »


Wildfire mapping drone launched

A drone that can map the spread of wildfires has been developed by Robotto, a start-up company spun out of Aalborg University, Denmark. The team of four engineers, specialised in robotics and AI, has created a flexible drone platform to speed up the data collection process and therefore assist firefighters by proving an overview of the location, direction and spread of the fires. According to the team, the current use of helicopters and satellites can be improved upon by using its Autonomous Wildfire Recognition and Analytics (AWRA) drone, which transfers the data it collects autonomously onto a map, providing both optical and thermal images of the affected area. This is said to increase firefighters’ chances against a wildfire by providing situation awareness. AWRA collects and processes data to create a map of wildfires Data streaming enables the map and video to be shared with responders’ headquarters and ensures that the team is updated on the current sit... Read More »


How To Start And Run A Successful Drone Business

What you'll learn The benefits of being a drone pilot during an age in which the industry is growing fast How to choose a specialization within the drone industry in order to find new contracts and clients How to gain experience before launching your business by working as a freelancer How to market your business successfully using yourself, your website, social media, and YouTube videos Other ways of making money from your drone skills and knowledge through your website Requirements You just need to have a strong interest in the subject and be willing to learn and apply what is taught Description Are you looking for advice on how to turn your drone flying hobby into a business? Are you looking for a way to take advantage of the many options in the growing drone industry? Have you ever wondered if you too could become a professional drone pilot? Are you curious about flying drones commercially but not sure where to start? In 2013 I&nbs... Read More »


The importance of post era newfound entrepreneurial spirit

While small businesses are becoming increasingly purpose-driven, it looks like businesses are also becoming increasingly digital, and embracing agile business models that allow them to quickly adapt to new environments. Throughout human history, crises have been pivotal in developing our societies. Pandemics have helped advance health-care systems, wars have fuelled technological innovations and the global financial crisis helped advance tech companies. The present coronavirus pandemic will arguably not be an exception; entrepreneurs can be expected to rise to the challenge. The pandemic has accelerated the process of digital transformation across almost all sectors. As the world slowly but steadily shifts to the recovery stage, we have also seen that the pandemic has brought on changes to consumer behaviour that is likely to stay for good. The question then becomes how we can empower entrepreneurs to leverage digital tools and innovations while navigating the pandemic. Ent... Read More »


Mission possible for unmanned aircraft systems

During the COVID-19 pandemic, air drones or unmanned aircraft systems have played vital roles, from delivering aid to monitoring social distancing. However, issues such as safety, security and the sharing of airspace have continued to delay their full commercial use. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have undoubtedly become the technology of the moment which, from humble beginnings, is set to create an industry to rival the automotive and aviation industries combined. UAS gained notoriety as toys, but have quickly evolved into the basis for a high-value, rapid-growth industry spanning almost all sectors, including logistics, medical, surveying, security and transport, and are being used in almost every environment on the planet. UAS, which can be remotely controlled, but are increasingly being equipped with autonomous capabilities, have been around for a long time. It has only been in the past five years that the technology to make them commercially viable tools in a huge range o... Read More »


EU UAS Implementing Regulation 2019/947 Delayed

Whilst the European Commission have delayed the EU UAS Implementing Regulation 2019/947 until 31 Dec 2020, they have not announced a delay to EU 2019/945 (unless we missed that announcement here at  the DDG).  This effectively means that new Drones introduced into the European market after 1 July 2021 have to abide by the EU Conformity rules in 2019/945 and must be CE marked.  So if you are a UK Drone designer, how do you go about getting the relevant CE mark for your Drone?  Well, unless you are in the very lowest (C0) category, you will need to have your design and productions processes, and of course your drone capability, reliability and claimed specifications assessed by a Competent Assessment Body (CAB).  The CAB would assess your product against a UK Scheme.  Let’s just run through that again.  In order for your Drone system to be assessed the UK has to set up a UK Scheme.  This UK Scheme would need to be created and owned by... Read More »


UK Drone Delivery Group releases plan to accelerate growth of UK drone industry

The UK Drone Delivery Group, the new drone industry initiative established to provide guidance on the steps required for the UK to accelerate the growth of the UK drone industry, has today released its long-awaited ‘White Paper’ for public consultation. The White Paper calls for the development of new testing grounds, which are expected to significantly transform the UK’s potential to achieve world-leading status in the fast-moving drone industry. Robert Garbett, founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, stated: “The release of this White Paper for public consultation represents a major milestone for the UK drone industry. The mass-participation drone testing programme that the White Paper calls for will significantly transform the UK’s capability to achieve world-leadership in this industry.  “The recommendations in the White Paper highlight the practical measures necessary to enable full economic development of drones, including... Read More »


COVID-19

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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »