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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
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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 »


Aero Enterprise is EN ISO 9001:2015 certified

Published January 15th 2019

On December 12, 2018, Aero Enterprise passed the certification audit for the airborne inspection for on-/offshore wind turbines and industrial objects of all kind, including data analysis, classification and reporting. Aero Enterprise was able to reach the established standard in the certification audit with TÜV Austria in December 2018 and thus proves the mastery of quality management according to the international standard. The ISO 9001:2015 is a well-known standard for the certification of quality management systems. The norm describes the requirements for operations and work equipment as well as the outcome of a company in order to guarantee a standard promised by quality policy of the company. At the same time, the management system is subject to a continuous improvement process. ‘The certification forms the basis for the continuous improvement of Aero Enterprise. At the same time this gives us the opportunity to prove the high quality standard of our service t... Read More »


Robert Garbett’s Take on Air Drone’s Latest Run-in: Heathrow Airport

Published January 10th 2019

London’s largest international airport, Heathrow, has found itself at the center of another air drone scandal. After a potential UAV sighting early Tuesday evening, all departures from Heathrow Airport were halted for the better part of an hour. While Heathrow officials state that the temporary shutdown was a part of a system of precautionary measures, Drone Major’s Garbett expresses his worry that major organisations, like airports, are still pushing the big red “STOP” button on all operations when drone sightings are involved. Garbett, the CEO of Drone Major Group, spoke with Jazz FM radio early Wednesday morning following the incident and discussed the importance of proper policy and procedure for dealing with events like this in the future. “Drones are set to become one of the largest industries in the world,” Garbett says, “we cannot avoid drone technology, we have to become “drone ready.’”  “Drone Ready,&r... Read More »


Barry Jenkins Comments on Counter Drones at Gatwick Airport

Published January 9th 2019

Despite recent happenings with “rogue” air drones, we should not demonize the technology. In a recent interview with 5 News, Drone Major Group’s Head of Counter Drone Technology, Barry Jenkins, discussed the logistics and practicality of removing (and preventing) unwarranted drone interference. To Jenkins, the economic, civil and philanthropic benefits of drone technology outweigh the risks, such as the recent happenings at Gatwick airport in late December. “By 2030,” Jenkins says, “drones have been externally predicted to generate 42 billion for the UK economy… providing 680,000 jobs.” Drone technology provides access to a plethora of exploratory solutions never before seen as possible — maritime study, agricultural surveillance, even autonomous vehicle integration. The possibilities, at this point, are only further growing; however, the fear of the public is growing steadily alongside the technology. Drone Major Grou... Read More »


The Day the Drone World Changed and what it means for 2019

Published January 8th 2019

It’s been over ten days since the cataclysmic events that caused so much disruption at Gatwick. Initially, on the surface, it appeared this was something resembling another possible drone incursion that would have eventually got sensationalised in the tabloids then forgotten about. However, it soon became apparent, by mid-morning on the 20th, that this was something unprecedented in the evolution and history of drones. It wasn’t simply someone who was flying about blissfully unaware of the rules and regulations, or a possible highflying object that may or may not have been a drone. This was something far more contrived, calculated and executed. And I, like many other commentators, were completely caught out and surprised by the impact that ensued. Nefarious activities with these commercial off the shelf products are not new. Terrorist organisations in volatile theatres have been employing similar platforms for several years and there was even an assassination attempt... Read More »


Introducing the CCROV - The first underwater camera drone equipped with 4K camera

Published January 3rd 2019

Introducing the CCROV - The first underwater camera drone equipped with 4K camera. CCROV is an out-of-the-box complete underwater ROV solution for underwater monitor and inspection, outfitted 6 thrusters and 4K camera recording.     CCROV will work perfectly with your underwater service and enrich your product portfolio as well. The CCROV is available from John Howard and Associates -   John Howard has worked in the marine contracting industry for over 30 years, in which time he has been involved in a wide variety of activities including: Capital dredging, coastal towing, harbour maintenance, marine geo-technics, marine demolition, piling and contracting but most significantly in building and operating de-mountable Jack-up Barges.   John Howard & Associates has been formed to assist and provide a range of services to organisations in the following disciplines: Government Departments Major Contractors... Read More »


Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd receive Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Silver Award

Published December 5th 2018

Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd (EEI) had the honour of receiving the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Silver Award and are thrilled to be recognised for their efforts. The Defence Employer recognition scheme recognises employers who support Defence personnel and inspire others to do the same.  Eagle eye Innovations Ltd is a veteran run company with all their air instructors having served on RAF frontline squadrons at some point in their careers. They recognise that without their professional Royal Air Force training, experience and discipline accrued whilst serving, Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd wouldn’t be able to offer the world class services it does today. Sion Roberts, Managing Director said, “Receiving the Silver Award is a wonderful bit of recognition for the effort we go to assist people transitioning out of the military. It’s also a good award to show the continuing services we provide to serving members and units of Her Majesty’s Armed Forc... Read More »


Swoop is delighted to join Drone Major Group

Published December 5th 2018

Swoop is delighted to join Drone Major Group and support of the drone industry's financial requirements. Swoop works with over 1,000 funding providers to help businesses access financing from mainstream Banks, alternative lenders, Venture Capital funds, SEIS/EIS investors, Angel Networks and Grant agencies. Additional services include FX, R&D claims, invoice financing and energy saving. Swoop’s one-stop shop approach through their platform simplifies your funding journey. Swoop's technology analyses every funding opportunity in seconds and our experts stick with you when you find what your business needs. When it comes to savings, Swoop analyses what bank and service are the best value for your business and they manage the switching process too. Click here (http://bit.ly/DroneMajor) to register today. Read More »


ParaZero Announces the First Ever FAA Waiver for Flight Over People with a Parachute System

Published October 21st 2018

Drone safety systems company, ParaZero Israel Ltd (ASX:PRZ), announced that the first FAA waiver for flight over people with a parachute system was granted to a UAS operator using the ParaZero SafeAir System. The waiver for Part 107.39(a) has been granted to North Dakota operator, Botlink, using ParaZero's SafeAir System on a DJI Phantom 4. The company is utilizing the waiver to perform missions for local law enforcement as well as for generating media content as part of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UASIPP) lead by the North Dakota Department of Transportation. The first flights using the waiver were conducted during the tailgating event prior to the North Dakota State University vs South Dakota State football game at the FargoDome in North Dakota. The drone performed multiple flights over the crowds gathered in the stadium's parking lots and provided important, real-time footage for local law enforcement and media companies. Th... Read More »


Winter news from Scopito

Published October 21st 2018

Winter news from Scopito

Published October 21st 2018

    Join the Scopito force At Scopito we recently created the 'Scopito Users Group' on Facebook. That means that you can now join more than 200 members in learning more about our drone inspection analysis platform. This is both for existing subscribers and for other people interested in learning more about the platform. You can ask questions to Scopito and to other users. You are also welcome to see the group as a networking group and make a post if you are looking for specific types of contacts in relation to drone inspection. Join the group and get great tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242988556285085/ or search for 'Scopito Users Group' on Facebook. Will you be meeting us in London? Scopito will participate at The Commercial UAV Show, 14-15 November, London. If you're there, make sure to come by for a talk. Maybe we can help each other. More people are hearing about us At Scopito we also recently reached... Read More »


Japan-based Terra Drone acquires significant stake in Inkonova

Published October 17th 2018

Terra Drone, a leading global commercial drone technology company, acquires a significant stake in Swedish aerial robotics for underground mining startup, Inkonova AB. ■ For full release follow: https://www.terra-drone.net/en/news/ ■ Media Contact: [email protected] Terra Drone’s UAV inspection, survey, and other service provisions cover various industries globally including mining; Inkonova’s main market. The deal is comprised of a cash injection, changes to the management team, as well as technical, business development, and operational collaborations. Ahmed AlNomany, Inkonova AB Cofounder and CEO stated “We feel reinforced, a sort of graduation. Terra Drone’s global network of clients, post-processing domain, service-based business model, customer experience, technical personnel, and human and financial resources, will help us dramatically ramp our business development and commercial-readiness efforts, taking our technology to... Read More »


SalusUAV: BVLOS Training & Operational Safety Cases

Published October 17th 2018

Many professionals are looking to unlock the full commercial potential of their drones by wanting to fly BVLOS.  Whilst routine BVLOS flights are not yet allowed by the CAA, it is still possible for your business to operate BVLOS with the correct permissions and training. Operating BVLOS is not simply flying longer distance flights, the skills required involve decision making, situational awareness, workload management, communications and automation management. At SalusUAV we know more about BVLOS than anyone  else because we have spent the last four years being funded by the UK government to do research into BVLOS drones. Having flown over 2000km EVLOS and BVLOS, we can help you prepare a thorough Operational Safety Case (OSC) and our instructors can train you properly because we know what we’re talking about. Contact us for more info. Read More »


SkyWatch.AI: App for On Demand Drone Insurance

Published October 16th 2018

SkyWatch aims to create innovative, easy-to-use tools that empower drone operators to fly safely, manage their flights seamlessly, and make sure they are insured at a reasonable price. With SkyWatch.AI, drone operators can fly with peace of mind with simple, fast and transparent drone insurance coverage. The mobile app allows you to precisely plan your flight, avoid potential hazards in real-time before lift-off and fully customize your policy. This way you’re only priced for your needs, it’s instant, and it's easy-to-purchase, not to mention you can save up to 50% on your premiums just by flying safely! Hence the slogan, Safer Pilots Pay Less! SkyWatch.AI is available for all iOS and Android mobile devices and tablets. Download the app here For more frequent flyers such as commercial drone operators, contractors, and fleets, SkyWatch Plus offers a monthly insurance plan with coverage across the entire US. “With this new addition to our platform,... Read More »


Amsterdam Drone Week – where the UAS community comes together

Published October 8th 2018

From 26 – 30 November - the international event Amsterdam Drone Week - will be launched as an initiative of RAI Amsterdam and EASA, and is powered by Airbus, Boeing, the Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management, IDS, and Bell. During this event, the new European regulations for drones and the future of Urban Air Mobility will be discussed by leading experts, policymakers, and companies in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community. Besides the EASA High-Level Conference on Drones, Amsterdam Drone Week will be filled with several international leading conferences, showcases and demonstrations. Among the list of the top-level speakers is EU Commissioner Violeta Bulc, Tom Enders (Airbus), Dutch Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (Ministry of Infrastructure & Water Management), Steve Nordlund (Boeing HorizonX), Patrick Ky (EASA), and Uber Aviation’s Eric Allison, to name a few. On the agenda of Amsterdam, Drone Week are a variety of events with top-level... Read More »


The developing role of drones for fleets

Published October 3rd 2018

The major rivers and waterways of big cities could regenerate as freight arteries, years after road and rail replaced waterborne transport, according to a leading expert. In a reverse of history, rivers are now a huge, empty resource, while the urban roads around them suffer from congestion and pollution, said Robert Garbett, chief executive, Drone Major Group. He will be speaking at Fleet Live about the possibilities for drones and how they could impact on freight transport and deliveries. “If you are based in London and want to be one of the first companies to receive freight by drone, I would recommend staying by the river,” he said. While any freight coming from the east into the capital by road has to contend with the bottlenecks of either the Blackwall or Dartford tunnels, setting up distribution centres outside the capital, floating cargoes down the river to Canary Wharf via autonomous barges, and then making local deliveries by electric van would avoid t... Read More »


New solid-state LiDAR for drone collision avoidance

Published September 27th 2018

Step up your anti-collision game with the brand new TeraRanger Tower Evo! Meet Terabee's latest solid-state LiDAR system. Now smaller, lighter (from 92g), faster and 35% lower-cost than our previous generation Tower. Prices start from 399 Euros.  Choose 4 detection zones or 8, 60m range or 600 readings per second. It's ROS-ready and Pixhawk compatible.   LEARN MORE   Outdoor demo TeraRanger Tower Evo detects and avoids tree branches, leaves, metal structures and concrete surfaces - all in outdoor conditions with bright sunshine. <WATCH THE VIDEO>   Indoor demo Where GPS is off, TeraRanger Tower Evo is On! See how static and moving obstacles are avoided indoors. Our infrared Time-of-Flight technology also works in the dark. <WATCH THE VIDEO>   About Terrabee PERPETUAL INNOVATION Since inception, we’ve achieved something remarkable, every single year!   Drone based solutions 2012... Read More »