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From front line military operational instruction to the front line of drone operations, Flyby Technology has the instructors to deliver. We currently have a combined total of 144,000 flying hours, most of it instructing and a cumulative 614 years of flying experience. No other drone training organisation comes close to that level of experience.
Moonrock offers the first instant purchase policies for drone pilots, eliminating the laborious process of providing extensive information, and then having to wait for a call back or email response. We have also sought to provide policies that really deal with the concerns and genuine risks for pilots. Our policy offers cover for cyber security and is the first to offer privacy cover, which is the general public’s primary concern about the growth of drones.
Active Drone Services (ADS) specialise in specific airborne applications of thermal imaging, photography, precision agriculture, security, mapping and surveying. The drones we utilise offer an efficient and effective means of viewing and surveying applications of all difficulties and subsequently allow a clear and precise interpretation of data for businesses with wide ranging demands and diverse requirements.
We offer bespoke protection, including full cover whilst in flight, aviation liability, data protection and invasion of privacy, plus many other additional features. Most importantly, we give you complete peace of mind. Coverdrone is fully compliant with EU regulation EC785/2004.
Whether you have an Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS), Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA), Unmanned Aircraft (UA), Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS), we can advise what insurance cover is right for you and your business.
The commercial drone sector is growing at an unprecedented rate, and UAV adoption and interest has reached incredible levels across the United Kingdom. From real estate marketing to engineering surveys, drones have changed the way that we work and interact.
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Using aerial video for property marketing is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways of showing the most significant elements of a property, like location, layout, neighbouring properties, boundaries, proximity to other buildings, towns, villages and facilities. It is also a very quick and convenient method of ‘touring’ the premises to show different elevations, outbuildings and, of course, the view of the surrounding area. So why not do it? The usual responses are cost and inconvenience. Videos can be expensive to make and deliver and typically require a diverse range of skills and resources, and hosting them can be a nightmare of bandwidth and and download problems if not tackled properly. The good news here is that we have devised a video package that includes all the necessary skills and resources at unusually reasonable prices, far less than traditional costs. Even a simple short video like this one can convey far more than ground level photos or video, and far more than mere words. It also doesn’t need to be outrageously expensive or complex to film and edit. We can film, edit and host videos at very short notice and provide electronic files, embed code, or upload them to the medium of your […]
Established photographic business founded over 40 years. Clients include national and international companies and agencies. Specialists in low level aerial photography since 2005. Our experience allows us to offer a professional solution to your requirements. We are not simply drone operators but trained, experienced, photographers supplying perfectly exposed, sharp, well composed stills and videos. When Drone imaging is not possible we have (up to) 65ft (20mt) masts. Tripod or Range Rover mounted, which can be deployed in adverse weather and without airspace restrictions, indoors or out. 20 million pixel large sensor drone camera with distortion free lenses. Mast and ground based photography with professional Nikon 36 million pixel cameras and lenses. We have full insurance cover with £5Million public liability. Fully equipped studio facilities with state of the art Sinar cameras and huge lighting capability enabling us to offer a complete photographic package. Please call 07966 475897 to see our portfolio or email email@example.com
Founded in 2015 by seasoned aviation professionals, Unifly is the leading global software provider for Unmanned Air Traffic Management (UTM). Unifly’s award-winning technology is a one-stop-solution for all relevant UTM stakeholders from air traffic controllers and regulatory bodies to fleet operators and drone pilots. Unifly’s UTM informs operators about no-fly zones, allows for automatic or manual flight plan authorization, enables identification and tracking of drone traffic, and seamlessly integrates drones into existing manned air traffic management systems. Unifly is the only UTM provider with four signed commercial contracts with national air traffic navigation service providers (ANSPs).
Nationwide service provider of professional aerial drone photography, video production, and data collection services.
RCbenchmark is specialized in turn-key measurement solutions for developers of UAVs, multicopters and all electric propulsion systems. Our product lineup of thrust stands and dynamometers are carefully designed to measure all the data you need to fully understand the performance of your brushless motors, propellers, ESCs, and LiPo batteries. By recording the thrust, torque, rotation speed, current and voltage with our DAQ boards, our software will automatically calculate vital metrics like power, motor efficiency and propeller efficiency. Integrate one of our tools in your lab today to improve the flight time, lift capacity, and reliability of your UAV ensuring your product stays competitive.
RUAS are experts in all things drones, offering services across the drone industry including Drone Training for commercial use, Drone Operations and Drone Detection Systems & Consultancy. Birthed from an aviation background RUAS are the longest standing UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) accredited National Qualified Entity (NQE) and are one of the UK’s leading drone training providers, successfully training over 3,500 drone pilots. Our online and classroom-based training has been developed by our hugely experienced team and are led by expert instructors, to give you the knowledge you need to achieve your Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO). We have a team of highly skilled drone pilots and drones that are equipped with the latest technology, including electro-optical and thermal capabilities, to give RUAS the ability to provide a range of commercial operations to meet your varied requirements across a range of industries. We have considerable experience flying in the Rail, Construction, Creative Media, Surveying, Conservation, Energy, Emergency Services and Infrastructure industries and our extended permissions allow us to operate in urban environments, closer to vehicles, buildings and people – a privilege given only to a limited number of experienced operators. RUAS are also well versed in drone detection technology and […]
Commercial UAV Expo Europe is the leading trade fair and conference focusing on the integration and operation of commercial UAS throughout Europe and internationally. Industries covered include Process, Power & Utilities; Civil Infrastructure; Construction; Aggregates & Mining; Surveying & Mapping; Public Safety and Security; and Precision Agriculture. The conference programme addresses such topics as the regulatory landscape, safe integration of UAS into the airspace, ATM, U-Space and disruptive UAS technologies. Programming also includes vertical industry sessions that address the challenge and opportunities unique to each industry, as well as best practices for safe and effective integration and operations. The event draws qualified vertical industry end-users, EU leaders guiding the safe integration of UAS into the airspace, solutions pioneers and more, making for unparalleled networking. Exhibits showcase best-in-class UAS from the world’s top solutions providers, ensuring an efficient way to qualifying and comparing solutions.
The Energy Drone Coalition Summit was the first event to focus exclusively on the business and technology of drones/UAVs for energy companies, operating in the oil & gas, power, mining and chemical markets. This 2-day event, supported by an advisory board strong of 13+ national experts, features an exhibition, a conference, workshops and networking initiatives for professional end-users of drone/UAV/UAS technologies at energy companies, developers of applications for drones, energy drone associations and user groups, regulators, as well as the service companies deploying drone technology on behalf of end users. Topics relate to implementation and scale, safety and risk mitigation, regulatory aspects, challenges and best practices for energy UAS operations. Details of the 2019 event have yet to be released as of January 2019.
Set in North Dakota, one of the US regions leading the way in the commercialization of the UAS industry, the UAS Summit and Expo is one of the oldest UAV events in the USA. 2019 marks the 13th edition of this 2-day content-packed event elevating commercialization and includes an exhibition and a conference (100+ industry experts in 2017) with presentations in the past from regulators, manufacturers, commercial pilots and others, in-depth analysis from the UAS Magazine editorial staff and panel-style project updates. Topics covered related to the current state of UAV industry in the US market: commercial UAV manufacturing and distribution, UAS technology offerings, regulatory updates, UTM, business case models, commercial uses, payload offerings and more. As of January 2019 there are no details of the event published other than the dates it will take place.
InterDrone (along with the Commercial UAV) is perhaps THE event to attend if you are a professional in the commercial drone industry, thanks to its numbers of professional attendance, the buzz generated and its overall quality. This 3-day event includes an exhibition, conferences, panels, sessions and over 110 workshops, demo flight areas, networking events and a wide range of side activities like ‘After Hours’, the Women in Drones Luncheon and the networking session. The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together to connect with other drone pilots, service providers, UAS engineers and developers, UAV manufacturers, videographers and enterprise UAV end-users at the largest, commercially-dedicated show. 2018 saw 4,000+ attendees and 175+ exhibitors.
The International Drone Expo (IDE) is another top event for professionals in the drone industry which takes place as part of the Mobile World Congress and is among the largest drone events in the world. And the numbers and quality of its past editions are indeed high. It has drawn in the past over 125 international exhibitors including several industry leaders such as DJI, Aerial Media Pros, MultiCopter Warehouse, Flir, Yuneec, and many more, and 4,500+ buyers from around the world and over 30,000 attendees. The two day event features an exhibit floor covering 9,200+ square meters, and displaying a variety of drones, parts, and services for commercial applications in cinematography, photography, real estate, emergency response, agriculture, oil & gas, mining, mapping and surveying, underwater exploration, and law enforcement, along with a host of other sectors for consumers. According to IDE, over 25% of global drone sales is to the telecom sector. It also hosts a business conference, technical sessions, networking events and many side activities including the IDE Drone Racing Cup, IDE Drone Pitchfest Competition 2016 and the International Drone Expo Video Showcase.
The World of Drones Congress (WoDC), organized by AEG Ogden, aims at providing an international forum for everyone concerned with drones, from businesses to governments, investors to enthusiasts, across the Asia Pacific region. In its very first year, 2017, the World of Drones Congress (WoDC) became the largest and most comprehensive drone conference ever held in Australasia/Oceania. WoDC 2018 returned to Brisbane with an expanded program and new interactive activities. 2018 also marked the inauguration of the National Defence Industries Drone Forum which joined the other forum to be held during the congress, the National Drone Safety Forum. WoDC is all about the business of drones and how drones can be applied to industry, business and the delivery of government services.
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To become a pilot you must:
Pilot certificate Requirements,
* Applicants who do not wish to complete FAA Form 8710-13 online may choose the paper process. Please note that the processing time will be longer if a paper application is used since it requires in-person approval and signature by a designated pilot examiner (DPE), an airman certification representative (ACR), or an FAA-certificated flight instructor (CFI), and must then be mailed to a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) for final review and signature. Additionally, a temporary remote pilot certificate will not be provided to the applicant. Instructions for completing the paper application process may be found in Chapter 6, Section 4 of the Part 107 Advisory Circular.
Drones are rapidly increasing in popularity in consumer markets, but it is in commercial aerial operation that some of the most exciting growth exists. If you feel that you need to operate a drone for your business to remain competitive, or even if you want to create a business offering commercial drone services, then you’re going to need to make sure that you’re prepared for flight and compliant with regulations in the United Kingdom.
Do You Need a Qualification to become a Drone Pilot?
If you’re going to be operating a drone for commercial purposes, then you are going to need to secure operating permission. In the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority regulates and enforces all requirements surrounding commercial drone operation. If you’re planning to use a commercial drone, then you’ll need to obtain Permission for Aerial Work, otherwise known as the CAA PFAW.
At this time, there are more than 1700 qualified drone pilots operating with the permission of the CAA, and that number is increasing rapidly. While it is illegal to operate a commercial drone without permission from the CAA, it is estimated that there are still up to 5000 commercial operators who are yet to become fully licensed. With widespread use of UAVs being a relatively recent development, there are yet to be any arrests or prosecutions relating to the illegal use of a drone for commercial purposes. However, this is not likely to remain the case.
With more pilots taking their drones to the air, the CAA will start heavily enforcing the rules, and you can take that as an eventuality, rather than as a vague prediction. If you want to remain on the safe side of the law, while ensuring that your business interests are protected, then you’ll need to prepare and take an assessment with a National Qualified Entity (NQE).
What is an NQE?
The Civil Aviation Authority enforces the rules regarding UAVs and commercial operation, however, they do not directly perform the assessment courses for drone pilots. National Qualified Entities are the companies and organisations that are authorised to perform assessments. Some provide assessment only (such as the Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service), whereas others provide complete training and assessment. The number of companies that offer assessment and training is growing, and you can find a complete list on the CAA official website.
Costs can range from around £1200 up to £2000, depending on how much training you need, and the company that you choose for your training.
Is There Anything Special to Learn When Compared to Operating a Drone for Personal Use?
In many cases, operating a drone for commercial purposes is similar to operating one for leisure, however, there are still some key differences that training will prepare you for.
By obtaining your permission to operate, you’ll be able to use your drone around property and developed areas, which is something that enthusiast pilots are not permitted to do. Commercial drones are often larger and heavier than enthusiast drones, and can require more skill from a pilot to be operated safely. With training and certification, you’ll learn how to protect your drone from damage, and you’ll learn advanced strategies for safe flight in different conditions, avoiding obstacles, and you’ll learn what to do in an emergency situation.
Even if you think you’re an experienced drone pilot today, you’ll undoubtedly learn many new things by taking professional training, which will make you a more competent and safer drone operator. You’ll learn some much needed skills that will help you to fly in conditions that most enthusiasts will never have to experience, and it will mean that you can safely fly almost anywhere in the UK, making you an asset to any business as a commercial operator.
What are Some of the Key Differences with Commercial Drone Operation?
The difference between private and commercial drone operation isn’t just in the fact that you will be operating from profit. The following covers some of the unique aspects of commercial flight that you need to be aware of.
Commercial drone operation is costlier when compared to private flight. Enthusiast grade drones are not suitable for most commercial operations, so you’ll find that you need to invest in a drone and equipment kit in the range of £1000 to £20,000. The type of kit you need depends entirely on the type of work that you’ll be doing, and battery equipment will be a significant expense. You’ll need to operate drones for time periods much longer than the 20 or 30 minutes that is typically offered from an enthusiast grade kit. Professionals carry additional batteries as well as portable charging kits.
With permission from the CAA, you’ll be able to operate a drone within 150m of a developed area, and within 50m of property and obstacles. Private operators are forbidden from operating drones in these conditions.
Camera mounting hardware will also be different for commercial operation. Consumer targeted drone units come incorporated with high quality cameras, but they’re not up to the specification that you’ll need as a commercial pilot. If you’re going to be offering services for commercial photography, surveying, or even video production, then you’re going to need the right mounting hardware and camera equipment, as well as a drone that is capable of carrying heavier gear.
Opportunity Exists for Those Who Commit to Commercial Operation
The demand for commercial operators will grow in the coming years. If you want to be prepared to take advantage of a growing industry, then commercial drone licensing should be one of your top priorities. Familiarise yourself with the Civil Aviation Authority rules, and start to plan your business case and equipment requirements for commercial operation.
Once you’ve taken your assessment and obtained a CAA PFAW, you’ll be in the best position to compete in the commercial operator market.
ConservationDrones.org seeks to share knowledge of building and using low-cost unmanned aerial vehicles for conservation-related applications with conservation workers and researchers worldwide, especially those in developing countries.
Drone airspace authorization program, LAANC (Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability)
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