Category: Drone Industry News

CAA Launch Online Reporting System for Small Unmanned Aircraft

Today, the CAA announced their new online reporting system for small unmanned aircraft (SUA). Following the 2019 amendment of the Air Navigation Order (ANO), the CAA have introduced a new online form to report instances where access to airspace has been denied to UAS, and where the request may not have been considered in line …

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DJI Adds ‘AirSense’ Aircraft Detection Technology to New Consumer Drones

DJI has released their safety improvement agenda for drone operators and regulators that includes plans to add ADS-B receivers to their consumer-grade drones. Announced at an event in Washington D.C, DJI has formulated a 10-step plan called “Elevating Safety” to strengthen the universal safety of their unmanned aircraft. From 1st January 2020 all DJI consumer …

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DJI Tease 15 May Release of (Suspected) New Underwater Photography Tool

Global drone manufacturer DJI has announced the release date of their next product as 15 May 2019. With the product teaser ‘Unleash Your Other Side’ being promoted across their website and social media channels, its oceanic theme and underwater imagery has got everyone wondering what’s coming. There are two strong contenders, with the first being …

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CAA Consultation open for UK Drone Registration Scheme

This morning the CAA officially opened the consultation on the on the proposed charge for the new UK drone operator registration scheme. Members of the public have until 7 June 2019 to view and respond to the proposal. This comes in preparation for the Government mandated UK Drone Registration Scheme, which is due to be …

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Why gender diversity is essential to the drone industry’s growth

It’s no secret that the drone industry has always been an (unintentionally) male-dominated environment. But things are changing and with more women gaining their commercial drone pilot permission (PfCO) each year in the UK, this shift in balance can only spell good things for the industry on both a national and global scale. Even though …

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CAA publish Air Navigation Order 2018 and 2019 Amendments in CAP 1763

Background On 20 February 2019, the UK Government published an amendment to the UK Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) titled ‘The Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2019’ that is detailed by the CAA in CAP 1763. This new ANO publication comes into force on 13th March 2019 and will affect the operation of small unmanned aircraft …

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DroneDeploy prove DJI Phantom 4 RTK delivers survey-grade mapping accuracy

In recent years, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) – widely referred to as drones – have been increasingly used to conduct aerial surveys and generate 3D maps that measure a timeline of site changes across industries such as Construction, Mining and Agriculture. With a constant need to reduce the time and resources used for traditional methods …

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BW Offshore save 51 days’ manpower with Sky-Futures drone inspection project

Sky-Futures, the world-leading provider of drone-based inspection services, has released a case study detailing their world-first FPSO* cargo tank inspection by drone. *Floating Production Storage and Offloading Vessel Recruited by maritime energy giant BW Offshore to conduct General Visual Inspection (GVI) and Close Visual Inspection (CVI) of 20 tanks (18 Crude Oil Tanks and 2 …

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Department for Transport release official response detailing the future of drones in the UK

Overview Following the recent disruption to Gatwick Airport’s operations over the Christmas period, we have seen a surge in national press surrounding the use of drones in the UK. Bringing with it a new level of awareness to this emerging technology, many of us have since been asking what can – and will – be …

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DJI launch Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual with advanced thermal imaging capability

DJI launch Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual with advanced thermal imaging capability The latest platform in the Mavic 2 Series was launched – somewhat unexpectedly – by DJI yesterday. Featuring a brand-new three-axis gimbal stabilised camera with dual visual and thermal sensors, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is set to further open the doors into unmanned …

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DJI Releases New Firmware Updates for TB50 & TB55 Batteries

Improved Firmware Addresses Early Return-To-Home or Automatic Landing of M200 Series Drones Without Compromising Measures Implemented to Maintain Flight Safety  Background DJI released a firmware update on 16 November 2018 following reports of a small number of TB50 and TB55 batteries showing incorrect power levels which led to the loss of power mid-flight. The firmware …

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News Alert: CAA Issues New Safety Notice for SUA Operators

News Alert: CAA Issues New Safety Notice for SUA Operators The CAA have released the latest Safety Notice (SN–2018/11) to all Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) Operators regarding operational safety of the DJI TB50 and TB55 Intelligent Flight Batteries. This Safety Notice provides updated information regarding the points detailed in Safety Notice SN–2018/10, which is now …

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