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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About DJI

Fact 1 DJI’s name stands for Dà-Jiāng Innovations, but it used to mean Dà-Jiāng Sciences. Fact 2 In 2006 Founder and CEO Frank Wang started DJI from his dorm room, whilst studying at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. He’s now worth approximately $3.2bn (£2.36bn) according to Forbes, who also estimates that Wang …

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Commercial Drones to be Integrated into US Skies: What Does This Mean for the UK?

What is The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program? Last October, President Trump announced ‘The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Pilot’ program, as a way to carefully integrate drones into US airspace to benefit communities. As the Consumer Technology Association’s vice president of technology policy Doug Johnson previously agreed, the program is a “smart …

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DJI Zenmuse XT2 vs. Yuneec CGO-ET: Who’s Hotter?

Battle of the Thermal/Visual Payloads DJI and FLIR Systems recently announced the DJI Zenmuse XT2 dual thermal and visual imaging camera. Last month, we looked at the new payload in detail (see article), and this month it’s time to start digging a little deeper. As the newest thermal camera from DJI, we found ourselves asking …

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DJI Release The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Edition

Yesterday, DJI announced the launch of their newest member of the Phantom Series – the V2.0 edition of the Phantom 4 Pro (P4P V2.0). Taking the best features of the Phantom 4 Pro, DJI have refined this aircraft with 60% noise reduction and OcuSync HD transmission technology. This allows for high-resolution and low-latency digital video …

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Independent Report Concludes DJI’s Data Security In-Check

DJI’s Security Practices are Validated by Kiva Consulting’s Independent Study Last week, DJI announced they had employed Kivu Consulting to conduct an independent study to review their data security. For the first time, an outside party was given full access to all of DJI’s data practices to support their 2017 official statement that DJI “provides …

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Why You Should Never Buy a Drone from the High Street

…and Always Buy from the Experts Perhaps “never” is a bit harsh. But there are plenty of reasons why you should think twice before buying a professional drone from the high street, and here they are: Hints & Tips on How to Fly Drones are advanced pieces of technical equipment that host a multitude of …

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How to Find Air Traffic Control (ATC) Contact Numbers

Do you know where to locate ATC contact details? It’s important to know how and when to contact Air Traffic Control (ATC), as this is something the CAA require you to include within your Drone Operations Manual. Not only do you need to state the contact telephone number of the relevant Aerodrome ATC, but you …

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Writing your Drone Operations Manual Vol 1 & 2 – Important Updates from the CAA

Why It’s Crucial to Stay Up to Date with CAA Amendments Firstly, it’s important to highlight that the Operations Manual is a document for you, not the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). You and/or your employees are the ones who will be applying it to all your future SUA business operations. Therefore, you need to have …

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Yuneec Enhances the H520 Drone with Pix4Dcapture

Pix4Dcapture App now available on Yuneec H520 ST16S Ground Station This month, Chinese drone manufacturer Yuneec announced their H520 platform has been given a commercial boost by Pix4Dcapture integration with the ST16S ground station controller (with the E90 camera). Pix4Dcapture is a free mission planning app that enables the Pilot in Command (PiC) to create …

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Is the DJI Phantom RTK about to be announced?

Are the rumours true? Let’s see what we already know… On Friday 6th April this month, DJI received FCC approval in the United States for a ‘C1 – Digital Transmission System’ aka remote controller. Then a few days later, on Tuesday 10th April, DJI received FCC approval for their ‘Phantom 4 RTK – Digital Device’. …

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CAA Announces Changes to the UAS Applications Process: Everything You Need to Know

Overview Today, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) announced they are introducing a new and improved online application process for unmanned aircraft, more commonly known as unmanned aerial systems (UAS). The aim is to clarify the process to customers whilst improving their own productivity (thus reducing wait time and delays for customers) by moving the …

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DJI Launch the New XT2 Payload in Partnership with FLIR

In April 2016, following a fruitful partnership with FLIR – the industry leading imaging systems developer established back in 1978 – DJI brought us the original Zenmuse XT payload. Capable of rapid and precise thermal imaging, and compatible with the M100, M200 Series, Inspire 1 and M600, this payload helped DJI cement their place as …

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In The Spotlight: AceCore ZOE

AceCore Technologies represent today’s industry rebels; working against the dominance of the manufacturing giant that is DJI to develop impressive cinematic solutions for the creative industry and beyond. Based in the Netherlands, AceCore was created by experts in both the film and aviation industries. Following the success of their NEO aircraft – the heavy-lift rival …

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Drones in Infrastructure: Network Rail

Modern drone solutions have become an integral part of the safe inspection, management and repair of the UK’s infrastructure, with industry leaders Network Rail paving the way. Here we explore how Network Rail have successfully integrated SUAs into their Air Operations Team. Who are Network Rail? Network Rail own the UK’s railway infrastructure; building, maintaining …

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In The Spotlight: DJI Intelligent Flight Modes

DJI aircraft are packed with great features and advanced flight modes, with arguably the most impressive being their Intelligent Flight Modes. Whether you’re looking to improve your video imaging, or simply try some new techniques, these Intelligent Flight Modes enable you to perform technical manoeuvres that would usually take a decent amount of time to …

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Emergency Procedures for Commercial Drone Pilots

What Would You Do in an Emergency? The drone industry has a strong safety-first culture that plays a vital role in keeping aircraft and equipment, pilots and uninvolved people & property free from harm, whilst improving levels of safety across the industry. Having pre-planned emergency procedures is mandatory for all commercial pilots and is self-documented …

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A Higher Perspective: The Interview

As one of our first customers, and certainly most memorable, Paul Duvall made a lasting impression on the Uplift Drone Training team. With his infectious personality and unrivalled passion to develop his talent into the aerial realm, we knew he was going places! Paul received our recommendation to the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for …

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EASA Releases Proposal of New Regulatory Framework for UK Drone Operators

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) recently released their official Opinion on the previous Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA). This is in relation to the Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of unmanned aircraft systems in the ‘open’ and ‘specific’ categories. The remit of EASA will be “extended to cover the regulation of …

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