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Fixed Wing Drones

Learn How Fixed Wing Drone Solutions Can Benefit Your Business Operations

Fixed Wing Drones for Mapping and Surveying


WHAT IS A FIXED WING DRONE?

One of the first things you need to think about when choosing the right drone for your business needs, is whether you need a multi-rotor or fixed wing UAV. Depending on the commercial application, there will be different requirements. For example, an aerial photographer will benefit from the hovering capabilities of a multirotor, whereas a drone surveyor may need to map large areas in a short time and would benefit from a fixed wing drone. Fixed wing drones are designed in 3 different wing styles; straight, swept and delta. They either require a handheld or runway take-off and fly continuously over long distances, rather than hover.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES?

The main advantage of the fixed wing drone is it’s shape, which is easier to maintain and repair than a multirotor drone. It also has a much longer flight time and distance, plus it can carry a larger payload. This combination essentially means that the fixed wing is more efficient than a multirotor for surveying and mapping purposes. Drone operators can fix their preferred type of camera to the aircraft, creating a bespoke drone solution for each industry.

HOW ARE THEY BEING USED?

Fixed wing drones are mainly used within the Construction, Agriculture, Mining and Environmental industries, to map large areas for research and evaluation purposes, as well as large scale site surveying. However, they are becoming more and more popular across other industries due to their versatility and ability to operate in challenging weather conditions. Flight plans can be created to carefully and accurately map the required land mass. For example, this image uses ‘a continuous grid-like pattern with parallel flight lines’ (Pix4D). The photogrammetric images can then be evaluated and monitored.

HOW DO I LEARN ABOUT AERIAL SURVEYING AND MAPPING?

Enter the next-gen digital learning solution for drone surveying and 3D mapping to start generating revenue from your drone data, with the Drone Surveying eLearning Course. From digital photogrammetry to aerial data capture, processing, extraction and accuracy, the Drone Surveying eLearning course will teach you to confidently plan and perform efficient drone surveys. Learn more about the Drone Surveying and Photogrammetry eCourse, or contact our expert team to find out more about how your business operations could be enhanced.

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