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UAS Components press release

Addressing a growing demand from our clients and users in subsystems that are being used in PD-1 UAS for their own projects we decided to launch a new subdivision of our company called UAScomponents.com, which is focused on EO/IR payloads, UAV engines, catapult launchers, airframes and other proven components for unmanned aerial systems. All products were previously tested and used for an extended period of time in PD-1 UAS in different regions of the world, different weather conditions, and by different users. For the past few months, UAS Components was presented among the limited number of clients to test all products as stand-alone solutions and make sure we are ready to serve a large number of requests. Among our products, you can find large number of components for your unmanned aerial system, including:  Read More »


Reality of drone delivery unveiled - Myths, mistakes and the way forward revealed

The UK Government’s new initiative to find a fast way to deliver medicines and supplies via air drones, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, was welcomed today by one of the world’s leading experts on drone technology.  Robert Garbett, who is Founder of Drone Major Group, Chairman of the Drone Delivery Group, and Chairman of the British Standards Institution Drone Committee stated: “This welcome move by the Department for Transport will open the way to accelerated growth of the UK drone industry, and provides the opportunity for UK plc to become a world leader in this fast growth technology.“This initiative validates the saying that ‘necessity is the mother of invention’... but it will require facing up to the myths and mistakes of public perception of what is possible, and the reality of how best to apply this fast-developing technology.   Read More »


UK Drone Delivery Group releases plan to accelerate growth of UK drone industry

The UK Drone Delivery Group, the new drone industry initiative established to provide guidance on the steps required for the UK to accelerate the growth of the UK drone industry, has today released its long-awaited ‘White Paper’ for public consultation. The White Paper calls for the development of new testing grounds, which are expected to significantly transform the UK’s potential to achieve world-leading status in the fast-moving drone industry.Robert Garbett, founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, stated: “The release of this White Paper for public consultation represents a major milestone for the UK drone industry. The mass-participation drone testing programme that the White Paper calls for will significantly transform the UK’s capability to achieve world-leadership in this industry.  “The recommendations in the White Paper highlight the practical measures necessary to enable full economic development of drones, including the testing of competing solutions to make Beyond Visu... Read More »


COVID-19

COVID-19 - Extension of validity of UAS Operating Permissions or Exemptions expiring on or before 30 June 2020 The CAA has published the following exemption to support the industry through the COVID-19 outbreak. Read More »


Why we do blade inspections, the way we do blade inspections

Writing is ambiguous. It misreads, misdirects, and paves the road for misunderstandings.Though the written word holds endless opportunities, when it comes to communicating the big picture, text alone is a clunky tool at best.Here, we prefer to let the visuals talk. After all, you know what they say about an image. Read More »


A Scopito White label

Has the thought of building your own analytics platform ever crossed your mind? Here’s a little exercise for the next time it happens.Grab some paper and a pen. Now scribble down all the features you need. Then how those would work together. How someone might use them, how they should be used and how to communicate that. Once you’re done, grab a blank sheet and draw all of it. This is just the first draft.That is what we did seven years ago, and the result didn’t look anything like it does today. Read More »


How to create UAS jobs for yourself. Starting a DSP in 4 steps

1. Picking a marketAre you stuck looking for UAS jobs in your area, but finding nothing? Have you considered starting your own company? It is easier than you might think. We have broken it down into 4 crucial steps. The first step for any budding entrepreneur, should always be to pick a beachhead market.Most entrepreneurs are head over heels in love with their business idea; so much in fact, that they often forget to consider, if there is a market for it, and how to win set market. But, thanks to this article, you won’t make that mistake. Let’s begin. Read More »


Succeeding with using drones/UAVs to optimize maintenance operations, in 4 steps

This article builds on the premise, that using drones for maintenance inspections, provides significant value.If you are looking to harvest the value of drones for your own organization, you are in the right place. Frequent inspections and predictive maintenance goes hand in hand, and UAVs are the way to go if keeping costs low is a priority.1. Start yesterday Read More »


Exactly how much is visual inspection data worth?

It can be easy to look for a one-and-done solution, when it comes to pole-maintenance. But is it worth it?In most cases, cooperatives are missing out on huge benefits, by not using their inspection data properly.This article investigates the short- and long term advantages of using drones for inspections, coupled with Data Management software for analysis and storage. Read More »


InsurTech SkyWatch.AI and Starr Insurance Companies launch a Usage-Based Drone Insurance Product in Canada

SkyWatch.AI and Starr offer on-demand hourly, monthly and annual drone insurance solutions based on a proprietary safety platform SkyWatch.AI, the world’s first on-demand, telematics-based insurance platform for commercial drone pilots, launched its drone insurance product in Ontario, Canada. SkyWatch.AI’s dedicated drone insurance allows professional drone pilots to easily set and manage their coverage through their mobile or desktop devices. The policies are underwritten by a member of Starr Insurance Companies, the leading aviation insurance company in North America, which has insurance carriers rated “A” (excellent) by AM. Best. Read More »


Public engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change Masterplan

Categories: Airspace changePublic engagement on the criteria for assessing and accepting the Airspace Change MasterplanAs part of the CAA’s Airspace Modernisation Strategy, CAA and the Department for Transport (DfT), have commissioned NERL to establish an impartial team known as the Airspace Change Organising Group (ACOG) to lead the programme to create a coordinated implementation plan for airspace changes in Southern UK. This is being referred to as the Masterplan for short. Read More »


NAV CANADA signs strategic agreement with Unifly

February 26, 2020, OTTAWA/ANTWERP – NAV CANADA has entered into an agreement with Unifly, a strategic technology partner, in the deployment of a national system that provides digital services for safely operating and managing drones in Canadian airspace.The system has an intuitive user interface and will enable Canadian drone pilots to access web and mobile applications to identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, manage operations, pilots and fleet of drones.  This fully digitized system makes the process of requesting authorization to fly in controlled airspace easier and faster for qualified drone pilots. The app will also benefit airlines and general aviation pilots, as it reduces the risk of accidental drone incursions.As Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA has an essential role to play in developing an operating environment that supports the innovative potential of the drone industry and ensures safety across Canadian airspace.The system is designed to supp... Read More »


CHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83

Categories: Aerodrome safety, Air display and events, Airspace alerts, Airspace change, Autogyros, Balloons, Drones, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopterCHIRP General Aviation FEEDBACK Edition 83Flight Planning and the use of electronic devices is a major theme in this edition. Every flight needs to be planned thoroughly and the use of electronic devices can ensure NOTAMs and Controlled Airspace are avoided by an appropriate margin. Similarly, in the air electronic aids can be invaluable provided they are set up and used correctly but pilots must have some back-up means of navigating immediately available for the occasions when they fail. Read More »


Alert for Restricted Airspace - Cheltenham (Temporary)

Categories: Air displays and events, Air traffic control, Airspace alerts, Balloons, Commercial pilot helicopter, Drones, Flight training private, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopterAlert for Restricted Airspace - Cheltenham (Temporary) Restriction of Flying Regulations for Cheltenham Festival 2020 from 10 to13 March 2020. Details by NOTAM and in AIC M013/2020.  Restrictions also apply to the operation of all drones.   SW2020/038 Read More »


PD-1 and Leleka-100 at UMEX 2020 show in Abu Dhabi, UAE

We would like to share that Ukrspecsystems and Spetstechnoexport are participating in the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX 2020) taking place on February 23-25, 2020 in Abu-Dhabi, UAE.  The representatives of our company will be happy to meet you at the UAE Pavilion, Stand: 05-A20 hosted by International Golden Group (IGG).UMEX is a unique event in the Middle East region offering the possibility for international defense and security companies to showcase the latest technologies and unmanned systems.The Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference dedicated to three areas: defense, aerospace, and the country's external and internal security. Read More »


DRONE DELIVERY WHITE PAPER SOCIAL MEDIA RELEASE

The Drone Delivery Group committee met on the 12th of February 2020 and we are proud to announce that the White Paper has been fully revised and re-issued to committee members for approval.Drone Major Group also met with the Department for Transport today for their input into the White Paper which will be released for group wide consultation in the next two weeks. The paper will then be presented to Government in March.  Read More »


UK Drone Delivery Group makes urgent ‘call to action’ for property owners and influencers to provide testing areas for drones - to prevent ‘bottleneck to growth’

One of the UK’s leading drone experts today urged British property owners and business leaders to leverage the opportunity of their under-used land for drone testing, to help accelerate the rate of growth of the UK drone industry, in the face of what he described as ‘an emerging ‘bottleneck’ to growth’.Robert Garbett founder of the UK Drone Delivery Group, which is the first industry initiative to provide guidance on the steps required to enable accelerated commercialisation of the UK Drone Industry, stated “There is a current unnecessary ‘bottleneck’ in the evolution of the drone industry and this primarily lies in the lack of controlled testing locations which can provide trial areas and safe environments to accelerate the development of drone technology, help to shape its standards, and ensure appropriate but non constricting regulations”.He commented “The British Government has played a constructive role to date and the UK is a world leader in drone technology… but to stay ahead in... Read More »


Jamming trial to effect electronic situational awareness devices and UAS system 40,000 FT AMSL

Categories: Drones, Gliders, Microlights, Private pilot aeroplane, Private pilot helicopterJamming activity will take place 10 - 21 February 2020, 0800 and 1800 GMT, near RAF Spadeadam and surrounding areas.This may affect cockpit devices and UAS systems operating on 433MHz, 868MHz (FLARM/PilotAware), and 2.4GHz, 5.8GHz (WiFi) within 30 NM of 550306N 0023318W (spadeadam) up to 40,000 FT AMSL. Read More »


What’s the difference between PPK and RTK drones, and which one is better?

Post-processed kinematic (PPK) and real-time kinematic (RTK) are not new technologies. They’ve been used in terrestrial surveying for years to improve the accuracy of GNSS data. Both methods correct the location of drone mapping data and remove the need for GCPs, bringing absolute accuracy down to cm (sub-inch) range However, when you factor in obstacles and environmental conditions common to aerial surveying, the difference between a PPK drone and an RTK drone becomes more important to understand. In fact, choosing the best correction method for your surveys will save you time and project costs. But how do you know which is best? The answer can be found in learning about how each method works, including its inherent strengths and drawbacks.What is an RTK drone (and how does RTK work)?An RTK drone carries an onboard GNSS RTK receiver that gathers data from satellites and a stationary base (ground) station to more accurately correct image location, in real time as it flies Satellite... Read More »


Wingtra and Delair sign on dotted line to offer practical business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects

The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) WingtraOne mapping drone and delair.ai artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software will now be promoted in both companies’ portfolios of solutions for extracting useful business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects. Earlier this year, Wingtra and Delair announced that the compatibility of the two products was tested and evaluated. Due to the complementarity of their solutions, they recently made the decision to join forces in a sales partnership. “We tested WingtraOne data compatibility with delair.ai a while ago and were convinced by the ease of use and the functionality of the software, especially in cases where deep AI analytics and accessibility by stakeholders is important,” said Leopold Flechsenberger, Head of Sales at Wingtra. We are excited to include delair.ai in our recommended software portfolio and that they’re promoting WingtraOne as a go-to drone when customers require a VTOL solution f... Read More »