Firstly, it was in the last two weeks that I decided that I must commit to updating my blog and pick a few key stores from around the UAV industry to comment on. So here goes hope you enjoy.
The UK Government set out its proposals to increase the controls on drone usage in the UK airspace after a spate of "alleged' near misses and airspace incursions. One of the key policies outlined in Lord Martin Callanan's report is to introduce mandatory drone registration, following both the USA and several other countries in the EU who have already implemented this measure.
Furthermore, leisure users will be required to take a short course and pass a test to prove they can operate their drone safely and legally. This is a policy that many commercial operators will welcome, if anything to reduce the perception that all drone operators are flying round the control tower at Heathrow without any thought! It raises all of the usual questions about how such a policy will be administered and policed, questions that will quickly need answers.
Martek Marine (https://www.martek-marine.com), via their sister company Coptrz, announced the worlds first Beyond Visual Line of Sight Training course. This followed shortly after the company announced it was looking to hire a number of experienced UAS pilots, crew and payload operators for its recently awarded maritime contracts. BVLOS operations has become somewhat of the 'holy grail' for RPAS operations on both land and at sea. This is a story to keep a close eye on as it really demonstrates the diverse opportunities that are becoming available for those who have either already got RPAS skills or are looking to train to become the future 'drone' pilots in our sky's.
3D Robotics (3DR) (https://3dr.com) announced they opening their Site Scan software technology to DJI hardware marking a significant change of strategy for the company. Its true to say that 3DR have struggled to make inroads into the aircraft market compared with giants DJI and rumours have been circulating for some time that the company is planning to withdraw entirely from hardware production to focus on its well regarded site scanning software.
Think UAV continues to explore UAV services market opportunities, we hope to bring some exciting news about these developments over the next few months. Stay tuned!
About the author:
Edwin Purnell is a professional UAV Pilot, UAV Entrepreneur and the founder of Think UAV Group.