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Drone Major Group creates new strategy director role to keep up with demand for drone education

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UAV specialist, Drone Major Group (DMG), has appointed Jonothan Davey as its director of strategy. It is a new position which, according to DMG, reflects the "transformational impact that drone technology is beginning to have globally." Davey has over 18 years of experience in the field of management consulting, having previously worked at Deloitte, The Mitchell Madison Group, and KPMG. Robert Garbett, founder and chief executive of DMG, said: “The future of the drone industry is huge, and Jonothan's appointment reflects the importance we attach to guiding our clients through every aspect of adopting and adapting to this exciting new
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‘Sophisticated’ UK drone drug delivery gang jailed

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Seven members of a gang which used drones to fly drugs into prisons across the UK have been jailed. The gang flew more than £500,000 worth of drugs into UK prisons over a fourteen month period in 2016 and 2017. According to a report by the BBC, the police described the drone conspiracy as the biggest the UK has ever seen. For the crimes committed between April 2016 and June 2017, Birmingham Crown Court sentenced then men to between three and 10 years and five other gang members were given suspended sentences. The report went on to describe how Judge
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RUSTA notes sharp surge in women enrolling on drone training courses

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RUSTA has announced an upsurge in the amount of women registering on its training courses over the last twelve months. The Bristol-based firm offers CAA approved National Qualified Entity training programmes which cover a wide range of commercial industries and backgrounds. On the shift, Sion Roberts, managing director of RUSTA, said: “As one of the longest running NQE academies in the UK, the last three and a half years have given us a wealth of data that we’ve used to examine the demographic of operators. What we discovered, is that male operators have vastly outnumbered their female counterparts. However, this
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EXCLUSIVE: Cornwall drone company sets eyes on the future following business award nomination

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Tom Wadsworth, director at Badwolf Horizon, has been shortlisted for two awards in the West Morning News Business Awards next month. The company has been nominated for ‘Best Digital Innovation in Tourism’ and ‘Digital Rising Star’ in the awards set to be hosted at Crowne Plaza in Plymouth on November 22. Speaking exclusively to Commercial Drone Professional, Wadsworth is hoping the exposure from the awards will help take his company to an international level. He said: “We are continuously developing this technology. We analyse the feedback from clients and viewers from every flight we complete, in order to see how
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Drone Consultants Ireland through to Sat-Nav Competition European finals

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The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadakar, has announced Drone Consultants Ireland as winners of the Ireland Region Competition of the 2018 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) awards. The company was selected as Ireland Region Winners for its ‘Jack-In-The-Box’ concept and will proceed to the European Finals which take place in Marseille at the ‘Space Oscars’ during European Space Week in December. ‘Jack-In-The-Box’ is a self-sustaining, aircraft deployable drone system that can be parachuted to remote and inaccessible locations. It can supply flight bursts of 10 continuous hours for up to 500 expedition hours as opposed to 25 minutes flight
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Startup launches crowdfunding campaign to change drone pilot gender gap

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US-based start-up Women who drone (WWD) has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help build and grow its global influence. The company wants to change the fact that less than 4% of certified drone pilots worldwide are female. Company founder and CEO, Elena Buenrostro, started the company on the back of support she received following drone footage she captured while on holiday. Since its beginning Women who drone has grown and now has brand ambassadors across the globe with the aim to inspire, educate and empower more women to learn to fly drones, obtain licenses, and join the drone industry. WWD
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Drone Safe Register member saves local authority over £4m

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DSR member Neil Mowbray and his company, Viewpoint Film, has saved a local authority in Scotland £4.5m with its drone work. The company has been working alongside the council to provide aerial inspection to over 600 properties in the local area. According to a report by Drone Safe Register (DSR), the work forms part of a larger scale program to upgrade all of the housing to bring them into line with Home Energy Efficiency Programmes and the Scottish Housing Quality Standard. The company uses UAVs to replace more traditional methods such as scaffolding and mobile elevated platform, a process which
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VIDEO: DJI appoints new ‘master’ following drone work in latest film

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DJI has appointed French aerial photographer and film director, Yann Arthus-Bertrand as a DJI 'Master'. For the first time ever, the artist decided to deploy DJI drone and cinematic camera technology while shooting the film ‘Woman.’ The DJI Inspire 2 drone with a Zenmuse X7 camera was used on location, supported by a DJI team. Ferdinand Wolf, creative director at DJI, said: “When the pioneer of aerial photography, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, adopts DJI technology, magic happens.” He added: “Our team helped Yann to capture beautiful shots that would not be possible with a helicopter. DJI is proud to assist this great
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Drone racing pilots set to compete for prize worth over £75k

The world’s top drone racing pilots are set to go head to head once again this year as they compete for the top prize in the Drone Racing League. The DRL begins tomorrow evening in California with pilots from around the world competing in the first heat. 18 pilots will compete in the season but only 10 will go to the championship, with each pilot flying on four of the regular season’s six events. The winner of each event clinches a spot in the championship as the remaining slots are awarded to the pilot's with the most season points. 2018
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Drone use in anti-terror strategy at public events to become ‘widespread’

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Drone use at large public gatherings is expected to become widespread in order to prevent acts of terror. The prediction follows news that Victoria Police in Australia will begin to use drones as part of its anti-terror strategy. The strategy aims to identify irregular behaviour in large crowds, report findings to officers who then investigate the potential threat. Speaking to ABC, assistant commissioner Ross Guenther, said it was not about having a surveillance state, but about keeping people safe. He said: “You drop a backpack down but then just return to the gate and leave the property, that would be
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