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Parrot exits automotive industry to focus on commercial UAVs

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Drone hardware manufacture Parrot is making an early exit from the automotive industry in a bid to focus more intently on its commercial UAV division. Following the partnership agreement between the European drone group and Faurecia, which was signed in the first quarter of 2017, the companies have decided together to arrange Parrot’s exit from the subsidiary Parrot Automotive, which has been 20% owned by Faurecia since March 31, 2017. Under the partnership agreement, based on an enterprise value of €100m (£88m) for Parrot Automotive, Faurecia subscribed for €41m (£36m) of bonds issued by Parrot SA, which were scheduled to
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Rolls-Royce poised to enter unmanned aerial systems market

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Rolls-Royce has unveiled a concept electric vertical take-off and landing (EVTOL) vehicle at the Farnborough International Airshow 2018. The design, which could be adapted for personal transport, public transport, logistics and military applications, could take to the skies as soon as the early 2020s. The Rolls-Royce EVTOL project is part of the company’s strategy to ‘champion electrification’ and realise its ambition to become the world’s leading industrial technology company. The initial concept vehicle, which would be capable of carrying four or five passengers, uses gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors specially designed to have a
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President Trump’s visit grounds UAV flights across London

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Widespread flight bans have been confirmed ahead of President Trump touching down in the UK this week. The President of the United States is due to visit the south of England on Thursday and Friday, July 12 and 13, during which time drone pilots will be banned from operating in restricted areas. Restrictions of flying, including the operation of all drones, have been confirmed for areas across London and multiple locations in neighbouring counties, including Essex, Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire for the visiting Head of State. The Civil Aviation Authority has urged all aviators to check restrictions before flying during
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Coptrz expands business potential with distribution deal for tethered drone

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Coptrz, a UK commercial drone solution provider, has expanded its equipment portfolio with a new distribution deal. The company has reached an agreement to become a distributor of Elistair’s tethered drone systems in the UK. Elistair’s solutions are designed for persistent aerial surveillance, telecommunications, traffic monitoring, demanding industrial inspections, air quality monitoring and live broadcasting. With access to Elistair tether systems, Coptrz will now be offering a complete integration service for those looking to use Elistair’s tether system alongside leading UAVs, including DJI Matrice 100, the DJI Inspire 2 and the ever-popular DJI Matrice 200 Series. Steve Coulson, managing director
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NATS scoops seventh Gold Medal at health and safety awards

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The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has awarded NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services, a Gold Medal for the seventh consecutive year. Through the RoSPA Awards scheme, which is recognised as the most sought-after accolade in the health and safety world, judges consider a businesses’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems. Along with their day-to-day activities, which include conducting rigorous risk assessments and incident logistics, NATS’ health and safety team have been recognised for their overall wellbeing strategy aimed at helping employees stay safe and well at home as well as in
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Delair expands global footprint with distribution deal

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Delair, a global supplier of commercial drone solutions, has secured a partnership deal to deliver its UAV services in a new market territory. Cansel, a certified drone operator per the regulations of Transport Canada, becomes the first Canadian reseller of Delair’s innovative Delair UX11 long-range drone. While the framework currently only covers the U11, the two companies plan to expand the agreement to include the entire Delair product line. Delair has also confirmed that its entire portfolio of fixed-wing drone products has been certified as compliant by Transport Canada under its regulation of the UAV sector. In addition to offering
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Texo DSI takes off with ‘first internal inspection’ of an active nuclear plant

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Texo Drone Survey and Inspection (Texo DSI), the operator of a fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles for industrial surveys has carried out the first internal UAV inspection of a live nuclear asset. Texo DSI was commissioned by enrichment company Urenco UK to carry out an internal inspection of one of its processing plants for fire compartmentation checks. The Flyability Elios was deployed into the wall and ceiling voids to inspect the structure. Its high definition visual and thermal cameras, with 0.2mm per pixel resolution, allowed detailed examination of the structural fabric of the building. It is believed to be the
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Cyberhawk crosses the Atlantic to complete first survey in South America

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A UK-based aerial inspection solutions provider has its expanded its global footprint by undertaking its first UAV inspection in South America. Cyberhawk was approached to conduct a close visual inspection (CVI) of an elevated flare stack at an onshore refinery in South America. Prior to the UAV inspection, which was required because the flare was not burning correctly, an initial inspection of the flare stack had taken place with a ground camera and it was deemed that the entire flare tip should be replaced. Because the level of detail and the views available from the ground camera were limited, the
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Precisionhawk announces partnership to boldly go BVLoS

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UAV specialist PrecisionHawk delves deeper into the world of BVLoS with a new framework to progress its consulting programme. The American company has announced a strategic partnership with Hazon, a drone service provider focused on critical infrastructure inspections for Fortune 500 utility and industrial clients, that will serve as the preferred training partner for PrecisionHawk’s BVLoS waiver consulting program. “This partnership is the perfect marriage of resources between two best-in-breed companies,” said Hazon CEO and co-founder David A. Culler, Jr. “Under the FAA Pathfinder Program, PrecisionHawk has developed a strong safety case for enterprises to conduct BVLOS drone operations, of
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ParaZero leads the way in drone integration project

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It’s safety first as the manufacturer of a parachute UAVs snapped up a prominent role in several of the projects selected to take part in a drone integration programme in America. Last week the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced the 10 state, local, and tribal governments selected to test complex UAV operations. The announcement came as part of the DOT’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP) mandated by President Trump this past October and designed to accelerate the integration of UAS into the national airspace system (NAS) through public-private partnerships. The ten teams were
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