In-Depth

EXCLUSIVE: DJI VP calls on drone professionals to have input on regulation and labels UK as “friendly place for drones”

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DJI’s vice president for policy and legal affairs has called on drone pilots in the UK to get involved with local and regional governments on regulation and legislation. In an exclusive interview with CDP at AirWorks, Brendan Schulman stressed how important it was for users to show the good they are doing with drones. Schulman, a prominent drone and aviation lawyer before he began his work at DJI, said: “I think we are doing well but it’s a lot of hard work and effort but of course it is always helpful to have the actual users engaged and talking to
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EXCLUSIVE: UK-based drone training provider introduces new online PfCO course

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Uplift Drones, a UK-based drone training provider, has launched a new PfCO course that can be taken completely online. The Online PfCO is an all-inclusive, CAA approved drone training course that leads to the student's NQE recommendation for the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO). The course has been created by an expert training team of commercial drone operators and manned pilots. It exceeds the CAA recommended syllabus delivered by an advanced Learning Management System (LMS) that tracks a student's progress through each module and is accessible on multiple devices including tablet, Apple Mac and PC. The e-course material is made of
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Flock gives industry insight on its short term insurance trends

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London-based insurance firm Flock has given industry insight on the trends it sees from its short term insurance offering. The company, which launched in January, provides its short-term plans via a mobile app called Flock Cover. In its eight month of operation, Flock has found that on average, Drone pilots compare around 15 different risk dependent quotes before signing up for a policy. Flock analyses hyperlocal weather data and environmental variables when preparing a quote, alongside static information such as the drone pilot’s profile. It then puts its data through a group of algorithms to calculate a flight risk metric
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Airbus unites with EASA and CAAS to better define drone regulations

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Two European and Singaporean aviation regulators have teamed up with Airbus in a bid to strengthen drone restrictions in built-up areas. The European Aviation Safety Agency has signed a collaboration agreement with the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Airbus to establish a "framework for the exchange of information and technical expertise." EASA adds that the partners will be "leveraging Airbus's experience with the ongoing Skyways project." Skyways is a partnership, signed in 2017, between Airbus Helicopters and Singaporean postal service SingPost to trial an unmanned aerial package delivery system in the city state. CAAS director general, Kevin Shum,
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FEATURE: Drones ready to come to the rescue of emergency response sector

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Commercial Drone Professional spoke to a variety of specialists about the expansion of the use case, both in urbanised areas as well as in locations with limited access. As leaders within the commercial drone sector continue to unlock new potential, emergency responder have been quick off the mark to capitalise on the momentum and make life-saving missions. As drones begin to play a more prominent role in emergency response, their benefits become increasingly apparent. Earlier this month it was revealed that four people walked away from near-death experiences on the same day due to the use of public safety drones.
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IN DEPTH: Making smart cities a reality with integrated drone solutions

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While advancements are emerging from the commercial UAV sector thick and fast, the technology is yet to break its way into the mainstream and revolutionise day-to-day life. Despite the fact that a series of road blocks, such as regulations, permissions, costs and public sentiments, have impacted the delivery of drones in cities around the world, leading names from within the industry are looking to change the game and bring drones further into the spotlight. With programmes being introduced around the world to spearhead drone integration, including Nesta’s Flying High Challenge in the UK and the FAA and Department of Transport’s
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