Nottingham Police drone unit reports successful first six months

Nottinghamshire Police has reported a successful start to its drone unit. As reported by the West Bridgford Wire, the team went live on January 1 with three drones, all equipped with thermal capabilities. PC Vince Saunders is the chief pilot and one of 15 officers to operate drones in complement to core duties. Speaking to the local news source, he explained: “In a very short space of time the drone unit has become an invaluable policing resource. Having that three-dimensional perspective can help officers out in nearly every conceivable police incident – from arrests and searches to crowd control and
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Former RAF head set for CAA chair appointment

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has announced the former head of the Royal Air Force, Sir Stephen Hillier, as his preferred candidate to become the new Chair of the UK Civil Aviation Authority. Following an open competition, Hillier was selected by the Transport Secretary as the candidate best suited to lead the Civil Aviation Authority through the Covid-19 response and recovery. He will aim to balance airlines’ immediate needs resulting from reduced passenger demand, with consumer issues such as the refund backlog due to cancelled services. Hillier will oversee the enhancement of the Civil Aviation Authority’s reputation as a leading aviation
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Aerodyne completes 1,000 hours of drone flight for Malaysian COVID-19 emergency response

Exactly one month after Aerodyne started assisting the Malaysian authorities in enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the team achieved a milestone of completing over 1,000 hours of drone flights time. At an average speed of 40kmh, the teams have covered over 40,000 kilometres, equivalent to flying around the earth’s circumference. The Malaysian MCO in place now for over 48 days requires the closure of non-essential private and public organisations, with limited travel to purchase food and essential medical supplies within a 10 kilometre radius. As a result of strict enforcement, Malaysia has been able to flatten the infection
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ePropell appoints Bonhams global director to commercial advisory board

ePropelled, a specialist in magnetic engineering technology for electro-magnetic motors, has announced the appointment of Mark Osborne to the company’s commercial advisory board. CEO of the firm Nick Grewal, which builds products focused on the UAV market, welcomed Osborne to the firm. He said: “We are lucky to have Mark as a member our Commercial Advisory Board. Mark is knowledgeable of the automobile industry and is passionate about advancing automotive technology. Mark’s sound advice and enthusiasm for motors and electric vehicles are what we need to help drive us to our goals.” Osborne has worked in the auction industry for
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Skyports sees capital raise hit £6m with Irelandia Aviation investment

Skyports has confirmed an extension to its Series A funding to the total of £6m. The latest investment came from Irelandia Aviation, joining existing Series A investors Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP and Levitate Capital in the investment round. Skyports intends to use the funds to continue its ambitious programme of site acquisition for passenger and cargo vertiports in cities around the world, including Singapore and Los Angeles. The company will also expand its team to enable the full commercialisation of its urban and rural drone delivery services. Founder and managing partner of Irelandia Aviation, Declan Ryan, will also
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UAV operating life increased by new main rotor blades

Main Rotor Blades
UAVOS has completed its tests of the new version of the main rotor blades for installation on helicopters with a take-off mass of 50 kg and a rotor diameter of 2600mm, a move which results in increased operating life. It detailed that as a result of the modification, the aerodynamic stability of the blade has been improved, and wear resistance has been increased during flights in severe weather conditions, thereby the product’s operating life has doubled. Commenting on the development, Aliaksei Stratsilatau, CEO, said: “Rotor blade tips spin at near sound speeds. And any object, whether it be dust, sand,
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