John Patterson


Introducing The SLANTRANGE 3P NDVI Camera

  Heliguy is now able to offer professional surveyors the SLANTRANGE 3p NDVI solution for agriculture. Read on to find out how this impressive sensor array can fit into your surveying workflow and also how it integrates with DJI’s product ecosystem. First off, let’s look at the specifications.   Spectral Channels (Vegetation Sensor) 4 Channels Spectral Channels (Ambient Illumination Sensor) 4 Channels Processor Type Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Processor Speed Quad-Core 2.26GHz On-Board RAM 2.0 GB Detector Type Si CMOS Available Spectral Range 410 – 950 nm Band Positions Selectable Shutter Type... Read More


The Ultimate Freefly MoVI Comparison Guide

  In the professional gimbal market, there are few companies that can rival the output of Freefly. Cornering the filmmaking sector, it’s not uncommon to see one or more of their products make their way onto big budget TV and movie sets. Their central line of gimbals is the MoVI series which offers versatility and quality through a number of distinct models. Some are primarily handheld whilst others are able to reap the benefits of an aerial view via compatibility with Freefly’s ALTA drone range meaning that whatever your needs as a... Read More


Heliguy’s Drone Flight Test: A Visual Guide

  Heliguy is a CAA approved NQE and runs drone training courses in three UK-locations: Newcastle, Manchester and Farnborough. Our expert in-house training team are there to guide you through every step of the process. This article takes a look at the final step you’ll take before the CAA submission, a test of your piloting skills and ability to adapt under pressure in real-world scenarios. Read on to get and inside track on our practical drone flight test.   Training with Heliguy There are three main sections to the training you... Read More


DJI CrystalSky VERSUS Phantom 4 Pro+ RC, iPad Pro & NVIDIA Shield

Being able to clearly view what your drone’s camera can see from the ground is absolutely essential. Unfortunately, there are many issues that can prevent this from low-quality monitors to overly bright weather conditions. This makes choosing the right device a priority, as a solid monitor can make the difference between capturing great footage or winging it. This comparison guide takes a look at some of the most popular models of monitors used by drone pilots and seeks to provide you with the information you need to choose the right... Read More


Heliguy Interviews An Air Traffic Controller

Heliguy’s Insider Blog recently had a chance to sit down with Steven Curtis, an air traffic controller who has just completed the ground school section of our PfCO drone training course. This interview has been put together to give our readers an insight into the way drone usage is monitored by air traffic control and an alternative viewpoint on the industry. The Interview Read on to find out how drones are having an effect on the jobs of air traffic controllers in the UK including opinions on how the CAA’s regulations... Read More


DJI Spark VERSUS DJI Mavic Pro

DJI are marketing the Spark as a ‘drone for everyone’. Packed with all the intelligent features of its predecessors while bringing a few new additions to the table, there’s a lot to be excited about with this new mini quadcopter. However, they only recently released the precursor to this diminutive drone, the Mavic Pro which received rave reviews from users and tech journalists alike. Will the Spark be able to live up to both the hype surrounding it and the level of quality demonstrated by its larger foldable sibling? Heliguy’s... Read More


Introducing the DJI Spark Mini Quadcopter

The DJI Spark is the latest consumer quadcopter from the market leader in drone manufacture. With tonnes of functionality packed into an aircraft that’s smaller than their popular foldable Mavic Pro, this affordable unit is aimed at hobbyists looking to have a great time with a solid platform. The Spark also comes in a range of colours for those of you who like to put a personal stamp on your gear. CLICK HERE TO PRE-ORDER THE DJI  SPARK TODAY So, without further ado, Heliguy’s Insider Blog presents all the information... Read More


The Evolution of Drones as Enterprise Solutions

Any nascent technology must go through a number of phases before being widely accepted as an effective enterprise solution. In the case of drones, we’ve seen this play out very openly with rapid progress and excitable media coverage shifting the public’s view of them from a niche hobbyist pastime to a viable commercial tool. Heliguy Insider is taking a look back at the evolution of drones from their earliest days as small RC units to today’s advanced models used for industrial inspection using the ‘Gartner Hype Cycle’ as a model.... Read More


Improving the BIM Workflow with Drones

The construction industry has been one of the most vocal supporters of the drone market as it has moved from hobbyist pastime to viable enterprise solution. It’s not hard to see why, the whole process of putting a structure together, from planning to subsequent checks, can be benefitted by having access to a bank of aerial imagery and data. This article looks at one of the most interesting collaborations between construction companies and drones, BIM (Building Information Modelling), a crucial information management system that oversees projects from inception to completion.... Read More


Heliguy’s DJI Zenmuse X5 Series Lens Guide

This guide looks at the various lenses for DJI’s X5 camera series allowing you more control over the shots you’re able to capture from the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 quadcopters as well as the Matrice 200 & 600. Before we look at each Olympus lens available from Heliguy, here is a table of specifications which allows you to compare them and begin to think about which one best suits your need. Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Micro Four Thirds Lens Olympus EZ 14-42mm Lens Olympus 25mm f/1.8 MFT Lens Olympus 17mm... Read More