Drone Industry News


UK Drone Fees 2020/21: Commercial Pilot Price Guide

Charges to apply for, or renew, Standard Permissions will stay the same; There is a fee for Standard Scenario (STS) applications, but CAA has said that it will not be implementing STS for the foreseeable future; CAA announces further delay to the start of the 2020/21 Scheme of Charges. Commercial drone pilots are reminded that there will be no price hike for Standard Permission applications or renewals – as the CAA announces a further delay to its new Scheme of Charges. In a SkyWise alert issued earlier this week, the... Read More


Global Drone Market Will Grow To $42 billion By 2025

Global drone market to climb to almost $43 billion by 2025, according to a new report; Asia is leading the way, with large growth forecast; A rise in drone deliveries is expected, especially with the likes of Amazon aiming to maximise this opportunity; Commercial drone sales are predicted to more than double by 2025. The global drone market will grow from $22.5 billion in 2020 to more than $42.8 billion by 2025, a new report suggests. The findings, compiled by Drone Industry Insights (DII), show that this will be at... Read More


No Evidence Of Drone Data Going To DJI Or China

No evidence to suggest that data collected by DJI drones is being transmitted to China, DJI, or any other unexpected party – a new independent report confirms; DJI welcomes results, especially as the company has had to strenuously deny data-security concerns in the past; The audit was carried out on the Government Edition Mavic Pro, Government Edition Matrice 600 Pro, and the Mavic 2 Enterprise. There is no evidence that data or information collected by DJI drones is being transmitted to China, DJI, or any other unexpected party – a... Read More


DJI Activates U.S. Disaster Relief Drone Program Amid Coronavirus Crisis

DJI has activated its Disaster Relief Program to equip public safety agencies across the United States with drones to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Drones have quickly emerged as a vital technology for public safety agencies during the coronavirus crisis as they can safely monitor public spaces, broadcast messages over loudspeakers, spot unsafe activities, create 2D and 3D maps of future testing sites or problematic locations, and provide live video from critical areas – all from a safe distance. As a result, and to support first responders on the... Read More


Drones Join Fight Against Coronavirus

Drones are showing their worth in the fight against coronavirus and demonstrating the benefits of operating remotely; Drones with loudspeakers are being used to share key information. The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise – with a loudspeaker accessory – is a perfect tool for this; Drones, like the DJI Agras, are spraying disinfectant, while UAS with thermal cameras are detecting people’s temperature; Drones can spray disinfectant ’50 times faster’ than traditional methods, and reduce the risk to workers by accessing areas remotely; The current COVID-19 crisis shows the potential of drone... Read More

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DJI Leads The Way As Public Safety Drone Use Rises In U.S.

Center for the Study of the Drone At Bard College has published the third edition of its Public Safety Drones report, which shows public safety drone use in the U.S. is continuing to rise; DJI drones – as sold by Heliguy USA – are the most popular choice of UAS for public safety agencies in the U.S; At least 1,578 state and local public safety agencies in the U.S. have acquired drones; 70% of disclosed public safety agencies with drones work in law enforcement; California, Texas, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Florida... Read More

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Atkins Using Drones For Increased Efficiency

Atkins, a member of the SNC Lavalin Group, is using drones for increased efficiency, improved safety, reduced costs, and high-quality data capture; Heliguy completed a custom build for Atkins – integrating a Sony RX1R II sensor with a DJI M600 Pro drone; Atkins praises Heliguy’s ‘design and development focus’ and describes M600 Pro as a ‘tried and tested system that provides high levels of redundancy and confidence when operating’; Check out eye-catching 3D models of a listed mansion house, created by Atkins using the DJI M600 Pro and Sony RX1R... Read More

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Drones Are Vital – First Responders Tell Senators

First Responders from Alameda County Sheriff’s Office and Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District – who both use DJI drones – share success stories with the Californian Senate Select Committee; Senators told that drones are an ‘absolute force multiplier’ and help public safety crews do their jobs more efficiently, effectively and safely; Senators urged to ‘remove any barriers’ which deter agencies from adopting UAS; Meeting hears that transparency was key to allaying initial public concerns about privacy. Drones are a force multiplier and are essential for public safety and enhancing disaster response,... Read More


DJI Objects To FAA’s ‘Flawed’ Remote ID Drone Plan

DJI lodges formal comment urging FAA to allow drone pilots in the U.S. to choose which method of Remote ID to use with their aircraft; Independent economic study concludes that the FAA’s Remote ID proposal would prove nine times as costly as FAA’s estimates; Economic study shows that the total costs over 10 years would be $5.6billion instead of the FAA’s $582million estimate; DJI Vice President of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan Schulman says the proposal is ‘deeply flawed’ and poses a threat to how pilots use drones in America.... Read More


DJI Vows To Maximize The Potential Of Drones In The USA

Key DJI public safety officials tell Heliguy USA that they want to develop drones to best suit the needs of first responders; Having recently joined DJI, retired U.S. fire chief Wayne Baker wants to enable public-safety departments to utilize drone technology; The plan is to focus on deeper UAS integration, easier adoption of the technology, better scale-up pathways, and more focused partnerships; Drones have ‘massive potential’ for public safety, having already rescued more than 350 people around the world; DJI also plans to ‘better support’ its enterprise channel partners, such... Read More