Drone Industry News

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Competent observer role reintroduced

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced an exemption to the Air Navigation Order 2016 – which now allows commercial pilots to fly a drone with the help of a competent observer.  Bringing back the competent observer is great for the likes of commercial photographers, allowing them to focus on capturing the best images Under the changes, a remote pilot with the standard PfCO permission may be accompanied by a competent observer when flying a small unmanned aircraft to enable the remote pilot to focus on the aircraft’s on-board camera... Read More

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New extended drone no-fly zone in place from today

New legislation to extend the no-fly zone around airports has come into force today (Wednesday, March 13). The rules mean that it is now illegal to fly a drone within 5km of an airport, with major penalties for those who break the law. Drone users can only fly within the restriction zones if they have the correct permission from air traffic control or the airport. The Government has acted to bring the law change in ahead of a new Drones Bill which will give police significantly increased powers to deal... Read More

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15 drone apps to help you

You’ve got your drone, but you want to take your mission to the next level. Well don’t worry, because there’s an app for that! Whether you want to measure the volume of a stockpile, create a report of your building site, anaylse the state of your crops, check the weather forecast or find out what hazards are in the vicinity, there’s a whole host of software out there to help you make the most of your UAV flights. But which ones should you choose? To aid your decision-making, Heliguy Insider... Read More

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Turn your ideas into reality – Heliguy launches R&D service

Heliguy has launched a new research and development department – to create bespoke items and offer custom-built solutions for commercial and enterprise drone missions. HECTIC – which stands for Heliguy Electronics and Custom Technology Integration Centre – is based at our North East England HQ and will turn people’s exciting ideas into reality. Using their many years of experience and expertise in the UAV industry, our dedicated and knowledgeable technicians have launched this invaluable consultancy to provide tailor-made products and hardware and software integrations. HECTIC champions a fresh perspective on custom... Read More

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Heliguy to exhibit at major Security and Policing expo

Heliguy is proud to announce that it will be showcasing drone-detection solutions, the new M200 Series V2, enterprise UAVs and our recently-launched research and development service HECTIC at the prestigious Security and Policing exhibition. The major Home Office event is being staged at the Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, Hampshire, from Tuesday, March 5, to Thursday, March 7. Security and Policing 2019 gives guests the chance to view the latest developments in the UK security market with almost 400 companies – including Heliguy – exhibiting under the one roof.... Read More

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No-fly zone for drones to be extended at UK airports

An extended no-fly zone for drones around UK airports is to come into force next month. Yesterday, the Government announced that new legislation to ban UAVs from flying within 5km of runways will begin on Wednesday, March 13. The enlarged zone will better protect the UK’s airports from those misusing drones, the Government has said. The law is clear that flying a drone near an airport is a serious criminal act. We’re now going even further and extending the no-fly zone to help keep our airports secure and our skies safe. Anyone... Read More

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Drone photo competition: Win a DJI Osmo Mobile

Heliguy has teamed up with Coverdrone to help it launch an Instagram photography competition. The UK-based insurance provider is offering a DJI Osmo Mobile to the winner, which has been provided by Heliguy.  In order to be in with a chance of winning, entrants must post a winter wonderland themed photograph on Instagram using the hashtag #coverdronewinterwonderland and like the Coverdrone Instagram page. All valid entries received by midnight on Wednesday, February 20, will be entered into the competition. The winner of which will be chosen and announced the following... Read More

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DJI M200 used for offshore inspections by Skeye BV for oil major

A world-leading provider of industrial surveying and assessments is using drone technology to carry out offshore inspections – and is benefiting from enhanced safety and increased efficiency. Skeye BV, which is headquartered in the Netherlands and operates from offices in the UK and Belgium, has turned to UAV expert Heliguy as their preferred drone supplier. The M200 is now considered as a main stay in the fleet after proving its worth over the last year of offshore operationsPatrick Rickerby, Technical Director, Skeye BV The use of drones is proving beneficial... Read More

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Heliguy launches fast-track drone-repair service

Heliguy has launched Fast-track Repair – a new service to fix drones within 72 hours.   Our new maintenance programme is designed to help UAV operators who need to get their damaged aircraft back into the air quickly. Thanks to our skilled and experienced team of technicians, Heliguy already offers a comprehensive repair service, but the Fast-track scheme takes this one step further. This is especially useful for those with time-critical missions in mind, such as the emergency services.  Our speedy solution to fixing your drone is priced at £75, as... Read More

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Drone evolution – rise of the machines

Evolution. When it comes to the world of drones, evolution is a key word. In recent years, there has been a major shift in UAV operators, moving from hobbyists and commercial photographers to those utilising unmanned aircraft for more industrial purposes, such as mining, agriculture and construction.   This changing pattern – from consumer to enterprise – appears to be accelerating. The technology has definitely been evolving from consumer/prosumer to enterprise solution Brandon Montellato – Programme Manager for DJI Enterprise It means that some drone manufacturers have been faced with the task of... Read More