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Drone Registration Scheme – Is £16.50 Too Much?

Opposition is mounting against a controversial proposal to charge UAV operators as part of the UK Drone Registration Scheme, with critics blasting the idea as outrageous and detrimental to the future of model flying. Battle lines are being drawn throughout the industry following the start of a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) consultation which sets out a plan to introduce an annual £16.50 fee for drone operators whose aircraft is between 250 grams and 20 kilograms. Disgruntled commercial pilots and hobbyists have voiced a string of negative comments, describing the payment... Read More

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Drones a vital tool in climate change research

Drones are playing a crucial role in vital work to better understand the effects of climate change in the Arctic. Dr Joseph Cook, a glaciologist at the University of Sheffield, is conducting major research projects in Greenland, exploring the impact of global warming on glacier and ice-sheet dynamics. To help these studies, Dr Cook and his team are harnessing the power of drones, including a DJI Mavic Pro. The UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle) enable the scientists to access difficult-to-reach areas, cover large swathes of land and provide accurate results. They... Read More

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Were drones really to blame for near-miss with plane?

Call us sceptical, but a recent news story has raised a few eyebrows at Heliguy HQ this week. The article in question? A Virgin Atlantic jet faced a collision at 14,000ft with two drones as it was approaching Heathrow Airport to land. This press coverage – which has done the rounds on various media sites – got us scratching our heads, deliberating on whether the offending objects were indeed two rogue UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), or maybe – just maybe – something else? Now, this isn’t a case of us... Read More

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Balfour Beatty benefiting from drones on M6 Smart Motorway development

Balfour Beatty is reaping the rewards of using drones on major construction projects, including work on a multi-million-pound Smart Motorway upgrade in The Midlands – with support from UAV specialist Heliguy.  The international infrastructure group is utilising UAVs, including the recently-released DJI Phantom 4 RTK, to enhance safety, increase efficiency, gather data faster, improve asset productivity and gain high-accuracy results. The company has turned to drone expert Heliguy as its preferred supplier, with the award-winning North East England UAV firm providing a comprehensive package of equipment and support. Balfour Beatty’s... Read More

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Fund-raising campaign to develop crop-management drone app

A fund-raising campaign has been launched to further develop an agricultural app which automates crop scouting with just your phone and a drone.  Drone Ag has started the £250,000 Crowdfunding appeal to enhance its sophisticated Skippy Scout software – designed to make farmers’ lives easier by saving time, increasing efficiency and providing accurate results. Heliguy has partnered with Drone AG to offer a training course to help you learn how to use your drone for agriculture Skippy Scout optimises crop management in real time, at leaf-level, using just your phone... Read More

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Six times drones have helped with disaster response

Chaos. Destruction. Carnage. Many lives lost. From huge fires to major earthquakes, natural disasters have left a trail of devastation in their wake. Amid the havoc and the horror, rescue crews have to spring into action, desperately searching for survivors and analaysing the substantial damage around them. More and more, the emergency services – as well as insurance companies and architects, among others – are using drones to help them with these vital missions in the wake of catastrophe. Drone mapping not only creates an immediate record of damage after... 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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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 operations Patrick Rickerby, Technical Director, Skeye BV The use of drones is proving... Read More

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VIDEO: Thermal comparison – DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual v Zenmuse XT2

From headline-grabbing police missions involving infrared technology to the recent release of the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual – drones and thermal imaging is a hot topic right now. When DJI unveiled the aforementioned UAV at the end of last year, the Chinese-based technology giant essentially offered an all-in-one solution for thermographers. But where does it rank among other options out there? Take DJI’s very own Zenmuse XT2 for example – a thermal camera which is compatible with DJI’s Matrice Series and was launched amid much fanfare in the spring of... Read More

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DJI Phantom 4 RTK: Survey-grade accuracy confirmed!

A new study has proven the accuracy of the DJI Phantom 4 RTK – showing it can meet survey-grade requirements WITHOUT having to go through the laborious process of laying a whole load of ground-control points (GCPs).  The test was carried out by DroneDeploy and demonstrated how the next-gen mapping drone can deliver 2cm relative vertical accuracy and 1.20cm relative horizontal accuracy. It means that this aircraft – sold by Heliguy – will help industrial users save money, increase productivity, achieve greater collaboration and increase job-site safety.  Based on these... Read More