It's been a historic day for Britain and indeed the rest of the world as the UK voted to leave the European Union.
Politics aside, this is certain to have some effect on commerce and, as a result, the drone market. Having seen rapid gains in recent months, there is bound to be speculation that this may slow with the announcement of Brexit.
At heliguy™ we don't see this happening, we've seen huge demand from across Europe and indeed, the rest of the world. A lot of this is to do with the adoption of drone solutions into larger enterprises, with a range of sectors as varied as agriculture and filmmaking reaping the benefits of unmanned aircraft.
There have been notable increases in larger corporate interests, big names such as Mitie have enlisted DJI drones for pest control and surveying - we talked to them for a recent case study
which you can read here for more background on their decision to add drones to their offering.
It's not all corporate, however, with more and more of the UK's (and Europe's for that matter) emergency services being drawn to the powerful sensor technology available with today's drones, with thermal technology
proving immensely useful for everything from incident management to search and rescue. heliguy™ has been in close contact with and provided bespoke training to fire brigades
and police departments across Britain and can confirm that there's an ever-growing demand.
Then there's the private operators, independent commercial users in the possession of Permissions for Aerial Work from the Civil Aviation Authority in the UK or whichever body governs each individual country's airspace. The opportunities available to those who pursue licensing are becoming ever-more apparent with tasks such as 3D mapping and modelling
in both agriculture and the construction industry growing in demand. For a trained operator with business savvy and a solid understanding of high-end drone sensors, there's a huge amount of opportunity to get ahead of the game in a burgeoning market.
As for trading relations with Europe, heliguy™ can only offer up the facts that we have to hand and fear not, it's certainly nothing to get concerned about. As a UK-based supplier, we have had access to DJI sales data for Europe on certain commercial products and adoption is growing steadily and is expected to increase rapidly, as of today's result, there's no sign of that momentum slowing.
While it's clear that there is work to be done in the coming months and years, the drone market is increasingly finding its footing. Governments around the world are in the process of developing regulations
and working with each other to discuss the benefits of civilian drone technology and the truth is that this exciting progress is unlikely to be impeded by today's decision.