It’s certainly been an eventful weekend as far as drones are concerned.
May marked International Drone Day 2016, a global event which seeks to spread the message that ‘Drones Are Good’. Organized by husband and wife team David and Sarah Oneal, hosts of the popular online series ‘That Drone Show’, the day saw people all over the world came together to celebrate their enthusiasm and support for drones of all shapes and sizes.
The amount of participation was truly impressive. Activities ranged from a workshop for students at South Anchorage High School in Alaska to professionals capturing beautiful aerial footage of North Pine Dam in Queensland, Australia. There were also some thrilling drone races taking place (independently of one another) in both Brighton, England and Slemmestad, Norway.
Aside from a day focused on the positives of drones, there have been some big stories developing over the weekend which placed UAVs centre stage.
In Other News...
Drones to be Used by Alberta firefighters
With a raging wildfire spreading across Alberta, their fire department are utilising drones to help them battle the flames. As the blaze isn’t responding to traditional suppression methods, they are hoping to use UAVs to help locate the source and work from there to find effective ways to combat the fire.
In practice, these drones will take aerial pictures, attempting to identify where the epicentre to an approximate 30-foot radius. Once this is accomplished, people on the ground can begin searching at ground level, looking for potential causes while hopefully using this drone-enabled data to contain the wildfire.
GoPro Delaying Drone Launch
After a shaky first quarter, GoPro announced that their highly anticipated drone (the Karma) will be delayed until winter 2016. This means that the company will have to hold out for up to six months before seeing any financial reward from their entry to the increasingly popular drone ecosystem.
Billed by the company as ‘more than a drone’, the Karma has a lot to live up to. GoPro will be hoping that the delay will successfully take advantage of the winter season’s shopping uptake. A trend which has also become noticeable within the drone market.
Upcoming Events at Heliguy
After such a hectic weekend for drone news across the world, it’s time to take a breath and look forward to what’s coming up over the coming weeks and months.
At Heliguy, we like to view every day as ‘Drone Day’ with training
and awareness events taking place throughout the year. Here’s what to look out for from us in the not so distant future:
DJI New & Experienced Pilot Training
Wednesday 15th June 2016
Wednesday 13th July 2016
Aimed at new pilots looking to buy their first drone as well as those with more experience, these events in conjunction with DJI offer you a wealth of industry information. We have also extended the scope to discuss potential business scenarios for those considering a business model involving drones. Sign up here
or contact our team
for more details.
CAA Training Courses
Newcastle - 23rd May 2016
Manchester - Tues, 5th July 2016
Farnborough - Tues, 17th May 2016
Heliguy’s intensive CAA-approved training course teaches you everything you need to know to become a confident, certified multi-rotor aviator. Find out more information here
or reach out
for a discussion with our team.
Get in Touch
If you're looking to find out more about the frequent events and training courses run by Heliguy, our team are available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm to answer any questions you may have.
Here's how to get in touch:
UK: 0845 838 8652
Int: +44 (0)191 296 1024
Keep checking back to Heliguy Insider for more updates on our events and, of course, the latest news from the drone industry.