Commercial Drones

Starting a commercial drone programme

How do you get started with commercial drones?

What are Commercial Drones?

There is not set definition for what make a drone 'commercial' - simply that they're better suited to use in enterprise or commercial environments.

Some drones that have been aimed at consumers have found their way into commercial use, simply because a use has been found for them!

However - commercial drones generally differ from "hobbyist" or consumer drones in a number of ways:

  • More accurate data collection
  • Support for multiple payloads
  • Ability to carry heavier payloads
  • Support for thermal, zoom, NDVI or other specialist sensors
  • Higher levels of redundancy

All of these improvements generally make these drones better for use by businesses and enterprises.

What are Commercial Drones Used for?

Commercial drones are used in a wide array of enterprise environments to improve productivity, revenue and levels of safety.

Just scratching the surface of business drone use-cases we can say that drones are used for:

  • Agriculture  - Crop surveying, plant health studies deforestation studies, irrigation planning.
  • Media - Aerial filming, aerial photography, creative videography.
  • Policing - Securing crime scenes, identifying and tracking criminals, crowd management, accident reconstruction.
  • Firefighting - Gathering data on fires, assessing building damage, directing fire crews appropriately.
  • Oil and Gas Industry - Inspection and safety monitoring on rigs, assessments without stopping production, temperature monitoring, pipeline inspection.
  • Utility Businesses  - Pylon inspection, power plant monitoring, plant construction site surveys, identifying risks on-site.
  • Construction  - Asset management, site surveys, stockpile measurement, roof inspection, site planning.
  • Surveying - Create 3D models, complete volumetric calculations, carry out visual inspections and collect fast and accurate data.

DJI have been pioneers in the commercial drone industry, putting reasonably priced drones to work all around the world.

That's why HELIGUY.com™ are a DJI Gold partner.

If you're unsure about what drone you need - or what software would best improve efficiency in your drone business, simply click the "Book a Consultation" button below to talk to the team.

How Much are Commercial Drones?

Commercial drones are generally more expensive than their consumer-facing counterparts.

If you'd like to start a drone programme for your business, the lower-end commercial drones, such as the Mavic 2 Enterprise can be purchased from as little as £1,700, $2,500 or €2,300.

However, the range of drones, cameras, sensors, controllers and software available makes it difficult to give an exact answer on how much a commercial drone will cost - especially if it's part of a wider drone programme.

For expert advice on the equipment and software you'll need to make your drone business a success, use the buttons below to contact HELIGUY.com™.

What Constitutes Commercial Drone Use?

Different nations around the world have different definitions of commercial drone use.

However, it's widely defined as any professional work undertaken using a drone.

For the purposes of the content on this page, we're defining commercial drone use as anything that's used by a commercial organisation to make money, save time or increase efficiency.

Taking aerial shots of your family party, or documenting your personal travels using a drone are examples of "personal" drone use.

Please ensure that you're flying within the rules and regulations applicable to the country, state or region you're flying your drone it at all times, whether you're operating commercially or not.

  • More accurate data collection
  • Support for multiple payloads
  • Ability to carry heavier payloads
  • Support for thermal, zoom, NDVI or other specialist sensors
  • Higher levels of redundancy

All of these improvements generally make these drones better for use by businesses.

More Frequently Asked Questions

How fast are commercial drones?

Depending on the size of the drone in question, the configuration of cameras it's flying with and its intended use-case, commercial drones can fly up to 51 miles per hour!

How big are commercial drones?

Depending on the use-case, commercial drones can reach up to 170 cm wide and 73 cm tall in the DJI range.

As the drone industry advances however, drones are getting smaller and smaller.

DJI's latest flagship drone, the Matrice 300 RTK, is only 81 cm wide and 43 cm tall, but can carry three  payloads at one time.

How far can commercial drones fly?

Some of the drones in the DJI Enterprise range have an incredible 15km range- making them the best in the industry.

Of course - HELIGUY.com™ advise you to fly within the legal range of the jurisdiction you're flying within.

How high can commercial drones fly?

As high as 7km.

Again - HELIGUY.com™ advise you to fly within the legal limits of the jurisdiction you're flying within.

How long can commercial drones fly for?

Flight times of commercial drones is highly dependent on the configuration used.

The more advanced the sensors on the drone, the heaver it tends to be come, reducing flight time.

However, the latest commercial drones in the DJI range have a huge  flight time of 55 minutes. Nearly an hour in the air!

Transform your missions

Harness the power of drones.

Why you need to start a drone programme

Commercial drones have become a powerful tool for business - increasing efficiency, enhancing safety, and reducing costs. 
 
Drones gather data quickly and accurately, in real time, from hard to reach and dangerous places. This makes a huge difference when it comes to managing budgets, controlling risks, and influencing outcomes.
 
As a result, they are increasingly being put to work  in commercial and government applications, benefiting public safety, agriculture, infrastructure, construction, energy, and media and film.
 
Heliguy, one of the world's leading drone suppliers, offers expert support and access to a vast inventory of drones and payloads to companies and organisations wanting to start or scale their enterprise solutions.
 
Thanks to our comprehensive one-stop-shop package of supply, consultancy, training, and repairs, we are trusted by some of the world's largest and most prestigious businesses to fulfill their drone requirements and bolster their drone programmes.

Save Time And Money

Real-time drone data yielded 75% cost savings for Chasco Constructors on a $29m project.

Gain The Competitive Edge

Drones have transformed the way that businesses work, increasing efficiencies and aiding rapid and accurate data capture.

Drones can complete a task far quicker than manual methods and are less labour intensive.

A White Paper produced by Measure stated that a drone can inspect one wind turbine in 15 to 30 minutes - reducing man-hours and turbine downtime for maintenance checks by over 75%.

Meanwhile, Michael Lambert, VDC Manager at Chasco Constructors, said that real-time drone data yielded 75% cost savings, taking two hours on a job which would have taken surveyors about eight hours using traditional methods.

If you are looking for a competitive advantage, then drones should be a critical tool in your toolbelt.

Drones cut inspection times from days to hours

Drones featuring thermal imaging payloads allow operators to perform a full solar farm operation in a matter of hours, compared to days using manual methods. They increase data quantity and quality and reduce costs.

 

Eduardo Rodriguez, Enterprise Product Manager for DJI Europe.

keep your workforce safe

Drones do the dangerous work for you

How Can Drones Improve Safety?

Drones are a key tool to keeping your team safe and transforming workplace safety.

No longer do you need to climb over stockpiles to gather quantities or climb ladders to access rooftops, because drones do this for you.

Firefighting

Thermal cameras can see through smoke and detect hot spots. This real-time awareness helps an effective response and keeps crews safe.

Collect Vital Situational Awareness - Safely

“Drones add value to the vital work that firefighters and search and rescue people do. This technology can keep firefighters and police officers from losing their lives.”
 
Commander Tom Madigan, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office

Construction

Drones make scrambling over stockpiles or walking across dangerous job sites a thing of the past.

Take People Out Of Dangerous Situations

"Drones help unbelievably with health and safety, taking people out of dangerous situations. They are fantastic tools, helping us to get out to places where boots on the ground wouldn’t necessarily be the best option."

 

Wayne Hughes, Balfour Beatty

Inspection

Forget climbing up ladders or scaling roof tops - a drone can collect key data for you, all while you are safe on the ground.

Remove The Need To Work Up High

 “Drones are perfect for roofs and other hard-to-access areas.  By using a drone, you negate the need for elevated work platforms or scaffolding, reducing costs, time and most importantly, risk.
 
Quinton Quayle, Quayle Industries

A billion pound industry

Drone use is on the rise around the world.

The potential is huge.

Thanks to the huge benefits which drones bring, unmanned aircraft are becoming an increasingly familiar tool around the world.

Indeed, the rising use of drones in business and public services is already delivering significant benefits for the economy and society.

But this is just the start. The potential is huge.

A recent PwC report into the impact of drones showed that by 2030, in the UK, there could be:  

£42bn or $52bn

Increase in UK gross domestic product (GDP)

£16bn or $20bn

in net cost savings to the UK economy

76,000

drones operating in the UK’s skies.

628,000

jobs in the drones economy

Global Drone Market To Reach $42 billion by 2025

According to the Drone Market Report 2020-2025, compiled by German-based market research and analytics company Drone Industry Insights, the global drone market will grow from $22.5 billion in 2020 to more than $42.8 billion in 2025 - at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 13.8%.

These figures show that both the current and future demand for drones is huge and the report predicts that commercial drone sales will double over the next five years.

The predictions are particularly encouraging as the study was conducted after the coronavirus outbreak and takes into account all the different market dynamic shifts that the global health crisis triggered.

The data shows that Asia is leading the way; worth $8.62 billion and climbing to $17.89 billion by 2025. North America is next ($6.89 billion in 2020, rising to $11.82 billion by 2025), followed by Europe ($5.19 billion in 2020, climbing to $9.86 billion by 2025).

Other key findings in the report show:

  • Inspection continues to be the leading application method of drones, but the greatest growth is expected in drone deliveries.
  • Service is and will continue to be the largest segment of the drone industry, but software is the fastest growing.
  • Energy is and will continue to be the largest industry in the drone market, but transportation and warehousing is growing the fastest and will be the second-largest market by 2025.
Global Drone Market to Expand

Training - a key part of your commercial programme

Obtain the qualifications you need.

How Can Heliguy Support You?

One of the most important aspects of building a commercial drone programme is having the correct training and accreditations in place to ensure you are flying legally and safely.

 
Heliguy’s experienced training team is here to support you - having already trained thousands of pilots, including remote operators from major companies and organisations such as Balfour Beatty, Network Rail, Manchester City FC, Sellafield Sites, and The BBC.
 
As a UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) approved NQE and RAE (Recognised Assessment Entity), Heliguy will provide you with all the information and skills you need to obtain the qualifications.
 
Depending on the nature of your enterprise, you will need to complete a General Visual Line of Sight (GVC) or A2 Certificate of Competency (A2 CofC).
 
Heliguy Blackbox is our online drone training portal and industry resource hub, providing on-demand content, to ensure a flexible and convenient learning experience and offering engaging, progressive, tailored and enjoyable content. 
 
And our support doesn't stop there; we maintain contact with all our candidates long after they've obtained their qualification and provide continual support via email, telephone or Heliguy Blackbox.

The video and remote exam was great and easy to understand – also demonstrating how adaptable Heliguy is given the current pandemic. The examiner clearly explained how the remote exam process was going to work, and what was expected of me. We also had a great and informative Q&A at the end, where I could ask some questions about other courses Heliguy offers, and how to update my Operations Manual going forward. Very helpful and constructive experience – highly recommended. 10/10." 

James D’Arcy, DB Aerial Photography

Take Your Learning Further

Continuing Professional Development

During the lifecycle of your commercial drone programme, it is crucial that your pilots are flying to a high standard and in strict accordance with the rules and regulations. 

To ensure optimum performance, Heliguy runs a specialist CPD (Continuing Professional Development) drone course to enhance pilot expertise and covering advanced flight training, exemptions and legislation updates.

CPD is widely regarded as a mandatory activity in the continuation of any professional enterprise, helping to maintain an optimal level of safety and service provision.

Our expert instructors will travel to a venue of your choice and the one-day training sessions can be delivered over consecutive days to ensure a larger number of personnel can be trained.

Heliguy Head of Training, Ben Shirley, said: “We created the CPD programme to enhance a remote pilot’s expertise and develop an advanced competence; thus maximising their operational effectiveness.

“The conduct of such drone-specific training is of vital importance in the safeguarding of the public, remote pilots and organisation reputation, ensuring sustainability in the employment of drones.”

Streamlined operations manual

More flying, less typing.

A tailored document to suit your needs

One of the most important aspects of running a commercial drone programme is having an Operations Manual.

It is crucial that this document is completed correctly and is properly updated.

Formulating an Operations Manual has always been a daunting and time-consuming process - until now! Heliguy has a tried and tested approach to help you build the document, with comprehensive support and in super-quick time.

Our new streamlined system will shave many hours off the once-complex process, meaning more time flying and less time typing, and ensuring your organisation has a legitimate Operations Manual tailored to meet your needs.

Heliguy also offers a renewal service (charges apply) to help you update your Operations Manual annually - automatically refreshing your documentation for you with all of the relevant legislation and regulations, giving you peace of mind that you are flying legally and allowing you to focus on your drone missions.

Scale your Drone Fleet with HELIGUY.com™

Scale up your drone programme on-demand with HELIGUY.com™

So you’ve started your drone programme and the number of jobs are increasing. Now it is time to scale your fleet!

Heliguy offers a number of packages to help you dynamically alter to the size of your fleet, quickly, easily, and at a surprisingly low price.

Full Stack

Full Stack is an industry-leading solution providing companies with a comprehensive package of care and support, including access to upgrades, rapid repairs, and half-price rental.

Following a similar model to a mobile phone contract, Full Stack allows you to bolster your fleet with equipment from DJI and other industry-leading brands through a cost-effective, pay-monthly, rolling one-year agreement.

This enables you to have up-to-date kit in the sky – giving you a competitive edge and helping you stay at the forefront of the enterprise drone scene – and ensures that you are not left behind with aged or surplus equipment, reducing your risk in the process.

Heliguy, the UK’s largest one-stop-shop drone provider, is perfectly placed to offer Full Stack, thanks to our years of experience, dedicated account managers, renowned training team, expert technicians and cutting-edge in-house research and development consultancy.

Take Advantage of Full Stack Now

CG Labs says the advantage of going Full Stack allows them to reduce upfront costs, access half-price rental, easily and flexibly scale their fleet, benefit from zero CapEx investment, and access ‘the latest technology to keep ahead of the competition’.

Click Here to Read a Full Stack Case Study

Benefits of Going Full Stack

  • Deal directly with Heliguy, meaning no third-party finance involved
  • Reduced upfront costs for drones and sensors, with no interest rates applied
  • Benefit from zero CapEx investment
  • Upgrade to the latest model or get your hands on a new drone annually
  • Access half-price rental for specific one-off jobs
  • Complementary hire when your equipment is being repaired
  • Managed service schedule to keep equipment in pristine condition
  • Priority technical support via email and phone

Drone Rental

Sometimes, you’ll need to expand your fleet for a specific job. Heliguy’s large inventory of rental stock gives you access to kit for those one-off jobs.

With Heliguy's Drone Hire, all you need to get the project set in motion is your PfCO and valid insurance to cover yourself and the equipment when out on the job.

The benefits of renting with Heliguy include:

  • Access the latest equipment without a huge upfront bill;
  • Stop the problem of being left with old or redundant kit;
  • Flexibility to easily deal with periods of scaling for increased deployment;
  • Adding a specific drone or payload to their fleet for a specific job;
  • Short or long-term rental agreements available;
  • Competitive pricing;
  • Extra accessories available

Couple this with Heliguy’s expert advice and consultancy, then DJI Gold Partner Heliguy is perfectly placed to support your long or short-term rental needs for commercial missions.

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Find out how two innovative companies - Texo Group Limited and the NPS Group -  have transformed their operations by utilising rental drones and payloads from Heliguy.

See How Businesses Utilise Drone Rental

Drone Rental FAQs

Do I need a PfCO to rent a drone from Heliguy?

Yes - to ensure the safety of the pilot hiring the equipment, Heliguy require proof that you personally, or your business, hold a current, valid PfCO.

Is insurance included in the price of a rental?

No - You will need to provide your own valid insurance policy that covers hired in goods and specifies drones. Providers like Coverdrone can offer you this kind of cover on an annual or ad-hoc basis.

You also need to factor loss of hire costs in the event that Heliguy is unable to hire out the equipment to other clients as a result of damage caused.

Can I get credit for purchasing equipment after a rental period?

Yes - If you hire a drone with Heliguy then decide that you'd like to purchase one for your own use, then we'll offer a discount on the full purchase price of a new unit.

Do I have to pay to return equipment?

Delivery and collection is £25 + Tax and will be added to your rental quote.

Can I use a hired drone for commercial operations?

Of course! Heliguy's drone rental programme allow you to hire extra equipment for commercial operations, from a single Phantom 4 Pro for a specific shot, to a complex Inspire 2 bundle for a month-long shoot.

What is the excesses if I damage the equipment?

This depends on your own insurance policy - a typical excess for a commercial drone policy from Coverdrone is £250 for equipment claims.

Do I need public liability insurance to hire a drone?

Yes - our terms and conditions of hire state that you must have valid aviation insurance to comply with EC Regulation 785/2004, together with such other insurance as we may from time to time consider reasonably necessary and advise to you.

What is the lead time for booking?

Heliguy can ship items out up to 2pm Monday to Friday for next day delivery.

However, we advise checking well in advance to ensure that the equipment required is available.

First time renters will need to complete and application form and undergo a background check - this can take up to 2 working days.

What do I need to rent from Heliguy?

You will need a copy of your insurance, a utility bill for the address the equipment is being shipped to and a photo ID.

In exceptional cases we may also require professional references.

Fleet and Pilot management - software 

Optimise your missions.

Automated flights and better communication

Sophisticated drone fleet and pilot management software helps you optimise your missions, giving more implementation control and data security assurances.

Conduct automated flights, manage flight data on the cloud, and collaborate across projects to run your drone programme efficiently, with a higher level of reliability and accuracy, optimising workflows in the process.

Easily visible data can be shared with your project team, improving communication, and pilots and drones can be managed through the creation of teams, making missions more coordinated.

Drone pilot and fleet management software is an essential tool, helping to streamline missions and enabling enterprise orgnaisations to scale and manage their commercial drone programmes, while laying the technical foundations for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) and nighttime operations.

As one of the world's leading drone suppliers, Heliguy can help you integrate software packages into your operations.

DJI FlightHub

DJI FlightHub Software

Manage your entire drone operation using DJI FlightHub, including the Enterprise edition.

If you're operating multiple drones and pilots, while juggling multiple operations, DJI FlightHub will give you a a live, complete picture of your entire drone programme.

Some of the key features of FlightHub include:

  • Real-time communication with pilots during live operations.
  • Easy flight log recording and management.
  • Manage equipment, pilots and individual flights across your whole organisation.
  • Simple to use mission planning tools to increase efficiency.
  • Seamlessly transfer images and video from pilots to FlightHub to centralise data.
  • Manage firmware versions and firmware updates on all DJI equipment from one central app

DJI GS Pro

DJI Ground Station Pro

Enhance your drone operations with DJI Ground Station Pro (DJI GS Pro), an iPad app.

GS Pro allows you to conduct automated flight missions, manage flight data on the cloud, and collaborate across projects to efficiently run your drone programme.

Some of the key features of GS Pro include:

  • Back up flight data in the cloud.
  • Coordinate teams and designate roles for mission simplicity and clarity.
  • Track individual projects and streamline the project management process.
  • Generate efficient flight paths and upload collected data into reconstruction software to generate 3D maps. 
  • Virtual Fence defines a specific area of flight - useful when some areas of a site are no-fly zones.

Other Drone Software Packages To Help You

There are a range of software packages available to transform your drone missions. Here are some of the best:

 

DJI Terra:

DJI Terra is a 3D modelling software, letting you plan missions, centralise data, create maps and analyse data within a single platform. Key Features:

  • Plan your drone missions ahead of time in the app.
  • Collect and centralise your drone data in a single software.
  • Create 2D or 3D maps within Terra.
  • Analyse the data your drone collects, measuring coordinates, distances, areas and volumes.
  • New electricity license available. with optimisations made for 3D powerline reconstructions

DroneDeploy:

DroneDeploy is a comprehensive mapping tool.  Key Features:

  • Automate mapping and photo flights for DJI drones using DroneDeploy’s mobile app.
  • Create accurate, high-resolution maps, reports and 3D models, as well as real-time 2D live maps for immediate analysis.
  • Enable teams with unlimited cloud image processing and single-click collaboration, export and integration options.

Pix4D:

Another great tool for enterprise customers is Pix4D – enabling optimal 3D mapping and 3D modelling data. Key Features:

  • Generate high-quality 2D and 3D data through the use of aerial imagery.
  • Select the perfect flight plan for your project and monitor the image acquisition in real-time
  • Take advantage of add-ons, such as Pix4Dmapper, Pix4Dmodel, Pix4Dbim, and Pix4Dfields.
 

Maintaining your commercial drones

Use the HELIGUY.com™ tech team - trained by DJI™ - to maintain your drone fleet.

When you've scaled up your drone programme, with Heliguy's help of course, you'll need to make sure that all of your equipment is kept in tip-top shape.

Thankfully - HELIGUY.com™ have a DJI trained technical team on hand to help maintain your drones, batteries, gimbals and more. 

Using our maintenance plans will mean potentially huge gains in profitability and efficiency by stopping unnecessary downtime.

So what do our maintenance plans include?

  • Servicing  - Keep your equipment in the best possible condition with regular services.
  • Repairs - Multiple repairs completely free of charge to keep your fleet in the air.
  • Fast Track - Get top-speed priority turnaround on repairs at no extra charge.
  • Shipping - Never pay shipping to or from Heliguy for maintenance.
  • Dedicated Contact - Speak to the same contact who knows your fleet inside out.

For more than a decade, we have been recognised as a supplier who cares about our customers and we’re proud of that. Over the years, our product lines have changed considerably, however our support has stayed the same. First class.

 
We offer a range of different support solutions you can choose from including email and telephone support throughout the working week, 360 servicing, technical handover training, 72hr repair turnaround and our newest service, maintenance plans.
 
Our maintenance plans are our newest offering at our DJI Approved Platinum Repair Centre. We have taken our most popular solutions and put them together in an annual package. Theres no more worrying about how often your drone should come in for a service, we’ll get it in every 3 months to be on the safe side.
 
You also no longer have to worry about expensive shipping costs, we’ll get a courier to come to your door and pick your equipment up and drop it off once it has been serviced or repaired. And we also offer you multiple fast-track repair slots so your drone will be repaired and tested within 72hrs of arriving at our door.
 
With 5 fully trained technicians based at our Heliguy HQ in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, there is no better team to support you with your fleet.

Kevin Morton - Head of Technical Operations, Heliguy

Do You Offer Different Levels of Maintenance Plans?

We can offer you a range of different maintenance plans depending on your requirements, the size of your fleet and the nature of your operations.

Here is an overview of the four tiers of maintenance packages HELIGUY.com™ currently offer.

Tier 3

Up to 2 Drones

  • 4 Services Per Drone
  • 5 Fast Track Repairs
  • Free Collection
  • Free Shipping
  • Dedicated Technical Account Manager
  • 10% off Drone Rental

Tier 2

Up to 5 Drones

  • 4 Services Per Drone
  • 10 Fast Track Repairs
  • Free Collection
  • Free Shipping
  • Dedicated Technical Account Manager
  • 30% off Drone Rental

Tier 1

Up to 10 Drones

  • 4 Services Per Drone
  • 20 Fast Track Repairs
  • Free Collection
  • Free Shipping
  • Dedicated Technical Account Manager
  • 50% off Drone Rental

Ultimate

Unlimited Drones

  • Unlimited Services Per Drone
  • Unlimited Fast Track Repairs
  • Free Collection
  • Free Shipping
  • Dedicated Technical Account Manager
  • 50% off Drone Rental

Drone Maintenance Plans FAQs

Who can take advantage of Heliguy's Maintenance Plans?

Our maintenance plans are designed for use by organisations with multi-drone fleets who need to keep their aerial capability running at all times.

Are cameras, controllers and other accessories included in this coverage?

Yes - drones, sensors and batteries are all covered by your repair, fast-track and service maintenance package, giving you total peace of mind.

Can I send in more than one drone for fast-track repair at a time?

Yes - please contact us prior to submitting your equipment and we will clarify that we can ensure your specific request.

What does a Technical Account Manager do?

The technical account manager assigned to your maintenance plan will be a single point of contact for all technical related queries, from booking in services to providing tailored telephone support while you're on operations.

Our Clients and partnerships...

Here are a selection of the calibre of clients Heliguy work with.

Fast and efficient delivery with our Logistics Network

We've got you covered.

Heliguy - The Logistical Experts

Running a commercial drone programme can be demanding and unprecitable - sometimes you need that vital piece of equipment at short notice and up in the air as quickly as possible.

Heliguy's vast inventory of hardware is housed in warehouses in the United Kingdom and the United States, ensuring we can fulfil your request efficiently and dynamically- tackling any logistical nightmares and solving drone supply issues your business might face.

Heliguy is IATA-certified and has a track record of delivering across the world, enabling commercial drone programmes to flourish.

And no matter where you are in the world, our experienced and dedicated enterprise team is only a phone call, video conference, or email away to offer invaluable consultancy and support.

Strategically-positioned Warehouses 

As one of the world's leading drone suppliers, Heliguy has a base on each side of the Atlantic to cater for deliveries across the globe.

Our UK headquarters, with in-house technical and R&D lab, is located on the edges of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, while our large US base is housed in Dallas, Texas.

Heliguy's strategically-positioned warehouses help to streamline drone delivery, ensuring fast and effective supply, wherever you may be.

Being located on each side of the word allows Heliguy to connect USA with Europe, enabling our team to cross-pollinate skills and expertise, sharing solutions, ideas, and best practices to benefit our customers and optimise their drone programmes.

"The support from Heliguy has been unquestionable. The importance and the difference we have found with Heliguy is the level of service. When it comes to stock, Heliguy can fulfil the short-notice demand. Every time, Heliguy has understood the urgency of our request and even though we are a stretch of water away, Heliguy can still guarantee next-day delivery and that makes such a difference to us, knowing what we can get as soon as we need it. It is the difference between us doing a very good job and us doing an even better job. The bottom line really is that degree of service, and every time Heliguy has come up trumps." 

Phil Crothers, Pivotal

IATA Trained - For All Your Shipping Needs

Heliguy has IATA certified training which allows us to globally ship high power drone batteries by air.

This important certification is essential for logistics, helping you receive your crucial equipment in the fastest way possible.

High-capacity batteries are of paramount importance to a commercial drone programme - extending flight times to increase efficiency and reduce downtime. 

Heliguy Logistics Help

Large-Scale Tender Products and Government Contracts

Uncompromising support on multi-million-pound contracts

Heliguy is a one-stop-shop catering for all requirements

Heliguy has successfully secured a place on multi-million-pound tender deals, thanks to our standing in the drone industry and the trust that major companies have in us.

We have repaid that faith by offering uncompromising support, enabling the growth of enterprise drone programmes across the industry, from critical infrastructure to public safety - having won a place on a major nationwide contract, worth up to £2.6m, with Network Rail, and a spot on an £8m agreement with YPO, in conjunction with the Home Office, to assist public sector organisations, primarily blue light clients and the emergency services.

As a one-stop-shop drone company, Heliguy has been chosen to deliver a vast range of services as part of these contracts, including consultancy; supply; delivery; servicing, repair, and maintenance; associated services - such as hire/lease, and bespoke package bundles - and drone-pilot training.

Our experience of fulfilling these tender obligations, coupled with our renowned support of enterprise drone programmes around the world, ensures that we are best placed to support any tender requirement.

"Heliguy - professional and hard-working"

“This contract award with Network Rail is the largest of its type in the UK, and this win is a great signal for DJI, its partner Heliguy in the UK and the enterprise drone industry across Europe. The hard work of our partner Heliguy has paid off thanks to their professionalism and the reliability of the offer proposed in terms of hardware and software powered by DJI technologies and serviced by Heliguy.”

 

Sunny Liao, Director of Enterprise at DJI, praises Heliguy after the Network Rail contract win.

Financing and payment options

0% interest on drones, gimbals, and other commercial accessories.

Asset Financing

Heliguy also have a partnership with a number of credit brokers that we can introduce our clients to for the purposes of asset finance.

Retail Finance

0% finance available for products over £500

Direct Debit

Spread the cost through monthly direct debit payments with GoCardless.

Sensor integration and R&D

We create custom solutions to ensure you maximise the efficiency of every job.

Sometimes bespoke jobs need a bespoke set up - and this is where Heliguy can help you.

Our in-house technical and research and development team have the expertise and experience to create custom solutions to ensure you maximise the efficiency of every job.

The team at HECTIC has helped various companies overcome issues with sensors being mounted incorrectly, interfering with other sensors and creating unique power or firing solutions to help use different sensors while in the air.

Some of these integrations have been completed in as little as five days for urgent applications.

The Heliguy R&D lab has also built a bespoke flight cage for the Mavic 2 Series. This lightweight and collision-proof frame enhances flight safety and is ideal for operating in confined or hostile spaces, and accessing hard-to-reach areas.

It is an affordable entry to the market, offering a more cost-effective solution compared to other caged drones.

Drone Research and Development Examples

Atkins

World-renowned engineering and design company Atkins is benefiting from a Sony RX1R II sensor and a DJI M600 Pro - integrated by Heliguy’s R&D team.

We created a solution which involved a custom cable to trigger the camera and power the Sony device from the gimbal’s power supply.

"Heliguy was able to integrate our chosen sensor which, when combined with our high-precision GNSS, enables us to capture and generate accurate, repeatable data."
 
"Heliguy’s design and development focus was a big part of why we chose them to assemble our chosen drone"
 
James Fleming - Atkins

CG Labs

Global drone services provider CG Labs turned to Heliguy for a custom drone build for a challenging mapping mission in the Middle Eastern desert.

see how cg labs are taking advantage of fullstack

Heliguy’s in-house technical team integrated the DJI M600 Pro with a Canon EOS 5DS DSLR, as well as built a GPS module on top of the aircraft to allow full GPS tagging.

"We knew that Heliguy could carry out the work having used them before on other projects."
 
"They fully understood the brief and delivered a product that we required"
 
Mike Hibberd - CG Labs

Drone Parachutes

Enhance flight safety with HELIGUY.com™ and ParaZero.

To enhance flight safety, a number of DJI’s commercial drone range can be integrated with ParaZero SafeAir parachutes.

If a critical failure occurs during flight, the parachute will automatically deploy, preventing the drone from crashing back to the ground if there is an error during flight.

Cases of drones falling from the sky are very rare, but the parachute is an especially simple mitigation and provides reassurance if an unexpected emergency does occur, especially on missions which involve flying over people or property.

The deployment system has been extensively tested by both ParaZero and third party organisations to give drone operators real peace of mind.

ParaZero SafeAir parachutes are available for:

  • Mavic 2 Series including the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and Zoom (excluding modular accessories)
  • Phantom 4 (excluding RTK)
  • M200 Series (M200, M210, and M210, and M200, M210, M210 RTK V2)
  • Matrice 600 (including D-RTK model)
  • Mavic Pro Series

Drone Parachute FAQs

How Does The ParaZero SafeAir Parachute Work?

The lightweight recovery system independently monitors key flight parameters of the drone’s avionic systems. The drone flight profile is collected and monitored for anomalies.

When critical failures are identified the mechanical flight termination system automatically cuts power to the drone’s rotors, preventing entanglement with the rotors and mitigating the risk of laceration injuries in the process. The batteries are disconnected once an unexpected descent begins, but remain with the drone.

The patented parachute deployment mechanism then opens the chute to full canopy in a fraction of a second. This controls the descent, enabling safe flight over people, even at low altitudes, and a safe landing of the drone. An audible alarm also sounds on the Matrice (M200 Series/M600 Pro) parachutes to draw attention for those on the ground.

Can I tell how the flight failure occurred?

Yes you can. Collected data is stored in a black box and can be used for post-deployment analysis.

Why Should You Use A ParaZero SafeAir Parachute?

Deploying a parachute in the event of flight failure has numerous benefits. A slower descent helps to minimise damage to property and reduces the risk to members of the public. It also gives greater time to react to an unexpected drone failure.

This is particularly useful and reassuring for the emergency services, who can acquire special exemptions to fly over buildings and people.

A slower, more cushioned landing also means less damage to the drone itself – reducing the cost of subsequent repairs.

What altitude does the parachute work at?

The ParaZero SafeAir parachutes work at both low and high altitude, ensuring a safe descent whatever the operation.

How Long Does It Take to Install the System?

The system can be integrated with your drone in about 10 to 15 minutes.

drone repairs and maintenance

No matter how good a pilot you are, sometimes things go wrong, and sometimes accidents happen

Reducing Downtime for Your Drone Programme

Drone specialist Heliguy offers an in-house DJI-approved UK drone repair centre.

For additional cover, take advantage of Heliguy’s Repair Refresh drone crash cover. Our annual policy, available on a range of DJI drones, is cheaper than using DJI’s Care Refresh.

For our commercial drone clients we also offer 72-hour fast track repairs for a small extra fee.

This express turnaround means that your operations take much less of a hit, resulting in better reults for your business - and happier clients!

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