Drones in the UK: A Full Understanding of the Regulations

After taking a look at the logistics and challenges that operators across Europe are dealing with, I got in touch with Peter Slater, Aerial Solutions UAV Manager at Costain Group PLC, to discuss his experiences using these tools at one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers, operating in energy, water and transportation. After forming…

The First BVLOS License in Switzerland

Beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights are something the drone industry has been discussing for a long while now. senseFly has just made progress in that regard by getting the first BVLOS license in Switzerland. Granted by the Federal Office of Civil Aviation (FOCA), senseFly became the first drone operator to obtain an anytime…

Drones in the UK: Upgrading and Renewing the Country’s Energy, Water and Transportation Infrastructure

How professionals in industries like oil & gas, construction, mining, utilities and civil infrastructure can and are using drones is a question we’ve explored in great detail with operators and stakeholders at various organizations throughout the United States. The launch of Commercial UAV Europe has compelled us to expand that focus, and with the number…

Terra Drone Opens Up a New Home in Australia

News about Terra Drone’s new regional office in Queensland, the Australian state covering the continent’s northeast corner, made the rounds last week and it provides further proof of how regulation and market share will dominate developments in the commercial drone industry in short term and long term. Terra Drone is one of Japan’s leading UAV…

Denmark Set to Receive the First Permanent BVLOS License

Two independent Danish companies, Heliscope and Scopito, are on the brink of acquiring the first permanent BVLOS license in the world from the Danish Transport and Construction Agency. Heliscope, a drone operator, and inspection software developer Scopito, are running a project together with two Danish Universities – University of Southern Denmark and the University of…

Personal Reflections on the 2017 Predictions for Commercial Drones

I read with interest the “7 Commercial Drone Predictions for 2017” report by Jeremiah Karpowicz, and even though there are seven distinct forecasts for the drone industry in this coming year, a few themes seemed to emerge from his analysis. They’re issues that will influence anyone looking to fly a drone for commercial purposes in…