Saturday, 26 September 2020
Wednesday, 23 September 2020
Saturday, 19 September 2020
Friday, 18 September 2020
Elbit Systems UK recently demonstrated the Hermes 900 Maritime Search & Rescue Flights for the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency, with Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) missions.
The Hermes 900 was deployed on a range of missions that simulated shore-line rescues, water rescues in dangerous air space and long-distance ship rescues, off the West Coast of Wales.
With a wingspan of 15m, the 1.2 ton, Hermes 900 is already deployed with more than a dozen advanced customers around the globe providing search, rescue and reconnaissance capabilities. The Company offers extended life-saving capabilities with its recently launched Hermes 900 Maritime Patrol configuration with inflated life-rafts for detection, identification and saving the lives of survivors at sea. It was revealed that this configuration was delivered to an undisclosed customer in South-East Asia.
Wednesday, 16 September 2020
FaceBook drone groups offer great impartial advice, it is always great to ask questions, but observe the etiquette of the group, and remember that group members compete for drone jobs, it pays to read between the lines.
1/. Free Advice - Before you buy gear, sign up to a Drone FaceBook group, members offer great impartial advice for free.
2/. Pre-owned drone gear - FB Drone Group members often offer great deals on secondhand gear, as members trade up to purchase of new technology. Either buy secondhand gear to learn with, before you commit to purchase of latest tech, or buy the latest tech to take full advantage of superior technology. Make sure you have plenty of batteries, battery recharger, and memory cards.
3/. Insurance - FaceBook group members will guide you on how to insure for liability and to protect your investment, which companies to use, which companies not to use.
4/. Training - FB Group members can advise on what companies offer the best training in your area.
5/. Getting Work - FB Group members can advise you on where to find work. Most drone operators get repeat work and referrals. I have seen some comments from FB Group members that paid membership sites don’t always offer value for money. Keep in mind that group members are potential drone job competitors, so read between the lines.
6/. Getting Paid - There are a few rouge companies that exploit rookie drone users, who pay late or don’t pay at all - FB Group members will advise you on best business terms of payment, and using copyright stamps on aerial images to protect your work pre-payment.
7/. Weddings - Perhaps 80% of wedding photography doesn’t require drones, wedding photographers have excellent people skills; wedding guests won’t buy photos that are unflattering. Many wedding photographers have purchased drones to do the odd aerial view. If you do weddings, always have business cards available to hand out to guests, referrals are very important.
8/. Property Surveys - Surveyors have time / budget restraints so pay top dollar to have drone operators available at critical times, e.g. when the architect is on-site. Many real estate agents now offer indoor drone footage for virtual viewing during Corvid Lockdowns.
9/. Thermal Surveys - require more technology, so job requiring sophisticated equipment may justify higher charge rates.
10/. How much to charge? - Depends on competition, alternative methods to achieve the same result. Somebody who wants a drone to check his roof for missing tiles maybe willing to pay for convenience, but if you charge too much, he may just get his ladder out of the garage! Alternatively, drones can save contractors significant costs, so consider the savings your service provides. Don’t forget to factor in cost of drone equipment, depreciation, insurance, training, licensing, travelling costs, and total time with travel and operations at $XX per hour. Keep in mind though that you may have competitors; if your charge rates are too high, you may loose clients for good.
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
- New rules of composition for aerial photography as they apply to drone and quadcopter imagery
- How to create the best files for both still photos and video
- Post-processing techniques unique to aerial photography that readers need to know, such as how to make videos look both dynamic and smooth
Sunday, 13 September 2020
FLIR SkyRanger R70 Advanced Multi-mission UAS, Currently over 2000 deployed world wide, a favourite with police departments, cheaper to operate than helicopters, these are often purchased with funds seized from criminal activities #police #drone #FLIR
Saturday, 12 September 2020
Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Drone technology is marching on, and drones, cameras, drone systems quickly become redundant.
Should I sell my surplus drone gear?
Depending on where you are in the world, charitable donations may or may not be tax-deductible, check with your tax advisor.
Some may argue that when you sell redundant gear, drone operating competitors might benefit and then compete with you on drone assignments, however, new drone gear will make you more capable and you'll be able to offer more specialisation. You'll need to consider whether having the latest tech will expand your business capability, whether older technology will hinder growth; all that depends on your business vision, risks and goals.
Who should I donate to?
Saturday, 5 September 2020
The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to $100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity through the use of drones.
If you’ve got a start-up registered and have a working, open-source drone prototype or service (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you.
Beyond Seed Investment, start-ups can use our drone corridor. Get exclusive access to UNICEF’s 6,500 m2 drone corridor with 500 meters above ground level located around Kasungu, Malawi. Application deadline December 2020 https://www.unicef.org/innovation/drones