Wow, things are usually quiet at this time of year, but the start of 2020 is proving to be the best winter to date! We seem to be producing more and more drone progress reports for development and construction companies. Our latest was for Bridgwater Gateway, a mixed use development only a few hundred meters from junction 25 of the M5. We were also asked to undertake some ground based photography to complement the project. The client was more than happy to reap the benefits of consolidating the photography with the drone work, a massive saving was enjoyed by the customer!


NOTAM for ALL pilots during the Christmas period. Please be aware...

Please excuse the pun! But yes, time really does fly. I can't believe it's been more than five weeks since posting an update on our blog page. It's nice in a way because, to be honest, we've been really quite busy. Over the past few weeks we have been involved with producing the first of 10 drone progress reports on a development in Bridgwater for Somerset County Council, produced a promotional video for Knight Frank of a large Honda distribution site and have undertaken a congested area structural inspection in Bristol. 2020 is also looking very positive. This is all good as it shows that the use of drones in all manner of businesses is fast becoming the norm rather than the exception. Here is a short promo video we produced for Knight Frank industrial development agency.


Registration mandatory from: 30 November 2019
The UK’s new Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme will go live on 5 November 2019 (please note that you cannot register before this date). There will be two elements to the online system. Anyone responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg will need to register as an operator. The cost for this will be £9 renewable annually. Anyone flying a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg will need to take and pass an online education package, except if you are an approved commercial operator. This is free and renewable every three years. Both of these requirements become law on 30 November 2019. From 5 November 2019 the system will be available at Register-drones.caa.co.uk.

It's reported that John Lewis have stopped selling drones because of the chaos caused at airports. They took the flying devices off shelves in May because of growing concerns over their misuse. Drone sightings at Gatwick in December caused the cancellation of around 1000 flights or diverted over a 36 hour period, affecting more than 140,000 passengers. Other airports were also forced to suspend flights for several hours due to drone activity this year, including Heathrow. In my opinion this is agood move. I don't think drones should be available to buy in high street stores, they should only be sold in specialist retailers.