Arpas News

Enabling Unmanned Aircraft Traffic Management in the UK

A new report from Connected Places Catapult’s explores the steps the UK has taken to be at the forefront of commercial drone development and identifies the steps yet to be taken in order to remain in the global race towards Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM). There is a huge global opportunity for countries that can successfully…

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October 2020

Chancellor extends furlough scheme until October The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will remain open until the end of October, the Chancellor announced today (Tuesday 12 May 2020).   Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until end of October Furloughed workers across UK will continue to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500…

New entrant to the CAA Innovation Sandbox: Flylogix

Flylogix have been selected to join the CAA’s Innovation Sandbox. They will be working alongside Total, NATS and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre. They aim to drive forward the safe operation involving BVLOS within the Offshore Oil and Gas Sector. It will allow them to mobilise their UAVs at short notice to launch from…

CAA appoints new Chair

Following an open competition, Sir Stephen was selected by the Transport Secretary as the candidate best suited to lead the Civil Aviation Authority through the COVID-19 response and recovery. He will balance airlines’ immediate needs resulting from reduced passenger demand, with consumer issues such as the refund backlog due to cancelled services. Sir Stephen will…

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 Series are out now

ARPAS-UK Member, DJI, today launched the Matrice 300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 series targeting commercial users.   It offers up to 55 minutes of flying time, advanced AI capabilities, 6 Directional sensing and positioning and more. A range of 15km makes it an ideal candidate for BVLOS, while the Onboard AI recognizes the subject of…

Parrot supports Human Rights Watch by providing Drones and Software

Parrot, the leading European drone group, announced today its support for Human Rights Watch’s mission of investigating human rights abuses around the world. To assist the organization’s work, Parrot is providing its powerful ANAFI drones, along with advanced software and technical support. man   Most recently, as part of a Human Rights Watch investigation into ISIS atrocities…

Coronavirus: medical drones could soon be helping to beat the crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is, by necessity, leading to a flurry of innovation. And now drones are taking their turn in the limelight. In a recent announcement, the UK government said that unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) could be ferrying vital personal protective equipment (PPE) from the English mainland to NHS staff on the Isle of Wight as soon…

AmeyVTOL trials UK first ‘beyond visual line of sight’ drone inspection

AmeyVTOL has successfully demonstrated the first drone inspection of UK infrastructure to go beyond visual line of sight (BVLoS).   During the demonstration, the VTOL flying wing surveyed an area of 2km autonomously and out of the sight of the pilot. Previous to this, drone inspections were limited to flight within visual line of sight (WVLoS) and as such,…

The stealthy little drones that fly like insects

ARPAS-UK Member, Animal Dynamics’s Chief Executive, Alex Cacchia talks about the insect inspired drones the company makes in this article by the BBC.   The article looks at how dragon flies inspired the team to crack the challenge of using flapping wings to power a drone, as well as mobile phone technology has been important…