Member News

Simon Stickland joins ARPAS-UK Committee

The ARPAS-UK Committee is delighted to welcome Simon Stickland to the Committee.  We are incredibly fortunate to have members ready to volunteer their time and experience to help the drone industry and our Members.   Simon has a wealth of experience in photography, a staggering 33 years in fact, which is only topped by him…

Airprox Stakeholder Engagement Event

Thursday 19th September 2019 In conjuction with the Royal Aeronautical Society, ARPAS–UK has arranged a meeting to bring together the key stakeholders to learn more about the AirproxIncident Reporting of Drones and to discuss the way ahead. Confirmed speakers are: UK Airprox Board Airprox Reality Checks CAA DJI A representative from GATCO (the Guild of Air Traffic Controllers)  and the BMFA will be attending too….

A Day in the Life of… Laurence Opdam, Clogwork Technologies Ltd

As a Director of a young UAV manufacturer company, my role is diverse and I love the fact that I learn new things every day. This week I mostly focused on Business Development. Clogworks Technologies was delighted to be invited at the National Drone Emergency Services Practitioners day in Lancashire on the 11th of July….

High flying data collection with drones

Matthew Greaves, founder of Drones on Demand, tells Johanna Hamilton AMBCS about his IT career facilitating transformative change and how he discovered a whole new data solution in the form of drones. As a mountain rescue volunteer, Matthew Greaves believed there had to be a better solution than sending out a helicopter every time a…

New app aims to automate drones for good

Researchers at Cranfield University have developed a smartphone app which can connect with off-the-shelf drones and send them to autonomously inspect multiple locations using coordinates received by SMS text message. Controlling drones in this way could be useful for a variety of applications in the future including the collection of crop health data in specific…

ARPAS-UK talks to DJI about data security

On June 11th 2019, the Science and Technology Committee were joined by the Defence Committee to continue their Inquiry into Commercial and Recreational Drone Use in the UK. DJI presented oral evidence, along with other key stakeholders in the drone industry, including ARPAS-UK. DJI’s representative, Brendan Schulman, Vice President for Policy & Legal Affairs, was…

Surrey Search & Rescue talk to Jason Bradbury about using drones

Dangerous Jobs: can tech make them safer?   Earlier in the year, ARPAS-UK was approached to help find people and companies to feature in the following podcast. We’re delighted that ARPAS-UK member, Surrey Search & Rescue were successful.   Listen to James Russell talk to Jason Bradbury and Stuart Witts about using drones in dangerous…

Running a Drone Programme for UK Police Operations

Interview with Tom Shainberg, Senior Drone Pilot of Devon & Cornwall Police According to an independent study from HMICFRS (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services)1 conducted in March 2017, over 65% of UK ‘police forces ‘had either purchased at least one drone or had ready access to one,’. However, with the ever increasing…

DJI Challenges Accuracy & Balance of BBC Drone Report

As the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, we feel it is our duty – on behalf of the millions of responsible drone users around the globe – to express our deep disappointment at the BBC’s negative portrayal of drone technology and one-sided reporting based on hearsay. This now seems to be…

A Week in the Life of… Simon Stickland: Dragons Eye Filming

Wednesday – Trying to beat the weather in a remote Scottish hill to inspect wind turbines with a unique 13.5kg Alta 6 special rig (I also fly this offshore with appropriate GWO qualifications). Launching in ATTI from the sheep poo laden gravel track the rocket powered elephant takes off with a roar, I fly the…