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Lake Victoria Flying Challenges

The Lake Victoria Challenge (LVC) explores the potential of unlocking Africa’s lower skies as a mobility resource. Envisioned to be the first event of its kind in Africa, it focuses on emerging transport technologies that can leapfrog the continent’s infrastructure deficit and address its public health and mobility challenges with a visionary, safe and scalable…

Swoop Aero runs multiple drone vaccine deliveries on Epi Island on Vanuatur

Recently Swoop Aero ran 10 on-demand flights in a week for the nurses on Epi island in Vanuatu. A large number of these flights were between the medical hub in Vaemali, in the islands northern tip, and Port Quimie, in the Southeast of the island (the flight path is pictured below). Why so many between…

MPs set to investigate the risks of drones

Commercial and Recreational Drone use in the UK – Government Launch inquiry. Drones have had a range of positive impacts across a variety of industries, from commercial photography and aerial surveying, through to crop spraying and parcel delivery. However, following increased recreational popularity, there have been several suspected drone incidents, including dozens of ‘near misses’…

£2.5m injection for drone swarms

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) has awarded £2.5m to a consortium led by Blue Bear Systems Research Ltd to develop drone swarm technology. Published 28 March 2019 From: Ministry of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, Defence and Security Accelerator, and Stuart Andrew MP Ministry of Defence. Crown Copyright. The ‘Many Drones Make Light Work’ project is…

Coverdrone Flysafe App Free to All

Today, we are very pleased to announce that our Coverdrone ‘Flysafe’ App, which was previously exclusive to Coverdrone clients, is now free of charge to all users! We have decided to make this change in an attempt to create a safer environment for all drone users to fly within as by logging your flight, other…

Planning and Marketing your Microbusiness

Around 30% of businesses fail in the first two years and about 50% in the first five years. Anyone setting out on their own should be rightly concerned about giving themselves the best possible shot at success. Sooner or later there comes a point at which the business must make enough money to cover costs…

Mayor of Bedford opens Blue Bear’s 5G enabled Flight Test Facility

Blue Bear is pleased to announce the launch of its 5G enabled beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flight test facilities in Bedfordshire by the Mayor of Bedford. David Hodgson, Mayor of Bedford said ‘’ I am delighted that Bedford Borough is hosting the first 5G enabled drone BVLOS facility of its kind in the…

Flyers distributed to plane spotters as Dublin Airport seeks to prevent drone incidents

GARDAÍ AT DUBLIN Airport are seeking the public’s help to prevent incidents involving drones like that which brought operations there to a standstill on February 21st. A flyer has been distributed to plane spotters at Dublin Airport welcoming them to participate in the new Dublin Airport Drone Prevention Project. This is in addition to an initiative…

Operating in an Aerodrome’s ATZ / Restricted Zone

ARPAS-UK have raised the issue of the varying responses that are being received by PfCO holders to their requests to operate in an Aerodrome’s ATZ / restricted zone. We have had a formal response from the CAA’s Head of UAS policy that the CAA is currently working on guidance for all aerodromes, with regards to…