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Drone Pilot Detained for flying over football match.

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A drone pilot has been detained by police after flying a drove over Newport v Spurs FA football match on the 27thJanuary.

The drone was flown over the grounds, in Newport during the first half of the match.  The police then tweeted, “Anyone caught piloting a drone over Rodney Parade during the match…you could be prosecuted, we have already detained one pilot.  Please respect the occasion”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-42847749#

 

Lee Bullock, Flight Assessor, DronePartners

Swimmers rescued by drone in Australia

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While lifeguards in Australia were being trained how to use drones, they spotted two swimmers off the coast struggling in the waves from the on-board camera.  The drone was equipped with a life buoy that could be dropped from the aircraft.  One of the lifeguards operating the drone managed to manoeuver the aircraft above the swimmers, within 70 seconds, and drop its payload.  Holding onto the inflatable that was dropped the two could swim to shore safely. 
Drones like this can be used for many emergencies from dropping life buoys, fire extinguishers to even medical supplies.  Drones saving lives!  
Lee Bullock, Flight Assessor, DronePartners

Drone Market Sector Report for 2017

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Skylogic Research, LLC has published a Drone Market Sector Report for 2017 based on data collected from 2,600 respondents in 60 countries worldwide.  Some interesting statistics including:

  • Nearly 80% of operators only complete between one and five operations per month, and
  • 85% of these operators make less than $50,000 (£45,000) gross per annum

As with all new business ventures in emerging markets there are some that make it and a lot that unfortunately don’t.  This research is nothing new to DronePartners.  It confirms a pattern seen over the last 5 years.  However DronePartners’ experience and knowledge of the market and its dynamics might help you make it.

Links: www.droneanalyst.com, https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/skylogic-research-report-unveils-drone-industry-market-share-figures-300520971.html

John Moreland, Head of Assessment, DronePartners

New powers for police to address illegal and unsafe use of drones

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Police are set to be given powers to prevent the unsafe or criminal use of drones as part of a new package of legislation.  This will give officers the right to order operators to ground drones and to seize drone parts to prove it has been used to commit an offence.

New measures will also make it mandatory for drone owners to register and drone operators will be required to use apps – so they can access the information needed to make sure any planned flight can be made safely and legally.

Banning all drones from flying above 400 feet or near airports could also form part of the new regulations.

For more on this story visit Gov UK site