Royal Wedding gatecrasher

By | CAA and Regulation, Drones

With the next Royal Wedding imminent, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May, the CAA has posted a Restricted Airspace (Temporary) over the Windsor area for the whole weekend, see  NATS and Heathrow ATSU will have everything under control from an airline traffic perspective and will be hoping that the normal westerlies will prevail so the noise from any aircraft overhead can be minimised, especially during the marriage service itself.

Manned aviation operatives, being in touch with other ATSUs and possibly Heathrow itself, will be made aware of this restriction before venturing into the area on either of these days.  Commercial drone operators, the good ones at least, will also do their due diligence and realise the RA(T) applies to them and any drone operation as well.  NOTAMs relating drone operations in the Windsor area raised through the NSF procedure already appear on websites, so with the RA(T) in place, NATS is very unlikely to sanction any drone operation in the Windsor near or on these dates.

With the world media and press watching, it will be a momentous occasion but what is the probability that a non-regulated and irresponsible drone owner ‘tries it on’ on the day – just for that exclusive view or footage.  And if that happens will anti-drone technology be applied?  There has to be a big chance it will.

As a drone operator, will you watch the event on TV?  If you do, let’s hope you don’t see something you recognise crashing in on the scene.

John Moreland, Head of Training, DronePartners

North America leads the $20 Billion Drone Market in 2018

By | Drones

A new drone market research report by Research and Markets makes the largest and boldest prediction yet for the drone industry, which the report predicts will exceed $50 billion in the next 7 years.  This report estimates Compound Annual Growth Rate  of 14.15% from 2018 to 2025.  “… increasing use of UAVs in commercial and military applications is one of the most significant factors projected to drive the growth of the UAV market,”North America is expected to  lead the market this year, largely due to increased defence expenditures of the US and Canada and the presence of major UAV manufacturers in North America.  The European and Latin American regions are expected to be the new revenue-generating markets for unmanned aerial vehicles,” says the report.

UAVs pose less of a risk to airliners than government officials claimed

By | CAA and Regulation, Drones

A British drone collision study used as evidence for the government’s flagship drone pilot registration law found UAVs pose less of a risk to airliners than government officials and trade unions have claimed.

The full report wasn’t published but it has been seen by the Register, there are some interesting observations –


Drone Market Sector Report for 2017

By | Drones

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.


John Moreland, Head of Assessment, DronePartners