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”


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

A Practical Guide to Drone Law, Law Brief Publishing

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On Thursday 23 November 2017, the offices of Carter Lemon Cameron, the Barbican-based law firm, was the setting for the public launch of a new book on drone law.  Titled ‘A Practical Guide to Drone Law’ and published by Law Brief Publishing, it was put together by Rufus Ballaster, a commercial property lawyer, Andrew Firman, a corporate and commercial lawyer, and Eleanor Clot, a trainee solicitor.  Of course those well versed with the history of the UK drone industry will recognise the last surname.

The authors have targeted the book at both lawyers as well as drone operators and their advisers.  It opens with a review of current regulations and then delves into other legal matters.  For those who are familiar with the legal aspects of commercial drone operations much of the early material is straight out of a Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) Theoretical Knowledge course provided by most NQEs.  It’s from Chapter 5 onwards that the discourse becomes a little more interesting delving into the areas of property ownership, trespass, negligence, nuisance, contract and other damage claims.  These are grey areas at the best of times and Chapters 5 and 6, all 18 pages of it, unfortunately only skim the surface.

In summary, this is a reference book that new drone industry entrants could be wise to familiarise themselves with especially as there are many legal issues the CAA does not regulate and leaves to others.  It’s probably not essential reading but borrowing a copy is recommended.  For those of us in the drone industry having to address the legal issues on the ground daily, this book only gives us a glimpse of some of the more intangible legal ramifications.  It might be interesting in any future court case whether the presiding judge actually refers to this book.  He or she might as a starter for 10.

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

Post processing data? so yesterday…

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Dutch company Aerialtronics are currently in the final-stages of developing an intelligent camera with NVIDIA that combines artificial intelligence and geo-referenced object detection capabilities and will enable users to collect and analyse data in real time.  See the video, it has some amazing potential.

Unlocking Geo Zones

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As a professional pilot, you may be required to fly in restricted airspace from time to time, so you need too know how to unlock the zones on your drone.

See this DJI video for how to unlock the special zones in the DJI Geo System.