Updated: Nov 21, 2019
Held at the Oval Space in Bethnal Green yesterday, the Drone Tech Conference brought together leading figures of the drone industry including stakeholders, professionals and entrepreneurs. The diversity of applications within the drone industry is fast becoming more and more apparent with this sector of tech showing continual forecasted growth across the board.
Discussion panels were held covering the future of the drone industry and the current state of the market. Presentations were also given by Tim Spink of the DroneMajor group and Ian Kielly, CEO of the innovative Drone Consultants Ireland.
In 2018, Drone Consultants Ireland became winners of the ESNC (European Satellite Navigation Competition) awards with their ingenious self-sustaining, aircraft deployable drone system that can be parachuted to remote and inaccessible locations, supplying UAV’s capable of 500 hour fight times as opposed to 25 minutes flight time for a more conventional drone system. Drone Consultants Ireland’s system has immediate applications in search & rescue, environmental and disaster scenarios.
Tim Spink of Drone Major Group gave a knowledgeable and compelling presentation covering the extensive breadth of the UAV industry and robotic applications that are already being utilised by industries as diverse as logistics, petrochemical and transport. From widely recognised applications such as inspection and logistic solutions to near future provision of widespread autonomous robotics enabling it is clear that Drone Major Group are well versed and well placed within the industry to enable their clients to navigate the expanding applications of drone technology.
Discussion panels during the morning chaired by Marie-Ann Russon, Business and Technology Reporter for BBC News Online included input from Duncan Walker the MD of Skyports and Andy Sage, Head of Drones at NATS whilst during the afternoon session, panellists included Elaine Whyte of Price Waterhouse Cooper’s drone team, Paul Rigby, CEO and Co-Founder of Consortiq and Jamie Allan, CEO of Allan Panthera.
The panel provided insights into opportunities for the Drone Technology industry in the UK, over the next 10 years. The panel will be reviewed the technologies at our fingertips, the potential of the industry and what pitfalls must be avoided if the UK is to take full economic advantage of drones.
Discussions focused heavily on the future of Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) applications across industries with a clear message that BVLOS will become more and more commonplace as more integrated automation and artificial intelligence push technology forward.
Both James Dunthorne, head of standards at ARPAS and Steven Timewell, the head of ARDU presented talks that were of a great deal of interest to drone operators themselves, both commercial and hobbyist.
Whilst James Dunthorne gave a comprehensive update regarding the new European wide laws operators must comply with in the coming months, Steven Timewell spoke passionately about safe and responsible drone use within the UK.
Repeatedly, reference was made to the recent Horizon programme “Drones – Britains next air disaster?”, aired on BBC2 on 1st July 2019 and the potentially damaging media portrayal of drone usage, whilst encouraging responsible drone usage across the UK and beyond.
When looking for a drone operator for aerial filming, aerial photography or drone survey work in the UK, always ensure that the operator holds a current Permission for Commercial Operations, or PfCO, issued by the Civil Aviation Authority, as it is illegal to offer commercial drone services within the UK without this permission in place.
Here at Kingfisher Drones, we hold a current PfCO, appropriate insurance and offer professional drones services across the UK. If you are interested in learning more or viewing some of our previous work, please browse the rest of our site.
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