Drones will bring down airliners and be used by ISIS to drop grenades on us

Or at least that’s what the BBC’s latest drone “documentary” would have you believe. Following on from Panorama’s “The Gatwick Drone Attack” that aired in April 2019, the BBC decided to continue their apparent crusade against drones by airing a programme entitled “Britain’s Next Air Disaster? Drones” on 1st July 2019. If you haven’t yet … Read more

Amazon patents eyes in the sky, should we be worried?

Big Data is Watching You

Yahoo Finance reports this week that Amazon may soon send drones into the sky to gather data with the help of drone surveillance technology. Earlier this month, the retailer received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a new data-gathering system. With this latest patent, Amazon expands its information-collecting reach. While the company … Read more

DJI goes head-to-head with GoPro

DJI Osmo Action

DJI has launched its Osmo Action camera which looks set to compete directly with GoPro. Described by DJI as a move in a “bold new direction”, the Chinese drone manufacturer says it has called on its experience with capturing smooth and stable videos via their market-leading drone range in development of the new product. Similar … Read more

The EASA has published new EU wide regulations on drone usage

On 11 June 2019 common European rules on drones, Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2019/945 & Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/947, have been published to ensure drone operations across Europe are safe and secure. The rules will amongst others help to protect the safety and the privacy of EU citizens while enabling the free circulation of drones and a … Read more

What to consider before posting your drone photos or videos to social media

Social Media

It’s only natural that you’re going to want to show off your amazing aerial photographs and videos that you’ve taken with your drone. But, have you thought about the implications? The most commonly used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and so on, all have terms and conditions which might grant them some … Read more

2 simple tools to optimise your drone photographs for the web

Computer Internet Keyboard

As a commercial drone operator, there’s a pretty good chance that photographs are an integral part of your business. Getting your drone aerial photos on the web is important for marketing and promotion. So whether you’re displaying them on your own website (or on a social media site like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter) you need … Read more

How to properly price a drone job

Costing Drone Jobs

Update 23-Jul-19: I’ve finally to around to building an online Day Rate Calculator. There are two versions, a simple, three-field one which will give you an approximate answer in a few seconds and, a more detailed version that helps you take account of all your costs. The number of commercial drone operators in the UK … Read more

Could diamonds and laser-beams keep your drone flying for longer

laser drone charging

As we all know, one of the biggest limitations of drones is their battery life. Battery technology is improving all the time but there’s no denying that an average 25-30 minute maximum flight time is a constraint that we could all do without. Re-charging in-flight is the utopia but, until now, in-flight charging solutions have … Read more

The 5 best free image editing apps for your drone photos

GIMP

There’s no denying it, Adobe Photoshop is the market leader in professional image editing. However, since Adobe moved to a subscription-based business model, it’s become a relatively expensive proposition – currently £9.98/mo for the Photography package – especially if you’re just starting out as a commercial drone operator. So what are the best free alternatives … Read more

Top 5 sources of free music sound tracks for your drone videos

music

If you’re producing drone videos for your commercial drone business, either for your showreel or for clients, then the chances are that you’ll need a soundtrack. As you might have experienced, finding quality background music for video can be a huge challenge. There are hundreds of websites out there with millions of songs to choose … Read more