We take safety very seriously when operating unmanned aircraft systems (#UAS #Drones) and have adopted many pre-flight checks prior to take-off, as experience has taught us to do so.

Always looking to improve on what safety methods that are currently in place, a close eye on the Air Accidents Investigation Board (#AAIB) and other sources of information that comes from a 'Just Culture' approach, ensures we are able to learn from past issues that may have been encountered by other organisations, to further improve safety in our own operations.

So, what's a hand-held orienteering (or similar) #compass got to do with drone flight safety? ... well an intrinsic part of an UAS is it's flight controller and it simple terms, it takes many inputs from a number of components within the airframe to build a 'picture' of where it is within the 3D world; it's height and positioning, as well as orientation and heading. One such component is an internal compass, which is used along side other attitude related components and if the compass is interfered with, via external forces, you could encounter undesired flight path results.

As part of pre-flight checks now, following a recent AAIB report into a drone incident, we have updated our pre-flight checks to include a manual compass check prior to take-off, to help improve safety to other air users and on the ground.

Stay safe out there!


Competition time!‬


Many congratulations to Croft Architecture (https://twitter.com/CroftArchitects) on guessing the name ‘Oreo’ - you were correct 🦍👊🏼


We wanted to provide a little fun to everyone, so here we go ...

‪This little chap turned up at the office, believe it or not. He thought we may be able to train him up!; we’re not sure why he would think that? do you?!

So we’re going to be sending him packing, as to be honest he’s eating way too much, and we don’t think he’ll make it as an unmanned vehicle remote pilot.

So to be in for a chance to home him;

  • Like, share/retweet

  • Follow our social media account(s)

  • Don't forget to mention/tag our social media account in your reply! or your entry could be missed; we can’t have that can we!

  • Guess and post back with his real name from the list below

  • Use the hashtag #gorillapilot when replying

So, what could his real name be?






Please note: this is being run on twitter, Instagram & facebook; only one entry per person, per social media platform, so to max your chance of winning, use all social media platforms.

Competition will run until 31st May at 23:59 and a random winner will be announced as soon as all entries verified.

Best if luck; don‘t worry, you’ll be fine, don’t think he bites!

‪Lastly, many thanks to Tanya Warren (twitter handle ‪@Tanyawarren) for your creation.

*No animals were harmed during the making of this competition.

As the amazing singer Jessie J sings, "It’s all about the Money (shot) ..."

OK, so she didn’t, but the point is that using unmanned vehicle camera systems isn’t just about getting a ’Money shot’; yes, fine, they can be used for this purpose and we offer services that can be used to provide imagery for marketing materials, inc. architecture competitions, landscapes for product awareness, and filming for specific, bespoke broadcast. We even process imagery, both stills and film and can provide a finished article, with a stylisation to boot if you’re that way inclined.

For us though, all imagery is just ‘another dataset’ and of course “Money shots“ are one which many people are familiar with, as it’s in front of us all the time, and it’s all something we can relate to. But it's more than that, it's all about the quality ...

There are many other applications and use cases that go unnoticed to many, from using imagery to count cauliflowers in lush vegetation fields, to measuring material stockpiles on commercial sites; they’re all valuable datasets to sector specific customers, and they ensure efficiency is being met and discrepancies are noted etc. in these areas.

So, from our point of view, understanding exactly what data is to be collected for our clients is absolutely key. Armed with this, we can ensure that we collect data as cleanly as possible, process it, and make sure that it is displayed in such a way, the client can make use of it, in order to recognise the cost savings and workflow efficiencies it provides.

So, you see Jessie, it's actually all about the 'Quality shot'!

Next time you take a Money shot, have a think about what it means to you and what it may mean for someone else.

Stay safe out there!



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