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Altitude Angel Announces Austria Expansion Plans

UK aviation company and UTM provider Altitude Angel is expanding operations and opening an office in Vienna, Austria. The move appears to be a step to mitigate any issues caused by the UK’s planned departure from the European Union. As the terms of that departure are still unclear, many companies seeking to …

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Flock Launches Monthly Drone Insurance Coverage

UK insurtech startup Flock has launched a monthly subscription product, Fly Unlimited, to provide commercial drone operators with flexible month-to-month insurance. Complementing Flock’s existing on-demand coverage, Fly Unlimited provides a middle ground for commercial pilots flying multiple missions each month. Instead of an annual commitment with significant upfront costs, the new subscription provides …

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Astigan: Ordnance Survey To Launch High-Altitude, Solar-Powe…

National mapping agency for Great Britain and leading geospatial data organization Ordnance Survey (OS) has announced plans to launch a solar-powered drone that will fly at high altitude to complement existing satellite mapping systems. The aim of the High Altitude Psuedo Satellite (HAPS) project, called Astigan, is to provide faster, higher quality images …

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UK Ministry of Defence Withdraws Military Counter-Drone Tech…

The UK’s Ministry of Defence has taken the decision to withdraw military personnel and equipment from London’s Gatwick airport. The measures were deployed in the run-up to Christmas after drone sightings near the airfield grounded air traffic and led to 1,000 flight cancellations over the course of 36 chaotic hours. 140,000 …

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Déjà Vu As UK Media Starts 2019 With More Drone Scaremongeri…

After a Christmas period that served up plenty of drone-related angst in the UK, it looks as though 2019 is set to feature more of the same. The trauma of the Battle of Gatwick is starting to fade, like a drunken Christmas party incident that everyone involved in is now too embarrassed …

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DJI Supports UK UTM Tests

Much has been made about the need for an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system if we are to explore the potential of drone technology. The concept covers a range of capabilities that together could further integrate drones into the national airspace. Among them are the ability to identify drones remotely, …

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DJI and CAA Issue Battery Warning for Pilots Flying Matrice …

Earlier this week we reported that the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority had issued a safety warning for DJI Matrice 200 pilots, following a small number of incidents in which power failures had caused the aircraft to fall out of the sky. It now appears as though the problem has been …

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DJI Urges UK Pilots to Familiarize Themselves With New Drone…

New drone laws have come into effect in the UK today, restricting drones from flying above 400 feet or within one kilometer of airport boundaries. More laws are due to come into place later this year. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will at the end of November require UK drone owners whose …

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Report: UK has golden opportunity to shape future of drones

As part of the UK government’s Industrial Strategy, innovation foundation Nesta has been exploring potential urban applications for drones as part of a pilot project, the Flying High Challenge. Nesta has been delving into many of the use cases we’ve seen elsewhere in the industry, including medical deliveries, traffic incident …

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Flock Launches Pay-as-you-fly Drone Insurance for Hobbyists

Flock, a UK drone insurance coverage startup, has unlocked its ‘pay-as-you-fly’ insurance coverage and security smartphone app, Flock Cover, to leisure pilots. Before now the Flock Cover app may solely be utilized by skilled pilots and people in coaching. The transfer opens up the platform to hobbyists, who can use …

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