Sunday, August 21, 2016

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Drones

Drone (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) usage is growing rapidly. Exeter University is using drones to help with environmental monitoring and Devon and Cornwall police have been trialling them in searches for missing people and crime scene photography. Drones can be used for a huge range of applications in addition to the above, from promotional videos to bridge inspections. Amazon is considering using them for home deliveries.

Of great concern are safety issues, including a fear of drones simply falling on top of people (a famous video shows a drone crashing to earth just behind a downhill racing skier (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeviAWB0i4Y) and potential collisions with aircraft.

In order to learn the rules and the ropes around drone flying you can get help. A company called UAVAir offers courses at Exeter racecourse we understand http://uav-air.com/locations/drone-courses-exeter. Please note however that we have not vetted UAVAir.  Please carry out your own checks as you see fit before taking the course and paying any money.

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