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  • What are the best drones to buy in 2015?

     

    Throughout the last few years there have been huge developments within the drone market.

    Due to their ability to film from almost every angle and achieve views that were previously impossible to capture, drones have become common place.

    This may very likely be your first time buying a drone and to help people like you, searching the web unsure on what to invest your money into we have put together this table.

    Every drone is scored between 1 and 10 and we’ve marked different categories so you can really get the low down on each drone.

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    From our review and testing the DJI Phantom 2 Vision + comes out as the most superior model. However, at a price of £625 (at the time of this review) it can be expensive and not necessarily the best option.

    If this isn’t your first drone, then certainly, BUY THIS, but if it is you may want to compare the other alternatives.

    If you are looking to buy a drone a little less costly then at www.uavbatteries.co.uk we would highly recommend the Parrot AR. Drone.

    Coming in at just £190 this drone screams value and is often the first drone that many people purchase due to it’s overall performance.

     Most of the drones on this table perform brilliantly, especially if they are receiving an overall score of over 8.5 and you shouldn’t regret buying any of them. Always cross reference prices first however to make sure you are getting the best deal and keep this table in hand so that you can make an informed decision.

    We’d like to say a huge thank you to UAV Batteries .Co for letting us review some of the great drones on the market on their Site.

    For all your other UAV battery information or purchases and upgrades within the UK and worldwide head over to www.uavbatteries.co.uk for some great deals and offers NOW!!!

     

     


    2015-08-09 15:03:46 | Comments (3)

UAV Trade Shows

  • Over the past few months we have been approached regarding new trade shows that might be launched in 2015. These trade shows are in response to the growing dissatisfaction with AUVSI and their perceived (real or otherwise) focus on the large industrial wing of the commercial UAV industry.

    The US commercial UAV industry appears to finally be ready for a show that focuses on the entire customer/supply chain. These trade shows would connect end customers (plant owners, real estate firms etc) with commercial UAV operators, and the commercial UAV operators with suppliers. This changes the focus of the show from a supply side (MFG heavy) to a customer side (consumer heavy). If one of these new trade show operators can pull this off it would provide the industry with the boost that it needs to get to the next level.

    These new trade shows are all focused on the fast moving high tech sector that is developing the next generation of commercial UAV’s so there would be new, innovative, affordable products on display for the sector.

     

    We encourage anyone who is interested in learning more to drop us a comment here or to email us for more information. UAS Career Central is dedicated to helping grow the US commercial UAV industry and any chance we have to help one of these shows grow is a benefit to the entire sector. 


    2014-12-02 12:38:35 | Comments (1)

Drones and Commercial Construction

  • I was speaking with an old friend and colleague over at Construction Executive Magazine and we got onto the topic of drones to help improve efficiency and safety in the commercial construction industry. His magazine has written a few drone articles over the past year and will be doing updates in 2015 so if you have any comments or thoughts regarding the use of drones in the construction/industrial sector please let us know (in the comment section below).

    His information/thoughts to date:

    ·     UAV’s for construction are in the early adopter phase

    ·       Drones are being used to provide real time reconnaissance and surveillance from the jobs site

    ·       Data is delivered currently as High Definition (HD) video, Still Images, and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) to create 3D models.

    When the data is collected it is superimposed over existing plans and surveys (as well as over each other) to provide construction managers with:

    ·       Information to identify changes

    ·       Provide evidence

    ·       Proactively prevent mistakes/issues

    ·       Communicate more effectively in real time

    ·       Track and report cost, time and energy saving

    While these drone applications will help improve the construction industry the real saving will come from lower costs for maintenance/repair and increased safety for industry professionals.

     

     

    A quick view of our online directory showed that most of the service providers were more focused on industrial inspection rather than construction monitoring. As someone who came out of the industrial and construction data industries I can tell you that the demand for uav services for the construction industry will be exponential once it is allowed. The name of the game in construction is to transfer risk. By using drones the industry can minimize risk across all parties; owners, architects, GC’s, subcontractors and manufacturers. 


    2014-10-21 20:04:15 | Comments (0)

The New Commercial Drone Associations

  • Over the past few weeks we have been in touch with more and more people who are looking for a new voice for the commercial UAV industry. We have been in touch with several groups looking to raise awareness regarding the benefits of commercial UAV's (and the jobs they would create) so we thought we would pass that along.


    The most encompassing of these is the Drone Pilots Association (www.dronepilotsassociation.com). They were founded in mid 2014 and already have over 1500 registered members. Their focus to date has been on clarifying the legal status of commercial UAV operations. 

    "The DPA's mission is to be a single entity that represents the interests of all small commercial and non-hobbyist drone pilots. There are several entities that represent specific sectors of commercial drone operations. The intent of the DPA is to represent all of those sectors, regardless of the type of commercial or non-hobbyist operations."

    So if you are a commercial UAV firm looking to be updated on the latest legal status we would recommend you join them (there was no charge as of the time of this note). 

    The 2nd industry advocacy group is the UAV Systems Association (UAVSA.ORG). They are a broad industry group as well but with a focus on the film and real estate industry. Their background and expertise is coming more from the tech and demand side (film). They state their goals as. 

    Promote, protect and commercialize the safe operation of UAV’s, provide UAV pilot-owners with important flight information and build a National UAV registry of pilots and aircraft. Additionally, UAVSA will provide an electronic system that will protect UAV pilot-owners, the civilian population and private property.”

    The 3rd group is the United States Association of Aerial Videographers (UAVUS.ORG). This group is focused specifically on Aerial Filming for commercial applications (Movies, TV, Commercials, Real Estate etc.). They have a similar mission as the others 

    Our mission is to foster safe use of airways by small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) to create a vibrant economic opportunity by responsibly using sUAS for videography, photography, and other individual civilian uses without violating or infringing on the safety and privacy rights of others.

    We have spoken with each group and they each have their merits. As an industry resource UAS Career Central is neutral and works with all of these associations on some level. We just wanted to make you aware of their existence and to encourage our US based members to reach out and see how these commercial UAV associations can work for you.  The goal for all of us is to create UAV jobs and grow the commercial UAV industry. 

     

     

     


    2014-10-03 11:26:02 | Comments (0)

The Rise Of The UAV Sole Proprietorship

  • Over the past few months we have been monitoring the growth of UAS / UAV companies ( and the lack of UAV Jobs )and the vast majority are individuals or partnerships. This should come as no surprise to those in the industry. This is a global phenomenon not just a US one.

    The reasons are ones we can all relate to, UAV’s are relatively cheap and the barrier to entry is low. What is interesting is where is the growth? When we first started following the UAS / UAV industry it was Precision Ag that appeared to be the initial driver for growth. Our informal (and certainly non scientific) survey shows that aerial filming (film/real estate) is the driver right now followed by inspection services. Precision Ag appears to be the domain of a few larger firms rather than many smaller ones.

    Within the Aerial Filming industry there is a real drive to differentiate the professional operators from the part time operators. Over the next few months we will see the rise of Aerial Filming associations (specific to that sector) and industry standards for flight operations and production.

    If your main market is Aerial Filming and you want to learn more be sure to leave us a comment and we will get back to you.

    For those of you focused on industrial inspection and energy UAS Career Central has new a new sponsor to help you better identify sales leads and market potential. Look for a new webpage sponsored by Industrial Info Resources (www.industrialinforesources.com) that will outline new projects, key contacts and existing industrial facilities. This will include power, mining, oil and gas, chemical and other industrial sectors.

    Finally if your target is Precision Ag, this appears to be a local business, so get to know the people in your area and network. They will be able to tell you the latest news on what is going on with UAV’s and UAV jobs.

    As always, we look forward to any comments and questions.


    2014-09-19 15:55:08 | Comments (0)

Where are the UAV jobs?

  • I get calls about 3 to 4 times a month from people looking for work in the UAS / UAV industry. The question is always the same "Where are the UAV jobs?". At this point hiring for new UAV jobs is at a standstill in the USA but those that are hiring are in two areas.

    The first group that is hiring is tied to the old line military suppliers looking for people. I would not classify what they are doing as commercial but I thought we should mention it anyway as it is employment. It is still the same series of skill sets you would employ for pure commercial operations. 

    The second area that has some life is in software development for control systems. This appears to be tied to the need for better flight contols and data processing for safer, more efficient operations. Even in this area the hiring is limited at this time with fewer than 10 positions at any one time. The real growth right now is in people deciding they are going to start and grow their own businesses and then using their personal network to supplement the skills they need. The US commercial UAS / UAV industry is about to undergo a period of rapid growth in self funded companies, much like the computer industry in the early 1980's before the consolidation. 

    That said we do have quite a few companies that look through our resume database but don’t post jobs yet. From my talks with these employers they are getting ready for the day when the industry has more clarity and they decide to invest in growth. So for now our advice to those looking in the USA is to do two things. First, post a resume in our employment section as companies are looking even if they aren’t posting and second, post a classified in our classifieds with your offering (skills etc) as there are people looking for project based help.

    UAS Career Central is in the process of building out a project based tool to connect people so we have identified the need to help fill those UAV jobs as they come up.

     

    We look forward to hearing from you as to where you see the UAV jobs. So drop us a note with any comments or thoughts. 

     


    2014-09-16 10:58:52 | Comments (1)

The state of the US commercial UAS/UAV industry

  • To launch our blog we thought we would summarize what we see as the state of the commercial UAS/UAV market in the USA. We know the obvious issues (FAA, etc), what we hope to do is summarize what we have heard from the people trying to make this industry come to life and create UAV jobs.

    The Obvious

    There are two forces at work. On one side there is the FAA, military UAS/UAV suppliers and AUVSI. On the other side there are the “stealth” operators, the drone law guys and garage based custom UAS/UAV builders. One side appears to be doing everything possible to contain the industry and control who wins and who loses. The other side is looking to grow the industry and is open to a structured path for growth and create UAV jobs. (We will let you decide who is who).

    The Not So Obvious

    In our talks with various UAS/UAV industry entrepreneurs several common themes are prominent.

    ·        You want to segregate the professionals from the “weekend operators”. You are for rules, regulations and controls that ensure qualified, safe operations.

    ·        You need a voice that represents the small firms and operators to help you engage future customers and AUVSI isn’t doing that for you.

    ·        This is a very geographically fragmented industry. There is very little communication between east coast and west coast industry players. Everyone is so busy trying to make sure they are around for the post FAA rulings they are just focused on their small part of the world.

    Observations and Suggestions

    As we continue to monitor market conditions several solutions have become evident. We can’t speak as to the ease of implementation but your feedback is welcome.

    ·        Allow commercial operations under AMA (Hobbyist) rules. A vast majority of the inspection and aerial filming operations would take place under these rules. By implementing this as a starting point the FAA would start a real dialogue with the industry and nothing would change in terms of current operating conditions. It would allow for a true test of how to commercialize the UAS/UAV industry with limited risk. There could be additional requirements (insurance, equipment standards etc) that would be welcomed by the industry to ensure safety.

    ·        Associations should focus on the small operators (this is already underway). There are a few associations (we will outline them in a later blog) that are attempting to help the small operator/builder as their representative in the market. At this time they are all too new and while they are gaining members they have yet to provide services (a function of time not effort). As they mature they need to become a voice in the lobbying effort.

     

    The reality is the commercial UAS/UAV industry is operating already in the USA and the sooner the regulators get ahead of the curve the better it will be for all involved. 


    2014-09-07 18:26:22 | Comments (3)