Gary Mortimer

I’m voting the Xiaomi Mi off the island

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If a price point of $610 as touted by Bloomberg is true then Xiaomi may have shot itself in the foot before it even launches. For another $390 you can have a P3P, the minimum standard in my opinion for a commercial multirotor. “While making good-quality products, the price point has to be competitive as…

Mi UAV rumors re rumoring

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You have to hand it to Xiaomi they know how to spin up the hype (see what I did there) The same old patent pictures of a quad and a watch controlling it are being released and now we hear of a 4K camera. No doubt the app appearing in app stores for a few hours…

Simlat to deliver a Full Crew UAS Simulator (C-STAR) to Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC)

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Simlat received a purchase order for the delivery of advanced UAS simulation to be employed in LDCC’s Agriculture Aviation Training. The delivery will include a turn-key UAS simulator including Hardware, Software and add-on Civil UAS application packages (e.g. agriculture, offshore, utilities inspection, and more). This special program is in association with Flying Tiger Aviation leads…

Next sUAS Guide call for white papers #2

sUAS Guide 2016 Q1 Update Article

The second call for submission. Next edition of the sUAS Guide rushes into view. If you have any submissions then please email them to [email protected] We won’t just accept any old tat or blatant advertising ;-) Content that will get through our BS filter will entertain, inform or show how to solve a problem with…

Airbus flight tests for Zephyr T

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Flight testing of a scaled model of a larger Zephyr, the Zephyr T have begun. Airbus Defence & Space has \ Zephyr T high-altitude pseudo satellite (HAPS) will have four times the payload of Zephyr 8 being able to lift 80kg. Three test flights of the model have have taken place and Airbus expect to…

Who’s afraid of Yuneec?

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I really don’t know what to say about this one. I watched a video from Simon Newtons excellent channel, On the Kitchen Table earlier and he had noted an up tick in negative sentiment against Yuneec products in his comments. I had a pleasant email exchange about it with him and as this was happening…

Project Wing looking for somebody with Aviation experience

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Lets hope more experienced RPA operators and pilots get on board. There have been some disconnected mentions of ADSB in the past from on high. Things that showed a lack of aviation understanding. Software Engineer, Airspace Management (Wing), X Project Wing is working on self-flying vehicles that could open up entirely new approaches to delivering…

DHL steals UPS thunder, 130 packages delivered by Parcelcopter

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Another day another delivery drone.This time, real world point to point deliveries in European weather. Last week  UPS announced a partnership with Zipline to trial medical delivery flights in Rwanda. DHL are already out there doing it. DHL Parcel has successfully concluded a three-month test of its third Parcelcopter generation. The trial run, part of…

UPS backed Zipline medical drones in Africa might have an issue

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It’s a feel-good photo, a young team and some funky platforms. To an Africa old hand, I see the snag. That launcher. True, it will provide a consistent route to the sky. It’s complex, though, more complex than the aircraft even. It needs to be operated correctly every time. Worse still, should it fail, then…

Forest fire multirotor operator guilty on all counts

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Judge Gary MacAskill found Canterbury, New Zealand man Simon Roy Reeve, guilty for filming a forest fire in January of 2015. The court hearing took three days and was heard by the judge only. The fire at Pines Beach near Christchurch had manned fire helicopters on task. Although Judge MacAskill agreed that Reeve was not…