Aerospace Projects lifting off in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Ōtautahi Christchurch is home to a diverse community of start-ups, entrepreneur-driven companies and organisations dedicated to aerospace innovation.  Canterbury is well on the way to being an integral facet of a flourishing national aerospace sector. With unique physical attributes, proximity to international ports, existing testing facilities and one of New Zealand’s largest electronic manufacturing clusters, the talent pool is also here; nearly a third of … Continue reading Aerospace Projects lifting off in Ōtautahi Christchurch

Conviction over New Zealand’s first mid-air collision between drone and paraglider

The Civil Aviation Authority is welcoming the conviction yesterday of a recreational drone pilot at the Manukau District Court over a “deceptively dangerous” 2018 mid-air collision between his drone and a trainee paraglider at Karioitahi Beach near Waiuku. The conviction follows Judge Mina Wharepouri finding the man guilty in October 2020 on two charges under the Civil Aviation Act 1990 over his drone being used … Continue reading Conviction over New Zealand’s first mid-air collision between drone and paraglider

New Zealand – Airways Launches Inaugral Drone Report

New Zealand’s drone services market is taking off but safety is a major concern according to a new state of the industry report released today by Airways. Based on a national survey of drone operators, the report provides an in-depth look at how drones are being used both recreationally and commercially in New Zealand, the health of drone safety, and the value of our growing … Continue reading New Zealand – Airways Launches Inaugral Drone Report

Fixed Wing Friday: Part 2 of Bruce’s refresher on aerodynamics of flying wings

All the way from New Zealand, Bruce brings us Part 2 of his refresher on the aerodynamics of flying wings. Check out more of Bruce’s videos over on his YouTube channel, RCModelReviews. Also catch Bruce on our weekly YouTube live show, Drone Stuff This Week, every Tuesday at 21H00 GMT. Continue reading Fixed Wing Friday: Part 2 of Bruce’s refresher on aerodynamics of flying wings

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NZ CAA Opens the Sky to Drone Innovation

New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has permitted a new restricted airspace to trial drones flying beyond line of sight, approving an  874 square kilometre test range in Northland’s Hokianga region. Following the establishment of a new regulatory framework enabling unmanned air vehicles to be operated remotely, the test range, dubbed “ Incredible Skies” extends the opportunity for drone technology research in New Zealand and … Continue reading NZ CAA Opens the Sky to Drone Innovation

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Drone Stuff This Week March 7th 2017 DSTW #30

A full DSTW that passed quickly. I will describe what happened here; there are links to events in the timeline in the comments section of the video. Zack Clark, Drone America, and their long distance drone delivery flight and cloud seeding by drone.  Drone America set a new long-distance record for aerial package delivery flying a fixed-wing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) under beyond line of … Continue reading Drone Stuff This Week March 7th 2017 DSTW #30

Transpower to conduct New Zealand’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ drone flight

Transpower today announced it will conduct New Zealand’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ flight using a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS or drone). Transpower will be the only NZ organisation to have undertaken this type of flight. This week, a drone will be used to conduct aerial inspections of transmission lines and towers in the Rimutaka ranges. The Civil Aviation Authority’s new ‘beyond line of … Continue reading Transpower to conduct New Zealand’s first ‘beyond line of sight’ drone flight

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Drone Insurance for New Zealand

Delta Insurance New Zealand Limited, launched New Zealand’s most comprehensive UAV (drone) operator’s insurance solution. This launch took place in conjunction with Delta’s sponsorship of the NZ UAV Conference held at the Auckland University of Technology today. Commercial UAV technology, valued at over $127bn globally, is seeing wholesale adoption across many New Zealand sectors including agriculture, media, film, surveying, real estate, oil & gas and … Continue reading Drone Insurance for New Zealand

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NZ:- Transpower permits RPAS (drones) for grid works

Transpower today released guidelines to enable the use of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) for work to be carried out on New Zealand’s National Grid. The guidelines for RPAS follow Transpower’s trial flights in 2013 as well as ongoing work with the Civil Aviation Authority, Airways Corporation Ltd, and other airspace users to understand how RPAS can be used to carry out work in a … Continue reading NZ:- Transpower permits RPAS (drones) for grid works