Airspace change masterplan: scoping the environmental assessments

To ensure that environmental impact considerations are integrated into the development of the airspace change masterplan, the UK Civil Aviation Authority must ensure that the masterplan is subject to a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and a Habitats Regulations assessment (HRA). These assessments are a legal requirement.

The first stage of each of these assessments is to decide what they must cover, including the approach we propose to use. You can give us your views via our consultation on our dedicated webpage. The consultation closes on 8 May 2023.

The masterplan is being developed by the Airspace Change Organising Group to coordinate the airspace changes that will upgrade and modernise UK airspace at a system level.SW2023/063

How to Waterproof Your Drone

Waterproofing your drone is an excellent way to ensure its longevity. There are multiple scenarios where waterproofing your drone will come in handy but there are not as many ways to waterproof said drone.

In this article, we will discuss several methods you can use to make sure your drone is waterproof or at least water-resistant.

Why waterproof a drone?

Why would you want to waterproof your drone in the first place?

While as a pilot, you should never fly in the rain or snow unless given clearance or an emergency is occurring, there are situations when you have to.

That’s reason enough to waterproof your drone if you ask us!

Moisture can collect in, on, and around the drone otherwise, and that could result in some sort of light malfunction.

While this isn’t a huge problem, another issue is that moisture could get on the camera, ruining a shot. Again, not a huge problem, per se, but still a problem.

Another example of how waterproofing your drone is valuable is when you’re flying over water, possibly taking off or landing from an island or a boat.

You would need to first make sure the boat is stationary, but even when the engine is turned off, the drone has a possibility of landing in the water.

This is because wind can push the boat in one direction or another causing the drone to land in the wrong spot, or possibly in the water.

The best thing for a pilot to do when waterproofing the drone is to inspect where moisture could get in. Areas like the motor, propellers, battery compartments, and more are all viable areas to waterproof.

Unfortunately, if your drone has ventilation holes, you might want to steer clear of waterproofing it.

By clogging the ventilation holes, your drone may overheat and have burnt circuits, flight malfunctions, and possibly an exploded battery.

On the bright side, some drones these days don’t even have ventilation holes on the main body. Most of these are inside the battery so you can waterproof the drone as you wish.

Drone waterproofing methods

If you’ve decided to waterproof your drone, here’s how you can do it.

Waterproofing by spray and brush

There are certain sprays and brushes you can buy for drone waterproofing. Most of these are meant to waterproof shoes.

The spray is a gloss and will coat any surfaces that have small holes in them such as a gimbal.

Make sure that you cover up the lens with a piece of tape before spraying.

It’s impossible to know whether you’ve waterproofed your gimbal completely, so the best thing to do is make sure the spray is applied well.

The conformal coating spray is a thin, flexible film that wraps around circuits to protect them from the elements.

Because silicone conformal coating is more resistant to chemical shocks and mechanical shocks than acrylic, it repels water more effectively

It’s possible to use acrylic conformal coating if you don’t have any. Although it will provide some protection, if you use too much, it can be difficult to get it off the circuit board, in case you need it to solder or renew the coating.

As for waterproofing the interior of the drone, you’ll have to disassemble your drone to the point that you’ve singled out the anticorrosive ports, sockets, and other parts that can’t be covered with a silicone coating. 

If you accidentally drop too much on one port, corrosives will disrupt the flow of electricity and can cause damage to your drone.

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Make sure that the silicone is dry before applying anti-corrosives.

Remember that anti-corrosion lubricants are often available in spray form. The substance is also messy. 

You can’t afford to miss a spot with anti-corrosion lubricants, and you might spray more than you need. Get to know how the spray comes out and at what consistency before you coat your drone.

If you’re not planning to use the SD card slot, don’t apply any anti-corrosion coating or lubricant. You may have to take it off.

Make sure that you apply the waterproofing generously to protect the GPS and barometer from water. As covered in Can Drones Hover in One Spot? the GPS is extremely important to the drone working properly. Protect it at all costs.

Waterproofing by filling in holes

Another option, but a much riskier and more permanent one, is to fill in the rotor holes on your drone. This is the area next to the propellers.

The reason why this is a permanent solution is that once this filler has been cemented into place, your propellers will not easily come out.

You’ll need to squirt a small amount of silicone into the rotor hole, then push down on the silicone to fill in the hole.

This will fill in all the way down to the bottom of the rotor if too much silicone is applied. You’ll need to make sure you’re conservative with the amount you use.

Blow-dry the silicone to dry the rubber cement faster so that it doesn’t fall down to the bottom of the rotor hole.

Once dry, inspect the rotor, making sure that the propellors can fit in place. Check that the rotor spins as fast as it did before, and then test-fly your drone in a safe environment at a low altitude.

Is it possible to waterproof an FPV drone?

Although an FPV drone is more complex than a quadcopter, the waterproofing process works in the same way.

A conformal coating can be used to waterproof an FPV drone, but it is important to avoid damaging ports. You must also coat the receiver and VTX.

Motors coming in contact with water are the only danger. Rust can cause damage to your equipment.

The ultimate waterproofing

This guide had two main goals: to review some basics about drones and water and to help drone owners like you make your equipment more resistant to water damage.

You probably know the benefits of waterproofing your drone. For a low cost, you can prolong its life and protect its electronic components.

You should have learned the basics of conformal coating and realized why a wetsuit may not be the best choice, even though it is the easiest.

Combining anti-corrosion on sensitive ports with silicone coating your PCB will give you the ultimate waterproofing.

Spright Chooses Elsight’s Halo to Ensure Connectivity for Critical Missions
Spright Chooses Elsight’s Halo to Ensure Connectivity for Critical Missions

Spright Elsight HaloSpright chooses Elsight’s Halo to ensure connectivity on manned and unmanned platforms.

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Spright, an Air Methods subsidiary, is performing critical missions in North America, providing emergency medical services to more than 100,000 patients across 48 states.  Spright is their drone division – created to help solve many of the time sensitive challenges that the medical logistics industry faces.

Reliable drone operations requires reliable connectivity: and Spright has chosen Elsight’s ‘Halo’ bonded connectivity solution as the C2 (Command and Control) trustworthy link provider for Spright’s different manned and unmanned vehicle platforms.

As part of the contractual agreement, Spright will become an official ‘Halo’ reseller in the United States, and will configure and support Halo at all locations.

Spright hopes to be the largest drone operator in medical delivery, with a nation-wide network in the United States supporting hospitals and laboratories. This is the goal driving the partenrship with Elsight, a technology that will enable connectivity across the country.

“The ‘Halo’ solution will be used on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) executing operations to deliver medical medicines and supplies, lab testing specimen transportation, as well as infrastructure and utility inspections across the United States,” says a company press release.

A $90,000 order has already been received – the 5 year agreement will facilitate more orders during the life of the agreement. It’s a win for Elsight, as they pursue their “design win” strategy – partnering with unmanned platforms as they develop new aircraft and grow their businesses.

“The decision to choose Elsight as our C2 link provider was an easy one, as the capabilities provided by ‘Halo’ are exactly what we were looking for from a safety and regulatory standpoint for mission continuity and scalability,” said Spright President Joe Resnick. “Halo’s versatility as a connectivity solution is a natural fit for our needs, and we will begin deploying Halos in the United States and beyond. We will also be installing Halo kits on our ground vehicle fleet.”

“This agreement with Spright is validation of the ‘Halo’ as the best drone connectivity solution available,” said Elsight CEO Yoav Amitai. “We are excited to work alongside Spright as the ‘Halo’ is deployed to the companies supported by Spright. The industry-agnostic ‘Halo’ supports all Spright’s use cases across different verticals, and we look forward to forging a positive, long-term relationship with Spright. This first order is just the first step of a partnership that will continue to thrive and grow. We look forward to additional ‘Halo’ orders as Spright continues expanding their operations in all areas.”

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Safe flying with drones: Austro Control and Frequentis launch traffic management system for drones

The number of drones in Austrian airspace is ever increasing. To ensure that drones continue to travel safely in the future, dedicated traffic management systems with automated solutions are needed. Austro Control is relying on the development of a UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) system with Frequentis.

The cooperation is the result of an extensive public tender process in which several leading companies from the technology sector have participated since last autumn.

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ORKID partners with global UTM solution provider Unifly to integrate drones safely into Colombian airspace  – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

ORKID is a leading autonomous cargo drone rush delivery service for enterprises.  

To ensure a safe and secure integration of drones into the airspace as well as successfully conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) missions, ORKID has partnered with Unifly, a leading Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) technology provider, in a series of test operations. 

The first test flights are scheduled to begin in the second week of March in the Tenjo Valley near Bogota, Colombia. The tests will be witnessed by the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority – Aeronáutica Civil, the Colombian Air Force as well as the Ministry of Transport.  

These flight operations will mark an especially important milestone in the certification process required by Aeronáutica Civil, so that ORKID can continue to conduct recurrent commercial flight operations in the near future.  

ORKID plans to follow the same approach in other countries where it is also pursuing regulatory approval certifications. 

Leon van de Pas, CEO of Unifly, confirms the partnership, “The Unifly UTM solutions are an enabler to safely conduct BVLOS operations at scale. We are pleased to be a part of this initiative and we believe that Unifly can offer great value to ORKID in this partnership, which in turn ensures safe and certifiable solutions to ORKID’s customers in the countries where they operate.” 

Diego Pinzon, COO, and founder of ORKID also elaborates, “This was the last piece of the puzzle we needed to guarantee and showcase safe operations to the different civil aviation authorities in LATAM. Unifly’s vast experience in aviation and their unique solutions are going to help us comply with regulatory requirements, become ready for commercial operations, and scale our business.” 
 
About ORKID
ORKID is a drone delivery startup founded as a solution to the complicated topography, low road density and traffic problems that affect the middle mile and last mile supply chains around the world. ORKID will enable businesses to deliver cargo in a faster and more cost-effective way using autonomous aerial cargo drones. 
www.orkid.tech
About Unifly

Unifly’s mission is to enable autonomous aviation. We believe airspace is a shared resource that all users can access and utilise in a safe and efficient way. To deliver this future, Unifly develops innovative Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions that allow authorities and operators to integrate drones into the airspace, safely and securely. 

Founded in 2015 by former air traffic controllers, Unifly has global operations and gained significant experience in deploying UTM solutions for national and local authorities, critical facilities, and drone operators. 

In the near future where artificial intelligence is essential to logistics and operations, Unifly continues to play a role in creating this safe and open ecosystem where unmanned and other automated vehicles can operate.

www.unifly.aero
 

ORKID partners with global UTM solution provider Unifly to integrate drones safely into Colombian airspace  – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

ORKID is a leading autonomous cargo drone rush delivery service for enterprises.  

To ensure a safe and secure integration of drones into the airspace as well as successfully conduct Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) missions, ORKID has partnered with Unifly, a leading Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) technology provider, in a series of test operations. 

The first test flights are scheduled to begin in the second week of March in the Tenjo Valley near Bogota, Colombia. The tests will be witnessed by the Colombian Civil Aviation Authority – Aeronáutica Civil, the Colombian Air Force as well as the Ministry of Transport.  

These flight operations will mark an especially important milestone in the certification process required by Aeronáutica Civil, so that ORKID can continue to conduct recurrent commercial flight operations in the near future.  

ORKID plans to follow the same approach in other countries where it is also pursuing regulatory approval certifications. 

Leon van de Pas, CEO of Unifly, confirms the partnership, “The Unifly UTM solutions are an enabler to safely conduct BVLOS operations at scale. We are pleased to be a part of this initiative and we believe that Unifly can offer great value to ORKID in this partnership, which in turn ensures safe and certifiable solutions to ORKID’s customers in the countries where they operate.” 

Diego Pinzon, COO, and founder of ORKID also elaborates, “This was the last piece of the puzzle we needed to guarantee and showcase safe operations to the different civil aviation authorities in LATAM. Unifly’s vast experience in aviation and their unique solutions are going to help us comply with regulatory requirements, become ready for commercial operations, and scale our business.” 
 
About ORKID
ORKID is a drone delivery startup founded as a solution to the complicated topography, low road density and traffic problems that affect the middle mile and last mile supply chains around the world. ORKID will enable businesses to deliver cargo in a faster and more cost-effective way using autonomous aerial cargo drones. 
www.orkid.tech
About Unifly

Unifly’s mission is to enable autonomous aviation. We believe airspace is a shared resource that all users can access and utilise in a safe and efficient way. To deliver this future, Unifly develops innovative Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) solutions that allow authorities and operators to integrate drones into the airspace, safely and securely. 

Founded in 2015 by former air traffic controllers, Unifly has global operations and gained significant experience in deploying UTM solutions for national and local authorities, critical facilities, and drone operators. 

In the near future where artificial intelligence is essential to logistics and operations, Unifly continues to play a role in creating this safe and open ecosystem where unmanned and other automated vehicles can operate.

www.unifly.aero
 

Hexagon | VERIPOS Expands SPAN GNSS+INS Portfolio for Dynamic Positioning
Hexagon | VERIPOS Expands SPAN GNSS+INS Portfolio for Dynamic Positioning

Ensure safe operations through reliable, robust and continuous positioning with GNSS+INS integration

Hexagon | VERIPOS is proud to expand its proven inertial solution SPAN GNSS+INS technology from NovAtel, also part of Hexagon, to dynamic positioning (DP) applications and vessels. SPAN technology delivers a deeply coupled GNSS and inertial navigation system (INS) that provides robust, reliable and continuous centimetre-level positioning for operators to maintain safety and maximise uptime. With a GNSS+INS solution, DP vessels can bridge outages in GNSS tracking and through short periods of radio frequency interference, jamming or spoofing.

VERIPOS is a leader in offshore high precision positioning, delivering reliable and trustworthy GNSS solutions like the LD900 receiver, PPP correction services and positioning visualisation software. They demonstrate this expertise through SPAN technology’s deep coupling of GNSS and inertial measurements. Deep coupling describes how inertial measurements enhance the signal tracking for GNSS solutions, leading to improved resiliency against GNSS outages and enabling rapid reacquisition in case of interruptions. SPAN technology builds system robustness against potential signal outages, interference or disruptions while optimising operational efficiency.

“The robust positioning, heading, velocity and attitude measurements generated from a deeply coupled GNSS and inertial solution like SPAN technology is a game-changer to dynamic positioning operations,” said Dr. David Russell, marine segment portfolio manager at Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division. “SPAN technology has a proven track record of bridging outages, enabling rapid reacquisition of signals and building a reliable and robust positioning system. It’s the best option for vessels to ensure an added layer of resiliency and achieve continuous centimetre-level accuracy across all conditions.”

SPAN GNSS+INS technology is compatible with commercial inertial measurement units (IMUs) and scalable with your LD900 GNSS receiver, Quantum visualisation software and APEX correction services.

Visit veripos.com/SPAN to explore how SPAN GNSS+INS technology provides robust and reliable positioning for safe, continuous and efficient operations.

Learn more about inertial sensors and the benefits of a deeply coupled system in chapter five of Introduction to GNSS and Beyond.



Dedrone Secures $30.5 Million Series C to Protect Airspace Against Unauthorized Drones

Axon leads investment round to help ensure airspace security and community safety

Dedrone, the market leader in smart airspace security, today announced it has closed a $30.5 million Series C financing round led by Axon, the global leader in connected public safety technologies. Previous investors, including Aqton Partners, Menlo Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Target Partners, TempoCap and John Chambers, Chairman Emeritus of Cisco Systems and founder of JC2 Ventures, also participated. This latest funding comes on the heels of a strong year of growth for Dedrone, including surpassing 1,000 sensors sold and expanding to detect, identify and locate over 200 different drone types.

“Drone detection and tracking is highly complex and we are seeing more and more instances of drones being used for nefarious purposes, including the first known drone-based terrorist attack on U.S. soil last year,” said Aaditya Devarakonda, CEO of Dedrone. “This investment demonstrates clear validation of Dedrone’s technology and team. Axon is a tremendous strategic partner for delivering airspace security to the public safety sector.”

Dedrone is the most prolific drone security company in the world, working across 33 countries to deliver best-in-class detection, identification, tracking and mitigation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Dedrone’s solution is used by the governments of four G-7 nations, nine U.S. federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, and internationally by more than 65 critical infrastructure sites, 20 airports, 50 correctional facilities and 10 Fortune 500 companies.

“The drone economy is flourishing and Dedrone is very much at the heart of it, providing critical protection to organizations around the world and keeping communities safe,” said Rick Smith, founder and CEO of Axon. “Axon is proud to support Dedrone’s solution as it offers unmatched technology in airspace security.”

Dedrone’s solution includes software, comprehensive AI/ML-based sensor fusion and detection, identification and tracking capabilities, mitigation functionality and advanced data analytics. Dedrone is the only solution capable of quickly and reliably detecting, identifying and locating the largest variety of drones from over 65 manufacturers as well as homemade drones without decoding telemetry data.

Axon launched its end-to-end drone solution, Axon Air, in 2018, which delivers secure wireless live streaming, integrated evidence management and program management to improve operational efficiency and outcomes for public safety agencies and the communities they serve.

“At Axon, we are dedicated to leveraging technology to improve safety. Our existing Axon Air program is a great example of putting the latest in drone technology to work for good in the hands of responsible agencies,” said Aydin Ghajar, General Manager of Axon Air. “We chose to invest in Dedrone because of our shared commitment to deliver reliable, robust airspace security that ensures public safety.”



SPH Engineering Introduces UAV-based Remote Water Sampling System - sUAS News - The Business of Drones
Cranford Police Department assesses and responds to Hurricane Ida damage quicker with drones – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

Drone Mapping and Thermal Technology from UAS Allows Cranford Police Department to Ensure Community Safety During Flooding

NEW YORK, New York — The Town of Cranford, New Jersey Police Department
recently implemented a drone program into their equipment arsenal, which aided in a
multitude of missions during and after Hurricane Ida, including the quick assessment of flood damage and identification of dangerous or unstable areas.

With training and guidance from Adorama Business Solutions, the premier technology resource for corporate, educational, and government institutions, the Police Department equipped and trained officers in UAS to better serve the community and ensure public safety.

After researching how drones were helping public service sectors keep communities
safe and account for hard-to-surveil areas, Cranford Police Captains Ed Davenport and Guy Patterson worked with Adorama Business Solutions to purchase three drones to aid in various missions: the DJI Mini 2, DJI Mavic Enterprise Advanced, and DJI Mavic Enterprise Dual.

Through hands-on training, the Adorama team educated the department’s staff on drone regulations and utilization, basic flight maneuvers, and identification of unstable regions through hazard mapping and thermal technology.

Shortly after the program was deployed, Hurricane Ida hit the East Coast and caused
massive flooding across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The
drones allowed the department to navigate the disaster in real time and increase
efficiency. Historically a several-hour project, with the help of UAS, Cranford police used drone mapping to assess the extent and scale of flooding in about 20 minutes.

This allowed for quicker delivery of data to rescue teams determining which rescue boats or high water vehicles were necessary for certain areas, resulting in faster allocation of resources and more timely rescues of victims.

Thermal footage from the drones was even used to identify a debris fire in the aftermath of the hurricane that wasn’t visible from the ground level. Through UAS, the Cranford police quickly identified hot spots and coordinated with the Fire Department as they extinguished the fire. The drones also helped in the planning of debris removal from impacted areas.

“The biggest problem with Hurricane Ida was with the flooding events. A vast majority of our streets in our impacted areas weren’t passable. Through UAS, we handled the damage assessments much more conveniently and efficiently,” said Cranford Police Department Captain Guy Patterson. “The amount of data we captured so quickly using the drones was crucial in managing multiple aspects of our response and initial recovery to Hurricane Ida and making sure our community was safe and accounted for.”

With the success and growth of the drone program, Captain Davenport, Captain
Patterson, and the Cranford Police Department are believers and advocates of UAS
programs. Training is now provided on a regular basis, and drones have played an
integral part in finding solutions to regional problems and natural disasters.

For more information on how Adorama Business Solutions Law Enforcement specialists can help incorporate drones and other technology equipment into your department, please visit www.adorama.com/enterprisedrones and www.adorama.com/drones.