The first drone’s operations and applications diploma in Europe starts in January 2018

In January 2018, ENAC (Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile, the French Aviation University) will open the first European diploma dedicated to operation and applications of drones, the “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Services and Management”. Advanced Masters Registration is open on Continue reading

Electrical Safety First launches drone buying, charging and storage safety resource for UK drone pilots

Electrical Safety First launches drone buying, charging and storage safety resource for UK drone pilots

Fire prevention and electrical safety charity Electrical Safety First has put together a guide for safely charging, storing and purchasing a drone.

This comes in the wake of numerous reports about dangerous counterfeit or fake drones, as well as fires and explosions started by faulty or poorly maintained lithium drone batteries and chargers.

The move forms part of a push to educate the British public and indeed manufacturers about the risks associated with drones and the appropriate mitigation response. This also ties in with an event series Electrical Safety First is running on the topic too.

Both new and experienced drone pilots can benefit from taking a minute to brush up on charging, storage and product registration best practice.   They can read the guide here:

old Seal UAV Ground School Expands Curriculum


Providing the Industry’s First Night Flight Operations and Waiver Lessons


Today, announced the addition of two new modules to their acclaimed FAA Part 107 online training program. The new Night Flight Operations and Waivers modules are the industries first detailed lessons in any Part 107 curriculum. These lesson modules, available to all Gold Seal members, provide necessary training for remote pilots who wish to fly their unmanned aircraft after daylight hours. Upon competition of the lessons and passing the internal testing, students will be provided with a Night Training Endorsement signed by a certified FAA instructor. Continue reading

5 Ways to Prevent Flyaways

Everyone fears their drone may unexpectedly fly away and never be seen again. DJI drones are designed to automatically Return to Home (RTH) if you lose RC signal. However, some pilots have experienced what is often called a “flyway.” According to users’ flight data, the vast majority of flyaways are caused by several common pilot errors. Here are five simple steps you can take to prevent your drone from flying away. Continue reading

ConsortiQ, UK becomes Approved Training Centre

ConsortiQ, have announced it is now an Approved Training Centre, able to award the ProQual Level 3 Certificate and Level 4 Diploma in The Remote Piloting of Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Operation. It is now the first Training Centre of it’s kind to offer an Aviation Regulator approved and Academically recognised drone qualification in one course – the Unmanned Aircraft Qualification (UAQ). Continue reading

Filming with drones: a legal guide

Sarah Lazarides from law firm Harbottle & Lewis on what you need to know before using a drone on a film shoot.

The evolution of drone technology has been ground-breaking for the film and television industry. For the first time, it is possible to get high quality and dramatic aerial footage without the expense of helicopters or cranes. But following a number of criminal prosecutions for misuse of drones, what are the potential legal pitfalls that producers should be aware of? Here is a brief guide. Continue reading

Poynter Announces Groundbreaking Training Initiative on Drone Journalism

The innovative program, in partnership with Google News Lab, features workshops with The Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska, the National Press Photographers Association and DJI.

The Poynter Institute, Google News Lab, Drone Journalism Lab, National Press Photographers Association and DJI have unveiled an innovative program to train journalists in using drones, or unmanned aerial systems, for their news coverage. The program, which features hands-on workshops and online teaching, is powered by the Google News Lab.

Hands-on workshops, offered from March to August at universities from coast to coast, will offer training on safe drone operations as well as information that drone pilots need to study for the Federal Aviation Administration’s new Part 107 Drone Pilot’s Certificate. In addition, the three-day workshops will focus on the legal and ethical issues of drone journalism, community best practices and coordinated operations in a breaking news environment, as well as explore ways drone photography can be used in innovative storytelling.

“As a certified drone pilot myself, I know how difficult the exam can be for people who have no other pilot training,” said Poynter’s Al Tompkins, who is organizing the workshops. “Our goal is not to make you ‘test-ready’ but to show you what will be on the exam and to give you the fundamental knowledge you will need to study for the test.” Continue reading

How to Fly a Drone – The Ultimate Guide

Whether it’s amateur racing or professional photography, drones can now do plenty of stuff. They can even move things from place to place.

If you’ve got one and you don’t know how to fly it yet, don’t despair – flying a drone isn’t rocket science.

It’s not exactly a walk in the park, either.

The thing is, with a little bit of determination and practice, you’ll soon get the hang of flying your drone.

We’re here to help you with that.


But first – what exactly is a drone? Continue reading