Commercial & Professional Multirotors
Welcome to our Commercial User section - for the Professional UAV Pilot
Drones and UAVs - what are they?Drone/UAV/quadcopter/quadrocopter/multirotor - there are a number of names for them, but usually they relate to the same thing. And on this website we are talking about Remote Piloted Aircraft that fly using multiple motors and propellers, and a flight controller that provides in-flight stabilisation.
With considerable advancements in flight and camera gimbal stabilisation technology (among other innovations), the accessibility of multirotor platforms for business users has been rising rapidly across a range of commercial applications and user types. In the UK commercial operators of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) must attain a permission from the CAA to fly for ‘aerial work’. This is only issued to those that have successfully completed the necessary skills and knowledge course run by a CAA approved National Qualified Entity (NQE)
In this section we look at both flying camera systems (“drones”) and UAV platforms, as well as the professional grade handheld camera gimbal systems for video and film production.
How do businesses use drones?
Business has woken up to the value of the ‘drone economy’. With companies such as Amazon embarking on a recruitment drive for drone pilots for their new delivery drones, airspace may never be the same again! However, there are a number of uses for the drone technologies that have been in play from a commercial perspective for a fair few years now - from the emergency services to music video, TV and film production, mapping in sectors including agriculture and oil & gas and surveying, through to fields such as photojournalism delivering unique content and perspectives.
ManufacturersA few of the leading multirotor manufacturers include:
This market leading Shenzhen based company has been launching offices globally over the last two years to manage the huge demand for its range of intermediate to professional quadcopter and multicopter products (including the high-end professional level S-series models, and the launch of the new DJI Inspire 1 and DJI Phantom series). DJI also have a range of highly acclaimed stabilised gimbals for their multirotor platforms, as well as professional handheld camera gimbal systems.
USA based and with the backing of ex-Wired magazine editor, Chris Anderson, this company has recently launched the 3DR Solo quadcopter as a prosumer level, ready-to-fly unit. The Solo has considerable integration with the GoPro action camera and elevates the technology as one of the first quadcopters with built in features for automated flight, known as SmartShots.
With platforms such as the Tornado H920 offers a top build quality product with a ready-to-fly feature package and all in one ground-station and radio controller. It's an amazing piece of multirotor technology that is ideal for an professional UAV pilot seeking a reliable DSLR payload solution, or using the new Panasonic GH4 integrated solution.
Flying drones for businessTo reiterate the information mentioned above - when you are flying drones within a commercial/business purpose then you may have to adhere to rules and restrictions enforced by the authorities in your country. For example, here in the UK there is strict regulation on the use of UAVs for ‘Aerial Work’ by the CAA.
New pilots, who may be looking to develop their knowledge in the lead up to approaching an approved NQE may want to firstly review our Drone Pilots Guide as a first stop with some free information.
Continue here to better understand which multirotor is right for your business