Drone schools in full flight

Drone schools in full flight

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With a number of WA’s biggest businesses relying on unmanned drones to reduce surveying and inspection costs, new schools are teaching drone pilots how to fly.  The sharp uptake of remotely controlled drone technology is creating a niche industry in Western Australia, with new local businesses training pilots for a growing number of commercial licences.

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Drone schools in full flight – Global Drone Solutions

 

Global Drone Solutions is the brainchild of Mahmood Hussein, a former turnaround specialist, who has set up his business and training school in Applecross.

 

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Mr Hussein said the biggest uptake of drone technology was in the agriculture, construction, and mining sectors, including offshore oil and gas, where shutdowns to inspect safety flares could be expensive and required significant inputs of time and labour.  

 

There were many other, less industrial, uses for drones, Mr Hussein said, such as for wedding photography.  “The applications are only limited by our imagination; every day you’re seeing new applications introduced,” Mr Hussein said.

 

 - 31/10/2016

Perth home to top gun drone pilot schools

VETTI KAKULAS, Business Reporter, PerthNow

October 26, 2016 11:53am

 IT’S the pilot school where you keep your feet on the ground, but get to finesse your flying skills, just like Goose or Maverick of Top Gun.

Perth is home to two schools for top drone pilots, with the students’ aviator sunglasses trained on six figure salaries.

With the best operators earning up to $150,000 a year and demand for drone imagery soaring, the profession is taking off.

IT’S the pilot school where you keep your feet on the ground, but get to finesse your flying skills, just like Goose or Maverick of Top Gun.

Perth is home to two schools for top drone pilots, with the students’ aviator sunglasses trained on six figure salaries.

With the best operators earning up to $150,000 a year and demand for drone imagery soaring, the profession is taking off.

Global Drone Solutions chief executive Mahmood Hussein, who runs a pilot school in Applecross, said demand for drone services had “skyrocketed” in the mining, real estate, photography, transport and delivery industries.

 - 27/10/2016

New drone pilots have great future ahead

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New drone pilots carving satisfying and diverse careers

New drone pilots have great future ahead

Newly trained drone pilots are putting their skills in the air for a satisfying new career.

Sunday Times reporter, Vetti Kakulas spoke to recent Global Drones Solutions graduates and found that they have carved diverse careers from aerial imaging to agriculture using this technology.

Chris Garnaut finished the course a month ago and as started his own aerial photography business, WAabove. Meanwhile another graduate, Stephen Feast is using the technology to treat precise farm areas, increasing production while reducing the use and wastage of chemicals.

Vetti herself took to the skies for the first time and found controlling a drone was much easier than expected.

 

 - 25/10/2016

Promoting tourism with drones

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Drones and tourism

Promoting tourism with drones

Every tourist operator seeks to stand out from the crowd and there is no better way of promoting tourism than by using drones. Drones are making the best tourist destinations look even better by capturing unique and creative images from the sky.

Drone expert Mahmood Hussein said “Promoting tourism hot-spots has never  been easier or better than by sending up a drone to capture a unique view, an amazing event or just tourists enjoying what is on offer from a different perspective.”

Imagine footage following a camel train walking down Cable Beach, Broome with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean. Or footage tracking a dolphin pod in the estuary; or maybe a birds-eye view of a gorge, stunning wild flowers or a fabulous resort.

The possibilities are as endless as the beauty of this country.

 

 - 12/10/2016

Shark-spotting drones to be trialled at WA beaches

Shark-spotting drones to be trialled at WA beaches

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Drones will be used by SLSWA to spot sharks off our coast.
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Shark-spotting drone trials

Is it a bird…?  Is it a plane…? NO! It’s a drone and it’s keeping an eye out for sharks along our coastline this summer.

In a first, Surf Life Saving WA will conduct a three-month trial of drone surveillance thanks to a one-off $88,000 grant from the State Government.

 

Under the trial, a small drone equipped with a high definition camera will stream live pictures back to SLSWA operators.

Global Drones Solutions CEO Mahmood Hussein says using drones would save the state a lot of money in the long run.

He spoke with Adam Shand.

 

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 - 10/10/2016

Drone laws relaxed

Drone laws relaxed

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Will drones take over our skies? Photo: Qilai Shen

 

The rules governing the use of drones for commercial purposes have been relaxed – what does this mean for the general public?

But the Australian Federation of Air Pilots has warned the relaxed system is too permissive and will encourage unlicensed drone operators to “fly anywhere”.  Even small drones under two kilograms, to which the new regulations apply, can reach heights of up to 4000 feet and interfere with commercial flight paths.

Mahmood Hussein, CEO from Global Drone Solutions, busts a few myths and explained the changes.

 

 

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 - 06/10/2016

Successfully develop relationships in export markets

Successfully develop relationships in export markets

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Mahmood Hussein was raised in Yorkshire, but is now CEO Global Drone Solutions in Perth, Australia. His perspective on overseas success is slightly different.

“The most difficult thing is that belief in yourself and your product, combined with the fear of the unknown.” But you can mitigate this, he says: “Research the market and potential partners and clients. Don’t sign distribution and partnership contracts until results have been delivered, many companies promise the earth and don’t deliver.

Export markets

Hussein adds that he would suggest a six-month flexible agreement linked to KPIs to be achieved, before signing an annual agreement or partnership.

“Plan for flexible travel with plan A, B and C in place. Plan to spend more time in the market, at least once every six months. This is an area where many entrepreneurs get caught short, as they only plan on being in the market once a year or even 18 months – they find their products don’t get traction in the market and then have to allocate more resources to fix the issue.”

 

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 - 30/09/2016

Keeping your drone flying street legal – new CASA regulations

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Got a drone?
Want to fly it in Australia?
Legally?

It’s all about the regulations.

Well you can, but first up you need to make sure you abide by the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CASA) rules to ensure that you, the general public and anyone else in the sky stays safe – and those rules just changed today.

There has been a huge buzz around drones over the last twelve months, they’ve gone from being expensive toys to a standard working tool for a whole host of industries from mining, oil and gas, through real estate and wedding and sports events to name but a few.

This explosion in the take up of drones, both for commercial and private use has spurred CASA to update and clarify the rules around operating drones in Australia. The rules depend on whether you are flying for fun or commercial gain.

Based on this CASA breaks drone flying down into three distinct categories:

 - 29/09/2016
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