Below you can download previous versions of our newsletters
Should you wish to sign up to furture newsletters please Sign Up Here
Watch this space!
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) purchase two Prion Mk3 drones from UAVE Limited to be deployed at their science research station, Rothera, during the 2016/2017 summer work season on the Antarctic continent. The contract includes theory and drone operations training to be conducted at the company's new office facility in West Wales combined with flight operations training of a field crew for drone surveying to be conducted at the dedicated segregated drone airspace of West Wales Airfield, Aberporth.
UAVE Limited is pleased that this new award bolsters further our association with the use of the Prion aircraft for scientific surveying purposes which are anticipated to be many and varied across Antarctica. The long range flight endurance characteristic of the Prion is known to have been key to the decision process of the BAS in awarding this contract. The tried and tested Prion Mk3 aircraft as presented at the 2014 Farnborough Air-show by the company MD Phillip Slater are being manufactured in West Wales with all essential aircraft components being sourced from within the UK. The application of this aircraft platform to UK offshore wind farm operations and meteorological / air quality monitoring applications is actively being pursued by the company at this time.
Meeting the BAS at Bourn for demonstration flights
We purchased our new VW grafter transport van fitted with flat panel display units in the rear as a mobile base station!
To help shorten product development cycles it was decided that in the final quarter of 2015 we would relocate the manufacturing workshop from Dorset to a new workshop facility adjacent to our new training facility, our administration offices and our development test flight airfield WWA. The new workshop is a larger facility than the previous unit allowing for several aircraft to be work on simultaneously.
With roller doors on two sides of the workshop and a covered loading bay we can man handle the aircraft assembled, and run up newly built engines on the engine test bed whilst under cover and protected from the elements without the carbon monoxide poisoning of working in confined spaces!
Work on the new training facility was completed in November 2015. The facility can be configured for the training of up to 8 persons simultaneously and benefits from flight simulators, video playback facility and a networked environment.
The training school adopts our in house training manual for both the manual pilot (or safety pilot) and the ground station operator (or autopilot operator). The pilot training school combines theory, a taught course with flight simulators and practical flight exercises with a variety of different sized aircraft ranging from small RC model aircraft to eventually (and with satisfactory progress) the full sized Prion Mk3.
The location of the pilot training facility is at our office and workshop in West Wales with the exception of the final elements of the course which comprise high altitude long flight endurance sorties with the Prion Mk3 to be undertaken at West Wales Airfield dedicated UAV centre which has the ability to implement segregated airspace for that purpose.
West Wales Airfield dedicated UAV centre which has the ability to implement segregated airspace.