Each of our pilots hold a Remote Pilot Qualification (RPQ-s) and public liability insurance is in place to cover all flights. Every flight undertaken adheres strictly to the Civil Aviation Authority's (CAA) guidelines as well as our own safety procedures set out in our operations manual. All flights are flown with a two person crew consisting of an RPAS Commander and Pilot to maximise safety. Safety is paramount to every operation conducted by Fera.
Through meeting these specifications Fera has been granted Permission for Aerial Work from the CAA.
Before conducting any flight the Fera UAV team will undertake the following:
Paul is a GI Remote Sensing Scientist at Fera with an extensive range of experience in Remote Sensing, Image Processing and GIS analysis. Leading and contributing to an assortment of projects including; UAV tree species classification for inspection targeting, agricultural land cover mapping for Defra, a temporal palm tree health study in Mozambique and individual crop counting from UAV data for future yield estimating. Prior to joining Fera in early 2014 Paul worked for Airbus Defence & Space, gaining a wealth of experience from a broad variety of Remote Sensing and GIS consultancy projects. Paul is also a CAA-approved commercial UAV operator.
Lee's background is in GIS, spatial data analysis and cartography. Lee has been working in the geospatial field for over 10 years, he is a Chartered Geographer, specialising in GIS and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Lee's recent work at Fera has focused on developing a mobile data collection solution for field workers using hand held GPS devices, smartphones and tablets. Current focus is around the use of web mapping and web applications for the dissemination of imagery and spatial data. Lee is also a CAA-approved commercial UAV operator.
The Quest Q-200 AGRI PRO is our fixed wing UAV. It is capable of carrying a twin sensor payload able to collect multispectral imagery at a resolution of 2.5 - 5 cm, depending on the altitude flown. Its fixed-wing design means it is able to fly for longer and faster than rotary UAVs and in wind speeds up to 25mph. The Q200 is flown with a two person flight crew consisting of a RPAS-Commander and a UAV Pilot.
|Type||Fixed-wing, single electric motor|
|Maximum Take-Off Mass (MTOM)||5.7kg|
|Maximum flight time||
|Maximum surface wind for take-off||20mph / gusts 25mph|
|Crew||2 person - Remote pilot and ground station Commander|
|Sensor type||Twin Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 10.1 MP|
|Imagery bands||Blue, green, red, near infrared|
|XYZ Accuracy||Directly comparable to GPS unit used for ground control collection - project dependant|
Remote Sensing and Imagery Analysis Software
Please contact the Business Development team on +44 (0)1904 465731 or e-mail us at UAV@fera.co.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1904 465731
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