Beware of the Drone Cowboys

Feb 20, 2021

According to an article in the publication New Civil Engineer, (click here to view), changes to the use of Drones regulations on December 31st 2020 could mean that amateur and unqualified drone operators could enter the expanding drone inspection and surveying market, quoting ‘bargain-basement rates’ for their work.

The reason for this is that in the new regulations there is no longer any distinction whatsoever between commercial and recreational flying. The new law states that any pilot using a drone weighing over 250grammes needs to complete the CAA’s official drone theory test in order to receive a digital flyer ID. This does streamline legislation, but drones are now classed as low, medium or high risk largely dependent on their size and capabilities, and with most drones being in the low-risk category, it opens up the commercial market to much smaller, potentially amateur operatives.


In the civils and construction marketplace where drones are being used more extensively to provide accurate measurements and quality data to a high standard, the use of hobbyist and unqualified drone operatives could be ultimately be damaging to civil infrastructure.

At Networx3, with highly qualified and experienced drone pilots using state-of-the-art drones (the Sky Mantis for external survey’s and the Elios2 for internal) and drone technology, we can provide the detailed information required by the construction and civils industry to do their work effectively.

Our mantra is to provide a highly professional service at a reasonable price. We welcome competition, but our capabilities, equipment and professionalism need to be comparable.

Not only do we have relevant experience in the construction industry but unique in the UK in having our own purpose-built and specified vehicle to take to drone inspection assignments. Our customers can be with us to direct the flight of the drone to get the exact images needed, and this data is easily shared with colleagues.

Please call us or email us to discuss your particular requirements.

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