Result of our Competition to win a Free Drone Training Course

The Results are here!

Our competition to win a Free Drone training course has finished, and we thank all of you who took the time to share your ideas on how best to use Drones to help the society.

We have had some great suggestions, but as with any competition there can only be one winner.

We have reviewed all the entries, and it has not been an easy decision, however we hope that everybody have enjoyed taking part, and that everybody will succeed in their mission to do good using Drones.

It is safe to say that we have seen the Drone industry evolve extremely fast, with new ideas and applications being introduced all the time. It is with this I mind that we have chosen our lucky winner of our Drone Training course.

We are pleased to announce that our winner of a free Drone Training Course is Matt Ryall, based on his idea to use Drones to aid the visually impaired.
We thought that this was a very unusual and very original idea. There are some limitations in its application as the legislation is at the moment, as Matt points out, however as the technology and legislation improves the idea could become a reality very similar to that of Google maps - mapping out obstacles on streets giving the visually impaired a real opportunity to sense obstacles around them in the future.

So congratulations Matt, we look forward to seeing you at Newbury on the 15-17 October.

Below is the winning suggestion

One could use a drone to help the visually impaired get around. There are 2 million people living with sight loss in the UK alone. A drone could scan an area, particularly public places or public buildings using lidar and save it as a software. Small obstacles such as bollards and sign posts could also be included. The visually impaired person could have a wearable directing one around from the data from the software, using vibration as a feed back rather than sound- which could be distracting. Although the area being scanned would have to be closed to the public- as a health and safety measure, a drone would make quick work of it.

Matt was not the only one with a good suggestion; closely behind Matt came the following two entries:

By Gabriel

I would like to use drones to help with the bees/pollination crisis our world is facing. It's public that the constant decrease in bees population is affecting our ecosystem, less bees means a lower level of pollination and if things don't change the future looks pretty grim... In the last few years micro drones that rely on piezo actuators have been developed, these machines can actually do what bees do, they are extremely small and light, unfortunately they need to rely on a tether as there is no battery light enough to power these machines. I would like to help society developing and using multicopters as bigger units that could be used as 'mothership' and hover while a lot of tiny tentacles-like micro drones pollinate the crops.


By Andy (Andy managed to achieve an impressive 159 likes on Facebook)

I'd love to carry out my drone training with UAVAir so that I can support my local Scout Groups, Districts and County to supply low cost filming of Scouting events.

In the top ten were also the following in no particular order


I would use drones to inspect wind turbines and solar panels saving time and money in their maintenance, making the world a cleaner place


I intend to use my drone and the footage that I record to explain the need for better infrastructure and support for rural areas, in order for such regions to attract the investment and businesses that will be -economically beneficial for the country. I want to bring to the fore women’s viewpoints on the decline in rural infrastructure and the implications this has for the future economy of not only rural areas but the country as a whole. Drone footage can highlight many of the issues that are of particular concern to women, and also to many men – the ease of transport from home to school, provision of service centres, access to work, social arrangements that people in cities would take for granted. The drone sector currently is extremely underrepresented by women. I would like to be a role model to enable other women to realise what a huge asset a different perspective can bring i.e. “from the air” Receiving this wonderful prize would be a step forward for both of these aspirations. It would also give me a firm grounding in competently flying my drone and enable me to charge for footage that would be used to support and develop the project.


We hope that others will be inspired by the many good suggestions on how to use Drones to  help and support our society.

I would use my 6 years UAV drone flying experience, to be called upon by Search & rescue, 3D modelling, real estate, for stock photos & video, aerial surveys and what better way to see the world from a different perspective.


 I'd use my drone to show the public how beautiful the world looks from above. (Received 21 likes)


I would use drones to engage the most vulnerable young people in society. Enabling projects which would cover a variety of things such as art and design of UAV's, hard to reach photography, monitoring of environment and agriculture. In the words of George Washington " education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom",education doesn't suit every young person. So why not use new technologies to support and engage learning and develop skills.


Buy winning this i could film local new and up and coming small business and young artists with a new complete look that will help them on there way to a successful future. Sharing a new perspective on filming plus having a CAA Approved qualification From UV Air it would be all above board and in the safest way.from a complete and refreshing way this would defiantly attract a new audience.


From twitter

I'd use a drone to help deliver super fast broadband to rural areas drones work well for checking line of sight. #drones #training


Why not have a look on our website to check out our fully CAA approved and BNUC / RPQ equivalent UAQ Training Courses.

Once again the team at UAVAir will like to thank everybody for taking part and to those of you who didn’t win this time, we hope you will consider pursuing a career in unmanned aviation.

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