Chinese drones conquered the Czech skies. Pilots are threatening the airport more and more often

The global sales of commercial drones continue to be dominated by the Chinese giant DJI with more than half the market share, although it struggled with its decline, the server said. The Shenzhen-based manufacturer also controls the domestic market. For example, in the e-shop, only sales of the DJI Mavic Mini (or Mini 2) make up half of all drone sales. The machine costs less than ten thousand crowns in the store.

“Sales of drones have been growing for a long time. In previous years, year-on-year increases were around fifteen percent, last year there was a jump of sixty percent, and in the first half of this year alone, sales even increased by eighty percent. In the second half of the year, the deteriorating availability of drones began to show and growth stopped, “says Mallu spokeswoman Pavla Hobíková.

There is a lack of drones for the same reason as laptops, game consoles or phones. Asia is facing a shortage of production capacity and chips.

Drone E15 above the Vršany quarry

Drones in the market range in price from hundreds of crowns to tens of thousands. The FPV model, which DJI presented this spring, is one of the most advanced. The price is close to forty thousand. For this, the user gets up to ten kilometers of range, a maximum speed of up to 140 kilometers per hour, acceleration “from zero to one hundred” in two seconds or 4K video resolution.

“It’s a specific product for a small circle of customers. Sales of this model range in the tens of pieces and have met our expectations, ”adds Hobíková.

Companies are also aware of the usefulness of drones, which can save through them. Film crews can do with a pilot and a cameraman instead of a helicopter, insurance companies use drones to expose millions in fraud. Surveyors use them to map areas, while energy companies control transmission systems.

“The need to fly drones out of the visual range of pilots is constantly growing. More common are missions where medical supplies are delivered to hard-to-reach areas or ‘urban air mobility’ missions. This means that the transport of consignments by drones is very close and is already taking place in some parts of the world, as is the transport of people, ”recalls Jakub Karas, President of the Alliance for the Unmanned Aerospace Industry.

The E15 drone filmed the Štěchovice dam

The massive expansion of the service, in which drones carry goods or people, is prevented in Europe by legislation that differs from country to country. “The issue of the acceptability of the widespread use of drones, for example in the urban environment, will be addressed next year by several large research projects of international consortia,” adds Karas.

As Europe deals with legislation, the United Arab Emirates is already betting on the business potential of drones. They are not limited to “transport”. For example, Dubai hydrologists are using drones to artificially induce rain. They fly with drones to the clouds and send electric shocks into them. These are supposed to cause clumping of clouds and subsequent rain, said the British newspaper Daily Mail.

The Emirates have invested fifteen million dollars in this innovation. A technique called cloud vaccination is being used to increase precipitation totals, and according to experts, a project by scientists at the University of Reading in Britain seems to be working.

Drone E15 above the forest Les Dam

Not only the technological sophistication of drones is growing rapidly, but also the number of cases where pilots threaten other airspace participants. “We are seeing an increase in flights in the immediate vicinity of airports. When a drone is intercepted by an airport detection system, the police, in cooperation with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), intervene and the perpetrator is punished exemplary. Unfortunately, these cases are still increasing, “says Richard Klíma, a spokesman for air traffic control.

The state-owned company therefore launched a campaign “Fly responsibly“, Through which it appeals to the awareness of pilots. It presents the Dronview application, which focuses on pre-flight preparation, and Dronald, which explains the rules of flying.

Fines imposed by the CAA range from thousands to hundreds of thousands. “Every device can be used or abused. With the development of the so-called digital map and the future arrival of new drones on the market, where the new legislation already provides for easier identification of both the operator and the operation itself, it should be easier and faster to assess whether infringements and perpetrators have been identified. ” notes ÚCL spokesman Vítězslav Hezký.

See also the breathtaking drone images photographer Petr Jan Juračka and other E15 drone videos:

Drone E15: Reconstruction of Helfštýn Castle

The E15 drone filmed the reconstruction of the Boskovice dam

The E15 drone mapped the Paris waterworks

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