My name is Ben Lovegrove and I first registered the domain droneuav.co.uk in 2012. I used it as a blog about the emerging drone technology but eventually sold it along with some other domains in the same niche. In 2022 I noticed that the domain was for sale again so I bought it back and created this new blog all about drones and UAV.
My main blog is benlovegrove.com in which I write about aviation, air travel, and urban air mobility among other things. There you will find short articles about everything from the comparisons between the LAPL vs PPL licences in the UK, to estimates of the UK to Maldives flight time and the airports that exist on those islands.
My interest in drones began in 2012 when I first noticed that quadcopters were becoming popular. It was one of those times during which a new technology gains a foothold and you realise it could be something big, perhaps the NBT (next big thing).
- RPQ-s (Remote Pilot Qualification – small) course run by the Resource Group in the UK (2014)
- PfAW (Permission for Aerial Work) approved by the CAA (2014)
- Completed courses run by Unmanned Experts (2014)
- Private Pilots Licence 1991
- City & Guilds in Aviation Studies (Farnborough, 1990)
Unmanned Experts Training
Some of the courses I completed in 2014 included these introductory courses provided by the Unmanned Experts under the instruction of Kevin Gambold.
remote Pilot Qualification
I completed the ground school and practical flight assessment in the second half of 2014 with the Resource Group. The ground school was in a conference room in a hotel in Bournemouth and the flight assessment was at Aston Down airfield, a few miles north west of Cotswold Airport.
At first, I was a drone reseller supplying drones through the website CopterDrones.co.uk. I sold exclusively DJI Innovations products and managed to sell a reasonable number of Phantom, Phantom 2, Phantom FC40, Phantom Vision, and Phantom Vision+ quadcopters.
Eventually, having been through the necessary training, gained a PfAW (Permission for Aerial Work) from the CAA. At the time there were less than 150 companies and individuals on the CAA’s list of PfAW holders. A few years later the PfAW was replaced by the PfCO (Permission for Commercial Operations).
With the legal formalities sorted out I then started a part time aerial photography company called Wessex Aerial Photography and for a couple of years I made aerial videos and took aerial photos for clients.
“The filming and the film ticked all the boxes and was very well received.”~ MA, former Wessex Aerial Photography client
However, all this was going on in my spare time and I had to make a choice. Should I take the risk and commit fully to a fledgling drone business or stick with my career it IT? For many good reasons I chose the latter and eventually sold all the drone related domains. I distilled everything I had learned about creating and running a drone business into a short course which continues to attract new students and which has received a healthy average of positive testimonials from them.
However, there’s still room for some interest so here again is droneuav.co.uk.
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