CQNet is a cross platform application for managing your teams drone operations anywhere, whether you’re a local business or a global multi-national. Choosing data suppliers for a global platform can be a significant challenge. One size doesn’t fit all.
In our latest release we developed features that pull through a list of Airports and Hospitals for the drone operators awareness when mission planning.
What information does a drone operator really need?
Here at Consortiq we have a belief that to develop for drone operators, you should be trained as one. As part of the Consortiq suite of products, that range from consultancy and training to world leading software, all CQNet developers undertake UAV-Air’s UAQ (Unmanned Aircraft Qualification) within their first 6 months.
Why train developers to fly drones?
There’s a lot to learn.
The world of drones is a constantly moving, fast paced and competitive industry, hiring a development team with knowledge of: airspace types and regulations, good airman-ship, sUAS laws, different air frames and operational knowledge is practically impossible. We look for the best developers that fit in with the company ethos and have a desire to learn.
On the UAQ course our developers get to meet their users, other drone operators, and experience the pains of manual flight planning.
Great but how does this help them decide what information a drone operator really needs?
After attending the UAQ course our developers have a greater understanding of the data sources you’d turn to for manually planning your flights in accordance with the UAQ’s course guidelines.
During the course several scenarios are put to the students, one of these really caught our attention.
What actions should be carried out in the event of a flyaway and what information do you need to perform these actions?
In the event of a flyaway, it’s essential to know the directional heading of your air frame and the distance it can cover. Knowing both these pieces of information allows you to contact the relevant air traffic controllers to warn of the potential danger. This means I need to know the nearest ATC’s and therefore, airports, to my flight area.
But why do I need a list of Hospitals?
As a drone operator you’re looking to minimise risk and mitigate against it where possible to enable your team to operate as safely as possible.
As CQNet is a global operations management platform, some of our operators are flying in remote areas in developing countries. In scenarios like this, the difference in distance between hospitals can make a minor injury much more severe. Knowing where you’re going prior to an incident is essential. CQNet does the hard work for you.
Simply plan a mission with a flight area and CQNet will present you with a list of all hospitals within 50 square kilometres.
What pushed this feature to the top of our development pipeline?
As a result of the Gatwick drone incident prior to Christmas, the CAA (the UKs aviation regulatory body) has introduced new regulations regarding the extension of Flight Restriction Zones (FRZs) around UK airports. Operating in major cities such as London has become more of a challenge. Flyaways now have a much higher risk of entering FRZ’s and other controlled airspaces.
We saw the regulatory changes and needed to act fast to keep our operators at the forefront and enable safer operations.