The UAV industry is relatively new but more people are switching on to the potential applications of drones, including those involved in search & rescue and also humanitarian aid. How do drones help though?
We’ve all heard the stories in the media, the ones where people have been flying drones stupidly, putting others in danger in the process. It’s not often you get to hear about the good that drones can do, when used responsibly and safely. Perhaps the most positive of applications of drone technology is in search & rescue and humanitarian aid. Whether it be firefighting, search & rescue, disaster response or for surveillance purposes, drones do have a part to play and can provide real benefits.
The Benefits of using drones in SAR and Humanitarian Aid Operations
Much cheaper to run when compared with full sized aircraft. Less financial risk and no risk to personnel from flying. There is less outlay for the drones, personnel training and maintenance. Although there are limitations with drones when compared with full sized aircraft, there are still definite benefits.
- Real time data
Small unmanned aerial vehicles (SUAV) are equipped with modern camera equipment, they can also be equipped with thermal imaging cameras. This offers those managing the operations a real time source of imaging and data from which to work with.
- Situational overview
In SAR and aid operations, having a greater level of situational awareness allows those managing the operations to assign resources and direct efforts much more effectively. By utilising drones, the aerial overview provides obvious real benefits.
- Deployment time
Drones can be carried in vehicles or even in backpacks and deployed in minutes, they can be operational well before full sized aircraft are on site.
Eye in sky media is involved
We have the equipment, we are trained commercial drone operators and we want to put the equipment and our skills to good use, in addition to providing the commercial services we do. We’re registered with UAViators, the Humanitarian UAV Network.With over 2,800 members in 120+ countries, their mission is to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAVs for data collection and cargo delivery in a wide range of humanitarian and development settings. Stuart has registered as a member of the flight team and if the need arises he’s prepared to offer his assistance in any disaster or humanitarian crisis where the use of drones may help. He conducts regular training missions to reflect the search and rescue aspects of drone operation, to ensure he’s ready if the call comes.
Examples of drones being put to great use!