Helicopter pilots soon “uberised” by drones?

HelifilmTo get from Nice airport to Monaco, nothing better than a helicopter ride. But if it is to rotate aerial views for an advertisement for a movie, whether it is to inspect the condition of a pipeline, a bridge, a railway track , the drone appears to be a formidable competitor to the helicopter. A study by the European Union believes that in the next 10 years, 10% of the value of the civil aviation market will be captured by drones, amounting to 15 billion euros per year that will pass driver to the robot.

Multiple aerial work tasks will be performed by drones

The operators of European helicopters are currently purchasing drones to not let some of their traditional markets escape.

The operators of European helicopters are currently purchasing drones to not let some of their traditional markets escape. (Photo: Airbus Helicopters)

He will be the UAV to the helicopter pilot that Uber is the taxi driver? They want it or not, they risk being dispossessed of many aerial work tasks that meet their logbook today. In addition to military applications, it is the governments that will show the most fond of drones. Coastguards, border guards and police missions will increasingly make use of drones. Even finding next fight against fires. The water bombers will not be replaced by drones soon, for reconnaissance flights against and watch over the forest will sooner or later. Third seekers sector, energy, either to inspect electrical distribution networks and oil infrastructure, the drone will get a place. This is already the case in agriculture via imaging of the plots, but this role will expand soon to application. 2,600 copies of RMax drone Yamaha are already actively used in this role in Japan and the Japanese hope now exported this miniature helicopter out of the archipelago. Other uses, such as telecom relay, climate monitoring and pollution levels, mapping and response to natural disasters will be more anecdotal.

European operators of helicopters in turn buy drones


The drone has already established itself on the market of shooting, especially for film and advertising (Photo: HeliOptics)

If the progression of the military drone market is relatively predictable, it is far from the case of civil markets where regulatory developments will play a key role in the extent of its economic takeoff. For operators of civil helicopters, what to do? Burning drones which accompany this change? Questioned by AINonline Laurent Caillard, chief pilot and director of operations of Air Marine recommends that helicopter operators to purchase drones or rather RPAS (Remotely piloted aircraft systems as they are known among professionals), just as it did so to offer a wider range of services. The drones, complement the helicopter for some tasks, it seems pretty obvious although the drones will not replace helicopters to a number of tasks where accuracy is essential, including mountain flying, long-distance flights and transport of goods where the limit of 150 kg deprives flying robots of many application. Last, highlighted by Laurent Caillard, the low reliability of the drone that, with an average of an accident every twenty flight hours is limited to short flights.

Translation : Bing Translate

Sources :

“European Helo Operators Mull Using Drones”, AINonline, August 17, 2015

“Remotely Piloted Aviation Systems (RPAS) – Frequently Asked Questions”, Communiqué de presse de l’Union Européenne, April 8, 2014


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