June 2016 | National Drones

360° camera revolutionises inspections

National Drones, Australia’s first aerial photography, aerial videography, aerial spotting and aerial surveillance franchised business system has introduced the Ricoh Theta 360 camera to its fleet of drone services operating throughout the country. The 360 degree Ricoh camera uses two fisheye lenses on each side of the camera stick and automatically stitches images into an interactive panorama suitable for viewing on a standard computer, iPad or iPhone screen, or through new VR (virtual device) technologies such as the Samsung Galaxy VR or Google Cardboard.

Kevin Scrimshaw, CEO of National Drones, said that the Ricoh Theta 360 camera is a “new world technology” that revolutionizes conventional photo and video capture, and will add significant value to the company’s building and asset inspection services. He said that the camera’s ability to shoot 360 degrees would reduce the need for a drone’s flight path to be repeated in order not to miss any part of the inspection footprint. Currently, where a conventional camera is required to be directed on a specific part of a building or asset, it can now fly past the inspected area only once, capturing everything on all elevations. This footage can be assessed by the client at leisure, with the added benefit of being able to zoom in to a specific area or defect for further assessment.

“We expect the current interest in drone services to continue to develop, as more businesses begin to realise the potential that drone services offer in cutting costs, delivering efficiencies and saving time. The Ricoh Theta 360 camera will continue to develop to become an important tool in asset and infrastructure inspections throughout the world,” Scrimshaw explained.

National Drones’ franchisees conduct drone inspection services in most states of Australia including Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane Adelaide and Darwin. To discuss a specific drone asset or building inspection, contact can be made by calling 1300 SKYVIEW. (1300 759 843)

6 Things to consider before hiring a drone pilot

More and more people are discovering the enormous potential of drones. When hiring a drone pilot, be aware that currently it is against CASA (Civil Aviation Safety Authority) regulations to fly a drone for commercial gain unless you have the required certification. Both the pilot flying the actual drone, and the business that is conducting the operation require such certification. Remember that when it comes to drone operations, safety always comes first.

Here are 6 things that simply can’t be ignored.


certified logoCheck the operator’s certifications. Don’t judge by possession.  It would be unwise of you to consider a person a professional drone pilot simply because you saw them with a GoPro mounted to a drone. The pilot of a drone must have a UAV Controllers certificate, and the business must have a UAV Operators Certificate (UOC).


insurance symbolCheck a UAV operator’s insurance. Public Liability Insurance for UAV’s is ONLY available to certified operators. Important to note that drones have the potential to bring down a passenger plane. They also have multiple rotor blades spinning at up to 12,000 RPM and have the potential to inflict terrible injury to people and damage to property. A drone operator having insurance is vital.


experience symbolCheck a drone operator’s experience. Being a wiz at flying a drone is often not enough. Other skills such as knowing how to inspect buildings, knowing thermal imaging, being experienced in cinematography, cutting, editing and finishing should all form part of a productive drone operator’s service.


procedure symbolCheck that policies and procedures are in place within a drone operator’s business. Always request confirmation that there are policies and procedures in place to ensure safe drone flying operations. Operators should follow the CASA rules and have procedures for flight plans and flight logs, as well as understanding how to manage any potential privacy issues. Always request to see the drone operator’s flight authorisation documents. These will summarise the flight operation and will include sign off from the Chief Pilot in charge of the operation.


safety symbolCheck that a JSA (job safety assessment) has been prepared. Preparing a JSA is part of the UAV regulations for each and every flight. Always request a copy of the risk assessment and job safety assessment from the drone pilot.


thinking symbolAlways consider the place you are wanting to film or inspect. Is the drone operation over a populated area, city or restricted area? Is it near a military zone or close to an airport? Always ask the operator to check whether the area is safe to fly in. It will form part of the flight authorisation documentation as stated earlier. Consider that one of the main concerns from the general public regarding the use of drones for photography is privacy. Any operations must comply with the privacy act of 1988.

National Drones is set to become Australia’s safest, most recognized, aerial photography and aerial service provider utilizing drones. We are committed to conducting our business, conducting our flights and conducting ourselves in a way that earns admiration and is beyond reproach.

Call National Drones today to book a free demonstration to discover how using one of National Drones fully insured, licenced and experienced UAV controllers can help you cut costs, deliver efficiencies and save time.

Thermal Imaging to Revolutionise Inspections

National Drones have taken delivery of the FLIR Zenmuse XT thermal imaging cameras that will revolutionise inspection of buildings and solar panels alike. FLIR, the world’s leading Infrared, thermal imaging technology company in conjunction with DJI, the world’s leading drone manufacturer, have combined technologies to produce the ultimate solution for rapid and reliable aerial thermal imaging. At National Drones our thermal imaging services will allow our clients to see normally invisible variations in temperature and it will provide the user with an indication of damaged equipment or defects within buildings.

This new state of the art service will locate defects in buildings and equipment that previously have not been accessibly available or affordable. With pinpoint precision, our new cameras will be able to capture defects over large areas and be capable of saving data for detailed analysis and reporting.

Originally developed for military use, thermal imaging cameras have developed somewhat and are now being used in many other fields. Firefighters use them to see through smoke, find people and localise hotspots. Police use the technology to manage surveillance activities, locate and apprehend suspects, investigate crime scenes and conduct search and rescue operations. Power line maintenance technicians locate overheating joints to eliminate potential failures and building construction managers can see heat leaks in order to improve the efficiencies of cooling or heating. Other mainstream uses will include solar panel inspections, assessing the efficiencies of the equipment.

Thermal imaging image

National Drones are developing a team of fully insured, CASA certified UAV controllers across Australia, eager to assist you in any aerial thermal imaging applications you require. Call the National Drones office today on 1300 759 843

Visit us in Brisbane at the Franchising Expo.

National Drones is excited to announce that we will be at the Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo in Brisbane at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre from 23-24 July 2016. If you are considering a career change and can’t bear the thought of being tied to a desk job, like the idea of working outdoors but don’t want to get your hands dirty and are craving variety in your workday, visit us at the Franchise & Business Opportunities Expo in Brisbane where you’ll have the opportunity to meet Kevin and Brad to discuss your interest in becoming a National Drones franchisee.

Learn more about our best in class training programs, advanced technology, sophisticated business processes and targeted, effective marketing systems that give franchisees the skills, tools and support they need to thrive in this exciting growth-phase industry of drone services, aerial photography and drone asset inspections.

Send us an email to skyview@nationaldrones.com.au and we’ll be more than happy to send you a FREE ticket to the Expo.

Drones – The Future of Asset Inspections

National Drones has recently conducted a series of aerial surveys of multi-level buildings, providing high definition imaging and 3D modelling. These services enable asset managers to conduct a superior level of assessment of an asset’s condition, post inspection. Our 3D imaging services enable our clients to assess the data at their leisure with the luxury of being able to zoom into specific areas of the asset. Not only does the use of drone technology provide a number of substantial improvements over traditional inspection methods,  but the cost is significantly lower when compared to previous access methods such as rope access and/or gantries.
Across Australia and around the world, aerial drones are being deployed to conduct asset and infrastructure inspections over traditional methods of manual inspection. The use of drones to inspect assets provides a number of advantages including vast improvements in safety, substantial cost savings and much improved data presentation and quality. Asset owners globally manage and maintain a vast array of infrastructure and as such assets age, it is vital to prevent faults, interruptions to service and reduce accidents and damage.
To learn more about our 3D modelling surveys and asset inspections, call the National Drones office today on 1300 759 843.

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