Both U.S and UK Continue Seeing Drone Regulation To Keep The Airspace Safe For All

Both U.S and UK continue seeing drone regulation from organizations like the FAA to prevent an unforeseen accident or trouble with pilots that could be breaking the law.

We’ve put together this handy guide, with some of the major dos, and importantly, dont’s of surveying with a UAV.

Specifically, we’re talking about using the new SLAM-based ZEB Horizon solution, which as well as being a hand scanner, can also be drone-mounted.

The Do’s

  • Do ensure you have the correct license to fly a UAV and permission from the land owner. You can find out more information about regulations on the CAA website.
  • Do ensure you carry out all pre-flight checks – ensure that there are no hanging cables or loose objects which could interfere with the propellers.
  • Do fly in a grid pattern (perpendicular to the ground), to ensure best coverage, and make sure take off and landing location are in the same position to close the loop required for SLAM to work.
  • Do ensure feature-rich overlap between different scans (at least 20%) – which you can merge together later on in GeoSLAM HUB software.
  • Do use items/features for SLAM feature identification. The ZEB-HORIZON uses features within a 40m range for positioning. Prior to take off, we recommend positioning a feature such as a heavy-duty transport case, a car or tree within 30m of the UAV, in order to ‘fix’ its take off position.
  • If time allows, consider flying the same project at two different heights above ground (maximum 50m). This allows for the same features to be captured from two different incident angles, ensuring excellent coverage.

Our unique “go-anywhere” technology is adaptable to all environments especially spaces that are indoor, underground or difficult to access, providing accurate 3D mapping without the need for GPS.

ZEB-HORIZON uses features within a 40m range for positioning.

The Don’ts

  • Don’t waste time carrying out IMU initialization routines – it’s not necessary! You can use all the flight time to collect data, ensuring you keep time on site to a minimum.
  • Don’t worry about the horizontal direction the ZEB HORIZON is facing. The 360◦ rotating head of the scanner ensures full coverage.
  • Don’t allow the UAV to make abrupt attitude and acceleration changes – a smooth and steady flightpath will ensure a nice, even distribution of points.
  • Don’t fly near to airports. In the UK, it is illegal to fly a drone within 1km (3280ft) of an airport perimeter, and no higher than 122m (400ft). These distances will vary by country – so make sure to check the laws where you are before taking flight.
  • Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you want to find out more about aerial surveying with the ZEB HORIZON.

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Glossary of Terms

ALS: Airborne Laser Scanning

CAA: Civil Aviation Authority

GNSS: Global Navigation Satellite System – a global satellite system used to pinpoint the location of a receiver on earth

LiDAR: Light Detection And Ranging – a method of surveying which utilizes pulses of laser light, reflected off surfaces and back to a sensor, to measure distance

SLAM: Simultaneous Localization And Mapping – an algorithm that locates a device within an environment, and simultaneously maps that environment – without requiring satellite signals.

UAV: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (a drone)

ZEB HORIZON: The latest mobile mapping solution from GeoSLAM, find out more at

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Along with these do’s and don’ts of aerial flight drones with UAV we’ve also prepared a brochure with some of our favorite GeoSLAM products for you!

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Panoscan presents the GeoSLAM ZEB Horizon.

The ultimate LiDAR Scanner on the market today.

This device can scan and map in 2D & 3D.

Soaring at up to 20 MPH on a drone and accurate within 2cm.

The ZEB Horizon is at the top of it’s class among the competition and has a family of lidar scanning devices + software that work in real-time!

The best part is they save you time and money in your business for you & your team!

PLUS, you get your data in real-time so you can put it to work for you however you need as simple as inserting a flash drive to access data on the go or in the office.

AND… This thing is FAST, capturing 300,000 data points per rotation from in your hand or mounted on a drone.

Now is the time to see for yourself up close and in-person just what this thing can do!

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About the Author

Larry Peters is the CMO and Chief Contributor to the Panoscan Blog. Connect with Larry on Instagram @Panoscan_Inc

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