Introduction

Known by many names, including RPA or UAV; a drone is an airborne platform that can be used to perform a wide variety of tasks. Drones can help provide you with the information needed to make decisions in your work.

UPG has been in the drone industry for over 5 years and now has a robust product offering from senseFly, who's eBee collection of drones are the worlds most widely-used aerial mapping tools, and DJI supplying multirotor drones from entry to advanced levels.

With a specialist team who sell, train, support and operate its UAV portfolio; we’re excellently placed to help you understand what kind of solution might be appropriate for your project, how it can integrate into an existing workflow and what’s involved in developing or improving a UAV capability.

Lorenzo Forte
Chief Remote Pilot, Chief Flying Instructor and Maintenance Controller

Lorenzo joined UPG Flight School in April, 2016 and runs the CASA-approved RePL course, among many other roles.

He also develops material for the RePL and drone courses, and manages a team of four remote pilots and a fleet of 10 remotely piloted aircraft.

Lorenzo came to Australia from his native Italy in 2010, where he spent three years in the Italian Navy.

He has a Bachelor of Aviation Science from Griffith University in Brisbane, which he attained in 2014.

With more than six years of customer service in a number of roles both within the industry and in other fields, Lorenzo says he enjoys assisting clients and their businesses integrate drone technology into their operations.

Kieran Dinuzzo
Technical Consultant

Kieran has been with the flight school since February 2017.

He Is a drone instructor with a high level of skills in assisting clients collect data in the field and obtain photogrammetry outputs.

He is also conducts much of the school’s software training courses.

Kieran holds a Bachelor of Science majoring in Geography from the University of Queensland.

Customer service is a passion for Kieran and he enjoys employing his problem-solving skills to meet clients’ needs from the variety of hardware and software the flight school offers, as well as training to ensure the tools deliver to the highest level.

Our Pilots can help you decide what Drone is the right one for your business.

What product is most suitable to your business?

UPG are proud to partner senseFly and DJI for our Drone purchases.  Available in all States in Australia, see what's available and suitable for your business.

Training

UPG Fight School is able to offer a variety of training options for Drones. Whatever your current knowledge level, desired aircraft, licencing pathway and end-data requirements, UPG is able to offer training to get you operating safely and efficiently.

Software

UPG distributes two leading photogrammerty software packages, for converting UAV imagery into valuable survey or mapping data.

Positioning Equipment

If you need to create accurate survey or mapping results, there are a number of methods to achieve real world absolute accuracy. UPG offers a variety of Trimble solutions for ground control point, PPK or RTK workflows.

Support

There’s a lot more to using a UAV than charging the battery and getting in the air. Through its close relationships with manufacturers and distributors, dedicated support pathways and staff who have intimate technical knowledge; UPG offers the kind of support needed for the whole data capture and processing solution that a drone is part of.

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“UPG Flight School assisted Melbourne Water in developing an internal drone program by providing the RePL course to 10 employees. The instructor's experience with enterprise clients allowed us to implement drones in our operational workflow by successfully managing regulatory requirements and standard operating procedures. This has allowed Melbourne Water to minimise the exposure of our employees to locations of potential harm as we can now perform asset inspection works remotely in a safe and efficient manner."

Heath McMahon, Melbourne Water

“UPG Flight School provided valuable assistance inside the classroom, training twelve staff members in the RePL course, as well as supporting us on the field where required. UPG’s experience as both a CASA approved training organisation and in commercial UAV operations simplified the process of obtaining the required licenses and implementing drones in our operational workflow.” 

Glenn Collins, Goulburn Murray Water
“UPG Flight School trained six of our surveyors on Lihir Island in Papua New Guinea. UPG’s experience in the geospatial industry provided insightful information and training on both the aviation regulatory system and best aerial surveying practices.”
Richard Nawara, Newcrest Mining