UAV Solutions

DJI – Multirotor drones from entry to advanced level

Phantom 4 Pro V2.0

The new Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 features an OcuSync HD transmission system, which supports automatic dual-frequency band switching and connects to DKU Goggles wirelessly.  It's equiped with a 1-inch 20-megapixel sensor capable of shooting 4K/60fps video and Burst Mode stills at 14 fps.  Plus much, much more.

Inspire 2

Image quality, power and intelligence to meet the needs of professionals around the globe.

Matrice 200 Series

High-performance motors paired with 17-inch propellers ensure stable flight in strong winds.

senseFly – Fixed wing professional survey

senseFly's professional drones are the world's most widely-used aerial mapping tools. Employed by thousands of geospatial and agricultural workers around the world, these safe, lightweight solutions offer automatic operation, professional-grade software, and application-specific camera options.

eBee Classic - The professional mapping drone
eBee X - Map without limits
eBee SQ - The advanced agricultural drone
Cameras - Sequoia, thermoMap

Contact your local UPG rep to find out more

Visit the senseFly website here

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eBee Classic

The senseFly eBee Classic is a fully autonomous and easy-to-use mapping drone.  Use it to capture high-resolution aerial photos you can transform into accurate orthomosaics (maps) and 3D models

eBee X

The ebee X is the next generation survey platform from Sensefly. Building on 4 generations of fixed wing development, the ebee X features greater endurance and mapping coverage, a wider variety of more powerful camera options, more accurate steep landing, greater robustness, and much more; all from a sub 2kg aircraft.

eBee SQ

The eBee SQ agriculture drone captures actionable crop data across four multispectral bands, plus RGB imagery, spanning hundreds of acres in a single flight

Get the lowdown on our high flying UAV school 

A quarry on the outskirts of Melbourne proved to be the perfect location for the UPG Flight School to show off its stuff for a series of stunning videos.

Created by the team from SUDDEN.ly (formerly News Corp Studios Qld), the videos and stills have been used for social media posts as well as on the UPG drone’s pages.

The aim of the videos was to convey just what the school can do for clients, in the areas of hardware, software and training.

UPG distributes both DJI and senseFly drones – industry leaders in their respective categories.

“As the multi-rotor industry leader, DJI has developed one of the strongest brand names in the market,” Chief remote pilot and instructor, Lorenzo Forte said.

“With a wide product offering and ongoing development, easy to learn and operate equipment, and a variety of operational methods from manual to fully automated, DJI has a solution that should be considered for any client’s needs.”

The range includes: Phantom 4 Pro - Entry level drone for surveying or video inspection; Inspire 2 - High performance system surveying or inspection; and Matrice 200 Series - Professional grade range for surveying, video, thermal or zoom inspection.

SenseFly is one of the leading manufacturers of fixed wing drones and are the go-to for survey or agricultural mapping work.

Lightweight, with long endurance and a highly intuitive operating system, senseFly ebee aircraft can produce data with real world absolute accuracy, safely and more easily

The range includes: eBee standard - Mainstay survey aircraft for use with ground control points; eBee X - High performance survey aircraft - uses ground control or RTK/PPK workflow. Interchangeable multispectral or thermal cameras; and eBee SQ - Agricultural mapping aircraft.

“UPG Flight School is a training organisation approved by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Clients are able to purchase the drone and complete all the required training within UPG facilities and services,” Lorenzo said

“The major difference from other training providers is that UPG focuses mainly on professionals and corporate clients. The course covers the compulsory CASA syllabus and offers additional assistance in integrating drone operations in mining, surveying and assets management workflows.

“UPG Flight School gives access to a wealth of knowledge provided by our numerous specialists in photogrammetry software, surveying and the aviation industry. Usually, clients enjoy long-term relationship with our staff who assist them in various aspect of their operation from field support to data processing.”

Lorenzo said UPG offers a variety of photogrammetry and survey software to meet all customer needs.

“The most powerful solution is Trimble Business Centre with the Aerial Photogrammetry Module (UAS Master),” he said.

“UAS Master integrates with Trimble Business Centre and offers leading-edge tools to analyse your data. It provides full control on the data processing workflow and allows the creation of advanced outputs.

“Pix4D Mapper Pro is the mid-level photogrammetry software which offers a user-friendly interface and allows the creation of basic photogrammetry outputs and data analysis.”

Lorenzo said Trimble Stratus was the latest software offering from Trimble delivered in partnership with Propeller Aero.

“Stratus allows to effectively share your data within your organisation and clients while relieving surveyors and operators of data processing downtime,” he said.

“Its powerful web-based data analysis tool allows a quick assessment of stockpiles, road gradient and comparison between the profile design and bulk earthwork.

“There is a solution for every application and need within the surveying and asset management industry.”

The shoot has been exciting but also challenging for both parties, Lorenzo said.

“The UPG team did not have any previous experience creating professional videos and working in front of a camera.

“Other challenges such as the limited daylight and cold temperature kept the crews on their toes.”

UPG Technical Consultant and Instructor, Kieran Dinuzzo, said he enjoyed the experience.

“Cameraman Michael Sloane kept the camera rolling, following us around like in a film set. He worked relentlessly to stay on schedule and collect great footage,” he said.

UPG Flight School collected aerial images to build 3D maps and models of the site. At the same time, they explained the process and their products by conducting interviews on site.

“It was challenging to collect aerial data with multiple drones while capturing photos and videos. Michael made us feel like professional actors when he set up an interview on the edge of the quarry,” laughed Kieran.

The footage and stills were collected in less than six hours while the UPG crew flew drones to capture the site.

“We could not be happier with the result. I understand that it is always difficult to summarise complex workflows in a minute-long film, however, the videos achieved that goal exceptionally well,” Lorenzo said.

SUDDEN.ly journalist and cameraman Michael Sloane said it had been a shoot to remember.

“I'd never seen a fixed wing drone before, nor any kind of UAV taking a programmed flight path for aerial distance readings, so it was interesting to see how these went up and their different strengths in the air,” he said.

The shoot didn’t come without its challenges, Michael said.

“Of course, shooting small drones in the sky hundreds of metres away from the camera was difficult, but I was given the chance to use the controls of the on-board camera of one of the drones to capture another in mid-flight,” he said.

“That might be the closest thing I get to being a jet co-pilot in a dogfight!”

You can see the end results at the flight school’s YouTube channel here https://bit.ly/2nFLFes

To learn more about UPG Flight School, visit its Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/UPGFlightSchool

Drones

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

CASA UAV updates now in effect

The changes that CASA, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Australia, announced in April legislation governing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Australia has come into effect.

The previous legislation, CASR Part 101 was published in 2002. The UAV technology has come a long way since then, making the legislation well out of date.

CASA now identifies UAVs below the weight of 2kg to be of lower impact and has relaxed the requirements to operate this class of UAVs. Operators of UAVs below the weight of 2kg will not be required to be in possession of a Controllers Certificate (license for the Pilot) and an Operators Certificate (for the business) to operate for hire or reward if certain conditions are met. The senseFly eBee and albris (previously eXom) are both part of this weight category.

Another significant change is to operators of UAVs below the weight of 25kg. Businesses will be able to operate their own UAVs below the weight of 25kg over land owned or occupied by them without the requirement to be in possession of a Controllers and Operators Certificate if certain conditions are met.

Please be aware that this is preliminary information and is subject to change. For further information, review this overview, the Legislation website, or contact your local office to see how you can benefit from the new regulations.

A new senseFly eBee for Agriculture

senseFly has released a new fixed-wing UAV for agriculture, the eBee SQ. Built around the ground-breaking Sequoia sensor, this cutting-edge platform offers precise multispectral data and RGB images in a single flight, and all at a lower price point than the eBee.

It also features a larger wingspan than previous eBees, allowing it to cover significantly more ground per flight (up to 10X greater than small quadcopters).

To learn more about the new eBee SQ visit the senseFly website. If you would like a test flight, contact us today.