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Keeping it Local

We are very lucky that our head office is located near such a community spirited town.  We jumped at the chance to be sponsors for Amble East Junior Football Team.

The young talented players were very happy with their new QuestUAV strips and enjoyed hearing about the UAV’s  when Nigel and Stuart King showed off the DATAHawk at the strip presentation and watched the team train.  We look forward to supporting Amble sports teams in the future.

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New Features to All QuestUAV PPK Products

New Features to improve GNSS and Inband Interference have been included in Quest UAV PPK Products.

Thanks to the new Septentrio high-performance, ultra-low GNSS receiver, QuestUAV can offer clients All-in-view multi-constellation and multi-frequency satellite tracking capabilities.  The PPK Package also carries the latest anti-jamming technology.

Quest UAV will take advantage of the Multi Constellation and Satellite Technology, appreciated by their Clients in the Southern Hemisphere.  The PPK System now includes support for GLO, BDS, GAL and IRNSS.

The new features will be included in our DATAHawk PPK Packages and Q200 PPK Packages

Contact Quest UAV to find out more

+44 1665 479042


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CSR Conference Dec 2017

Picture of Rescue Equipment Drone

A Newcastle based initiative is pulling together best practice methods for the use of Drones in Search and Rescue and in particular the Search and identification of lost people.

The Centre For Search and Rescue, (CSR), a Newcastle University based charity, has been focusing on the use of drones in SAR and has discovered a lack of connectivity between agencies using drones.

QuestUAV has been involved, along with many emergency agencies such as the Police, Coastguard, Mountain Rescue, drone manufacturers, US Rangers and Icelandic Snow Patrols, to learn how to understand how each other is using their Drone technology.

Earlier this year, CSR, QuestUAV and a number of SAR agencies pulled together on a Northumberland based exercise to help evaluate the scope of drones vs other search methods ( foot, dogs, manned aircraft etc). The outcome was positive and this article heralds the next step; finding out how other agencies are managing the various challenges that come with the integration of drones in the world of the first responder, MRT and SAR teams.

CSR hopes to engage in a significant piece of research that will make a real difference to the lives of First Responders and in return to the benefit of those person in distress that need Emergency Services assistance. 

CSR has quickly found that there is a lot of experience from current drone users out there, as well as many newcomers who are lost themselves as the best way to go when it comes to drone integration onto a team.  It is clear that a drone is another asset in the toolbox of an emergency team and it should not be seen as a panacea to other methods of searching.   

If you have something to offer, or want to know more then please contact us at QUESTUAV or

To read the Drone Exercise report click here

To visit the CSR website click here.


CSR Conference Pano
QuestUAV General Manager Presenting at CSR
CSR Paper Headers
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Winter Words of Wisdom


Whilst that white layer of frost can be eye catching, lower temperatures bring warnings for the drone operator.

We have tried to capture some of the most important points here;

  1. Crew Fatigue. Everything takes longer in the cold and that means everything gets colder again. Crew will want to chase along a little quicker and can be inclined to miss important things. Find ways to keep warm and, captains, spot the blue mist fogging up good decision making in your crew.
  2. Battery Performance suffers below +10C deg. Get to zero degrees and a LiPo can reduce its performance by 50%. Get to minus 10C and a LiPo can have nothing to offer. The good news is that once in use and flying, lipos generate their own heat. The skill is getting them warm enough before flight. We recommend keeping them on a car dashboard with the heat on. Or even body heat. Anything to keep their temps up before installing in the drone. Of course laptop batteries are different, but the laptop can still stay in a warm car as long as possible.
  3. Glues and tapes don’t stick. Glue might take a lot longer to set. Materials become brittle, propellers break more easily, rubber becomes harder and plastics become brittle.
  4. Snow and frost gets everywhere, especially on landing. It’s not a problem until warming happens, and that could be from the sun or from warm air. Snow becomes water and infiltrates places that might affect electrics. Have a big paintbrush to hand and after landing brush the snow off. Try and knock it out of the camera bay otherwise the next operation could have moisture on the lens.
  5. Camera CCDs don’t like the cold. If a CCD goes below zero it might stop working. Keep the camera warm before flight and spot the signs of CCD failure ( unusual colour densities in pictures, blurring and eventual blackout ).
  6. Servos reduce performance and ailerons hinges become stiff. Check you have a good performance before launching.
  7. Excuse the pun but dropping your nuts and small tools in the snow isn’t fun. You will only do it once!!
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Keep an Eagle Eye Out For Fakes

Keep an Eagle Eye out for fakes.

They don’t only come from China and they don’t have to come in the same colour as ours.

Unscrupulous former employees have set up a stall that looks just like a mini QuestUAV factory. They have copied our operation, methods, tools, used our IP and designs, claimed originality, hold a fake patent, have both our supplier and client database and are even contacting our clients directly in order to try and bring in their sales. Police and legal are/have been involved, but it’s a slow process.

The message is, if you want a fixed wing mapping drone that works and has the QuestUAV support and tech behind it, then speak to us. With a ten year heritage and multi million pound investment in the industry, we are the real deal.

If you are contacted by a company purporting to be our replacement and with an aircraft that looks strikingly similar to an original Datahawk V1 or offer QuestUAV repair services, then please contact us. We need to know. Despite what they might say, it is illegal.

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Topcon (Beijing) Chooses QuestUAV for High Altitude PPK Fixed Wing Operations on the Tibetan Platea

Topcon (Beijing) Chooses QuestUAV for High Altitude PPK Fixed Wing Operations on the Tibetan Platea

Collaboration between ROCtec - Topcon (Beijing) and QuestUAV has resulted in a first-time PPK land survey in the mountainous area of Mudao in the district of Qinghai.  With 99.9% unambiguity at better than 5 cm accuracy, the results display the full potential of the civilian mapping UAS.

Flying at 700ft agl and almost 15000 ft above sea level, QuestUAV’s 2kg DATAhawk aircraft covered an area of 150ha in less than 15 minutes.

This short video charts the operation of the QuestUAV PPK DAThawk by the ROCtec team and it’s post processing output.

It demonstrates the capability of the aircraft to operate entirely successfully with PPK in high altitude conditions and remote areas with little or no local RTK network.

QuestUAV’s director, NIgel King, said “This is an example of a great aircraft being used by a great crew. Jiang Chao and his ROCtec team (Topcon Beijing) are proving to be formidable partners with an assertive stance, ready to capture a new fixed wing drone survey market in Asia”.

“Their achievements with our QuestUAV DATAhawk, both in standard and PPK versions, are outstanding in terms of their quantifiable output following such high-profile flights as these. This mission is just one of their many achievements in China.

“Roctec have extracted the best of the stability of the aircraft, the exceptional quality of the SONY QX1 Camera and accuracy the Septentrio dual frequency AsteRx DGPS rover.

“The all weather capability of the system in sub zero, high altitude temperatures provided the final benefit for ROCtec to capture data for survey grade maps for mapping government construction.”

For more details contact us

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Commercial UAV Show – ExCel London 15th-16th November

We will once again be attending The Commercial UAV Show in London on November 15th and 16th.

This is an opportunity to meet up with us to discuss your Fixed Wing UAV needs, whether you have already made an enquiry with us or would just like to introduce yourself, we are more than happy to schedule an appointment with you.

If you would like to pre-book a time slot please contact us.

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Gas Sensor Takes Flight on UAV

Remote sensing of atmospheric gas concentrations is important in monitoring global greenhouse gas levels and industry monitoring. Monitoring is usually carried out via satellite sensing or laborious ground-based measurements.

With aerial measurement, a wider area can be measured efficiently, and repeat measurements taken of days, weeks and months gathering time-series data.

This spring, a study by QuestUAV and the British Geological Survey (BGS) used a custom QuestUAV Q200 airframe equipped with two sensors, one tuned for methane (CH4) and one for CO2. The sensors use an open-path gas mass spectrometer — a fiber-guided laser beam passed laterally across open atmosphere on top of the drone to a reflector and then back to the sensor itself.

Signals from the sensors were fed into a multi-core processing unit on board the drone. All readings were stamped with time and location provided by the standard GPS and flight units in the Q200.

The completed drone was commissioned in March. Over several months, trial flights were run over gas releases initiated manually on the ground over the test site. The recorded sensor data was processed immediately on return to base, and the data passed to BGS for analysis and appraisal.

The team plans to fine-tune the operational workflow and maintenance tasks for regular missions.

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Precision Capture Partnership With QuestUAV

Precision Capture and QuestUAV Form Strategic Partnership For Fixed-Wing Sales and Training in USA

Precision Capture and QuestUAV Form Strategic Partnership For Fixed-Wing Sales and Training in USA

Precision Capture Partnership With QuestUAV


QuestUAV are pleased to announce a premiere partnership with Precision Capture, Kentucky-based survey specialists who are now our Sales and Training Reseller for continental USA. Precision Capture have been successfully delivering innovative solutions in 2D and 3D data capture, measurement and imagery for 24 years.


Lead flight team members Scott Shufflebarger and Jack McIntosh have spent the last two weeks taking part in intensive training with Stuart King, QuestUAV’s Flight Team Lead, alongside other members of the training squad. Successful completion of this training led straight to a combined team aircraft demo for a UAV veteran looking to purchase here in the UK.


QuestUAV and Precision Capture are well suited to partnership. PreCap pride themselves on engaging with their clients at every level of service and support. QuestUAV are known for their client-focus and customer-centric delivery of both drone packages, tailored training and survey services.


QuestUAV and PreCap alike believe in a rigorous training regime that tests skills well outside the standard requirements for normal flight. Training facilities at QuestUAV are comprehensive in the UK, with Precision Capture providing their training from their new UAV centre in Louisville, KY.


Support for products and packages post-sale is often overlooked or underdeveloped by suppliers. QuestUAV and Precision Capture have a long track record of backing available systems long term. PreCap is centrally located in the USA – allowing them access to over 60% of the US population within a day’s travel. Site visits can be arranged at clients’ convenience. Both training and support can be provided in the field or directly at PreCap facilities.

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