Drone Facts Chart

The unmanned aviation world is quickly growing with many industries recognising the benefits that drone technology can bring. From aerial photography to inspection and emergency services, drones offer increased efficiency with reduced risks and costs. The fascinating industry of unmanned aerial vehicles presents many questions.  Here are 11 facts about the drone industry that you probably didn’t know:



Template for RET project

1. Title

The big gold bit at the top that catches your attention.

2. Abstract

The proposal should include a concise statement of my intended research. This may be a couple of sentences setting out the problem that I want to examine or the central question that I will address.

Clarify that this project is about the use of Drone for photographic/ video purposes in the sub 20kg category.

(200 words -ish)

3. Research Context

Explaining the broad background against which I would conduct this research, including a brief overview of the general area of study within which my proposed research falls.

Summarising the current state of knowledge in the area and recent debates on the topics using national media to highlight the issues. This will allow me to demonstrate my familiarity with the relevant field as well as the ability to communicate clearly and concisely.

Summarise the current laws and restrictions to the UK drone flight, using materials from referenced sources, CAA other relevant locations.

Discuss the breaches of personal, private and local security in unregulated drone use, as well as health and safety dangers and the data protection of unregulated image capture.

(1500 words)

4. Research Methods

Outline the research methods, explaining how I am going to conduct the research. Methods may include visiting particular libraries or archives, field work or interviews.

Explain my key resources  (e.g. law reports, journal articles), if I plan to conduct field work or collect empirical data, I will provide details about this (e.g. if  I plan interviews, who will I interview? How many interviews will I conduct? Will there be problems of access?).

Mention the use of ethical data collection. Discuss why this is the most effective method of capturing the data for this project.

(1000 words)

5. Research Questions

Create questionnaire and research gathering forms discuss how these would be distributed.

This section should also explain how I am going to analyse my research findings.
(500 words – not including questionnaire)

6. Significance of Research/ Conclusion 

The proposal should demonstrate the originality of my intended research and should therefore explain why this research is important (for example, by explaining how my research builds on and adds to the current state of knowledge in the field or by setting out reasons why it is timely to research the proposed topic).

(800 words)

7. Bibliography

The proposal should include a short bibliography identifying the most relevant works for the topic.

(word count not recorded)

Attack of the Dones

The domestic hobby drone market is massive and thought to be worth around $3.3billion internationally (http://expandedramblings.com/index.php/drone-statistics/). In September, GoPro made its first step into the drone market with the Karma – a product that has been way overdue – something that was not only impressive in terms of drone specifications but also had a removable stabilising unit for their standalone cameras, meaning it offers more bang for the buck. Only days later DJI (arguably the biggest drone maker in the world) released their newest and smallest drone the Mavic.

As you might’ve guessed, in testing the GoPro Karma’s camera did slightly better than the DJI Mavic’s camera, but DJI’s drone body did slightly better than GoPro’s. See, each company specialises in different areas: DJI has got their aerial drone game down, while GoPro knows more than a thing or two about tiny action cameras.

Below is an infographic of these two similar drones to help the consumer decide which one to spend their hard earned cash on.


Research Drones

My Diigo thingy 

Brief history of drones (UAVs)

How easy it is to actually buy drones (physical evidence/study? – I go and take photos in places that sell drones)

Laws that effect them now both for commercial and public use

[Small unmanned surveillance aircraft
167.—(1) The person in charge of a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not fly the aircraft in any of the circumstances described in paragraph (2) except in accordance with a permission issued by the CAA.
(2) The circumstances referred to in paragraph (1) are—
(a)over or within 150 metres of any congested area;
(b)over or within 150 metres of an organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons;
(c)within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft; or
(d)subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), within 50 metres of any person.
(3) Subject to paragraph (4), during take-off or landing, a small unmanned surveillance aircraft must not be flown within 30 metres of any person.
(4) Paragraphs (2)(d) and (3) do not apply to the person in charge of the small unmanned surveillance aircraft or a person under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.
(5) In this article ‘a small unmanned surveillance aircraft’ means a small unmanned aircraft which is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition.]

Scary things that have happened around drone usage

What people say about the above scary things

Data from the USA

What I want my data to achieve



Research Project Ideas

  1. Audience levels between traditional TV and Streaming models
  2. People’s opinions on the cost of paying for Traditional TV broadcast models vs their opinions on the cost of paying for Streaming models.
  3. Do people understand the dangers and ethical limitations of Drones
  4. Do people understand the limitations of Drone technology
  5. How is radio affected by the evolution of Social Media
  6. Does colour change the tone of a film
  7. Does the soundtrack change the tone of a film
  8. Do people connect more with diagetic or non-diagetic audio in a film
  9. Does the way that you introduce a character affect people’s opinions of that character
  10. The increase in immersive cinema experiences and how it impacts viewing figures