The UAV industry in the UK is poised for a dramatic increase in demand over the next two years, and Drone Safe Register has appointed Adrian Westwood as its first Communications Manager to expand its national network of professional UAV operators and to promote the UAV industry to UK businesses. 
Drone Safe Register is the UK’s largest network of independent CAA-approved UAV pilots for hire and its website and Facebook pages have more than 11,000 followers. 
 
“Adrian is not only an experienced public relations and communications manager, he also holds the CAA Permission for Commercial Operations and flies mapping and surveying missions through Drone Reconnaissance Services and Kent Drone Surveys,” explained Drone Safe Register Chief Exec Mark Boyt. 
 
“He understands the world of media and the world of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and joins Drone Safety Register in readiness for the increase in commercial UAV activity we expect over the next two years and the subsequent demand for professionally-trained UAV pilots.” 
 
Adrian worked in the public relations, communications and media industries for some 20 years, including the Environment Agency, Crown Prosecution Service, Natural England and private companies in the energy, construction and environmental sectors. He was on the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Science, Engineering and Technology Committee and the Government Communication Network. 
 
“I became involved with UAVs earlier this year when I realised the industry was destined to become a game changer in the surveying, mapping, construction and inspection industries,” enthused Westwood. 
 
“I attended the COPTRZ ground school, run by Jonny Sharp, and the ARC Aerial Imaging course, run by Andy Carman. Once I gained the CAA PfCO, I set up Drone Reconnaissance Services offering mapping and surveying services for clients in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. 
 
“The uptake of UAVs/drones by UK businesses is still in its infancy compared to the USA and Japan. The industry needs to promote itself as a whole to potential large-scale users such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Facilities Management Association and Institute of Civil Engineering, amongst others. 
 
“Once UK industries and businesses recognise the financial and environmental benefits of using UAVs, then the demand for UAV pilots and operators will rise. Drone Safe Register intends to lead this campaign and, thereby, attract more business for its members.” 
 
For further information on the services provided by Drone Safe Register, please visit www.dronesaferegister.org.uk and Drone Safe Register on Facebook. 
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