08-04-2020
Cargo Transportation takes drone technologies to the next level.
David Willems
VP Business Development
and Strategy.
  Cargo transportation is as old as time. Throughout the centuries we have seen a wide range of freight transportation come and go, ranging from horse-drawn wagons to aeroplanes and helicopters. For many years, goods travelled to their destinations using horse drawn wagons, which were very slow and often dangerous for the people driving them. Later, with the introduction of the railway system, freight could be delivered to destinations further away in a faster, safer way. However, there were still limitations as railways only covered a certain part of the country, and different modes of transport were still required to […]
30-03-2020
UAVs take to the skies in the oil and gas industry.
David Willems
VP Business Development
and Strategy.
  The oil and gas industry is highly complex: asset management, environmental compliance and safety must all be addressed and guaranteed. For example, many organisations have invested heavily in deploying large oil pipeline infrastructure across an expansive geographic network, spanning countries and continents. This creates a need for activities such as oil and gas exploration, inspection and monitoring of pipelines. Pipelines must be routinely inspected to not only ensure its structural integrity for continuing safe operations, but also to monitor for intruders and other potential trespassers. The same can be said for oil fields out at sea. Traditionally, inspections have […]
23-02-2018
MULTIROLE ROTARY UAV’s SET SIGHTS ON GULF MARKET
  Abu Dhabi becomes a spotlight for global unmanned players at UMEX, Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX) 25-27 February 2018. David Willems, head of business development at UMS SKELDAR www.umsskeldar.aero will be exhibiting (Stand Number 03-B12) with joint venture partner Saab. He will be talking to key military, civilian and Government contacts from across the region on integration of unmanned strategies across a wide bandwidth of applications. Willems explains in this blog, the company, no strangers to the UAE, regularly attending UMEX, IDEX and the Dubai Air Show, is ideally placed to support customers in the Gulf region which […]
21-02-2017
Remote control: protecting vital national assets
UMS SKELDAR’s Global Business Development Director David Willems and Training Director and former RAF officer Ewen Stockbridge Sime.   No one, let alone professionals working in the security and defence industries, needs to be reminded of the vulnerability of core national infrastructure assets. The high profile attacks of 9/11 in New York and also the Pentagon in Washington DC, together with countless other incidents ranging from perimeter breeches of civil airspace and airports to catastrophic loss of people and assets, demonstrates all too clearly the vulnerability of essential infrastructure.  From oil and gas pipelines and storage tanks to nuclear and […]
17-02-2016
Race against the clock
ASIA SPECIFIC  Race against the clock Search and rescue in South East Asia Former RAF officer and helicopter pilot George Duncan, Asia Pacific Business Development Director for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle manufacturer UMS SKELDAR has 6,500 plus flying hours under his belt. In this latest blog in the series ASIA SPECIFIC he considers the race against time in search and rescue operations and how smart deployment of assets can help get the job done, sometimes with a happy ending. If anyone ever needed a short hand description of hunting for a needle in a haystack, then this metaphor is encapsulated by […]