Aerial Vehicles

Piloted aircraft

A drone is a small, airborne vehicle that can be operated remotely. Drones don’t usually have people inside – a pilot controls the drone from the ground. Another name for a drone is an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) or Unmanned Aerial System (UAS).

The Mercury Drone Port in Montrose will be host to a range of different drones. Here is an example of one of the vehicles you may see:


Phase 1 Drones

Name: Swoop

Type: Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Fixed-Wing

Lighting: Navigational lights and a white strobe

Precipitation: Moderate rainfall (2mm-10mm per hour)

Cloud ceiling: No limitation

Min/Max Operating Temp: 0C / +45C

Electronic conspicuity: SUA fitted with ADS-B IN and OUT, which can process uncertified ADS-B signals, namely SIL/SID=o

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Drones are at their loudest during take-off and landing. This video offers an idea of what you might hear when a drone is taking off.

Take-off: 68.9dB (imagine being about 15-20ft away from the rubbish disposal truck)

In flight: 42.8dB (similar to bird calls or a quiet conversation)

Landing: 71.7dB

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