We are recruiting new pilots…

We are recruiting new pilots…

We are looking for Remote Pilots to join our UK team on both permanent and contractor basis

ICR has recently acquired Sky-Futures and we are hiring. Candidates will be UK based, highly professional, dynamic and keen to embrace a new and exciting industry.  Previous Remote Pilot experience is desirable but not essential as our evidence-based training course delivered at the Sky-Futures Training Academy, is the most extensive and realistic in the industry.

Experience of working in small teams, under pressure in complex, austere and/or isolated environments essential.  Previous military, engineering or industrial inspection experience is highly desirable.

The main tasks involved in the role are:

  • Safe Procedural Operation of rotary and fixed wing UAS in close proximity of critical infrastructure
  • Deploy (sometimes at short notice) to both onshore and offshore installations via helicopter, vessel or road in the UK and around the globe
  • Ability to follow strict operational procedures at all times
  • Alongside Inspection Engineers, deliver safety critical inspections within set time frames while always maintaining safety of the team and aircraft
  • Prepare Risk Assessments, Method Statements and detailed Flight Plans ·
  • Assisting in the maintenance and preparation of UAS
  • Client liaison

Opportunities for both Permanent and Contractor staff. Please indicate in the application which is preferred. If both please state.

Key Candidate attributes:

  • You are self-sufficient with experience of working in dynamic, austere and safety focused environments
  • You are flexible, with the ability to deploy overseas at short notice for weeks at a time
  • You have excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • You are able to operate effectively as part of a team
  • You have good practical knowledge of CAA unmanned aircraft regulations
  • You have a high level of operational professionalism and safe working practices
  • You can work with high levels of independence in complex environments
  • You are a calm and pragmatic problem solver
  • You are computer literate. Knowledge of photogrammetry software is also highly desirable
  • Ability to instruct or experience of delivering detailed lesson plans is advantageous.

All candidates must be based within a commutable distance (within 2 hours) of the Sky-Futures Training Academy based in the Cotswolds.

Candidates must also be willing to travel worldwide on a regular basis for varied lengths of time (up to 6 weeks abroad at a time) and hold a full UK driving license.

How to Apply:

If you are interested in applying for the role please send your CV and a covering letter to the HR Department at HRSupport@icr-world.com

New partnership between Global Energy Group and Sky-Futures to bring advanced UAV inspection service to energy industry


OSRL strengthens oil spill response with Sky-Futures’ UAV service

OSRL strengthens oil spill response with Sky-Futures’ UAV service

For immediate release – Oil Spill Response Ltd (OSRL), the world’s largest international spill response organisation has recently teamed up with Sky-Futures, a global provider of drone-based inspection services to strengthen its spill response services using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drone) as a surveillance/reconnaissance tool for oil spill.

The initiative will bring OSRL’s spill response expertise together with Sky-Futures’ industry-leading UAV-flying skills to deliver better response capabilities and shorten mobilisation time. The partnership will focus on the provision of UAV cutting-edge technology and good practice approaches when dealing with oil spills.

The partnership with Sky-Futures will offer a cost-effective and reactive solution in the event of a spill for our members. We have already identified a range of scenarios where UAVs would provide a notable advantage over existing approaches, including providing support for containment and recovery operations, shoreline surveys, post-treatment inspections or site security, to name just a few. One of the major benefits of UAVs relates to creating HSE advantages and cost efficiencies within almost every area of operation. For example, if you are conducting a shoreline survey, it would typically take a team up to an hour to survey one kilometre. The UAV can scan that same area in minutes and, through its unique sensors and availability to reach difficult to access areas, provide additional information that a physical team would struggle to detect from land.

James Pringle

Senior Response Specialist, Oil Spill Response Limited

The two partners have taken part in an oil spill response exercise led by OSRL in Southampton last year to demonstrate the capability of UAVs to perform preliminary survey assessments in the event of an oil spill. During the exercise, the team also tested the capacity to launch, recover, and operate an UAV from an offshore vessel.

We are delighted to offer OSRL members a significant reduction in incident response times. UAVs have proved advantageous in many areas that are logistically challenging, offering a cost-effective alternative to conventional manned and satellite platforms. We can provide a comprehensive overview of the extent of the oil spill, reduce human risks, increase operational flexibility and improve the efficiency of collecting crucial data during an emergency response situation

James Harrison

CEO, Sky-Futures

About Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL)

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is the largest international industry-funded cooperative. It exists to respond to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur, providing preparedness, response and intervention services. OSRL is wholly owned by most of the environmentally responsible oil and gas companies around the globe, and its membership represents the majority of the world’s oil production. It currently employs 275 people across nine locations around the world.

For more information visit the Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) website

About Sky-Futures

Since 2009, Sky-Futures has established itself as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets. This expertise, operational knowledge and experience have been employed to develop ground-breaking software, sensor and technology solutions for the drone-based industrial inspection market. This leading-edge technology is being used today by clients looking to harness the power of drone-driven data collection and analysis.

Sky-Futures’ end-to-end enterprise solutions including training packages, services and software solutions enable enterprises to perform safe and cost-effective drone inspections of a variety of vertical infrastructures, including but not limited to the following industries: Oil and Gas; Renewables; Utilities; Power and Civil Engineering.
Sky-Futures is operating in 27 countries with customers in the UK, Europe, South East Asia, Middle East, North America, and Africa. The business is headquartered in London with offices in Houston, TX in the USA, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Abu Dhabi in UAE and Aberdeen in Scotland.

For more information visit the Sky-Futures website

Sky-Futures 2018 Year in Review [Infographic]

Sky-Futures 2018 Year in Review [Infographic]

2018 was a busy year for the Sky-Futures team.

We have partnered with…

Secured major contract with…

BW Offshore, a global owner and operator of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels.

Best-in-class software

Our AI-powered Asset Management, Data Analytics and Reporting software EXPANSE is used by global industrial organisations…

We were featured in…

Travelled the world

We ran operations in 5 continents and 13 countries in 2018.

Presented at industry events

We were invited to speak and exhibit at many events in 2018:

Our popular Tech Insights Webinars

attended and watched by hundreds…

We can’t wait to show you what we have planned for 2019. Stay tuned!

Click on image to download Sky-Futures 2018 Year in Review infographic in PDF

Sky-Futures chooses XD4SOLUTIONS as delivery partner in Brazil for advanced industrial inspection

Sky-Futures chooses XD4SOLUTIONS as delivery partner in Brazil for advanced industrial inspection

We are pleased to announce our partnership with XD4SOLUTIONS, the leading Brazilian UAV operator to offer end-to-end industrial inspection services and software to a wide range of industries in Brazil.

A core part of the strategy for Sky-Futures is the focus on a local first approach. The partnership will offer existing and new customers Sky-Futures’ world-class services, training and software, with XD4SOLUTIONS local support and experience.

XD4SOLUTIONS come from a manned aviation background which shows in their professional approach to project delivery and safety. Having XD4SOLUTIONS as our delivery partner in Brazil provides a local suite of services that deliver cost-saving and time-efficient solutions. The capability combines drones, experienced inspectors and Sky-Futures Artificial Intelligence-powered Expanse data platform and data analytics tools. James Harrison

CEO and Co-founder, Sky-Futures

The partnership has seen XD4SOLUTIONS remote pilots and inspection engineers trained by Sky-Futures experienced instructors over the last 6 months, with in-country support and mentoring. In this short time, Sky-Futures and XD4SOLUTIONS integrated teams have already successfully executed various inspection scopes together, including on an offshore FPSO for Modec de Brazil.
It is a great pleasure for XD4SOLUTIONS to be partnered with Sky-Futures. We see Sky-Futures as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets. We have a well-known background providing services to some major Brazilian Industries. There will be no doubt that this partnership will provide high-level professional services to the increasing demand of the South American market. Pierre Verardi



XD4SOLUTIONS, located in the Brazilian city of Vitoria, is a UAV Operator which provides professional inspections using drones in external and confined areas, as well as maintenance support. To keep assets functioning properly, they aim at close to zero shutdown time for those inspected units. XD4SOLUTIONS’ Technical Staff are composed of Engineers working on the inspections and analysis, along with experienced Offshore helicopter pilots, acting as UAV operators. With more than 15 years of heli operations on the field each, XD4SOLUTIONS pilots have logged thousands of take-offs and landings on several vessels, bringing and adding valuable expertise to our UAV Offshore & Onshore segment.

For more information visit the XD4SOLUTIONS website

Sky-Futures speak and exhibit at the Commercial UAV Show 2018

Sky-Futures speak and exhibit at the Commercial UAV Show 2018

The Sky-Futures team will be attending the Commercial UAV Show on November 14-15, 2018 in Excel, London.

At the conference, Sky-Futures’ CRTO Nick Rogers will be speaking on “The future of UTM systems – How will we be controlling drones of the future?” on November 15, 2018. The expert panel will explore innovative Collision Avoidance Systems and spatial awareness technologies and give insight on the Ground-breaking UAV Traffic Management systems.

If you are attending the show, come and meet us at stand 11 in the exhibition area, next to the VIP networking space.

This is a great opportunity to speak to our team and get expert advice, as well as get your hands on our ground-breaking drone industrial inspection software Expanse and learn more about how it can benefit your business.

About The Commercial UAV Show

The Commercial UAV Show is Europe’s largest exhibition and conference for commercial UAV professionals. Celebrating its 5th year in 2018, the Commercial UAV Show brings together people from across Europe and beyond.

The 5th annual exhibition will display the latest in aircraft manufacturing, materials, systems, platforms, components, service companies, etc., providing an all-round knowledge on this multi-industry revolutionising technology.

The conference focuses on how to create the UAVs and systems of tomorrow and how to make them lighter, fly longer, and be more reliable. It will also cover key topics such as autonomy, data management and integration, AI – deep learning and cognitive thinking, enterprise solutions and so much more.

For more information visit the event website

Sky-Futures in Bloomberg New Energy Finance Tech Radar

Sky-Futures in Bloomberg New Energy Finance Tech Radar

Sky-Futures is proud to be featured in Bloomberg New Energy Finance Technology Radar August 2018.

Each month the Bloomberg Digital Industry team publish a review of projects, partnerships, product launches, policy and fundraising, scanning the technology industry for innovation that will impact the future of industries including electricity, oil & gas, mining and manufacturing. It provides a review of news and fundraising from the previous month to give readers a view on current trends. It will also look to the future by providing an analysis of the potential impact of new technologies, business models, startups and investor strategy. This month’s publication focuses on the applications and technology of industrial drones.

About Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Bloomberg New Energy Finance (Bloomberg NEF / BNEF) is Bloomberg’s primary research service, covers clean energy, advanced transport, digital industry, innovative materials and commodities.

With a team of experts spread across six continents, BNEF leverages the world’s most sophisticated data sets to create clear perspectives and in-depth forecasts that frame the financial, economic and policy implications of industry-transforming trends and technologies.

Available online, on mobile and on the Terminal, BNEF is powered by Bloomberg’s global network of 19,000 employees in 176 locations, reporting 5,000 news stories a day.

For more information visit the BNEF website

New partnership brings advanced UAV inspection services to energy sector

New partnership brings advanced UAV inspection services to energy sector

Global Energy Group (GEG), Scotland’s leading energy service company and Sky-Futures, world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services announced today a strategic partnership to offer an end-to-end UAV inspection services to a wide range of industries including Oil & Gas, Renewables (Onshore / Offshore Wind), Utilities, Civils etc.

Drawing on Global Energy Group’ vast experience as an energy sector-leading service company and Sky-Futures’ cutting-edge, drone-based approach to industrial inspection, this joint effort will provide clients a suite of services that will deliver cost-saving and time-efficient solutions with a blended inspection capability combining drones, experienced inspectors and artificial intelligence-powered data platform and data analytics tools.

This partnership provides Sky-Futures and Global Energy Group’s client base unrivalled flexibility and depth of service in the marketplace. We are already successfully delivering client project internationally leveraging the strength of both companies and maximising the benefits to our clients. James Harrison

CEO and Co-founder, Sky-Futures

The partnership has seen 3 Global Energy Group inspectors, trained by Sky-Futures experienced instructors last month as drone Camera Operators at the Sky-Futures Training Academy. In this short time, Sky-Futures and Global Energy Group integrated teams have already successfully deployed to Singapore and Italy.
Through this collaboration, we have a unique product that will bring true efficiencies to our clients in the delivery of UAV inspection services to a wide range of industries Stuart Paterson

Managing Director, Global Energy Group

About Global Energy Group

Based in Scotland and working worldwide, the Global Energy Group is a highly successful, award-winning energy sector service group.

The oil and gas industry is one of Scotland’s biggest success stories and a vital component of its continued economic growth. Adapting expertise and experience gained from the Scottish Highland’s 40-year involvement with oil and gas production, Global Energy has developed sector-leading services to meet the demands of the 21st-century international energy industry and have successfully exported these skill-sets around the world. Global Energy’s business proposition is to make our customers’ assets more profitable by reducing risks in construction and reducing asset downtime through effective integrity and maintenance solutions.

For more information visit the GEG website

[Webinar] How Artificial Intelligence can benefit the industrial inspection workflow

[Webinar] How Artificial Intelligence can benefit the industrial inspection workflow

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the industrial inspection market, helping improving asset performance, optimising the inspection process, and allowing cost-savings to be made for companies.

Attend this webinar and learn how AI capabilities can deliver advantages to your organisation.


– What is AI and why is AI important

– AI applied to the industrial inspection workflow: How Sky-Futures’ Expanse users are benefitting from AI?

– Use cases: How Utilities sector is leveraging AI

– Open debate: The evolution of AI applications in Industrial Inspections

– Q&A


David Kelnar

David Kelnar

David is a Partner and Head of Research at MMC Ventures, an award-winning venture capital firm established in 2000. He leads the MMC Ventures’s research team, which provides the firm with deep insights and ideas to deliver exceptional returns through a deep understanding of technologies, trends and markets.

David has eight years of entrepreneurial leadership experience in early-stage companies, having served as the founding CEO and CFO, respectively, of two consumer service technology companies, and is an advisor to a range of early-stage ventures.

Previously, David was an equity research analyst and investor in the European technology sector, at Goldman Sachs in London and a hedge fund in New York.

Adrian Karl

Adrian Karl

Adrian is Chief Technology Officer of Sky-Futures. He leads the delivery of a continually developing technology roadmap that aims to maximise the value and impact of the data captured by drones.

Adrian has been involved in both the design and delivery of a wide range of high tech and business applications that have technology at the core. He applies this experience and expertise to ensure Sky-Futures stay at the leading edge of drone technology with our software and sensor solutions. He has over 20 years’ experience working within the mobile telecommunications and Internet industry.

The future of UAV industry at Oxford’s first Robotic Skies Workshop

The future of UAV industry at Oxford’s first Robotic Skies Workshop

Sky-Futures’ CRTO Nick Rogers attended “The 1st Robotic Skies Workshop: The Role of Private Industry and Public Policy in Shaping the Drones Industry”, organised by University of Oxford on June 21st-22nd, 2018 at Rhodes House, Oxford. This event was the first in a series of international events to be hosted by the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs in examining and shaping future developments of emerging technologies.

Ordinarily, Government affairs and technology are not symbiotic however when you consider the furious pace of drone technology development and the need of fit for purpose regulation then Rhodes House at the University of Oxford was a fantastic academic setting for so much needed thought leadership for this emerging industry.

Sky-Futures was honoured to be invited to speak at the workshop on the future of UAV industry and its policy implications. Given Sky-Futures’ position in the market as an enabler to drone technology, Artificial Intelligence and data, Nick Rogers discussed the various elements making up the total system to support regular and routine drone operations.

  • “System” Technology Scrum
  • Industrial IoT to Interoperability
  • Manned vs Unmanned testing
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

This workshop was a 2-days of lively debate on governance and regulatory challenges associated with the burgeoning UAV industry with over 80 delegates from a broad spectrum of practitioners, policymakers, industry experts, government, and academia. The backdrop of the University of Oxford provided good insight into the importance of technology leading regulations with appropriate safeguard and established a sustainable forum of inter-sectoral exchanges and partnerships for years to come.

A special thanks to Lucas Kello, Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs for leading the collaborative workshop, Nikita Chiu and the University of Oxford team for the organisation.

Read more about the workshop at Oxford’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs hosts 1st “Robotic Skies” Workshop

About the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs

The Centre produces research on the transforming impact of modern technology on international relations, government, and society. Based at Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, it is the first global research initiative focusing on the study of technology in a political science department at any of the world’s major universities.

The Centre seeks to create a new body of knowledge on the political and social impact of ongoing technological changes and to apply these new understandings to the guidance of policy practice. The Centre’s research is wide-ranging. Faculty, researchers, and associates explore developments across a broad spectrum of technological dimensions – including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics. Connections between our researchers and the wider world of government and industry are at the heart of our impact mission.

RPAS drone training courses unveiled at partnership launch day with NATS

RPAS drone training courses unveiled at partnership launch day with NATS

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic control provider, and Sky-Futures, a world leader in drone-based industrial inspection services and training, have unveiled a ground-breaking new combined training course for commercial pilots at a launch event featuring hi-tech drone search-and-rescue and inspection demonstrations at an emergency services training facility in Gloucestershire.

The demonstrations, which saw state-of-the-art Intel Falcon 8+ and DJI Inspire 1 drones conducting complex, high-spec inspections of mocked-up disaster sites including a collapsed building, showcased some of the practical skills-training offered by the new drone pilot ‘combined’ course.

This new course represents NATS’ latest initiative aimed at promoting the safe integration of drones into the skies above us. We recognise that drones have huge potential to deliver benefits across society and to the UK economy, so it’s essential that this industry aims for the highest possible safety standards from the start.

By partnering with Sky-Futures to offer best-in-class combined practical and theoretical drone training, we hope to offer commercial drone operators the all-round training that will allow commercially-piloted drones to operate safely alongside the traditional aviation industry and deliver real benefit to their organisations and the UK as a whole.

James Cranswick

Drones Business Manager, NATS

The combined Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) course syllabus can be adapted to meet the individual needs of trainees working in specific areas such as construction, offshore oil and gas, or the emergency services for example, and encompasses in-depth theoretical instruction in airspace and safety as well as real-life scenario-based training. It is designed to ensure organisations can secure the Civil Aviation Authority permissions required for drone pilots to operate commercially, whilst providing expert guidance on using drones safely in professional or commercial environments.

The combined strengths of Sky-Futures and NATS form the basis of a market-leading training partnership. Together, we will continue to work towards improving the overall standard of commercial drone pilot training and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this exciting industry.

Nick Rogers

Chief Regulatory and Training Officer and Co-Founder, Sky-Futures

The launch event on the 15th of May was held at the Sky-Futures Training Academy near Oxford, situated at the UK Fire Service College outside Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, where state-of-the-art drone pilot training facilities including mocked-up disaster scenarios including a ship, a railway line, an oil rig, metal towers and commercial buildings will be used for advanced inspection procedure training. The new combined course will also be taught at NATS’ operational air traffic control centres in Swanwick, Hampshire, and Prestwick, Ayrshire (Scotland).
The event was also attended by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, who carried out a demonstration with its one-of-a-kind £1m command vehicle.

About NATS

NATS is a leading air traffic management and solutions company, established in the UK in 1962 and now operating in countries around the world.

NATS handled 2.6 million flights in 2017, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides air traffic services at 14 UK airports; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.

NATS has taken a leading role in encouraging the safe and responsible use of drones in the UK, offering a range of resources for drone operators including the free Drone Assist app, an online Drones Portal with resources for drone operators and providing NQE-level drone training with resident experts.

For more information visit the NATS website