Drone manufacturer holds leading position on Polish unmanned aerial system marketTechnologies & Industry
Originally Published in June 2017
FlyTech UAV is an aerospace company that develops professional unmanned aerial systems used for technical purposes. The team consists of aircraft engineers, pilots and specialists, with its headquarters in Kraków, Poland. Last year, FlyTech UAV won Microentrepreur of the Year in the Young Business category and the Bronze Laurel of Innovation Award. The company is the leader in the Polish market in terms of drone production. It is also building a global distribution network. The company’s systems are designed for use in various industries including geodesy, agriculture, forestry, environmental protection, power engineering, as well as search and rescue.
Unmanned systems can be used in various industries that rely on aerial visualization, photogrammetry or teledetection. FlyTech UAV has developed drones with a range of possible applications that enable the use of different sensors, control systems, as well as the ability to process and analyze data. FlyTech’s devices have been tested by scientific institutions and trade partners to ensure the drone systems are ready for the civilian market. The company works with individual and institutional clients, universities, energy companies and rescuers from the Mountain Volunteer Search and Rescue organization.
CEO Michał Wojas graduated from the Rzeszów University of Technology, where he studied aircraft engines and piloting. Together with a group of students, he began to engage in international aviation competitions. After the team won first place at the European Aviation Conference in Madrid for its innovative drone, Wojas and his friends received job offers from various companies. Instead, they decided to return to Poland and start their own business.
FlyTech’s products are highly technically sophisticated, with specially designed airframes and mechanical structures. Since the company operates in markets such as photogrammetry, agriculture and inspection of energy networks, they require a longer flight duration and adequate capacity. Unmanned aerial systems have many advantages, one of them being low operating costs. They do not require any energy other than from a chargeable battery, comparable to that of a computer. The equipment costs much less than a manned aircraft and learning how to operate it is much simpler.
FlyTech works with individual clients, universities, energy companies and rescuers from the Mountain Volunteer Search and Rescue organization.
To enable users to control the drones, FlyTech developed software called Mission Manager—also known as Ground Station Control—which is designed to be compatible with all of FlyTech’s systems. The software leads the operator through the mission preparation process within the scope of geodesy, agriculture, energetics and observation. Mission Manager allows users to plan the mission and provides information about the flight status, such as location, battery status, flight modes and other key parameters.
In its line of products, FlyTech offers three devices: BIRDIE, FENIX and GRYF. The multifunctional unmanned system BIRDIE contains optical sensors, has a low starting weight can be conveniently transported and is ideal for aerial photography. The advanced deck control system is easy to use and does not require special knowledge or experience to operate. FENIX contains precise measuring and optical systems to ensure operations are effective and can carry out photogrammetry and inspections of energy infrastructure, while the GRYF is designed for a variety of applications and can be operated in otherwise hard-to-reach places—making it an ideal tool used in industries such as geodesy, construction, rescue and energy. All of the systems are capable of creating orthophotomaps, digital terrain models or define a vegetation index.