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You can boost any business with the right kind of promotional video content. At GCH UAV we specialise in great value and highly engaging short form marketing and promotional video for websites, social media, advertising and events.

Get in touch with our creators to start producing exciting video content that will capture exactly what makes you, your product or your organisation unique.

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Meet the Fleet - Trinity F90+

The newest craft to join the GCH UAV fleet is Quantum Systems Trinity F90+.

This impressively designed craft mixes the technology of multicopters with fixed wing drones. It has traditional drone style rotors which allow the F90+ to take off vertically, then, once it has reached its desired height, the drone has a short phase of transition. During this transition phase, the rotors, driven by electric motors, swivel from the vertical take-off position to a horizontal flight position allowing the F90+ to fly more efficiently over larger areas. On landing the F90+ spirals downwards and when the craft reaches 30m above the ground the rotors again transition into a vertical position allowing it to gracefully and safely land.

As we are currently experiencing a huge increase in demand for our Survey, Agricultural and Vineyard mapping services it was essential that we invested in a craft that was able to complete the tasks in a much shorter time frame than what can be achieved with traditional rotary wing drones. The F90+ has a flight time of 90 minutes which allows us to cover much vaster areas and capture more data in less time which is great for our customers as it reduces the cost per hectare. The F90+ made light work of the 6000 hectare multi spectral and high resolution RGB mapping job we recently completed in North Canterbury.

If you have a large area that you would like mapped please head to our contact page and get in touch, we would love to show you what this craft is capable of.
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Meet the Fleet - Matrice 300 RTK

Our DJI Matrice 300 RTK (M300) is the most advanced commercial/industrial drone available on the market. It utilises Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning to generate precise position data which ensures the best possible accuracy. In addition to this it is also one of the safest drones on the market. The M300 boasts the best obstacle avoidance and aerial awareness tools making it the perfect choice for our more high risk jobs such as power line and asset inspection.

However, the most impressive part of the M300 is its unique camera system. Traditionally if you needed to capture images up close and at a distance the drone would need to be landed, the camera changed and then relaunched. The M300 offers both a powerful 20mp zoom camera and a 12mp wide angle camera alongside an integrated laser range finder capable of measuring distances to objects up to 1200m away. This camera capability proved very useful when we were recently asked to provide security assistance at a large day festival. By using the powerful zoom lens we were able to live stream high quality footage to the security team which made pinpointing potential dangers a breeze. We have also added a loudspeaker payload to this drone which allowed us to assist the Marlborough Harbourmaster in delivering safe boating messages within Picton marina.

All told the M300 is an absolute workhorse and the possible applications for this Drone are endless, Public Safety, utility, construction, inspection and many more.
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Drone to deliver safe boating messages in the Marlborough Sounds

In what is believed to be a New Zealand-first, Marlborough’s Harbourmaster will trial delivering safe boating messages by drone with a clip-on sound system.

“We hope that by combining drone technology with the humour and reach of brian fm it will be effective in encouraging people to get on board with safer boating”
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Marlborough company to shoot whales 'by the book' with drone permit

The first South Island permit to use a drone to film marine mammals up close has been granted.

The Department of Conservation has granted the permit to Marlborough company GCH UAV, allowing them to fly drones to within 20 metres of whales, dolphins and seals.
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Bird’s eye view as falcon meets drone

GCH UAV operations manager Colin Aitchison was filming near Oyster Bay when he was joined in the air by an inquisitive falcon who headed straight for the drone.

“I’ve never had one make a beeline like this to the drone, my first thought was how much flight time do I have left to deal with whatever is about to happen
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Turbine-powered drone aimed at farming sector displayed by GCH UAV at Agricultural Show

GCH UAV is trialing a large gas-turbine powered drone to service farming clients. GCH (formerly Garden City Helicopters) was showing off a Swiss-made SDO50 at the 2018 New Zealand Agricultural Show, carrying a $500,000 price tag.

GCH Aviation has bases NZ-wide and experience in helicopter and fixed wing services. It entered the UAV sector in Marlborough about two years ago and now flys electric drones to map farms and vineyards to monitor for pests, diseases and growing stresses such as moisture and nitrogen deficiencies.
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Drone and music combine for uplifting summer concert series in Marlborough

Marlborough4Fun will be giving people the bird’s eye view of popular spots around the region as part of its new “virtual helicopter tour” attraction.

Punters will be able to slap on a pair of goggles and get previously unseen, 360- degree views of Renwick, Picton and Pollard Park thanks to a drone camera.
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GCH UAV trial worlds most advanced drone in Christchurch

Engineered in Switzerland, this drone can fly up to 2000 meters high for as long as 2 hours per flight. It can also fly out of sight of its operator, as far as 100km away.

One of just thirty in the world, its versatility is its selling point. “In Switzerland, they started doing things like snow bombing for avalanche control. In Malaysia and Indonesia I believe they are doing search and rescue and support for that, so we think it’s a national fit for New Zealand.” - Daniel Currie, C.E.O

The drone is powered by a gas turbine engine and can carry up to 40 kilograms. Search and rescue, emergency services, and the private sector all see its potential.
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Human drone falls into new line of work at the biggest private aviation company in New Zealand

When Colin Aitchison started as a photographer, he was essentially a human drone. Jumping out of a plane with a heavy professional camera attached to his head, his job was to capture the thrills of skydiving, completing close to 9000 free falls.

Colin is now a member of the biggest private aviation company in New Zealand, GCH Aviation Group, which just opened a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) division. Aitchison moved to Blenheim in part to offer his multi-spectral imaging techniques to people growing grapes. It was used to help diagnose stressors in “high-value crops”, sometimes weeks before the human eye could spot them.

Their office is full of the latest and greatest gadgets; their newest drone is worth $75,000 with its camera alone costing $30,000.
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Maintenance-Repair

Maintenance and Repair

GCH UAV now offers an efficient, affordable local maintenance and repair service. From simple repairs to complete overhauls or periodic maintenance, we can handle it all. With a low assessment fee and experienced staff, we provide a dependable approach to keeping your drone airworthy. Saving you time and money by repairing locally.