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New England Avionics

We are a RPA (Remote Piloted Aircraft) Service Provider start up company located at the UNE University “Smart Region Incubator”

Scott Hamey – Founder and Chief Executive Officer

New England Avionics specialise in aerial 2D & 3D photogrammetry services and research & development in the New England Tablelands and North West region of New South Wales.

We assist local Agriculture Businesses, Researchers, Environmental Ecologists, Surveyors and local Councils in collecting and processing high quality and accurate aerial data sets; processing them in Geographic Information System (GIS) software that integrates, stores, edits, analyzes, shares, and displays geographic information we process from range of sensors we use on our UAV’s and Manned Aircraft.

These include the following:

  • NDVI and Multispectral
  • RGB and Thermal
  • LIDAR (attached to manned aircraft)
  • Bathymetric Surveys

From current discussions with business and various agencies, there are many opportunities available in the New England region for our business.  The region, and especially Armidale, provide a focus for regional technology businesses and are well connected with the NBN. Furthermore there are various activities emerging in the region well suited to RPA applications.

These include expansion of large-scale renewable energy projects, precision farming research and development (e.g. the UNE Smart Farm), expansion of potential mining activities, ongoing broad-acre agricultural innovation etc.  All these represent real opportunities for future local UAV applications, and especially for local RPA training.

We are currently working with local Livestock Producers using RPA technology for aerial monitoring of livestock, asset management and pest/ weed control identification. We have 4 pilot sites, where we are testing and researching this technology, with a goal to create products and services that solve or reduce problems for the Livestock Producers.

Everyday someone comes up with a problem drone technology can solve, and we filter out the problems we can solve right now!

Our Staff

Scott Hamey

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Cloonan

Co-Founder and Chief Technical Officer

Nathan Wilson

Co-Founder and Senior Data Scientist

We also have plans to start employing local people in the Armidale area as the business grows over the next 12 months, which will include administration, sales and support staff and believe we will have a company of 10 to 15 staff in the next 2 – 3 years. In 4 – 5 years we plan to expand our business to other regional areas of Australia.

R&D and Product Development

In the next 5 years we are planning to develop our own products which include UAV air-frames, software and specialised training processes as more industries take up the use of UAV’s to streamline their business processes.

2017 Finalist in the Armidale Chamber Business Awards!