The October 2014 issue of GIS Professional features a three-page article on the work we have been undertaking using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Written by Sandy Avery and Bruce Gittings, and based on Sandy’s GIS Masters dissertation, the article explores the use of a low-cost quadcopter platform – the DJI Phantom described in earlier blog posts – with comparisons of GoPro and Canon SX230 cameras. The article outlines our experiences flying over the summer and explains the procedures we have developed for safe and successful operation. The cover image shows the Phantom silhouetted against a dark Edinburgh sky while examining tree canopies. The article concludes that the Phantom is a serious tool for aerial survey and low-cost photogrammetry, with the 12 megapixel Canon camera proving rather more capable than the GoPro which is more usually used.