Stephen Dade
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  • Canberra, ACT
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Stephen Dade commented on Mark Omo's group Outback Challenge
"CanberraUAV got through. The next 5 months are going to be busy!"
Apr 23
Stephen Dade commented on Mark Omo's group Outback Challenge
"Submitted CanberraUAV's D2 last night. I can rest easy now :)"
Apr 12
Steve Monro commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"I can see this legislation as a great thing for small business operators who now won't have to go and fork out over $3-4k for a course, 'cause it means I will be able to start charging for aerial work (if I so desire) and do it legally.…"
Apr 3
Chris commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Hi @Darius, Our regulations here do not require RPA's under 25kg's to undergo any checks at all.  From 25kg's to 150kg's (I recall it being 150kg - might be 125, cant remember the exact figure) it requires an inspection to…"
Mar 31
Chris commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Hi Daryl, That's my interpretation too, if an operator can take control then it's ok for flight.  So waypoint flights within visual LOS are fine.  Those that are BVLOS and fully autonomous require CASA approval still, which is…"
Mar 30
JB commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Hi Chris True. UOC operators now need to focus on the service business model more, were potential clients are only interested in the results and not operating because it's cool to fly a drone... and from October also legal to do it for…"
Mar 30
Daryl Wilding-McBride commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"The explanatory text includes "Autonomous flight is prohibited under the amendments until such time as suitable regulations can be developed by CASA", but goes on to define autonomous flight as "an operation during which an unmanned…"
Mar 30
Chris commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Hi JB, I think UOC's will have to find better ways to market / sell themselves.  A sub 2kg is good for basic real estate work, photogrammetry and other similar work.  So they will find if they were in those areas that they will have a…"
Mar 30
JB commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Thanks Stephen! Made my day hearing this has finally come through! Sweet! Poor UOC operators though...can see the pain coming for them unless they have their clients wrapped up in contracts. Many larger organisations will likely start operating…"
Mar 30
Guy McCaldin commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"The biggest risk with these amendments is that individuals and organisations are going to rush out to purchase a DJI Phantom or 3DR Solo from uninformed mainstream consumer retailers, and there'll be no mechanism (that I'm aware of) that…"
Mar 30
Chris commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Hi @Guy, I should clarify, from a real estate photo perspective I don't anticipate CASA giving a blanket approval over Metro Sydney for example (this would be due to the hospital helipad, etc).  I wish they would as a hobby flyer can do it…"
Mar 30
HyperGuy commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Great stuff!!"
Mar 30
Chris commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"I think that a bunch of UOC holders doing photogrammetry arent' going to be happy, this is where I see the biggest impact.  Mining / Farming ops are going to consider in house ops if UOC's charge too much for their services - but…"
Mar 30
Guy McCaldin commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"@Chris certain UOC holders have blanket exemptions for operations within 3nm of untowered aerodromes.  Operations within 3nm of towered aerodromes still requires an area approval.   However, there's at least one UOC holder in…"
Mar 30
Chris commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"Hi @Johnatan, You can apply for an area approval for ops within 3nm of an Aerodrome (includes Heli Pads).  So every hospital and TV station has one, so that is 5.5 radius from each of those.  You apply for one by giving the location of the…"
Mar 30
Stephen Dade commented on Stephen Dade's blog post Changes to Australian RPA Legislation
"I've edit the post to clarify that the legislation does not come into effect until October."
Mar 30

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About Me:
Communications Engineer by day, creating UAV's by night.

I also do MAVProxy development in my space time.
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I'm part of the CanberraUAV team, who came first place in the 2012 Outback Challenge.
Hometown:
Canberra

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Changes to Australian RPA Legislation

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 5:00am 18 Comments

The Australian Government has recently registered an amendment to the Civil Aviation Legislation Amendment (Part 101) - concerning the regulations of Remotely Piloted Vehicles (RPA's).

Some of the more interesting changes are:

4 classes of RPA, based on…

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CanberraUAV presentation to RAes

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 12:28am 5 Comments

Last week CanberraUAV gave a presentation and flight demonstration to the Canberra branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAes).

This covered the history of CanberraUAV in competing in the UAV Outback Challenges in 2012 and 2014, the group's…

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Worldwide communications for your UAV - using satellites

Posted on February 20, 2016 at 9:04pm 10 Comments

Cobham have recently released their "Aviator 200 UAV" - a satellite datalink system specifically made for small UAV's.

Although you'll likely need deep pockets to afford one, it shows that the satellite communications industry has realised there is a market for small UAV's that require…

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Pixhawk (and APM) Power Consumption

Posted on September 10, 2015 at 5:10am 10 Comments

For most people running electric vehicles, it has always been assumed that the motor(s) will always use far more power than the flight controller and associated control systems.

However, for those people running internal combustion engines (or gliders, balloons, etc) for long duration flights the…

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