Scientists use drone to monitor beach pollution

Armed with a remote-controlled helicopter nicknamed the "scientific predator", CSIRO scientists are circumnavigating Australia, documenting the tonnes of litter left or washed up on the nation's beaches and calculating the impact on marine life.

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Comment by Daniel Hibben on February 25, 2012 at 3:37pm

@robert this is true i forget that sometimes since i dont fly fixed that much anymore my self.

a fixed wing can be scary when just learning  because its in motion right away good point

Comment by Daniel Hibben on February 25, 2012 at 3:42pm

i would also think though that the DF-X6 comes as a complete package deal also, base station, antennas, battery chargers, everything, its not all that over priced for what they offer in the full packages.

other aircraft they would need to buy all the support equipment separately and assemble it, and that is really intimidating to a newbie

Comment by William Wegenast on February 25, 2012 at 4:57pm

@Rober Lefebvre,

That's awesome to hear. I hope we don't follow suit with the US then. But from my understanding, one would need to get a licence from Transport Canada to fly a UAV for commercial endeavors where money is to trade hands. I knew a guy who wanted to make this into a business and found that the licenses were something like $1500. a year. The guy who I'm thinking of was using a Trex 700 kitted out with DSLRs. Legal, but expensive.

Anyways, I'm always disapointed when we Canada's follow US rules to closely.

By the Robert, where in Canada do you live, I live in Eastern Ontario. 

Comment by William Wegenast on February 25, 2012 at 5:04pm

The interestng thing about fixed wing for me, is when I first got in to flying stuff I started with a used Trex 450 to learn one. Then after a year I tried a plane. The plane freaked me out for the first little while because I kept wanting to put it into a hover whenever I felt uneasy. Eventually I became okay with it.

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