Italian Enthusiasm - Above the Clouds Drone

 

I want share with the community my last goal achieved with an old Multiplex Easycub , APM2, Arduplane 2.6.8, 3DR telemtry 900 mhz, Airspeed sensor and a still not working Attopilot 90A.
A great flight above the clouds after some unsuccessfull flights ( i have lost an easystar with gopro and APM2 still dont know why)
I still have to tune the Nav Roll P for better videos but i am sure you will like it.
Also if i never wrote on the forum it was very helpful for me and i am ready to share all my tests with other people who is starting with drones.

EDIT : add version without copyright limitations at http://youtu.be/-vgmtJER-SE

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Comment by Francisco on January 8, 2013 at 3:00pm

Great video.. bad music

Comment by Stephen Gloor on January 9, 2013 at 11:05pm

I tend to agree with Oliver.  As this from a CASA bulletin (posted here in DIY Drones) says:

http://www.suasnews.com/2013/01/20510/intruder-in-the-circuit/

"The investigator says the story carries a strong safety message for all aircraft operators, manned or otherwise: safety starts before you take off.

‘When you operate a UAV you are flying an aircraft – the fact that you might have bought the airframe from a toy shop is neither here nor there’, he says. ‘You are entering the aviation industry and with that comes increased risk."

I think that we have to start considering our drones as UAVs and aircraft if they can fly above the clouds.  If you cannot see and avoid then you should not really do it.

It is only a matter of time with the explosion in FPV and hobby UAVs that there will be an incident.  I can see some pretty odious regulations coming out of an incident involving a fatality.

From the first part of the article:

Aviation in itself is not inherently dangerous. But to an even greater degree than the sea, it is terribly unforgiving of any carelessness, incapacity or neglect. So said Captain Alfred Gilmer Lamplugh in 1931

Comment by Stefan78 on January 10, 2013 at 2:46am

Absolutely wonderful! I was watching with mouth open..beautiful images!!

On a side note, I don't think the FAA is the issue here (Italy), but in time when more people put drones in the sky, the risk of real air collisions will increase... something to keep in the back of our minds. I think some rules will be needed in future.

Comment by Gary McCray on January 11, 2013 at 2:43pm

I wasn't going to chime in here, the obvious fact is that there is a real and present danger and even if you had a 360 degree camera, you might not be able to get out of the way of something that didn't even see you.

Additionally there is the problem that when you are above a cloud deck you have to get back down through it. In a real airplane you may have the option of finding a hole, but in a short range drone your probably going back down through it and unless your flying an instrument flight plan that is 10 kinds of a bad idea.

The air is big and this is a single instance, but it won't be the last and sooner or later a really unpleasant incident is going to take place and then like gun control, it's all going to rain down on our heads with considerable unpleasantness.

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