I would like to introduce the following topic, having come across a FORTUNE
of information regarding everything and anything to do with the legal, safe,
licensed and regulated use of UAVs, as published by the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA)
during late 2011, and in effect today.
As this information is new to me and consists of hundreds of pages of guidelines,
directives, methods of operation, testing, build validation, training, control and
what have you - alas, all in Hebrew and with many terms that are new to me -
I will kick this off with my key intention here:
Can the DIY Drones community work with such guidelines, if made available, to advance the
APM 2.5 flight controller, add-on sensors and logic boards, and the fantastic Mission Planner -
to comply with such given requirements?
For example, mention was made of the UAV FC being programmed to be aware of
various regulated airspace by designation (Airports, Military, Flight paths and corridors etc) -
where they are in terms of geographic zones - and the definition of the UAVs mission
in terms of a virtual "Bubble" - in space as much as in Time, with the ability to avoid these
pre programmed zones (much like the DJI Tienanmen No-Fly Zone) and alert the operator
as to any breach of these parameters.
Or the very specific need for various what-if operations and safe-return routes in case of
a control error / comm breakdown / failsafe event -
One can't simply RTL if there happens to be a 6 lane highway in the automatic RTL flightpath!
This is the real stuff that sets the adults apart from the boys, if ever anyone aspires to use
these Ardu-Systems for commercial and legal applications.
If anyone is up to this, I am sure this would help with prepping all concerned towards
safe and responsible UAVeeing that could be made readily available for proper commercial
While I have my fingers crossed for Trappy, I am one to believe that any serious future for
our wonderful new "toys" calls this community to put its hacking and maker skills to work
at the "grown-up" class, now that we really HAVE proven that this stuff can be made to fly
out the doors of garages and home workshops across the world!