Another example of how to conduct commercial drone ops

Videos posted online of multicopter crashes including the one of the DJI S800 crashing in a stadium in Brazil and the aerobot crashing in the CBD of Auckland NZ make the public and safety regulators concerned about drone operations.  Every drone crash posted online is a hit to our community, whereas every successful drone flight shows the public the potential and future importance of drones.

The guys at Coptercam have once done it again by being the first to provide live HD broadcast from a UAV at the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach.

Some critics had said that Coptercam would "destroy this for everyone" when Coptercam was granted permission from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to live HD broadcast at the Cricket on Fox Sports in 2012.  After a successful season of the Cricket and National Rugby League, hobbyists haven't been negatively affected and the results speak lfor themselves.

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Comment by Chris Gough on March 31, 2013 at 4:01am
Hi Darrell,

They don't, they have an operators certificate.

I would be very interested to read schedules 1 and 2 of the certificate (not published as far as i can tell). They might help us understand more about safe and legal UAV operations.
Comment by Chris Gough on March 31, 2013 at 4:14am
Here is a hint of their conditions:

Our specially designed aircraft operate at low noise levels and are capable
of flying at altitudes of up to 121 metres (400feet). Unlike traditional
helicopters or fixed wing aircraft we are also able to get within 5 metres
of the action.

(text from their home page).
Comment by Alan Burke on March 31, 2013 at 4:37am

@Darrell, the aviation industry (if not the world) is full of a general rule for all, and then approvals for others.  


Generally people are not allowed to drive cars or fly planes, but if you obtain a licence you can do so.  Commercial UAV operators are licenced.

Generally pilots and drivers can not charge money for carrying passengers, but commercial pilots and taxi drivers who hold a licence can.

Generally general aviation pilots are not allowed fly below 500ft, crop dust, conduct aerial photography, inspect power lines, however, with endorsements from the civil aviation safety authority they can.

Generally r/c pilots are not allowed to fly near populous areas, within 30metres of people, in controlled airspace, but if you are licenced and approved to conduct UAV operations some of these rules are relaxed.

Comment by Charles Wannop on March 31, 2013 at 5:05am

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