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  • Laws are for lawyers. I break council by-laws every time I take my plane for a spin in the park. I couldn't careless. Rubbish laws are meaningless.

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    I think the pilot certification is 1% about flying skills and 99% about survival skills in an emergency and process skills to avoid one. All of those skills are critical for UAVs too:

    - Understanding of airspace and regulations

    - Understanding of weather and how to get info

    - Radio management

    - Checklists and procedures

    - Maintenance 

    In the US at least the PPL is all about being safe enough to fly in shared airspace, not so much about being a good pilot or having flying "skills". Checklists: yes. Stick-and-rudder: not so much anymore unless you find a very special school.

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    @Dean dont forget that as a UAV pilot you may legally fly FPV as pilot in command, and you MAY be granted permission to fly in controlled airspace. Both those activities are greatly assisted if you have BOTH r/c and real pilot experience.

    I recently spoke to some commercial pilots and they are damn nervous and against UAVs operating in their airspace. They are a bit less nervous but still against UAVs in their airspace even piloted by real pilots.
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    I started my ppl a few months ago, and flying a model and flying a real aircraft are completely different? I cant see the advantage? In fact having flown a real plane and having flown large petrol model aircraft I would say you are better off with someone that has flown models especially when it comes to orientation, you only have one perspective as a full scale pilot, you need to be able to cope with many to be a model flyer, I am trusted to fly large model WW2 aircraft weighing 30pounds + and with others flying 95pound and more doing in excess of 60mph near to residential areas and around 20 meters from a large crowd and all in formation. The onlt advantage you have is to do with some of the regulations, but once you know them, and there isn`t that many for a uav pilot, then the model flyer has the advantage?


  • Sorry Hai, perhaps my sarcasm was too subtle. Just making fun of the quality comments PerthNow gets.

    Out of curiosity what flight time do you get with your drone?

  • Moving on, congrats on getting some publicity. I'd just like to point out some well thought out comments on the article.

    Come on people. This nothing new. Parrott at drones are available with twin cameras now that you can easily fly and record your self for less than $250! Mircopter is another one. Credit where credit is due but this is just copy cat or even theft as far as ideas are concerned!!!! Pppfffffffttt!


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    My day job is playing with computers so I'm still pretty happy doing that right now.  Andy & Viv do the flying full time and Jason helps out when busy.  I help out on the weekends.  So for me its a side thing, but for two of my team they get to live the dream.

  • @Hai, so have have you "quit your day job" and are "Living the dream?"  Or is this still a side thing, not yet full-time?

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    I'll admit that I gain a lot of entertainment from working on my UAV but hardly think it fits the definition of a TOY.  With this group maybe you'd be better off making a distinction between those who may be buying some commercial off the shelf model aircraft from the local hobby shop, like your CX4 Quad and the Amateur UAV Operators serious about building their own system, like most of us here at DIYDrones. 

    According to

    TOY: (noun)

    1. an objectoften a small representation of something familiar,as an animal or person, for children or others to play with;plaything.
    2. a thing or matter of little or no value or importance; a trifle.
    3. something that serves for or as if for diversion, rather thanfor serious pratical use.
    4. a small article of little value but prized as a souvenir or forsome other special reasontrinket; knickknack; bauble.
    5. something diminutive, especially in comparison with like objects.
  • I'm familiar with the 400ft rules in north america, nice to see they are consistent :)

    No argument about the cowboy/commercial comment giving a bad rep, that indeed is a problem, as is the crashing in populated areas, regardless of commercial or "toy".

    At any rate, looking forward to more of the videos/images. You are getting some nice shots with a separate photographer in control.

    Gnight, Bart.

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