Scientists use drone to monitor beach pollution

3689446332?profile=originalArmed 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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  • 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.

  • @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. 

  • 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

  • @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

  • Where is the US? Is that a country?

  • @William, and here in Canada, it's possible to do this legally as well.  It seems to be only the US which is way behind?

  • I didn't read carefully enough to see that they were in Australia. I realize other places exist other than the US as I live in Canada, and have lived (paid taxes) in a total of 4 different countries.

    Here in Canada we are sometime affected by US rules as many of our aeronautical laws and rules follow US rules.

    But thanks for the smart comment Gary. 

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    Because places other than America exist, UK, Australia and several mainland European countries have laws in place that allow flight. Both for research and commercial in the NAS, that's why those countries are pulling  ahead.

  • They're in Australia, different rules apply.

  • So why isn't the FAA chasing these guys down? I university or college is still a business enterprise.

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