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Flying your Drone at Night
Flying your drone at night is great fun and most drone operators will want to have a go at a night flight at some stage.  Before attempting any flying at night you must be sure your can operate your drone to a high standard and are able to respond safely to certain situations should they arise.  Please see below some points for safe flying but it you are advised to use your own judgement of what you consider to be safe.Before flying at night you should apply all your normal checks and safety precautions which are too numerous to list here but such things as making sure you have set t..
Operations Manual for Leicester Drones
After having received my Permission for Aerial Work PFAW from the Civil Aviation Authority CAA I decided to make my Operations Manual public.  The reason for this to help others see what a completed manual looks like and what is involved in preparing one. This manual contains such information as - Safety and Organisational Layout.  Responsibilities of Pilot in Command.  Aircraft Technical Specifications.  Drone Maintenance Principles and Regime.  Firmware Update Policy.  Flight Planning and Preparation.  Pre-Flight and Post-Flight Tests.  Take Off Proced..
Permission for Commercial Operations
I have finally done my drone test so I can now apply for my Permission for Aerial Work PFAW from the Civil Aviation Authority CAA.  About half my customers are professional drone users such as Aerial Photographers, Wedding Photographers, Surveyors or Estate Agents and they have to have this qualification to be able charge for any work they do which requires a drone. So in order to help them better I decided to get qualified as well. There are 2 ways to get qualified – the first is a week long residential course and the second way is to break the training down into 3 sections and do one at..
Leicester Mercury Article - Drones Really are a Force for Good
Very nice to be asked by The Leicester Mercury to submit an article in defence of drones. Published 25/4/2016 Yes- drones really are a force for good.After a British Airways flight was struck by one last week, drones are in the news again for all the wrong reasons. I will not deny that a drone striking any aircraft could have very serious consequences and action must be taken to prevent this sort of thing happening but have you ever considered all the positive uses of drones? Unmanned Ariel Vehicles are the ideal tool for all sorts of tasks; they are already used by farmers in Leicestershire f..
Leicester Drone Club Rules V1.0
Please see below the Leicester Drone Club Rules V1.0 published on 24/03/16  Timings. Flying times have been now been agreed with the Pub. Flying is only to take place between 15.00hrs and 17.00hrs each Sunday and only when there is a drone meet.  You may set up from 14.45hrs but drones should not be armed for flight until 15.00hrs.  All drones must be on the ground and by 17.00hrs and no further flying can take place after this time. The Drone Club meet will end at 17.15hrs. Drone Pilots Area Drone Pilots – The tables are to be used to set up your ..
DJI Phantom 4 FAQs
The Sleek New DJI Phantom 4 will be with us soon and can be reserved now Please see below some of the Frequently Asked Questions 1. What is ActiveTrack?    ActiveTrack allows an aircraft to track a moving subject without a separate GPS tracker. Simply tap on the mobile device screen inside the DJI GO app to select the subject to be tracked. The aircraft will lock on the subject and start tracking it automatically from a safe distance.    2. What is TapFly?    TapFly means you can fly in any direction with a tap of the finger, without a remote c..
DJI Phantom 3 4K FAQs
With the release today of the Phantom 3 4K I have put down some of the Frequently Asked Questions from DJI. This will prove to be a really popular drone and it is very competitively priced but it is important to understand what make this latest Phantom different.   What are the main differences between the Phantom 3 4K and the Phantom 3 models? The Phantom 3 4K is the only one of the Phantom range to feature a powerful camera capable of 4K video and Wi-Fi connectivity for the live video feed.   How do I reset the Wi-Fi video downlink? Option 1: Turn on th..
Leicester City Council Drone & Model Aircraft Policy 2015
Leicester City Council Drone & Model Aircraft Policy 2015   Leicester City Council has introduced a Drone usage policy in response to an upsurge in public request and usage occurrences on council land including parks and public open spaces.   Traditionally unmanned aircraft have only been used by model aircraft enthusiasts for recreational purposes. However, they are increasingly being used for professional applications such as surveillance and data gathering. Such aircraft are likely to be operated in a way that may pose a greater risk to the general pub..
Did you get a DJI Drone for Christmas? Please see my 3 tips for safe flying
A big thank you to everybody who ordered a DJI Drone from me this Christmas. Please see these three tips so your first flight is as amazing as you've imagined it! 1. Inspect your aircraft and batteries Before you head out to fly, make sure that the batteries in your remote controller and aircraft including any spares are all fully charged. When you are flying regularly check the battery level indicator on your screen. 2. Calibrate your compass before taking off Before you take off from a new site calibrate your compass. Each location has slightly different electroma..
Hot Tips for Flying your Quadcopter in the Cold‏
Flying your DJI Quadcopter in winter can be fun, but we have heard that some of our users have experienced issues when flying in cold weather. Did you know that as the temperature drops, so does the performance of the LiPo battery inside your aircraft? Read on to find out how to look after your battery and keep yourself in the air. The Science LiPo, or Lithium Polymer batteries drain faster the colder they get because the chemical reactions that they use to create electricity are slowed. This starts to occur at temperatures lower than 59°F (15°C) and is a known issue of ..
The Birstall Post Interview Entrepreneur Starts Drone Business
Very nice to catch up with Jerry Jackson from the Birstall Post which has been our village newspaper for over 30 years.  Jerry came down to have a chat with me and published this story which I hope gives people a bit more of an understanding on drones and their uses as well as some info on why I started Leicester Drones. ..
BBC Radio Leicester Interview
Great fun today to visit BBC Radio Leicester and meet Jonathan Lampon and the team. I was invited in to discuss how drones are effecting our everyday lives and the current regulations that are in place.  Jonathan asked some interesting questions about how I first became involved with drones and also wanted to know about privacy and drone safety. I also took a DJI Phantom 3 Professional into the studio to show him and explain the basic features such as the GPS Positioning, Camera and Remote Control. It was all great fun and I would like to say thanks again to Jonathan and the team for invi..
Highcross Welcomes Leicesterdrones.com
I've always wanted to have a stand and display my drones and quadcopters at the Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester and last week I did.  We took several drones and had them on display in the main mall just outside of Debenhams.  On display were a DJI Inspire 1, Phantom 3 Professional and a Phantom 3 Standard. We also had a drone set up without propellers so we could demonstrate some of the features.  It was great to meet so many people so thanks very much if you stopped by to have a look and say hello.  A big thank you also to Karen Heyes and the other staff at the High..
Leicester Drone Club Meeting
The next Leicester Drone Club Meet will be held this Wednesday 19th August at the fields to the rear of the Leicester Senior Service Club, 295 Loughborough Road, Leicester LE4 5PN. From Red Hill Island go down Loughborough Road and The club is located on the left hand side between the Outdoor Pursuits Center and Bestway Cash and Carry. There is a some level grass to take off and land from and then a nice big field behind. I will be there from 7pm so please come down. If you have any questions please get in touch. Regards, Chris ..
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