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In all honesty, I have never been interested in flying model aircraft, drones or photography or videography for that matter; so why do I now find myself as the proud owner of a Mavic 2 Pro (commonly referred to as a “flying toaster” by one of my more professional drone colleagues) & why I find myself part way through the completion of my Permissions for Commercial Operations (PfCO) certification?(Incidentally, my colleague flies a drone that weighs about 26Kg – so about the same as a microwave!)The size does not matter - after all, all drones are a bloomin nuisance, just toys and invaders ..
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Below is a quick summary of what the CAA reported on the 21st October 2019 as to what will need to be done in regards to drone regulations.  Who? Everyone who flies a drone above 250 g outside. When? You can register from 5th November 2019, you must be registered by 30th November 2019 onwards. How much? £9 per year. What is FlyerID? A code you need to have on you when flying any drone. To obtain the code you must complete a 20 question multiple choice test every 3 years, you must get at least 16/20 correct. This is free. What is OperatorID? A code you receive after paying £9 every year to..
Coming 1st October 2019[6] the CAA will need to comply with the Government's legislation to implement a drone registration system, it will be mandatory for all people with small unmanned aircraft (SUA) over 250 g to register by the end of November, currently this is set to cost £16.50[1] and will involve an online test, this cost will be finalised in July.Have a look below for common questions and answers.I only fly model aeroplanes, does this new drone law apply to me?Yes, any SUA user, whether it be a model or drone will need to have their SUA registered, and all drone retailers will need to..
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In the past DJI have claimed that their Professional products are modular, but customers have been disappointed when they find out their older drone parts are now useless, for example batteries, propellers, cameras, gimbals and chargers of the Inspire 1 were not at all compatible with the Inspire 2, and all new cameras released for the Inspire 2  were not backwards compatible with the Inspire 1. Customers were also disgruntled when their consumer drone parts cannot be used to reduce the cost of upgrading to a professional level drone - none of the Phantom 4 accessories, camera, remote co..
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A table summary of the basic stats of consumer drone, click through and select the specification on each listing for more infoDroneDJI RYZE TelloYuneec Mantis QDJI SparkYuneec Typhoon HDJI Mavic AirDJI Mavic 2 ZoomDJI Mavic 2 ProDJI P4 Pro V2Price£99.00£449.99£579.00£729.00£769.00£1099.00£1299.00£1589.00Flight time (mins)1333162521313130Max Video Recording Quality720p 30 FPS4k 30 FPS1080p 30 FPS4k 30 FPS4k 30 FPS4k 30 FPS4k 30 FPS4k 60 FPSMax FPS (frames per second)30 FPS at 720p60 FPS at 1080p30 FPS at 1080p120FPS at 1080p120 FPS at 1080p120 FPS at 1080p120 FPS at 1080p120 FPS at 1080pMax sti..
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Drone Scam Sites and how to avoid them - a few tips
We all want the best deal when buying a drone and a quick search online will bring up all sorts of offers with some of them seeming too good to be true. We all love to save a bit of money and seeing a drone for well below the normal retail price can unfortunately sometimes cloud our judgement. It is all too easy to order from a site which appears to be a UK retailer but is in fact not based in the UK at all. What this means is that at worst you will lose all your money and even have your personal details passed on to other scam sites who will then target you with emails and even contact you by..
Flying your Drone Inside a Building
Most drone users would like to fly a drone inside and if you are a commercial operator you may have to sometime or another. All sorts of building have been filmed inside and out with drones for promotional purposes so I would like to go over a few things which you may need to think about. Please note that by inside I mean such places as industrial and commercial premises, factories, churches, museums and wedding venues - not your house. Flying a drone inside is very different to flying one outside and there are some very important things to be aware of so I have made a list below but it is by ..
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..
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