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  1. Brent

    Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

    Hello @ChuckBridges, Here is a link to Recreational access to Grazing leases https://maps.srd.alberta.ca/RecAccess/Viewer/?TermsOfUseRequired=true&Viewer=RecAccess. There is also an app IHUNTER AB with basically the same info. You can locate leases and determine the leaseholder contact info as well as any restrictions for access. Worked well for me. As long as you fly within the guidelines as set out by Transport Canada, you should be good. You should also check for a MAAC club in your area (Windy West RC Club springs to mind) which will have some resources perhaps. I, unfortunately, have been grounded. Apparently both my knees have reached the end of their service cycle and replacement parts are on back-order. Good luck with flying your Q500 4K. I had a blast while I was able. Signing off. Brent
  2. Some positive movement! http://www.wsj.com/articles/faa-grants-its-first-approval-for-flights-of-commercial-drones-at-night-1461196638 By ANDY PASZTOR Updated April 20, 2016 10:25 p.m. ET 1 COMMENTS The Federal Aviation Administration has issued the first approval for flights of small commercial drones at night, according to lawyers for the operator, in the latest sign of how quickly U.S. regulators are moving to authorize expanded uses of unmanned aircraft. Responding to pent-up industry demand for more flexible rules, the move will allow the U.S. unit of Toronto-based Industrial Skyworks Inc. to perform nighttime inspections of buildings and roofs with specially equipped drones flown by trained pilots—and under a spate of additional safety conditions. But the FAA’s decision, which could set an important precedent for the nascent industry, highlights that agency leaders are discarding or revising earlier operating restrictions for unmanned aircraft systems as part of the policy shift that seems to be gaining speed. Until the exemption was granted this week, agency officials repeatedly said any operations of drones after sunset—even small models or ones with enhanced safety features—would have to wait until further tests, analyses and formal rules were completed. The flights still must be conducted within sight of the operator on the ground. An FAA spokeswoman didn’t have any immediate comment. But in a detailed, 24-page decision, John Duncan, head of the FAA’s flight-standards service, laid out the reasoning behind the new conclusion. The decision capped an administrative proceeding that stretched some 16 months. RELATED Proposals Seek to Expand Uses of Small Commercial Drones Why Drones Aren’t Delivering to Investors Yet FAA to Consider Allowing Small Drones to Fly Over People In addition to requiring anticollision lights on the drone visible to pilots of manned aircraft and anybody else at distances up to 5,000 feet, the operator agreed to notify agency officials days before certain flights commence. Also, the person controlling the drone will be a traditional pilot with the required medical certificate plus mandatory training in night flights; the unmanned vehicle must automatically provide the pilot with its precise location and altitude; and the company pledged to halt or land flights immediately in case of serious technical glitches, or if unauthorized vehicles, individuals or aircraft encroach on the area. Nighttime roof inspections with specialized sensors can be helpful in detecting budding structural problems. FAA officials “took their time to carefully evaluate our application,” but in the end “we demonstrated that nighttime (operations) can enhance commercial missions while reducing risks to people and property,” according to Kenneth Quinn, the company’s attorney and head of the aviation and drone practice in Washington, D.C., for Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw and Pittman LLP. The approval comes weeks before the FAA is expected to issue long-awaited rules for widespread commercial operations of small drones, covering an array of uses ranging from airborne photography to agriculture to inspections of power lines, pipelines and cell towers. So far, such unmanned vehicles have been conducting commercial flights based on thousands of individual exemptions previously OK'd by the agency. But demands for a different system have been growing dramatically, particularly as Congress prods the agency to open up more uses and the FAA projects that a total of more than seven million drones may be purchased over the next 15 years by hobbyists, average consumers and would-be commercial operators. On Wednesday, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a drone-industry conference in Florida the agency was pushing hard to change traditional safety practices to be more nimble and responsive. “We’re growing and learning all the time,” Mr. Huerta stressed in his prepared remarks. “Clearly there is a middle road, where safety and innovation coexist on relatively equal” footing, “and we feel like we’re hitting a sweet spot lately.” In the decision document, the agency emphasized that “operations at night pose a higher safety risk because the reduced visibility makes it more difficult for the remote pilot to visually locate” drones, or “determine the relative separation with other aircraft” to avoid potential collisions. Still, the FAA determined there would be adequate safeguards to allow operations in the dark. For starters, the agency noted the company had experience flying drones at night in other countries. Moreover, roof-inspection drones slated for this country will fly preprogrammed routes, taking off and landing only from locations that will be illuminated. And the FAA is mandating the operator to formally notify other potential airspace users of its plans, and to coordinate with agency air-traffic control facilities to prevent possible conflicts.
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    An Alliance

    Well, @Alan Perlman, here are my thoughts on this: 1. Because of the lawsuit launched by DJI against Yuneeq, Yuneeq may not be feeling as collaborative with a group that includes their antagonist 2. DJI already spans the manufacture of consumer and professional UAV’s. It makes sense 3DR jumped into this alliance as they have already stated their focus will turn to commercial applications (http://www.uavexpertnews.com/3dr-cuts-jobs/) and have already cut off phone support for their consumer product and have partnered with AutoDesk and Sony recently (http://www.uavexpertnews.com/3dr-collaborates-with-autodesk-and-sony/) 3. It also makes sense to include Parrot in the fray. Although Parrot is known for their consumer product, they are far better known for their commercial grade civil UAV’s in Europe produced under the company name Sensefly. In fact the Parrot UAV was the first UAV to be determined as compliant pursuant to Transport Canada’s airworthiness requirements. (https://www.sensefly.com/news-single/article/ebee-becomes-canadas-first-compliant-fixed-wing-drone.html) 4. Although Amazon and Google are backers of the Small UAV Coalition, their focus (read fight) lies in a specific direction. Because of their influence and immensity, they tend to draw attention only to their end goals rather than the overall goals of the Coalition. It makes sense to initiate a separate lobby group 5. As far as GoPro goes. They already have a relationship with DJI products and to a greater extent 3DR. With their slide in popularity, it makes sense to align themselves with companies that may look favourably in future partnering should GoPro produce (maybe tailor-fit) a product that adds value in the commercial UAV world Just my thoughts. Pure speculation, But sometimes I like to kick the dirt just to see what’s underneath!
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    An Alliance

    Interesting http://dronemanufacturersalliance.org/ http://fortune.com/2016/04/04/new-drone-industry-coalition/
  5. Brent

    Faster Charging

    Hi @Bob Kroth, The Yuneeq flight batteries are 5400 mAh and rated at 1C. That means the batteries should only be charged at 1X the capacity, or in other words, max 5.4 amps. The charger that comes with the 4K charges at 3.5 amps and only charges through the balance connector. Takes about 2 hours per battery. The batteries come charged at 3.7 volts per cell for a total battery charge of 11.1 volts. Max voltage is 4.2 volts per cell for a totally charged battery of 12.6 volts. I recommend a computerized charger that balance charges as well as having the ability to charge/discharge to storage level which is roughly 3.8 volts per cell giving you a battery at storage level of 11.4 volts. I use the Hi-Tec X4 but do your research there are several different brands out there. My X4 charges 4 batteries at a time. Although the output is 200 watts, it only puts out 50 watts per channel so the max I can charge a battery from storage level is approximately 4.4 amps (Volts X Amps = Watts). It takes about an hour to charge all 4 of my batteries at once. The reason it takes less time to charge the battery (besides the higher amperage) is you are charging through the main leads and the balance connector just regulates the voltage in the individual cells. If you go this route, you will need charging leads with E6 male connectors for each battery as well as an XH balance board and balance leads for each battery. Hope that helps. Brent
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    UAV Coach received our 333 exemption!

    Excellent!! Congrats!
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    Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

    @Jon Hovey, that is great advice regarding learning to fly without the camera. It is another piece of expensive equipment you needn't have to worry about. Initial anxiety is bad enough as you practice maneuvers with ever increasing difficulty. It is especially true when learning to fly the Q500 with the GPS disabled. It is entirely a different beast and you don't want the extra stress of having to control the camera as well. I, personally, would shy away from carbon fibre blades until one is very confident in their ability. From what I understand, the stock blades are designed to break at a much lower threshold whereas the CF blades will resist snapping which translates to a higher probability of motor or frame damage from the translated energy should there be an unfortunate mishap. Just my 2 cents worth (1 dime American!)
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    Jet Ski and a DJI Inspire

    Whoops!
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    North of 49 Imaging Biggest Challenge

    Good information @dohara. Really appreciate you sharing. Brent
  10. Hello All, I'm Brent, operating from South of Calgary, Alberta. Picking the 'Biggest Challenge' facing me right now was actually picking just one from such a large data-set of challenges that need overcoming. However, if I don't meet the requirements as set by Transport Canada, the rest of the exercise is moot. So, my biggest challenge is: Complying with all requirements in order to formulate a successful application that results in a valid Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) being issued.
  11. Hi all, and fellow Canucks. I came across this site that may assist in locating an area to explore for future flight planning in Canada. http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/solutions/collaborative/civuas/uav_site_selection_tool.html Hope it is of some assistance. Brent
  12. Brent

    Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

    @Alan Perlman , I'll try to do better.
  13. Brent

    Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

    Welcome @Aaron M to this part of the forum. My Q500 4K arrived yesterday (it took some resolve not to stay home from work today!), so other than what's in this thread so far, I can't help with any tips yet. But, I'm going to make notes as I progress and will be posting any questions I have on this forum. There is a lot of experience gathered here and not just with the Yuneec platform. These are exciting times!! Brent
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    Hello from Abbotsford BC Canada

    Hello @SkkyView, you might want to check out some of these sites http://www.uavinsurance.ca/schools.htm. It's a list compiled by an insurance provider that provides some discount insurance for members of COPA (Canadian Owners & Pilots Association). But there are others. This was just an example of one resource. Evaluate them closely in relation to your needs and expectations. There are some that offer the 'minimum' requirements for operating under an SFOC Exemption and others that offer that and a more in depth course that covers the 'minimum' knowledge requirements for obtaining a SFOC. And of course others that offer classroom and hands-on practical training as well. The more credentials you have, the better you will be received by Transport Canada when your application is reviewed. If I was just starting out, I would ensure the information provided to Transport Canada was clearly and concisely documented and held an edge over others whom just had the 'minimum' requirements. Just my thoughts on the subject. And remember, have fun!
  15. Brent

    Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K

    Thanks @JTBrn for that info. With that in mind, I downloaded the software, and noted the file size did not match. I downloaded again and this time it did match the 107mb advertised size. I unzipped it and it installed properly. i guess I have no choice but to order the dongle now . Thanks again. Brent