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  1. I'l be going for the LaTrax Alias Quad-Rotor - looks good is on the cheap drones for beginners list and robust for all those little knocks, dings and unexpcted landings..
  2. Hi Alan, Thanks for those to links..looks like just what a newbie needs. Gavin
  3. Hi, After reviewing the list of best budget/starter drones from this site I have, for my first UAV, decided on the Traxxas La Trax Aiias. The main reason being that I suspect it might need to take a few wipouts, dings, bangs edirectytc whilst I find the skills to pilot it effectively and safely. Whilst the immediacy of the out of the box excitement and fly of a drone will be met, I also want to start building and coding my own drones so that I truly get to grips with what it takes to get a UAV into the sky, keep it there and control it. To that end I would like to ask if there is any recommended books on coding, related software, GPS etc specifically linked to drones/UAVs? I know it's a bit green, so myapologies but I wasn't sure how to word it! Any advice appreciated and thanks for your time Gavin
  4. Ok, I think I'm getting ahead of myself but nothing ventured nothing gained! So I have been looking at various UAV manufacturers. My initial list includes Yuneec and DJI. Yuneec were a firm favourite based on the performance and reviews and a nice price point. That was all before the guys at Icarus Aerials pointed out in Aerial and 3D Mapping course - the Mapping Hardware module covered somethig that I hadn't even considered, that being an important point of geotagging photographs. So currently that appears to discount the Yuneec Hexacopters - obviously happy for arguements in favour of the Yuneecs and any associated workarounds for geotagging. What I am looking to achieve is value adds to topographical (TSC2 with an S3 and TSC2 with a 5600 for GPS. We also use 3D laser scanning (Trimble TX5) for elevations and internal work. I work as a Junior Assistant Surveyor and amtrying to get the company to extend their remit and go outside their staples of land based surveys. The cost for the CAA course and UAV will have to be mine as they are not in the right mind set to to take up the new challenges and engage with clients to offer it as a service. Thanks to Spitfire 76 and the thread he shared - http://bestdroneforthejob.com/drones-for-work/agriculture-drone-buyers-guide/ I now have questions based around the brilliant section 'How Flying Cameras Measure Crop Health'. With VIS and NIR is possible through the use of an appropriate filter to determine the species of trees in a forest based on colour scale for Oak, Beech, Ash, Horn Beam, Alder etc? If not is this sort of data/detail possible through any other multi-spectral imagery? Is thermalimaging included in the banner of multi-spectral imagery or is a separate solution? As well as that I have a number of questions around the 3D requirements in terms of software, camera, UAVs capable of performing the task of capturing the required data and the back end system requirements to interpret the data. How reliable is the data in terms of accuracy? Then this accuracy point brings me to GIS, just how accurate is it when used to fix specific points like buildings, street furniture like man hole and inspections covers, verges and kerbs, lamp posts etc. Can it be used in conjuction with a topographical survey to enhance detail and help a client visualise what is just a 'flat' plan of a site? If I am all over the place in my logic and questions, I apologise just put it down to being more than a little green Thanks for your time Gavin
  5. Ok, I think I'm getting ahead of myself but nothing ventured nothing gained! So I have been looking at various UAV manufacturers. My initial list includes Yuneec and DJI. Yuneec were a firm favourite based on the performance and reviews and a nice price point. That was all before the guys at Icarus Aerials pointed out in Aerial and 3D Mapping course - the Mapping Hardware module covered somethig that I hadn't even considered, that being an important point of geotagging photographs. So currently that appears to discount the Yuneec Hexacopters - obviously happy for arguements in favour of the Yuneecs and any associated workarounds for geotagging. What I am looking to achieve is value adds to topographical (TSC2 with an S3 and TSC2 with a 5600 for GPS. We also use 3D laser scanning (Trimble TX5) for elevations and internal work. I work as a Junior Assistant Surveyor and amtrying to get the company to extend their remit and go outside their staples of land based surveys. The cost for the CAA course and UAV will have to be mine as they are not in the right mind set to to take up the new challenges and engage with clients to offer it as a service. Thanks to Spitfire 76 and the thread he shared - http://bestdroneforthejob.com/drones-for-work/agriculture-drone-buyers-guide/ I now have questions based around the brilliant section 'How Flying Cameras Measure Crop Health'. With VIS and NIR is possible through the use of an appropriate filter to determine the species of trees in a forest based on colour scale for Oak, Beech, Ash, Horn Beam, Alder etc? If not is this sort of data/detail possible through any other multi-spectral imagery? Is thermalimaging included in the banner of multi-spectral imagery or is a separate solution? As well as that I have a number of questions around the 3D requirements in terms of software, camera, UAVs capable of performing the task of capturing the required data and the back end system requirements to interpret the data. How reliable is the data in terms of accuracy? Then this accuracy point brings me to GIS, just how accurate is it when used to fix specific points like buildings, street furniture like man hole and inspections covers, verges and kerbs, lamp posts etc. Can it be used in conjuction with a topographical survey to enhance detail and help a client visualise what is just a 'flat' plan of a site? If I am all over the place inmy logic and questions, I apologise just put it down to being more than a little green Thanks for your time Gavin
  6. Hi all, Just been added to the UAV Cach family and thought I'd drop in. I'm not sure that I belong here yet as I have never flown a UAV, and have yet to get my PfCO That aside I have been looking at this sector for a while and beive strongly that this is a direction that will benefit me. I currently work a small family business as a topographical and 3D scanner surveyor. I want to extend my remit and offer aerial, thermal and 3D surveys using a UAV.. So if I ask any bloopers/newbie/green questions try not to laugh too much and politely show me the error of my ways!! Look forward to dealing with some of you in the not too distant future. Thanks Gavin