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  1. Hi all,Just bought a drone? Already a professional? A drone enthusiast? Regardless, your help is needed!I am looking for drone/RPAS/UAV pilots and enthusiasts to be a part of research I am undertaking into drone flying practices in the UK.What are the aims of the project? I’m exploring what kind of airspace is produced by the interactions between regulation on the one hand and the actual experience of drone flying on the other. What do we know about the invisible politics of airspace? How important is the drone user in shaping their own flying experience? Don’t worry about answering that of course… that’s my job!How could you contribute?I’m looking for two types of contributions, both of which would be completely anonymous in the final research: Flight diary – regardless of how long you’ve been flying drones, I’m looking for pilots (beginner, hobbyist, professional, whatever!) to record a diary of the experience of just a few drone flights over the next 2 months - I'd give plenty of pointers as to the kind of things to talk about, and time commitment is all up to you. This might then be followed up by an interview if you’d be willing. Interview – if you work in the industry, this would be a short (informal) interview discussing your own drone flying habits and interests, along with the wider sentiment of the industry/your company. I am based in London, though you would not be expected to travel – please do get in contact wherever you are as I would love to hear from you.If you are interested or would like further information, please get in contact with me via PM or by email – droneflightresearch@gmail.comThank you for your time!HarryGeography undergraduate student at Oxford with a keen interest in the aviation industry, currently undertaking research for my dissertation.
  2. Hi, my wife is buying me a drone for christmas, I have also been a keen amateur photographer for many years, now I am looking forward to learning to fly and take some amazing photos.
  3. Just introdfucing myself as a new memberwho may be slightly different from the rest. My interest in drones has been sparked by my disability. I am trying to learn to fly them so I can take my camera where I cannot go myself (which is most places nowadays) allowing me to continue my hobby and old profession to some extent. I have started to learn using simulators on my Mac and iPad, as well as using a real life one, the Syma X5C . Yes I do have a long way to go, especially as I want to pass the CAA PFAW and then I feel I can teach other disabled people to use the drones to give them more freedom. Living on the borders of the Lake District national park means that it is often wet, and frequently windy, but I try and fly my toy inside when I can just to get used to the various aspects of using one. Any advice, help or just chat would be welcome especially from other disabled flyers. Mike
  4. Hello All Just joined this community and looking forward to helping and learning! I am a CAA pilot in the UK Based in Ashford Kent Looking forward to working anywhere though, As I like to travel! Only recently Passed with the CAA so still on a learning Curve. Over 15 years as a pro Photographer and Cinematographer. Just made a little site here for my drone side of the business Aerial Photography Ashford SDimaging Recently went on a trip to iceland and shot this video just for fun! youtube site Look forward to chatting. Scott
  5. I'm hoping people with experience can give me some hints and tell me where you've made mistakes and what you've learnt
  6. Hi everyone, I'm Ex Military and Commercial Aviation. I've just started a couple of new businesses here in the UK, 1 being UK Drones, the other Fishtripadvisor. I'm looking for a decent uav, aerial photography and cinematography. Been trying to buy a Typhoon H pro from Yuneec here in the UK, but to be honest it looks like they are not bothered about making money, are they getting too big? I really liked the Typhoon, but might have to look at others. Anyway, nice to be part of your community. Regards Shaun
  7. Hi everyone. My name is Bob and I live in Surrey, England in the UK (Soon to no longer be part of the "EU"). One of my part-time hobbies is photography and recently, due to a prostate infection, I had been off work for several months. This gave me the opportunity to watch plenty of You Tube videos about drones, the different types, brands and the do's and don'ts of flying etc. I settled on a DJI Phantom 3 Standard as my first venture into the hobby. May get a bigger, better one later on. I have bought 2 extra batteries (official ones) and a gimbal/camera guard. I had a couple of small "incidents" at low level and luckily onto soft bushes and grass so no damage other than green scars on blades. I'm going to France for D Day events again this year and this was one of the reasons wanted to buy one. I'm hoping to get written permission from the cemetary at Omaha for some shots, and will be contacting French Aviation Authority to get official guidelines for useage in France. Any experience or tips most gratefully received. Cheers all Bob
  8. Hi all, Whilst I have no ambition to become a professional, I am still keen to keep up to date on UAV innovation and also to keep on top of legislation that is relevant to the places where I wish to fly.
  9. Hi my name is Iain from the Stonehaven in the North East of Scotland. I initialy bought a used 450 quadcopter a couple of years ago then gave that away and built my own 450 and recently built a 550 Hexacopter using DJI NAZA V2 controller and E300 motors. I have always had a keen interest in Model aircraft from many moons ago and very involved with photography and saw the drones(I must admit I hate that description) as a way to get some different images from different viewpoints. However, I still view myself very much as a newbie as I have not had much flying experience. At the moment i am modifying my Hex to take a 4S battery and fit a new 3D gimbal with a gopro hero 4 black to try some video filming. Always open to new ideas and advice on how to imporve the stability of the camera in flight.
  10. Hi All New to the forum, I have been interested in the role of UAV within Technology for a long tome, especially for the potential to provide messed communications networks for disaster areas, at the moment I was thinking of the current earth quake in Italy. However it seems communications is still a way off (please correct me if I'm wrong) .. but the use of UAV for surveying within construction and Mining is a very health market, one question I have particularly on Mapping software. Is there a current mapping software that would recognize Japanese knot-weed. The interesting fact in the UK most construction companies have to take soil samples to ensure it is not present, if they find it is present then its a large cost to excavate approx 3 ft of the upper layer of soil and replace the soil before building can commence. If we are looking at specific areas for digital mapping with the construction sector this could be a good a real potential. Regards Buzz
  11. Hi all, I have recently started a new job with a company that is producing the next generation of drones. Without giving too much away, our drones will significantly increase the flight time, distance and payload capabilities that that restrict existing drones. Our drones will also be able to withstand greater environmental conditions i.e. higher wind and heavier rainfall. As with existing drones, our next generation drone can be used in a multitude of markets from sports, film & entertainment recording, commercial, search & rescue, Inspection, emergency response, Oil & Gas, renewable energy, delivery companies etc. I would like to hear from anyone that has came across operations that have been restricted by current drone limitations or who may have an application that our technological advances would be advantageous. Regards Chris
  12. Hi all, Just a quick hello from the UK. Looking to connect with other's from around the World. Cheers, Steve FAA Dispatch Instructor
  13. Hi all, haven't flown yet! but looking to start really soon with a Phantom 4 i think. Looking round for some beginner courses before buying. michael
  14. Hi, I am a fairly new drone user and have a DJI Phantom 3 Standard. I am very interested in photography which is the reason I bought this particular model of drone. I am interested particularly to hear from other P3S users to gain any advice which will help me as well as sharing any information I have to help others. My main drive is always to fly safely within our own CAA guidelines and as I visit Texas fairly r=frequently, to abide by FAA regulations. If anybody wants a chat, please contact me. Fly safe!!
  15. Just joined. I am a retired surveyor interested in the use of drones for the inspection of high buildings and structures; also in connection with ground survey. Looking to learn and welcoming tips and advice Waiting for delivery of a Hubsan 502S
  16. Hi, My name is Kerr I'm interested in finding out what tools/resources pilots are currently using to pre-plan and log flights? Thanks for your time, Kerr
  17. Hi all, I am a beginner, having struggled to learn on a Hubsan 107L, I have now acquired an MXJ X101. A very different bird. I know it's very much entry-level, so am not expecting too much from it but is it possible to extend the control range? 100 meters isn't much and I'd hate to see it just drift off into the distance! Once I have managed a few flights - the weather here is not ideal for flying at the moment - I will upload some videos. Don't expect too much; it's only a 1mp camera.
  18. Hi all, received the below email from Ren out of Manchester. With his permission, I'm posting. Hope this is helpful to those of you in the UK considering getting your PFAW. -- Hi Alan, Ren here in the UK. I have just undergone the process to become a professional UAV pilot here in the UK. To do this you need a permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (the UK equivalent of your FAA) and have to undergo training with a CAA accredited organisation to achieve this. There are a number of organisations that offer this service and it’s up to the individual involved which one you go with. Often this will come down to the one which offers to run the course nearest to where you live but they all offer more or less the same thing. The goal is obtain a permission to fly for payment or valuable consideration from the CAA. The process is set out below. Firstly sign up with a accredited organisation. It’s fairly expensive! Expect to pay around £1,600 (About $2,400) but you do get a comprehensive package. Part one: Attend (usually) a 3 day classroom based training course. The courses are usually taken by air professionals, either ex pilots or ex RAF (Royal Air Force) personnel. So they know what they’re talking about! This part of the course covers the basics. The theory of flight, weather, navigation, air law, flight planning, lipo batteries and how to go about writing your operations manual. Part of the course involves a flight planning scenario, here you are given a fictitious flight operation and you have to plan it according to all the air laws and regulations and brief your flight to the instructor and the rest of the class. It all seems a bit daunting at first but they make it as humorous as possible whilst sticking to the seriousness of the subject. It is actually quite good fun. I enjoyed it and obviously you get to meet other people that want to get into the professional flying sector. At the end of the 3 day course you have to take a theory of flight examination, the pass mark is 75%, so if you can get above this, you’re in! The examination is 90 minutes long and you must answer every question. I passed! Before the 3 day course (at least with the company that I signed up with) there was an e-earning element, so you cover most of the first day of the course online before you even reach the classroom. I found this really useful and it really gives you a head start and a taste of what to expect. Part two: You have to write an operations manual. This is a document that sets out how you are going to conduct your UAV business. Mostly it is to do with safety but it is quite a substantial document and will run into around 50 pages of A4 size text! It is perhaps the hardest part of the process. It took me one month to write my operations manual. Once completed you have to submit your operations manual for acceptance. Your manual will be reviewed by flight professionals. My first submission was rejected but they point out the areas that they want you to change and all you need do is amend these areas, you don’t have to re-write the entire manual! At the very beginning, they emphasise that it has to be your operations manual and relates to the type of UAV that you are going to use in your business. If you try copying someone else’s manual, they will know and it could get you kicked off the course if you try this and you don’t get your money back! After having your operations manual accepted, you move onto the final stage. Part three: Operations and flight practical test. In this you have to demonstrate that you can actually fly a UAV! You are assigned an instructor (mine was an army helicopter pilot) and they give you a mission to fly. Your job is to plan the mission according to what you have written in your operations manual and stick to the air law element of the theory element of the course. So on the day, you have to plan the mission, look out for the weather (TAF or METAR), know the type of airspace that you are flying in (controlled – uncontrolled) erect a take off and landing cordon and choose an emergency landing site. Obviously the best bit of this part of the course is that you actually get to fly your UAV. You have to demonstrate that you can fly and have good control, I had to demonstrate that I could fly in full manual mode as I had written this in my operations manual. They give you 3 emergencies to deal with on the test and you have to deal with these immediately and without hesitation or you will fail. I passed. Part of your operations manual will have to include an emergency procedures section. You have to write it as challenge and response. So for instance: Loss of GPS Signal: 1. Fight mode.................................................................................................................Change 2. GPS.............................................................................................................................Regained 3. Land............................................................................................................................ASAP Public Encroachment: 1. Safe Configuration.....................................................................................................Select If the matter cannot be resolved 2. Landing site...............................................................................................................Select 3. Land...........................................................................................................................As soon as it is safe to do so Air Incursion: If another aircraft manned or unmanned were to enter the AOO 1. Landing site...............................................................................................................Select 2.Land.............................................................................................................................ASAP The PIC would be responsible for the reporting of any incident post flight. Anyway, you get my my drift! The emergency procedures that I was given were 1. Pilot incapacitation 2. A bird strike 3. Air incursion. So basically for incapacitation you just hit the home button or turn of the transmitter, they want to see that your UAV can return on its own to the home point. Most of it is land as soon as possible. It’s all fairly straight forward but you have to remember what YOU have written in YOUR operations manual. You have then completed all the elements required. They pass you and give you a recommendation. You then apply (and pay the fee £112 – $168) to the CAA for a permission to fly. Once you have the permission you can fly for payment or valuable consideration. The permission lasts for 1 year, you then have re-apply but you don’t have to do the course again, you just have to re-apply annually. The re-application fee is £56 – $112 annually. If and when you get a new UAV you need to update your operations manual and submit it to the CAA. The fee is per aircraft by the way, so it could get very expensive if you intend to operate several different types of aircraft. You also have to have public liability insurance, you won’t get your permission unless you are fully insured. And that’s about it! It sounds hard but it’s not that bad. It took me 4 months from deciding that I wanted to do it, to finally getting qualified. All the best, Ren, Manchester United Kingdom.
  19. Hi there everyone, I just thought I would write my first message to introduce myself. I'm Karl from the UK, I am currently a tree surgeon however I am half way through getting my Cap-C PFAW, I have done the theory side, now just battling my way through the operations manual (tedious) before I can go for my practical exam I hope to meet new hobbyists and commercial pilots to share thoughts and ideas!