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Old 22 November 2013, 09:29   #1
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I am just in the process of ordering one of these - Storm Drone 6 - with all the bells and whistles such as stabilized camera mount. Will flu it off the back of the boat to film events etc. The GPS model is great as it has an automatic return to base etc. You get amazing pics from these - and the whole package is not that expensive.

Does anyone have any experience of drones - is anyone aware of any licencing laws in the UK? I have seen them used at events abroad recently (eg France) and the operators said they just used them freely.
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Old 22 November 2013, 09:36   #2
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Check THIS out Data protection also come into it... As well as 3rd party Insurance, as we must have for R/C Aircraft,
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Old 22 November 2013, 09:39   #3
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Is the unit waterproof ? You know murphys law states it will end in the water... looking forward to seeing some footage.
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Old 22 November 2013, 11:40   #6
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I was going to get one earlier in the year and did a fair bit of research. The best I found at the time was this one......

SteadiDrone QU4D RTF - Ready To Fly

Not cheap but has the gimbal for mounting the go pro and you can angle the arms to minimise the rotors being in the film. The video at the bottom of the page is great.

Ended up buying another outboard instead on the list for next year
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I am just in the process of ordering one of these - Storm Drone 6 - with all the bells and whistles such as stabilized camera mount. Will flu it off the back of the boat to film events etc. The GPS model is great as it has an automatic return to base etc. You get amazing pics from these - and the whole package is not that expensive.

Does anyone have any experience of drones - is anyone aware of any licencing laws in the UK? I have seen them used at events abroad recently (eg France) and the operators said they just used them freely.
Might be worth sending a Pm to Ribraff....

I'm sure he can give you good advice...

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I have a few here, if it's your first then don't go that complicated or expensive, have a look at the DJI stuff, their controllers are considered the best out there and you can get something in the air for under 500 - that's before you add camera gear. There are a few waterproof options out there, just google waterproof quadcopter.

If you are new to flying RC things then buy a Blade MQX to learn on, you get everything you need in a box for 100. These things look easy and fun but there is a lot to learn.

There are a lot of rules out there, even down down to needing a commercial pilots license if you fly for money and be careful if you start to put video transmitters on them - do the research before you get your credit card out.

If anyone fancies learning to fly or needs any guidance then I'm happy to lend a hand, it's a great thing to do when the cold weather sets in - I thought about using mine to film the RIB but didn't fancy the landing, be a pity if the blades hit the tubes.

This is a good deal but I'd go for a Quad to start with.
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Old 22 November 2013, 13:19   #10
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I have a few here, if it's your first then don't go that complicated or expensive, have a look at the DJI stuff, their controllers are considered the best out there and you can get something in the air for under 500 - that's before you add camera gear. There are a few waterproof options out there, just google waterproof quadcopter.

If you are new to flying RC things then buy a Blade MQX to learn on, you get everything you need in a box for 100. These things look easy and fun but there is a lot to learn.

There are a lot of rules out there, even down down to needing a commercial pilots license if you fly for money and be careful if you start to put video transmitters on them - do the research before you get your credit card out.

If anyone fancies learning to fly or needs any guidance then I'm happy to lend a hand, it's a great thing to do when the cold weather sets in - I thought about using mine to film the RIB but didn't fancy the landing, be a pity if the blades hit the tubes.

This is a good deal but I'd go for a Quad to start with.
http://www.buildyourowndrone.co.uk/D...h3-2d-f550.htm
Cool a man in the know! Are they easier to fly then helis. Still on hovering with my 450 qs heli
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Much easier as they are stabilised on every axis in the same way the gyro holds the tail on your 450.

The DJI controller has a feature, as long as you use the GPS, called intelligent flight control, so regardless of where the mulitcopter is pointing is will go to your left when you give it left stick, your right with right stick, back and forth in the same way - so if you loose orientation (you will one day with your 450!!) you can just pull the stick back it it will fly back to you, you can also flick a switch and the auto pilot takes over and flies it back then lands it for you.
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Old 22 November 2013, 14:23   #12
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I had heard that and with the autopilot landing, and hold they are a bit more forgiving. However I do like a challenge not quite ready for nose in just yet!
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Be careful....... Them drones tricky

"An aerial target drone malfunctioned and crashed into a United States Navy ship off the coast of southern California on Saturday, leaving two sailors with minor burns, a Navy spokeswoman said.

Two Navy ships were involved in radar tracking exercise as part of a routine training exercise at sea on Saturday afternoon when the drone malfunctioned and collided with the USS Chancellorsville, a guided-missile cruiser, the spokeswoman said on Sunday.

"No person was seriously injured," according to Lieutenant Lenaya Rotklein, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Third Fleet. About 300 people were aboard the ship at the time, she said. "
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All v good stuff - and thanks to all for contributions. Sorry for delay in reply - was on a train.
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My friend shots with a DJI. The reviews on them are very good.
Amazon.com: DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter for GoPro: Camera & Photo

Tons of videos on youtube too. This is a video my friend shot at our local dive site. There is a boat ramp in the video!
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There is a boat ramp in the video!
And very curiously, someone brushing their hare at the end
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I thought, briefly, about gently chastising you for your spelling of "hare", but after watching the video I decided not to............
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We've had a company flying one off the deck of the commercial boat during the summer for a short while to do wind turbine blade examination. Lucrative work for the operator, but I think the final decision here was that it was just too expensive.
Back to a man and a pair of binos, followed when required by a dope on a rope abseiling down the blades again. Which is even more lucrative but not a job for anyone with a healthy respect for heights!
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I thought, briefly, about gently chastising you for your spelling of "hare", but after watching the video I decided not to............
You thought you'd caught me on the hop, eh?
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