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New Bloggers

There are new bloggers on DroneUAV . I am Jo Gillespie (not a girl despite the name), drone pilot and new CAA PfAW holder, currently operating DJI Phantoms under the banner of 10 West Ltd and shortly Wessex Aerial Photography . We will acquire new and more capable kit as we respond to clients’ needs. My partner in these ventures is Jim Mulvaney and he will no doubt tell you about himself in due course.

My background is in mainstream aviation as a commercial airline pilot – I accumulated over 14,000 hours before hanging up the wings. I learned to fly in the RAF but flew for a variety of airlines in the UK before spending 3 years flying DC-10s with Malaysian in KL and then 17 years on a range of Airbus wide-bodies with Emirates in Dubai. I also have a strong background in aviation safety, risk management and accident investigation, and these days I provide consultancy and training services in those fields. You can find me on twitter @safegate and the consultancy at Gates Aviation . A lot of aviation principles translate well into the drone world so we think we are off to a good start.

Jim also has a commercial aviation past and is a qualified engineer so if you have any questions about flying and fixing jets let us know!

UAV Pilots – What to Do When Confronted by Angry Bystanders

There are an increasing number of reports of UAV pilots being attacked by angry members of the public. Some are verbally harassed, others lose their vehicles to shotgun blasts, and still others are outright assaulted. Unfortunately, it’s not much of a surprise that the public opinion of UAVs is negative. The media spotlight seems to shine exclusively on the small number of pilots who misuse their craft — and feeds into the growing paranoia that UAVs exist for the sole purpose of spying.

If you’re unlucky enough to be cornered by an irate bystander while flying, here are some steps you can take to defuse the situation.

Keep Calm

Start by asking the person to wait a moment while you land your craft. If they give you push back on landing, let them know that if the UAV were to collide with a person it could do serious harm. Once you’ve landed your vehicle, take time to listen to their concerns. Avoid escalating the situation by responding in a calm and collected manner. If you are being yelled at, you can gently make the person aware of how confrontational they’re being by stating, “You seem really angry about this.” This can help to calm them down as many people get lost in the moment and don’t realize they are being aggressive.

Explain what you’re doing and why you’re there. If you’re there for professional reasons, tell them. If you’re there as a hobbyist, explain why you fly UAVs and why you chose that area to fly.

Protect Yourself

Know the law. The FAA has a few important guidelines for hobby pilots, and it’s extremely important to follow them. You won’t be doing yourself or anyone else any favors by breaking the rules. While we don’t have definitive word when it will be put into action, the FAA is currently working on implementing a registration system for UAVs. Once the system is in place, it’s important to register all of your craft. This registration is expected to be simple and free, so there’s no need to pay a third party company to do it for you.

but those will rarely come up when confronted by the public. People are far more likely to reference privacy laws that simply don’t exist. The cold hard fact is that there is no expectation of privacy in public places. If you’re filming in a public place, you’re safe. Furthermore, as much as people would like to consider their fenced yards private areas, they are not. If they were, services like Google Earth wouldn’t exist. Like it or not, it is perfectly legal to fly a UAV over someone’s back yard.

However, whatever the law may be, people are bound to get riled up if they think their privacy is being infringed upon. That’s why it’s a good idea to wear a head-mounted GoPro and keep it recording as you fly. You never know when situations might turn violent, and having footage of the altercation as evidence will help when pressing charges.

Be Courteous

While there isn’t any expectation of privacy in public places, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a considerate member of the community. If the noise of your UAV is disrupting someone’s peace and quiet, consider flying it elsewhere. If you’re looking to get stunning aerial views of beaches or hiking trails, try to do it when such areas are the least crowded. And if someone doesn’t want to be filmed, don’t film them.

Be an Ambassador

There’s no doubt about it, UAVs are cool. If you’ve defused the situation to the point of civil conversation, offer to show the person how UAVs work — what they can and can’t do, flight paths, etc. Since so much of the controversy around UAVs has to do with perceived spying ability, explain how the cameras on even the highest end UAVs are only equipped with an ultra wide angle lens and have no ability to zoom. This makes them a poor choice for spying — a DSLR camera with a telephoto lens would be far better (and cheaper).

Since many fear what they don’t understand, educating people about what is and isn’t possible is key. Most people who find out what UAVs are really capable of find a new appreciation for these fantastic little pieces of technology. By explaining the why and how behind your craft, you may help create another fan — and the more UAV enthusiasts there are, the more innovation we’ll see in their future development.

It’s not pleasant being constantly on guard when flying in public, but until the average Joe knows more about UAVs, it’s just going to be a way of life. As long as you’re prepared to handle each situation in a calm and collected manner, things should (hopefully) go swimmingly.

DJI Phantom 3 Professional Review

DJ Phantom 3 [easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”B00X9OYDD4″ locale=”UK” src=”” tag=”droneuav-21″ width=”500″]Whether you have never before flown a remote controlled quadcopter or you are looking for one to replace what you now have, you will want to check out what the DJI Phantom 3 Professional has to offer. This drone, manufactured by the Chinese technology company Da-Jiang Innovations (or  simply ‘DJI’ as it’s known) is easy to operate yet has many advanced features, including a 4K camera suspended from a unique three-axis gimbal that prevents camera shake no matter the flying conditions. Image clarity and the ability to stream live video while capturing images on an SD memory card make the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00X9OYDD4″ locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]DJI Phantom 3 Professional[/easyazon_link] among the best picture taking drones in its class.  In this DJI Phantom 3 Professional review we’ll look at some of the innovative features that make this drone a best seller.

Differences Between Two New Models, Professional & Advanced

[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”B00WAGS478″ locale=”UK” src=”” tag=”droneuav-21″ width=”500″]The Phantom 3 comes in two options, “Advanced” and “Professional.” These two quadcopters are quite similar except for their cameras and battery charging systems. Like its predecessors the Phantom 3 Professional is equipped with a stills and video camera, but the big difference is that its 4K camera can provide livestreaming to YouTube if you so desire. The Advanced model also has this feature but its camera is a 1080p.

The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00X9OYDD4″ locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]DJI Phantom 3 Professional[/easyazon_link] contains a battery that will give more than 20 minutes of flight time per charge. Its 100-watt charger restores the battery to full current in slightly more than one hour and the charger lets you charge up the remote control’s battery at the same time. The Phantom 3 Advanced’s charger is only 57 watts so charging time is a little longer.

The rest of the features of the [easyazon_link identifier=”B00WAGS478″ locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]DJI Phantom 3 Advanced[/easyazon_link] and the DJI Phantom 3 Professional are essentially the same except for weight and price.  So this DJI Phantom 3 review gives information that applies to both drones even though the emphasis is on the DJI Phantom 3 Professional.

Additional Features That Make the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Fun to Use

Research for this review revealed several interesting features that are sure to make flying the Phantom 3 Professional lots of fun. Here are a few:

  • The quadcopter has built-in sensors that let it know how close it is to objects that are below it, in front of it or near the sides. Because flight altitude can be preset or controlled manually the sensors make flying indoors possible. For the best results, indoor flights require solid flooring rather than carpet as well as a decent amount of unrestricted space.
  • The controller has been updated to make it easier to use, and new features have been added. It has buttons and wheels that quickly adjust camera settings and angles, and it no longer needs external Wi-Fi to connect your devices. Connect your phone or tablet to the controller through its USB port, and within seconds you are ready to go.
  • The [easyazon_link identifier=”B00W6PP1A6″ locale=”UK” tag=”droneuav-21″]DJI Phantom 3 Professional[/easyazon_link] comes ready to make use of both GPS and GLONASS navigation systems. The ability to use either system enables it to receive positioning signals it would not otherwise be able to access. This makes orienting the drone so that it knows the location from where it is launched much easier and increases the accuracy of its return flight, especially in locations that do not get good GPS signals.
  • A ‘Return to Home’ button on the controller will bring the drone back. If the drone loses contact with the remote it goes into ‘Failsafe’ mode which causes the drone to turn around and head for a landing wherever it was launched. Usually, it will land within a few feet of its take-off point, always assuming the required pre flight checks included the mandatory compass calibration.
  • The DJI Phantom 3 Professional adds fun and excitement through its expanded flight distance of 1.2 miles and its maximum travel speed of 35 miles per hour. Just think what you can see and record in 15 or 20 minutes of flight time with the camera streaming video and capturing images the entire time.  The rest is up to you, your imagination, and your innovation as a photographer and videographer.  This drone gives you the capability to make movies that are far above the average YouTube upload.

Imagine, plan, and record.

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