Gary Mortimer

Precision landing at high altitude: 4264 m – record for the SIRIUS PRO!

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The Sokkia-Topcon-Shanghai Team did test flights in high altitudes at the Chinese Qinghai Province, including flights at over 5000 m ASL. Despite ground winds powers of 4 to 5 from changing directions, SIRIUS landed only 1 meter away from the target landing spot. In that effort, the guys broke the record for the highest precision landing…

Good news for Ag drones in America

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An Easter egg hidden within the new Part 107. Most folks flagged no BVLOS, but the FAA are going to let you operate from a moving vehicle. Just as long as people are not around. A great no BVLOS cheat. I wonder if this will tip sales in favour of fixed wing aircraft with a…

Torquing Group avoid the long arm of the law for Zano Drone

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Kickstarter drone darling Zano avoids prosecution. The Torquing Group almost had their collar felt but Pembrokeshire council said there was “not enough evidence to justify a successful criminal prosecution”. Huw George, cabinet member for environmental and regulatory services, speaking today :- “Over the past six months we have carried out a thorough and exhaustive investigation…

HYBRiX.20 Two hours 5kg payload.

Quaternium's HYBRiX20

HYBRiX.20 is the first hybrid (petrol-electric) multirotor UAV in the market. Its advanced technology with range-extender allows it to fly for 2hr. with 5 kg. payload and up to 4 hours reducing that weight. Its unique features make HYBRiX.20 a very versatile platform for all kind of aerial applications. It can incorporate a wide range…

Part 61 Pilot or just interested here is your 107 course

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The FAA has developed regulations to allow the operation of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) in the National Airspace System (NAS) for purposes other than hobby and recreation. The rules are specified in 14 CFR part 107 and address sUAS classification, certification, and operating rules. This course is designed for part 61 pilot certificate holders…

Stop! Don’t try and buy a Part 107 licence.

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Its not even twenty four hours since the Part 107 announce from the FAA. Sandwiches from the buffet table have hardly had time to curl, Vol-au-vent are not yet collapsed. News has reached us that already unscrupulous companies are hawking $1500 Part 107 paperwork. Snake oil to the fore once again. Don’t do it. Unlike the…

Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Summary of Major Provisions Under 14 CFR 107

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That leaked FAA doc in full, once a tap starts leaking it eventually pours…. If rumors are true this will be announced tomorrow. The doc is dated May 2016 so is current. Page 1 Category Proposed Provisions Aircraft Requirements The sUAS must be registered with the FAA prior to flight. Aircraft markings are required. FAA…

Part 107 Pre Flight Checklist

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  As I noted earlier once a leak starts the dam eventually breaks. The Checklist we spoke about earlier in our 107 chat. Sample Preflight Inspection Checklist Even if the small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) manufacturer has a written preflight inspection procedure, it is recommended that the Remote Pilot in Command (Remote PIC) ensure that…

Already own an eBee? get 40% off the next one

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senseFly have an offer up for owners of eBees only. They can get a second complete unit for a 40% discount. senseFly is a Parrot company. The eBee sets the standard for easy flight planning and management thanks to its acclaimed eMotion software. Just choose or create your preferred background map. Then use this to…

FlyBoard Air Cavalaire – Just too cool

FlyBoard Air Cavalaire

I can’t get enough of this manned jet quad. Folks have actually emailed and complained about me posting its latest exploits. Have a touch of imagination, get rid of the bloke joy riding and you have rapid delivery of at least 50kg of cargo. If all this footage is a single flight it can fly…