Category Archives: UAV Training

Remember to register your drone by 19th February or else!

Register your drone now!


The FAA (Federal Aviation Authority) have issued a statement reminding Americans to register their drones by 19th February or else they could face the following penalties:

Civil penalty up to $27,500 (£19,225)
Criminal fine up to $250,000 (174,776)
Imprisonment for up to 3 years

Don’t forget to register because you don’t want to face that penalty. For drones 0.55lbs (~250grams) to 55lbs (~24.95kg)in weight. It is simple and easy, unlike the UK where we have confusion and talk.

FAA article is here:

#flysafe #dji #faa #guildford

Serious about flying a UAV?

Want to fly a drone a little more seriously?

So you just buy a UAV off the shelf right? Pop it up and off you go?

Okay, so you can do that. Lay out loads of bucks on a nice looking drone in a shiny box.


Better idea? Look for a second hand model, such as an old Phantom FC40. It still has the same basic controls, it has GPS and can fly in ATTI mode. It is well worth taking out your initial failings on something of less value than your newly prized purchase.

With this you can throw it around and see what flying is about without breaking the bank. Logging precious flying hours as you go. Learn about basic flight manoeuvres, maintenance and battery maintenance before leaping in.

Then, when you are more comfortable with flying, order your new machine and you will be ready for the next step.

Going for your PFAW? Read my other posts about UAV training. Look around, there are some good courses out there. Check the CAA website for up to date information.

However, even with practice we do make the occasional mistake! Always know what is around you! Or this will happen:

Of course, when setting my way points I forgot about the tree in the middle!

Safe flying everyone!


A lesson to all UAV operators, always prepare.

Always check your airspace before you fly


So before you decide to pop up you fantastic quad, check your airspace limitations. It isn’t difficult and worth the effort. You should always be checking.

You can obtain information from several sources, including:

For airspace:

For weather:


Safe flying to all.

simonshoes #FlySafe #DJI #RUSTA #Drone

Cops charge man after drone incident at Calgary airport



City police say they’ve brought to earth their first drone offender.

Police say last Sunday evening one of their officers spotted a man in a park near 2616 16 St. N.E. operating a UAV, or unmanned aerial vehicle.

After the suspect realized he was being watched, he attempted to leave the park, but was intercepted by police in a vehicle containing the quad-copter UAV, said Sgt. Colin Foster.

“It’s illegal to fly five nautical miles from the airport — he was within the airspace of the Calgary International Airport,” said Foster.

“I believe this is the first charge of its kind in Calgary.”

While it’s not known for sure if any aircraft were descending while the man operated the drone, it’s possible at least one of them did during the 15 or 20 minutes he was flying the craft, he said.

“The aircraft there come down to 200 feet and the UAV can fly at 500 feet so the potential for catastrophe was there,” said Foster.

“The officer who spotted this did an awesome job and potentially stopped a collision.”

The UAVs could be sucked into an airplane’

Read more from Bill Kaufmann at the Calgary Sun: