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Surrey from a DJI perspective

On a fantastic Sunday out and about in Surrey visiting Conisbee Farm. Here are a few pictures and a little video. Still using the @DJI Phantom 3 Advanced (backup module) until the return of the 4.

Aerial photograph www.conisbee.com
Aerial photograph www.conisbee.com
Aerial photograph www.conisbee.com
Aerial photograph www.conisbee.com
Aerial photograph www.conisbee.com
Aerial photograph www.conisbee.com


Crashed your DJI Phantom 4?

Flying a DJI Phantom 4 is an art. With an array of flight modes at your fingertips you can really capture some amazing video.

Well, I was trying out Course Lock so I could capture a sweeping flyby of a fabulously lit tree. It is an Oak and it stands by an Ash in the middle of a field. It looks beautiful and has become laden with leaves while the Ash stands naked next to it. You know what they say, Oak before Ash…………

Anyway, I set the course up, locked it in, and then concentrated on shooting my sweeping shot of the Oak. I was admiring the smooth video, the tilt of the camera as I kept the Oak in shot. It looked brilliant. Oh, what’s that? It’s a 45 foot Ash tree? Nope, didn’t see that one coming! Embedded the Phantom 4 right on the top branch! I did wonder why the camera had stopped moving!

Lessons learned from this nightmare?

Always watch the Phantom and the screen. Never loose spatial awareness. Always practice the Course Lock route first. You can’t climb a huge Ash tree. Ask the farmer first. Be humble when you have to ask for your Phantom back. Offer a free video session. Crikey, that’s a lot of lessons!

Here’s the video, those of a nervous disposition look away now:

Oh, and there is help out there thanks to the guys @DJI and their fab support, quick parts delivery, and repair network. The quick response from @DroneDoctor_UK has meant it is now in safe hands and should be ready shortly.

Meanwhile, I am packing the Phantom 3 Advanced for back up. Maybe I should practice with that instead!

Happy flying people.

#DJI, #FlySafe, #SkyPixel, #Phantom4,


Drone hits BA flight landing at Heathrow

DJI Phantom 4 front view
DJI Phantom 4 front view

It has widely been reported that a drone hit a British Airways Airbus A320 on approaching to land at Heathrow Airport.

If there was an idiot flying a drone on one of the approach routes to Heathrow then they really need to be found and locked up.

Unfortunately it is another reason why the CAA should be striving for compulsory UAV registration. It will not stop idiots from doing stupid things, but it may make people think about what they are doing. Anything which helps remove this kind of operator from circulation has to be applauded.

If I took my UAV to Heathrow it would not fly due to the inbuilt Geo Fencing software, so have these people tampered with the one on their system? Possibly, but it is more likely that they have an older version, or have built it themselves, thus bypassing the safety features inherent in new UAVs such as the DJI Phantom 4.

Fly safely and stick to the rules. If you do not know the rules, go to the CAA website. Get some instruction, either from your local hobby flying club, or from a professional company like RUSTA. Don’t fly in restricted airspace, you are endangering peoples lives.

What the industry needs is clear direction from the CAA and their European colleagues EASA with a common policy covering the whole of Europe. All singing from the same page – same rules, same registration  procedure – clear understanding from everyone. It can’t be that difficult can it? The FAA seem to be doing a good job.

DJI Phantom 4 on set with PQA Guildford

Fantastic day on Saturday filming with the students at PQA Guildford on Horsell Common.

DJI Phantom 4 front view
DJI Phantom 4 front view

Everyone put in a huge effort, from the students, the parents, the film crew, the teachers, it was a real team effort. A long and worthwhile day. Thanks to Eddie Dredge and Adam Spinks for setting up the whole film shoot and the script.

You were a great help setting up the shots and focusing on what was required, and thanks to Jerome Smith for camera and shooting ideas.

So here is a teaser using only the footage from the DJI Phantom 4 so it will not give the plot away, but looks quite cool!

#PQAGuildford, #PQA