Drones have been increasingly in the news lately and in most cases it is usually a complete beat up about “near misses” and deadly drone dangers. Now lets be clear, there are idiots out there and YouTube is full of videos of idiots with drones doing things that are not only stupid but in a lot of cases illegal. But and this is a big but there are an estimated 50-80000 drones in Australia and the vast majority of people are sensible and fly their drone within the law. There have also been exactly ZERO incidents with regards to collisions between Aircraft and Drones but hey sensible, forward thinking regulation can be a way to make sure that the number stays at zero.
In Australia CASA has a long history of mostly sensible drone(or UAV) regulation and in September 2016 CASA introduced amendments CASR 101 which governs drones. These changes were widely regarding as cutting red tape and allowing for a good balance between safety and consumer usability. Essentially they allowed for the unlicensed commercial use of drones under 2KG so long as they followed the standard operating procedures listed in the document (all commons sense rules). This meant that the average consumer could take some video or photos with their drone and following a few simple rules be able to use that footage for commercial purposes, one of the things that this fixed was that if you place drone footage on YouTube and then monetized the video. Technically your $0.02 in ad revenue meant you were breaking the law. Now think about that, before the change if you wanted to sell the pictures or video you took with your drone, be it a $100 toy or a $2000+ prosumer drone you had to fork out anywhere between $6000 to $10000. So common sense prevailed and everyone lived happily ever after…… Or Not
For the second outing with the Blade Chroma I decided to try something a little bit more challenging. I was going to try and follow a friends RC Plane and get some footage of it in the air. Unfortunately I ran into an issue where I could not get any video signal on the ST-10+ this meant that the footage of the plane was a bit hit and miss as I was trying to guess where the plane was in relation to the camera. After the flight I realised that I hadn’t paired the video signal on the ST-10+. One thing I have noticed is that when the sun is in front of the drone you get a strobing effect from the sunlight passing through the front props, yet to work out how to resolve this issue.
Again all flying was done in ‘Angle’ mode and the height was kept under 50M,
I currently have two 3D printers, a Geeetech Prusa i3 Pro B and the Tevo Black Widow. Both these are excellent printer but occasionally things can go wrong. I was trying to print a .STL of a Terminator Genisys Skull on the Geeetech and it all went a bit wrong. The bearing that guides the Y-Axis belt collapsed, causing a lot of skipping on the Y-Axis while the printer was trying to print. The results can be seen in the video below.
I recently purchased a Blade Chroma GoPro Edition, the version I got actually came with the ST-10+ radio and Mk58 Video Downlink. I will be doing a full review on this in the future but in the meantime I will link to some video I have made using the Chroma and the GoPro.
This is a video of the first flight I had with the Blade Chroma, it was at a local park and I made sure to follow the instructions for calibrating the drone. I set the height limit to 55M so as to keep any potential failures within the area of the park, I also made sure to get permission from any of the people the drone flew ‘near’ to. I am still dialing in what settings on the GoPro work best with the drone as well as getting a feel for how the drone flies. As I fly planes and racing drones I find the ‘Smart’ mode of the Chroma to be very weird and counter intuitive, though for an absolute beginner I can see how it could be helpful. All my flying for this video was done in Angle mode, I have yet to test the Chroma in agility mode but I have tested the Return to home a few times in different scenarios and it has always brought the drone back to within a few meters of it’s stat location.
GoPro have long been held up as the ‘go to’ standard for action cameras and have a well-deserved reputation of being the ones to beat, plenty of manufacturers have been bringing products to market and while some of them simply try to copy the GoPro some have actually tried to make themselves stand out from the crowd. When I
went looking for an action-cam I looked at the GoPro and it had a lot of the features I was looking for as well as a growing range of accessories but price was still an issue, so
I began looking at alternatives. As my main use for the camera was going to be capturing aerial video from my various RC planes/helicopters/drones I initially went small
and got a Hobby King HD Wingcam but as you can see from this Youtube footage the best thing you could say about that camera is that it got the job done but it was limited to 720p (there is actually a good case to be made that it was filming in lower res and interpolating up) and was very clunky to use.
A few months ago I was in one of my local hobby shops and I saw a kit that looked like something you would normally have seen in the late 80’s, it was a Kyosho Sand Master. The Sand Master was part of Kyoshos new EZ Series of vehicles, they all share the same basic chassis but then have different bodies and setups, the EZ series’s claim to fame is that they can be built with just a Phillips head screwdriver which is supplied (and a wheel spanner which is also supplied). These kits are actually great kits for someone who is interested in building their own car but may not have the confidence to tackle some of the more advanced kits.
After a recent bash I lost the rear dogbone and diff drive cup , as I was driving in fine dust I decided that now would be a good time to pull down, clean and rebuild myTamiyaXB Levant . Seeing as how this was an XB Model the manual was basically just a quick blurb about the model with all the usual warnings about not driving while working a chainsaw etc etc, the only really useful bit of information was the exploded diagram and parts listing.
If Labor is going to jump up and down about the Government doing something that is legally questionable then maybe Labor ought to make sure they are not guilty of the same offence.
The “No comment on Operational Matters ” mantra is bullshit pure and simple and Labor was right to call the government on it, but to then rely on that self same thing as your defence can only be described as a move so monumentally stupid as to possibly qualify Labor for special funding under the mental disabilities act.
So we have a Prime Minister who proudly boast about killing investment in the renewable energy sector ( he even spelled it out which shows he knows Alan Jones’s audience ). It beggars belief that we have a Prime Minister who is proud of killing off investment in one of the fastest growing and most lucrative sectors in the world, in Australia this sector is estimated to generate 20 Billion in investments in the next 5 years as well as an estimate 20-30 thousand jobs and Tony Abbott is boasting about how his government will kill that off. He then went on to pile ideologically based lies on top of each other
A few years ago I bought a box full of old RC Cars off of Ebay after a quick look I put them in a storage box and pretty much forgot about them, then recently the high winds and lousy weather here in Brisbane meant that I couldn’t get much flying done. So I thought it was a good time to start getting some of my cars up and running , while doing this I found the old box of parts and decided it was time to rebuild a few of them.