Due to ongoing health issues, one of the site’s contributors has decided pull out from flying and did not wish to be involved with the site anymore. All of the references to him have been removed, I wish him well.
For a while now, I have been able to operate a sub 2kg UAV in a commercial capacity after notifying CASA. I purchased a second-hand Phantom 3 Standard and have modified it (of course!) but unfortunately haven’t flown for some time due to other commitments. Hoping to get airborne, photographing and updating again soon.
The new rules will better protect people and aircraft from drones and have been developed in response to community concerns about drone safety and the rapid increase in the number of drone operators.
They do not apply to all drone flyers. If you hold a remote pilot licence (RePL) and operate according to a remotely piloted aircraft operator certificate (ReOC) or have an authorisation from CASA, you will be exempt from the new measures. Model aircraft operating under CASA approvals are also exempt.
These new interim measures also make it clear that operating drones near a public safety or emergency operations is not permitted. CASA has also launched a new website called droneflyer.com.au that explains key safety rules for recreational drone flyers, using easy-to-understand language and clear and simple information graphics.
Droneflyer.com.au complements CASA’s Can I fly there? free mobile app, which helps recreational and sub-2 kg drone operators fly safely by providing practical information about where they can and can’t operate.
I’ve drawn a complete wiring diagram of my new Tricopter. You can access an easier to read PDF version HERE. Hopefully the diagram above might help someone out using similar components but I also did it for my own reference.
The F550 Y6 Tricopter rebuild with Sony RX100 III and G40 gimbal has been moved to a new seperate page HERE.
Further details about the diagram above can be found on the new page.
Over the last week, I’ve been converting my F550 Hex into a Y6 Tricopter!
It’s coming together nicely with some wiring to be completed before getting airbourne with a Sony RX100M3 controlled remotely by a gentles GentWIRE-MULIT mounted on a G40 gimbal – which I plan to modify and lighten down the track. I’ve used lighter Aimdroix extended aluminium arms and have some 1145 (11 inch) props on the way.
Some amazing scenery above Hobart, the Derwent Estuary and kunanyi – Mt Wellington from the F550 with iLook.
Highlights from flights 30-60.
Peirsons Point – Bruny Island
Chimney Pot Hill
Montrose Bay – MONA
Huntingfield – Northwest Bay
Hobart Cenotaph (with respect, Lest We Forget.)
After a pilot error with my Scout some weeks ago requiring around $450 to repair, I started researching other options and the DJI F550 Flamewheel Naza M V2 ARF kit caught my eye for just $650. I’d looked at this kit before purchasing the Scout X4 but didn’t think I had the experience then with multirotors to build one.
Since then I’ve had many factory errors with the Scout including:
– a fall out of the sky using RTL due to an apparent barometer error
– Taking off in manual mode to have GPS get a lock in the air and crash into my house!
– Leg retract worm servo switch break
– USB ports in the Scout, BT-2401B and padholder may detatch
– The sliding switch on one of my Scout Batteries has failed
These all required pulling the Scout apart to repair and I learnt a great deal – giving me no confidence in the Scout and the confidence to build a UAV from scratch.
I’ve now had 20 trouble free flights with the F550, not a single issue, flies great and I’m very happy and finally confident in my UAV.
Because of this, I will no longer be supporting the Walkera Scout X4 pages on this site or answering any question but I will leave them here for users reference.