80,000 visitors – no more ads!

Firstly, a massive THANK YOU to everyone who has visited the TasView website!
I hope you’ve found it helpful in some way. I really should write updates more often as I’m sure you find my insights riveting, but life, fun and flying get in the way 🙂
To celebrate 80,000 page visits I’ve thrown some funds to WordPress mainly to get rid of the ever increasing intrusive advertising!
DJI_0379 FloraFalls2

In June this year I “purchased” a DJI Mavic Air, added a page for it under the Aircraft section as well as posting a few short videos and photos. I’ve now done 51 flights with almost 11 hours flight time and not a single issue – apart from a signal drop out while filming these falls but after a few skipped heart beats it came back without incident.  Average flight time is 15 minutes, with a maximum for me of 17 minutes. I’ve gained confidence and trust in this craft resulting in more “risky”( but not illegal or unsafe) flights like the image taken above. I’m also finding it easier and safer in many instances to carefully hand catch (avoiding the sensors) rather than land, mainly due to the terrain I fly in. I’m still experimenting with camera settings, getting the best exposure with the filters and video editing, of which I’ve done little of late as I’m working toward a bigger project!
For more information on this pocket platform including my Pre-flight checklist and full settings, visit the Mavic Air Page.

A firmware upgrade .500 was released recently for the Air. It showed up in the app when I went to go for a quick flight yesterday, even though I’d only updated everything about a week ago after the launch of the Mavic2 series. I dismissed it and flew with no problems, but on getting home (to my WiFi), the update message failed to show in the DJI Go4 app again after reconnecting several times, so I updated today through the DJI Assistant 2 on my PC. The assistant will also let you roll back to v.400.
It’s raining and windy today so I haven’t yet tested but other pilots on the MavicPilots.com forum report no issues. One thing of note, upgrading reset’s most of the crafts settings so make a note of yours beforehand or you can use mine as a guide.

On another note:

Proposed Part 101 Drones Manual of Standards

CASA are seeking public feedback on new draft rules for commercial or professional drone operations. Visit the Consultation Hub to provide your feedback by 18 November 2018.
It’s mostly about streamlining and setting consistent standards for RePL training, controlling RPA below 400 ft in controlled airspace, new extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) operations and record keeping and notification requirements.
I’ve read through the Draft Part 101 Manual of Standards (MOS) and if you ‘fly for fun’, or in the sub 2kg class, all the essential/fundamental drone rules remain the same. A small section of the proposed new rules – clarifying the requirements to operate in controlled and non-controlled airspace – may affect some recreational users.

As always, safe and happy flying!

Site update and CASA rule change

TasView.com site updates

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.

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Happy flying,
Tone.
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An email from CASA – New recreational drone rules

20 October 2017

CASA announced today new stronger and clearer rules for flying drones to help drone flyers operate with increased safety [edit: IN AUSTRALIA].

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.

For specific details on the new measures and about flying drones commercially, visit www.casa.gov.au/drones

F550 Y6 Tricopter conversion

03 F550 Y6 Tricopter

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.

Further details and photos can be found on the updated F550 page.

Major overhaul for Tasview website

To simplify navigation the theme has been changed for the entire website, there is now a menu to pages along the top and footer of all pages. Nesting of pages in navigation has also changed due to space restrictiond of the menu.
The header photo has been updated to reflect our current operational craft and many small modifications have been made on almost every page.
I hope you find it easier to get around and enjoy the fresh look.

We’ve currently had 28,357 hits to the site! We are still currently non-commercial operators but looking forward to CASA’s proposed rule changes to enable us to recoupe our investment in this great hobby. Onward and upward!

Aerial highlights around Hobart

Some amazing scenery above Hobart, the Derwent Estuary and kunanyi – Mt Wellington from the F550 with iLook.
Highlights from flights 30-60.

Flights include:
Waterworks
Peirsons Point – Bruny Island
Queens Domain
Montagu Bay
Chimney Pot Hill
Montrose Bay – MONA
Huntingfield – Northwest Bay
Carlton Rivermouth
Blackman’s Bay
Hobart Cenotaph (with respect, Lest We Forget.)

Photos from the F550

The F550 is flying great! Getting more adventurous as I gain more confidence in the craft – and myself. It’s a pleasure to fly and we’ve had some lovely weather windows providing oportunity to get creative. Can’t wait to get a better camera and gimbal on the hexacopter. Leaning towards the Gopro4 Black because of weight and price, also considering the Sony RX100 III for better  image quality for post proccessing. These are edited stills from the iLook+, you work with what you have 🙂

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Dru Point, Mike’s Phantom V2 Vision+ from the F550
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Mt Wellington, over the edge.
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Dawn over Hobart.

 

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Hobart sunrise

 

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kunanyi from the Waterworks.