Drone attacks


Let’s face it, drones have got a bit of a sinister reputation what with all that ‘targeted assassination’ stuff the Americans use them for. But there are more peaceful, PH-friendly possibilities for remote-controlled flying machines too. Like filming folk skidding about in the snow.

PHers have been getting in on the act too
PHers have been getting in on the act too
Response to the first of our mucking about in the snow threads has been simply astounding with many PHers taking a pleasingly enthusiastic attitude to driving vehicles of wildly varying suitability in the slippery conditions. Among the many fantastic pictures, video clips and stories PHer ol’s little video of an R32 sliding about filmed from a drone ‘copter really stood out – that the technology to do this kind of thing is within reach of mere mortals (mere mortals with more than a bit of skill, it's worth pointing out) is simply breathtaking. A tip of the hat to co-conspirators Over And Above Photography  for demonstrating their talents here. Not so long ago this would have been out of the reach of all but big-budget film crews with real helicopters but this democratisation of aerial photography has huge potential.

Serious piece of kit but seriously cool footage
Serious piece of kit but seriously cool footage
One realised on the Monte Carlo rally too. OK, this is a bit more involved than a couple of PHers mucking about in a car park and has been doing the rounds widely but if you haven’t seen it yet it’s well worth a look.

 

 

 

 

'ol' takes his R32 for a spin...
 

A drone's eye view of the Monte Carlo rally
Drone-Work at the Rallye Monte Carlo 2013 -- MAKING OF-- from FS Aviation on Vimeo

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  • andrewrob 07 Mar 2013

    Just thought I'd resurrect this thread as we did some filming down at curborough a couple of weeks ago with www.trackdaydrivers.co.uk who provided the onboard footage.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14yNARuYcG0&lis...

  • ol 06 Feb 2013

    snapper8v said:
    I have just seen this thread, so please accept my apologies for the late posting. With regards to the MSA, I'm an MSA accredited photographer and asked if I could use a quadcopter on the stages, their reply was "NO" due to the H&S and insurance rolleyes Yes, I agree that they could distract a crew on a stage which might lead to an accident, but I really do believe they are being too shortsighted as the footage is awesome.

    I approached the Clerk of the Course for my next rally in a few weeks and asked what would happen if I turned up and flew this thing without permission. His reply was "I'd stop the stage, find you, and ask you to leave. Plus your MSA licence would be revoked".

    There is a CAA licence required for these, which for my DJI Phantom, will cost £113. Then there's the 2 day course at £1,500 +VAT, so you're looking the best part of £2k.

    Saying that, I was allowed to use it at a recent Grp B day at Curborough. I'd only flown it for 15 minutes the previous evening, in still conditions, whereas at Curborough, it was a little gusty (plus I had an audience!!!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1gWPjcZc8s
    You also need the ground school, ops manual and flight test certificates before you get the CAA license.

    We did the driving and filming of the video in the main link of the PH story. A lot of people think it's easy just to get a quad and stick a camera up in the air, but as you seem to know there are a lot of hoops to jump through through to do it properly and legally. In America it's pretty much illegal to fly anything without the correct licenses, and it's going that way in the UK too.

    It needs to be regulated though as from experience they can cause a lot of damage to people if fingers get in the wrong places, let alone if a drone crashed into someones face.


    Edited by ol on Thursday 7th February 09:05

  • snapper8v 06 Feb 2013

    jon- said:
    What FPS unit?

    Have you seen the 2 axis gimbals people are developing in america? They seem to do a great job of removing the jello, and make it must easiest to remove the vibe in post.
    To be honest, I haven't seen any "jello" in my test footage so far. Quadcopters are installing the necessary equipment into the Phanto, but I'll be using a monitor with a built in receiver rathet than a pair of goggles.

  • jon- 06 Feb 2013

    snapper8v said:
    If this was aimed at me, then yes, a little shakey although, as stated, it was a little breezey, plus I'm still a novice pilot, although I'll be purchasing an FPV unit next week which will help a lot biggrin
    What FPS unit?

    Have you seen the 2 axis gimbals people are developing in america? They seem to do a great job of removing the jello, and make it must easiest to remove the vibe in post.

  • snapper8v 06 Feb 2013

    ScoobieWRX said:
    Love the name of your company and cool vid. Copter vid was a bit shaky though lol
    If this was aimed at me, then yes, a little shakey although, as stated, it was a little breezey, plus I'm still a novice pilot, although I'll be purchasing an FPV unit next week which will help a lot biggrin

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