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Old 26th Nov 2016, 07:40
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As Murray Cod has pointed out there is still a-ways to go with Drone development. - A new manufacturing sector for Oz perhaps ?

From my reading around the traps it seems to me that Oz should go with the Air-Sea drone defence concept. Developing an Oz Drone manufacturing base would be a far better and more useful use of 50 BILLION dollars then buying some obsolete manned submarines. (Submersible Targets)
Drone manufacturing apart from being an industry supporting defence will be a boom for Oz farming, mining, Police, and many others users.


"...As unmanned aerial drones have become a critical part of modern warfare, the Pentagon is now looking to deploy autonomous robots underwater, patrolling the sea floor on what one top Navy official called an “Eisenhower highway network,” complete with rest stops where the drones could recharge.

Although still in the development stages, the technology has matured in recent years to be able to overcome the vast difficulties of operating underwater, a far more harsh environment than what aerial drones face in the sky..."



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Old 28th Feb 2017, 08:36
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"...Lifeguards to drone pilots as class graduates from Australia's first training school..."

Lifeguards to drone pilots as class graduates from Australia's first training school - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)






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Old 5th Mar 2017, 12:23
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This'll put a smile on a young Osama's face...

From the latest in Drone toys, etc... In the video at the 9.30 mark the enthusiastic presenter sells the kids on a projectile launching drone toy with this comment...

"Imagine the joy of flying around your neighbourhood launching air strikes....."

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f1E9jtE1aAk


Wont be long now.. from toys to terror.....





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Old 12th Sep 2017, 10:31
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Hello! I am engaged in unmanned aircraft in the interests of photogrammetry. And I had a question. What do you think, which set of on-board equipment is ideal for drones? What should it be to perform ALL the main tasks of photogrammetry (land survey)? Here you need to consider the carrying capacity of the drones, of course. For example, a lidar is too heavy for a small compact dron.
Thank you for your advice.
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Old 23rd Sep 2017, 08:47
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Originally Posted by Unmanned 2017 View Post
Hello! I am engaged in unmanned aircraft in the interests of photogrammetry. And I had a question. What do you think, which set of on-board equipment is ideal for drones? What should it be to perform ALL the main tasks of photogrammetry (land survey)? Here you need to consider the carrying capacity of the drones, of course. For example, a lidar is too heavy for a small compact dron.
Thank you for your advice.
This might give you a lead:

"...Six Komatsu Australia in house pilots have recently received their ‘wings’ as certified drone operators, allowing for the ability to provide total site solution, site surveying services that are an improvement on ground based alternatives...

https://www.australianmining.com.au/...ite-surveying/





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Old 23rd Sep 2017, 08:49
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Annoying drone attacked by athletes...

https://www.liveleak.com/view?i=ad6_1506124347

Drone operators wearing pink shirts are just asking for it..





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Old 26th Oct 2017, 05:51
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Try's to sneak some drugs into prison though dingbat leaves the Nav lights on..

"...A drone has been caught on CCTV dropping what appears to be contraband into Lithgow's prison in NSW in a first for the state..."

Drone smuggling contraband into Lithgow prison captured on CCTV - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)





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Old 16th Nov 2017, 14:27
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Threat of massed drone attacks. That were something i wrote about here in PPRuNe several years ago...

"The threat is no longer that of a lone drone, but a flock of drones. ISIS already uses drones not just for surveillance, but also to drop 5kg-bombs," warned Col. (res.) Meir, who heads Rafael's anti-drone department.

"Israel's defense establishment needs to make a decision. The abilities already exist, and the threat is only going to become more serious," he continued.

"We need systems both mobile and stationary, the kind that could protect against drone attacks on sensitive facilities or events attended by the prime minister and other senior officials."


https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,...043733,00.html

So what's our defence here in Australia ?





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Old 16th Nov 2017, 19:41
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Hey Binge, I can see you are desperate to keep this thread of yours alive ....

I recently spent the day at Drone School X where I presented basic radio principals and signed off on AROC and GELP for the participants. What I found was a dedicated class who desperately want to maintain safe drone operations with their expensive toys, a very impressive lot of toys too I might add!

My observation is that the horse has long ago bolted on this issue. I was happy to assist these folk getting their qualifications. It was a fun day and I might also add the pay was good. I look forward to doing more of this work.

Did I mention the drones were impressive .......
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 20:03
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I watched a guy at the Sydenham community kite festival on Sunday come in and set up his DJI Phantom complete with FPV goggles and range extender, only to fly within 3 miles of a helicopter landing area, amongst kite strings, over a public event with 200+ young children, within 30 metres of a person and using First Person View goggles / not line of sight contrary to the regulations.

I'm all for not needing over regulation and rules in aviation, particularly for hobbies, however the message doesn't appear to be getting through no matter how hard CASA tries. I feel as though it's heading down the path of recreational boat licences, where the only way to stop someone flying is to make them get a licence so that it can be taken off them if needed.
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Old 16th Nov 2017, 22:12
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If people really want to get into saving lives, please get a job with a Transport dept and do something about all those road fatalities.
A CAsA like entity could put 1/3 of the cars off the road. 1/2 the driver numbers and deaths would be way down. And no pvt vehicle servicing either.
And as for paperwork, permits and fees...and strict liability offences...all good, just think of the lives saved.
Those that know best, will save us from ourselves.
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Old 17th Nov 2017, 06:56
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I don't know if this has been posted before but drones are not new. In Louisiana last week looked at ww2 navy destroyer, the "Orlech"?? that was refitted with a helicopter drone in 1962 with two rotors, a little jet turbine, a drone operator to take off and land it on the deck before handing over to CIC who directed it, with a load of small depth charges or torpedoes to its target. I have some photos, which I don't know how to post, but will happily email to anyone who wants to post them. It is a long while from 1962 to 2017 but not much has changed.
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Old 18th Nov 2017, 12:19
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Originally Posted by Aussie Bob View Post
Hey Binge, I can see you are desperate to keep this thread of yours alive ....
Would yer prefer i start a new thread with every drone incident..

News head line:
Bull's-eye: IAF successfully intercepts target UAV with Patriot missile


From the reader comments section:
"A very expensive way to down a drone. This can bankrupt a country" Michael Garkawe

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Old 9th Jan 2018, 01:17
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Bump - on Saturday I was witness to some clown first person flying a drone in Class C airspace in Sydney for several kilometres.

What should you do if you see this? I couldn't find the person flying it but they obviously need a good smack in the head.
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Old 9th Jan 2018, 01:45
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Bump - on Saturday I was witness to some clown first person flying a drone in Class C airspace in Sydney for several kilometres.

What should you do if you see this? I couldn't find the person flying it but they obviously need a good smack in the head.
There is a reporting form on the CASA website. You need to be able to tell them who was flying it and or provide a YouTube link of you filming them or what they were filming (if possible) There are other evidence related questions on there.

A conviction is almost impossible if you can't give enough info to definitively identify the "pilot."

I've used it once when it was well and truly warranted. I've got a small drone for fun and have probably come close to breaking a rule but this guy broke 4 all at once.
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Old 26th Aug 2018, 23:13
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Latest info from ABC about CASA and prosecution for illegal drone activity
Drone users brazenly breaking laws as burden of proof makes prosecution difficult - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Old 26th Aug 2018, 23:36
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burden of proof for evidence...jeez CASA wont like that. Gotta have the proof !! Courts are a bugger that way .

Lovely irony locally a few days ago. Aerodrome closed for a firies/ EMS rescue thingy..wanted an as it happens overview.
Sorry to much... CANT fly the drone at a (closed) airfield. !
Love it !
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 11:41
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I was browsing the DJI website and considering buying a drone, when one of their galleries displays terrific photos of Australia Beaches. The photographer stated that often he flew 1.5km away (so much for line of sight), and another terrific shot displayed the fine Caloundra waterfront - probably only a mile from Caloundra Airfield !!

Whilst I know the law, I bet many other customers will try to replicate such actions.
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Old 27th Aug 2018, 13:18
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CASA needs to do a nationwide ongoing mainstream media campaign - on television, newsprint and online advertising the basic does and doníts with regards to drones. Most people who get drones have absolutely no idea what potential damage even a very small drone can do. The retailers couldnít care less, all they want is the sales.

Most DJI drones record all the flight data through what ever app the user elects to us, CASA should have the authority to gather that data through a CAR 301 demand should they elect to take someone to task. The data recorded is extensive and certainly enough to prove if the drone was being flown in a no fly zone.
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