+ Are drones legal in Australia?
Yes, it is legal to fly drones anywhere in Australia, provided you follow the safety rules:
When flying for commercial purposes, you need to have an RPA operator’s certificate (ReOC) and the operating pilot needs to have a Remote Pilot’s License (RePL)
When flying for recreation, the regulations are less strict and allow you to fly without needing to be certified. But you still have to follow the safety rules.
What are the basic safety rules that I need to know?
You should only fly in visual line-of-sight, in day visual meteorological conditions (VMC). What does that mean?
No night flying (generally)
No flying in or through cloud or fog
You should Be able to see the aircraft with your own eyes (rather than through first-person-view [FPV, binoculars, telescopes]) at all times, (unless you operate under the procedures of an approved model flying association. Contact the MAAA for more information about flying FPV).
You must not fly closer than 30 metres to people not involved in the flying of the drone, vehicles, boats, or buildings.
You must not fly over heavily populated areas such as beaches, parks, or sports ovals while they are in use.
In controlled airspace, which covers most Australian cities, you must not fly higher than 120 metres (400 feet) above the ground.
You must not fly in a way that creates a hazard to other aircrafts, so you should keep at least 5.5 km away from airfields, aerodromes and helicopter landing sites.
+ Can you fly in rain or wind?
We almost never fly in the rain, as the water can short the electronics on the drone.. However, depending on the type of drone we can safely operate in winds up to 5-10 knots with an additional spotter as a safety measure.
+ How reliable are your drones?
Most commercial drones today are pretty reliable. They have checks and measures to make sure they can be safely landed in case of an emergency. Systems such as ‘Return-to-home’ in case of a radio connection failure, multiple flight controllers and IMUs as a backup, obstruction sensing camera, are a part of drones which have made them as safe as can be. Despite these many redundancy measures, every operation must be carried out with utmost importance to safety.
+ What types of drones do you fly?
We have a fleet of drones and deploy them based on the application.
DJI PHANTOM 3 PROFESSIONAL —
The Phantom is a single operator drone with a 12 megapixel camera and records 4K video. The camera is mounted on a 3 axis gimbal which makes it perfectly stable in any flying condition. It is GPS assisted and can hover and maintain its position.
DJI INSPIRE 1 PRO —
The Inspire is in a league of its own with excellent flying dynamics and fantastic camera options. The Inspire operates with a two man crew–a dedicated pilot and camera operator– which adds a new dimension to every frame that we capture. The Inspire comes with a 16MP camera and records 4K.
FREEFLY ALTA 6 —
The Alta 6 is a hexacopter and one of the bigger drones that we have. It has a max payload capacity of 6.8kg. This put us in range of carrying most of the cameras used for high end photography and videography, from the DSLRs to the REDs etc. The Alta also has the ability to carry a top-mounting camera, which allows the camera to get some amazing angles.
+ How far can your drones fly?
Depending on the type of drone, it can fly anywhere from a few metres to a few kms. The drones that we operate have the ability of flying out upto 2-3km. However, we have to have the drone in our sight at all times, limiting us to a maximum of 400-600m depending on weather and visibility.
+ Can the drone fly on its own?
Yes, a drone can fly on its own with latest technology, however, a drone flying autonomously is limited to only certain industry applications. Our drones are all flown by a licensed, experienced UAV pilot to ensure safety at every point of the flight. But yes, complete autonomous flying is the future.