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A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – The experts attacking the multicopter industry

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing – The experts attacking the multicopter industry

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing Last week saw the House of Lords EU Committee make recommendations on drones, including making some recommendations for processes that already exist in the UK.  For example the CAA already has a list of business and professional users that have been granted permission for aerial work. The BBC report was one in particular that was distributed via social media such as Twitter. Hardly a month goes by without a media report with inaccuracies and […]

Richard Branson invests in 3D Robotics

Richard Branson invests in 3D Robotics

Yesterday billionaire Sir Richard Branson announced on Twitter and on the Virgin website that he was investing in 3D Robotics and he’d invited the 3DR team including Chris Anderson and Colin Guinn to his home on Necker Island. The story is on the Virgin website here: http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/a-drones-eye-view-of-necker-island Sir Richard Branson is possibly the most high profile figure to have become involved in the multicopter industry and it must surely be a significant achievement for 3D Robotics to have an investor […]

CAA continues to prosecute FPV flyers

CAA continues to prosecute FPV flyers

On the 23rd May 2014 the CAA successfully prosecuted an FPV flyer; Mark Spencer flew a quadcopter FPV over Alton Towers without permission whilst members of the public were at the theme park, he pleaded guilty to the charges against him. The video had been posted on YouTube originally and has since been removed. The total cost in fines plus a contribution to legal expenses was £550. You can read the CAA press release below: http://www.caa.co.uk/application.aspx?catid=14&pagetype=65&appid=7&mode=detail&nid=2364 A BBC article discusses CAA […]

UK retailer Maplins starts selling the Phantom, then its own staff disregard aviation laws

UK retailer Maplins starts selling the Phantom, then its own staff disregard aviation laws

It was inevitable to happen sooner or later that UAV technology, was bound to become more accessible via retail channels in the United Kingdom but there was the fear in doing so that safety advice, aviation legal advice and plain common sense could go out of the window in the process. Unfortunately no sooner has Maplins been featured on BBC Radio 2 this week about the fact they were selling “drones” to customers, one of Maplin’s own staff just decided […]

An FPV flight with the DJI Lightbridge and the H3-3D

An FPV flight with the DJI Lightbridge and the H3-3D

It’s good to see DJIs latest products being used together, the Lightbridge and the H3-3D, here UK retailer www.quadcopters.co.uk demonstrates them both being used together on a Phantom. The only problem is the music sounds like Enya being held hostage by a tribe of pygmies playing panpipes, thankfully the CD isn’t included with the H3-3D. There is no official price for the H3-3D at the moment, it is rumoured to be around the £299 mark.

Detailed look at the H3-3D by UK Retailer Quadcopters

Detailed look at the H3-3D by UK Retailer Quadcopters

The guys over at the UK retailer www.quadcopters.co.uk have done a detailed look at the H3-3D, it looks like when flown normally there isn’t a noticeable issue of the landing gear getting in the way of shots as seen under extreme yaw.