The long awaited 2018 Winter Olympics is currently on-going in Pyeongchang, S Korea. Apart from the usual focus on security threat; the latest threat comes from drones which has become a major concern. With numerous athletes, spectators and heads of state, the S Korean authorities have made threats from drones as the latest possible and potential danger. The threat is not only from the possible payloads the drones may carry, example explosives or and other hazardous cargo, but also from the numerous hobbyist and armature drone pilots attempting to fly over the Olympic events that will be taking place. The thought of drones crashing into each other and safety concerns are quite real.
DJI had taken the initiative to implement a no-fly zone around stadiums and sporting arenas where the Olympic games will be held. This is not the first time they have carried this out. They had implemented the same restriction during the Euro 2016 soccer games in France, both major party conventions ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the G7 Summit in Japan.
To achieve drone security, Counter Unmanned Aerial System (CUAS) has been initiated. Drones can now be captured by a number of ways such as nets (from another drone), signal jammers and worst-case scenario shooting them down.
Fly safe and responsibly
The Visuo XS809H-W-HD-G resembles the DJI Mavic and fun to fly. However, don’t expect high quality video nor GPS stabilisation. Priced at RM168.50 in 11 Street, the Visuo would certainly be another fun beginner drone for those of you who are looking for some sophistication in their drone and yet simple enough to fly. It is a large-scale quadcopter to train with and get to grips with a transmitter.
Product battery: 3.7V 900mAh (proprietary battery)
Charging time: About 60mins
Flying time: About 10 mins
R/C range: 80-100m
Camera: 2MP 720P wide angle, 0.3 MP
Have Fun and Fly safe
There has been a number of incidents and reports on irresponsible hobby drone pilots having flown their multi-rotors into restrictive and sensitive airspace. Does this mean that we need to further tighten rules, regulations and be more restrictive as to where one can fly. From the security perspective, one can understand the dangers arising from drones in the wrong hands. Lately, National Geography aired a documentary where drone detection and prevention of incursion was carried out to see how both the perpetrators as well as the security personnel deal with the threat. Fly safe
This post is long overdue considering I own a DJI Mavic Pro and the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum was unveiled end of August 2017. The biggest difference between the two is the Mavic Pro Platinum’s enhanced endurance of 30 minutes as compared to 27 minutes on the Mavic Pro. Three additional minutes may not seem much, but to a serious aerial photographer it could make a world of difference in taking that shot or to return to home. The second significant difference is that its much more quieter. The 8331 propellers along with the Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) on the Platinum contributes to a quieter flight since it controls how fast and efficiently the motor spins. However, it would not make much of a difference if its flying further from you for you can hardly hear both.
Personally, I am not too excited by both. After all, the DJI Mavic is not meant for professionals but more for armature aerial photographers who wish to learn the ropes before migrating to the more sophisticated and professional drone platforms. The video I have attached, also states that both the batteries and propellers are compatible. In fact, when using the Platinum propellers on the Mavic Pro, there seem to be a slight reduction in noise as well as the RPM of the motor.
So, if you are considering which one to buy, price could be another issue depending on your budget. The DJI Mavic Pro fly more combo is priced at RM4,819.00 while the Mavic Pro Platinum is priced at RM8,323.20 on 11 Street. Fly Safe