Eagles to the Rescue

No matter what regulations are put in place to safe guard security, privacy and safety; there are always some rogue drone pilot who gets a thrill by flouting these laws, rules and regulations. Authorities, on the other hand are looking at new means to curb these rogue pilots and to bring down their drones. There is really no one size that fits all in that there is no one best way. One could jam its radios to force the drone to Autoland, use bigger drone to capture it or merely shooting it out of the skies.

The Dutch National Police, however, had come up with an ingenious economical way to bring down rogue drones (I suppose there really is no such thing as a rogue drone but only pilots). They have embarked on training eagles to take down menacing drones that are being problematic. The eagles are natural when trained to take down a drone. They are trained to identify and capture drones. On snatching the drones, they then find a safe place to land. The advantage here is that one doesn’t have to worry about a disabled drone falling on the heads of the public. The Dutch are not the only ones who have embarked on training eagles for this purpose. the French Air Force are also doing it. Fly Safe and Responsibly
Source: https://spectrum.ieee.org/…/dutch-police-training-eagles-to…




The Alpine Griffon-01 Drone

The Alpine Griffon 01 drone comes out of the box fully assembled. The propeller guards can easily be attached with the screw driver and screws that comes along in the box. The 3.7V 550mAh battery that comes along with the AG 01 offers about 7-10 minutes of flying time and takes about 70 minutes to fully recharge. The AG 01 is controlled using a remote controller with your smartphone attached to it for visual. I downloaded an app called Wifi UFO from the play store which seemed to work well. Unfortunately, the instructions that came with the box was in Chinese. The drone is small and light and therefore you need to be careful if its windy; for it becomes quite erratic and difficult to control. The buttons on the RC is not marked and therefore you need to memorise the various functions until you become familiar with them. There is a retractable panel on the top where you place your smartphone, but I found that its quite restricted and may not be able to accommodate wider body smartphones. Otherwise, the standard two thumb-style joysticks, one which controller the drone’s throttle and yaw, and the other which controls the forward, backward, upward, and downward movement of the drone is quite obvious. There is a button that can be pressed for “headless” flight mode, which means the drone can be flown without reference to its front or back. The video and camera functions are ergonomically well positioned in the centre of the drone’s remote control. The Alpine Griffon Drone also includes push-button flips and rolls. To fly, first turn on the drone, then the RC. Bring both joysticks to the bottom right to calibrate the RC and the drone. This should then be followed by pushing the left joystick up and down. It is now ready to fly. Fly Safe



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First Ever Drone Parachute Jump

Drones, other then those used by the military, have always been associated with aerial photography. It has always been considered as a platform to carry sophisticated cameras to take great shots from the air. Multi-rotors are now creeping into extreme sports as well. They have been used for snowboarding and surfing; and now Aerones drone company from Latvia came up with a powerful drone designed to be used by firefighters and search and rescue teams. Its capable of carrying a person. On May 12, 2017 Aerones’s 28 propellered drone lifted Ingus Augstkalns to a height of 330 metres from where he jumped and landed using a parachute. Enjoy and Fly Safe

Fastest Drone Sets World Record

The Drone Racing League, on July 13, 2017 set a world record with their RacerX quadcopter earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The RacerX is a prototype that runs on 1300mAh batteries with its motors generating 46,000 RPMs. Although capable of achieving speeds up to 179.3 mph, it only managed 163.5 mph on the day of the record setting by Guinness World Records. Fly Safe


The TIANQU Visuo XS809W

Here is another DJI Mavic clone quad-copter. Comes in two colours i.e. black or grey. I thought it looked great in black with the gold markings on it. Its batteries are proprietary and provides about 10 to 11 minutes of flight. Its a beginner quad with some fancy advance modes to help beginners to fly it. It has auto take off and land, altitude hold, return to home, headless mode and do flips. But these facilities are dependent on the model you procure. It does not have a micro SD card on the drone, which means that all your videos and photos will be saved on your smartphone. It also comes with three speeds to fly it.Its priced at RM366.60 on 11 Street. Check out the video and Fly Safe


Maiden Flight with my DJI Mavic Pro

Yes, folks after the unboxing and the required calibration, I finally took it for my maiden flight at none other then Independence Square (Dataran Merdeka). As I was driving towards my destination, to my horror I saw raindrops against my windscreen. I felt terrible thinking what a time for it to rain. Anyway, on reaching, the drizzle had somewhat reduced to occasional drops, permitting flight.

Took off and I was amazed at the DJI Mavic Pro’s performance. It was very responsive to the controls without any drag or lag, smooth take off and it hovered with such great stability. It responded quick to the touch of the controls and you could hardly hear the drone. Believe me, having flown a Yuneec Q500+, the DJI Mavic Pro is in a league  of its own. I hope to check out the other capabilities in the near future and keep you all posted. Check out the maiden flight video with my new DJI Mavic Pro. Cheers and Fly Safe



Walkera and Optical Zoom

If you have noticed, most of the drones I have covered here have the capability to pan up or down, left or right and even do a 360 degrees turn. I came across (probably the first of its kind) a drone that enables you to zoom. Yep, you read it right. Walkera introduced the Voyager 4 drone with the incredible ability to carry out a 16x magnification. However, the 16x optical zoom capability is an add-on. The Voyager 4’s standard camera is a fixed focal length 4K camera. The voyager also comes with the Devo F18 controller which said to be more user friendly. The Voyager 4 is also capable of utilising 4G cellular connectivity, which means you can control the quad-copter from almost anywhere as long as you have network service.
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