NEWS: DJI & Freefly NAB 2017 Final Day Roundup

As NAB 2017 draws to a close, Heliguy Insider is here to round up the products that might have slipped under your radar – we’ve reported on the Ronin 2, DJI Goggles, Cendence RC, CrystalSky Monitors and Tracktenna from DJI but both they, and fellow UAV market leaders Freefly proved that they’re still able to surprise us.

Read on to find out what you might have missed and why you should be paying attention to what these two companies are up to. This is especially true of DJI who have already announced plans for a late May (24th) event to unveil yet another new product.



DJI: Hasselblad, Seagate & No-Fly-Zone News

There’s plenty to talk about from DJI’s appearance so let’s dive right in.

 

DJI Matrice 600 Pro & Hasselblad H6D Bundle

After their first attempt to release a professional bundle featuring the original Matrice 600 and the Hasselblad A5D was quietly withdrawn, we’ve been waiting to see what would come of the partnership between DJI and the highly regarded Swedish camera expert.

 

Now we have our answer, utilising the upgraded M600 Pro and a newer version of the Hasselblad camera range, DJI is hoping to snag professional photographers who are willing to put down £30k for an admittedly impressive 100MP aerial image capture setup.

As described on our product page:

“The DJI M600 Pro drone, the Ronin-MX gimbal and the Hasselblad H6D-100c camera combine each company’s unparalleled technological expertise to create an unprecedented tool for precise, detailed and accurate aerial imaging. Professional drone users can continuously control camera operations in flight using the DJI GO app, in order to provide rich imagery for landscape and fine-art photography, robust data for surveying and mapmaking, and endless possibilities for future professional applications.”

You can learn more about this bundle HERE.


Seagate Release DJI Branded Hard Drive For Drone Users

In another interesting turn of events this week, digital storage pioneers, Seagate, announced the DJI Fly Drive. Since the announcement at CES in January 2017 that the two companies would be collaborating there has been radio silence on what this could mean.

The result of their partnership is now out in the open, a DJI branded portable hard drive with up to 2TB of storage and including a USB-C cable to cater for drone users on the go. What sets it apart from similar units, however, is the inclusion of an integrated microSD card slot.

This is great news for those out on long shoots as the compatibility of microSDs into the drive means that you’re able to rapidly transfer footage in-the-field. Designed for cards with speeds of up to UHS-II, your high-capacity SDs will function smoothly with Seagate’s new addition to the DJI accessory range.

As it’s designed for use on the go, the unit has been constructed with a ‘protective bumper’ which houses the USB-C cable and ensures that the inevitable knocks and bumps it will endure won’t cause your day’s work to corrupt and vanish.

Key Features

  • Up to 2TB Capacity: This means that the highest capacity Fly Drive can store over 60 hours of 4K 30fps footage.
  • MicroSD Card Slot: An integrated UHS-II-rated hub means you can focus on being more effective in the field, giving you the ability to quickly drag and drop 4K files from a microSD card to the Fly Drive.
  • Protective Bumper: Seagate has designed the Fly Drive with a protective bumper that offers shock resistance against the hard knocks of packing and travelling.
  • USB 3.1 Interface: Compatible with both Mac and Windows, Fly Drive’s USB 3.1 Type-C interface allows for fast file transfers with the latest generation Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 computers.

DJI Adds Parts of Iraq & Syria to No-Fly-Zone List

While everyone has been distracted by the shiny new products being unveiled by DJI, they’ve also quietly been doing their bit to help prevent their drones being used by malicious parties in conflict zones. As first reported by The Register, DJI’s GO apps have now been updated with these new restrictions.

The Shenzhen-based market leader in drone manufacture had this to say on the subject of these amendments to their no-fly-zones:

“DJI makes products purely for peaceful purposes, which is how the overwhelming majority of pilots use them, and we deplore any use of our drones to bring harm to anyone. Our geofencing system is designed to advise pilots of airspace restrictions and was never intended to enforce laws or thwart people who want to misuse our products. Certain areas vital for aviation safety or national security are marked as restricted in our geofencing system, and we are constantly adjusting those areas to account for temporary conditions that create special restrictions, such as wildfires and major public events.”

DJI’s new no-fly zones include the majority of the northern half of both countries (including Mosul). Heliguy Insider will be following this story and will update our readers of any significant developments.

 



Freefly: MoVI Carbon & Freefly Pilot

Adding to their already impressive product range, Freefly has given fans plenty to get excited about at this NAB show. Here’s what they unveiled this week.

 

The MoVI Carbon 5-Axis Gimbal

The MoVI Carbon is the world’s first handheld and drone mountable 5-axis camera stabiliser. This new gimbal features 2 inner-axes which keep the camera perfectly stable in even the most demanding conditions at a full 240mm zoom.

This new MoVI unit comes with an a7S II and Sony 24-240mm lens integrated into the gimbal. Freefly has miniaturised, optimised, and cut every gram of weight of the 5-axis design so that you can get it into the world’s most interesting places. MoVI Carbon will enable shots such as:

  • Natural history shot while moving freely from 24-240mm
  • Sporting events covered while moving at any focal range
  • Low-level dynamic drone shots from focal ranges no other system can achieve
  • Lightweight vehicle mounted shots (car, motorcycle, bike) with the ability to move the camera in or through scenes all while zooming, framing as the operator sees fit.

Please Note: We strongly recommend that you research local regulations and consult the necessary authorities before attempting these shots.

This is the first in Freefly’s upcoming line of 5 axis gimbals featuring the smallest cinema quality package with an impressive zoom range. Experience the power of a7S III and Sony 24-240mm lens. It’s compact, dynamic, sensitive, and extremely capable.

These specs make it a perfect addition to the Freefly ALTA series, lining up superb aerial shots and making the most of the technology.

 


The Freefly Pilot

Freefly’s Pilot is built to integrate tightly with RED, ARRI, Sony, Phantom, and LANC cameras. With RED RCP support, you can have complete control of your RED camera from 600+ feet away.

See below for a list of cameras and the control Pilot offers:

  • RED: Full camera control via RCP
  • ARRI: Start/Stop
  • Sony: LANC/Multi Terminal
  • Canon: LANC
  • Phantom: Start/Stop

The Freefly Pilot was designed to integrate seamlessly with the MoVI Pro ecosystem. It gives users the ability to adjust key MōVI parameters and get real-time feedback from the MoVI from 600+ feet away. It’s built on the same core frequency hopping spread spectrum 2.4Ghz link that is found in the MoVI Pro.

This product can control both the MoVI and F/I/Z outputs using Freefly’s patented MIMIC technology. Users can move the Pilot controller to control camera pointing, as well as Focus, Iris, or Zoom. It also features a 75mm soft touch focus knob with adjustable damping and a high-resolution 16bit encoder to give users precise real-time control of Focus / Iris / Zoom or any axes of MoVI Control and can quickly mount to just about anything including:

  • Tripod
  • MoVI Handles
  • ¼ 20 Mount
  • 25mm tube
  • Rosette Mounts

20mm Rosettes allow the Pilot Focus and Iris blocks to mount to just about anything. Freefly has developed a variety of Rosette mounts that allow you to mount these blocks to the entire product ecosystem, these include:

  • 25mm Tube Mount
  • 30mm Tube Mount
  • ¼ 20 to Rosette Mount
  • Freefly Pilot Handlebar
  • Freefly Pilot Modular
  • Choose Your Grip

 

Pilot offers three grip options for users as well as the info to build your own:

  • Walnut wood grip
  • Rubber grip
  • 3D print your own (coming soon)

 

It also gives the ability to define and assign specific controls to separate and independent units. You can give Iris control to one person while retaining focus and zoom on a separate unit. Each unit has its own internal battery and communicates wirelessly to the MoVI from 600+ ft.

 

Keep checking back to Heliguy’s Insider Blog for more product launch announcements, DJI & Freefly insights and, of course, the latest news from the drone industry.

 

Full post available at – https://www.heliguy.com/blog/2017/04/27/news-dji-freefly-nab-2017-final-day-roundup/

An Insider Look At The DJI Goggles

The DJI Goggles have been designed to offer a seamless FPV experience when piloting DJI’s products. Combining a pair of large exemplary quality screens, long range, low-lag wireless connectivity and direct control of photo and video capture.

DJI’s Goggles offer both 720p at 60fps and close range 1080p at 30fps viewing with a latency of just 110ms. Through DJI’s OcuSync wireless transmission system, up to four devices can be connected to the Mavic Pro simultaneously.

 

Antennas built into the headband ensure 360° of coverage, offering a reliable connection even if the aircraft is flying behind you. This enables you to share an immersive flight experience with friends by giving them a bird’s eye view of the world as you pilot their experience.

Key Features

  • Two viewing modes: 720p resolution at 60fps and 1080p at 30fps, both with 110ms latency
  • 1920 x 1080 resolution per eye
  • Touchpad for menu navigation
  • Headphone jack
  • Micro SD card slot / Micro USB / HDMI inputs
  • Six-hour battery life

Please Note: DJI Goggles support the Mavic Pro, Phantom 4 series and Inspire series. Some functions will be adapted for different DJI products.


DJI Goggles Specifications

See below for all of the key specifications relating to the DJI Goggles.

GENERAL

Weight

Goggles: 495g
Headband: 500g

Dimensions

Goggles: 195 × 155 × 110mm
Headband (Folded): 255 × 205 × 92mm

Field Of View

85° (single screen)

Screen Size

5-inch ×2

Interpupillary Distance Range

58 – 70mm

Refresh rate

60Hz

Screen Resolution

3840 × 1080 (single screen: 1920 × 1080)

Operating Frequency

2.4GHz

Max.Transmission Distance

Same as the aircraft connected

Video Downlink Resolution

1080p 30fps, 720p 60fps, 720p 30fps

Video Downlink Latency at least (Near field and free of interference)

110ms (Mavic Pro, 720p60, video format: 720p120) 150 ms (Phantom 4 series, 720p60, video format: 720p60 / 720p120)
140 ms (Inspire 2+X5S, 720p60, video format: 1080p120)
190 ms (Inspire 2+X4S, 720p60, video format: 1080p60)

Battery Capacity

9440mAh

Battery Energy

35.44Wh

Max Operating Time

6 hrs

Operating Temperature Range

32°F (0°C) – 104°F (40°C)

I/O Interface

Micro USB, 3.5mm audio jack,
HDMI type-D, Micro SD card slot

HDMI Supported

HDMI 1.4b, HDCP 1.4

Sensors

Gyroscope, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor

Charger

Input: 100-240VAC, 50/60 Hz. 0.5A
Output: 5V,3A ; 9V,2A;12V,1.5A

 


Dual Screen Viewing

Typical ‘2K’ screens inside the goggles are split into two 1280 x 1440 sections, one for each eye. When viewing a 16:9 image, some sections are further cut off, leaving only a quarter of the available pixels. DJI Goggles have two 1920 x 1080 screens providing more than twice the amount of pixels of a typical 2K single screen.

Each screen packs its pixels together tightly so you see a clean, cohesive image with no latticing. DJI Goggles use a beam splitter to display an image in front of each eye, as well as polarisation to prevent any image overlap. This allows it to create genuine ‘Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution’ per eye. When used with the large aperture aspheric lens, an 85° field of view per eye is created for maximum immersion.

 


Revolutionary Head Tracking

Your head movements control both aircraft yaw and camera tilt in Head Tracking Flight mode as with remote controller sticks. All you need to do is turn left or right to yaw left or right, and straighten your head to stop turning. In Head Tracking Gimbal mode only the gimbal will move without affecting yaw. Access to key intelligent features through a touchpad integrated into the DJI Goggles or 5D button on the Mavic Pro controller makes navigating the internal menu system easy and intuitive.

DJI Goggles are a perfect pair with DJI’s new Intelligent Flight Mode: Fixed-Wing Mode. In this mode, the aircraft doesn’t turn left or right but instead flies forward with enough rotational movement for realistic flight simulation. Combined with Head Tracking Mode, you can use your head to control the Mavic Pro for a fully realised flight experience. An AR trajectory prediction feature in Fixed-Wing Mode makes using this mode in complex environments safer. Other Intelligent Flight Modes include Terrain Follow, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Cinematic Mode and Tripod Mode.

 


Intuitive Design

A unique solid headband design balances and spreads the weight of DJI Goggles around the head evenly, minimising pressure on the face and keeping them comfortable to wear for hours. People who wear glasses are also able to wear them comfortably.

The screen portion of DJI Goggles can be flipped up to glimpse the real world, or detached entirely for easy storage and portability.


 

Seamless Compatibility

A range of built-in interfaces allows DJI Goggles to work with a wide range of devices.

  • Micro-USB Input: Connect compatible Phantom 4 series and Inspire 2 using the USB port to get access to tracking functions and head tracking. It is also used for firmware upgrades.
  • Micro SD Card: Download files from the aircraft to the goggle’s onboard SD card for a backup, or view video files you have captured.
  • HDMI Input: Watch camera feeds from a Phantom 4 series or Inspire drones, or plug in a video device to watch films or play games.
  • Audio: Plug headphones into the headphone jack or use the onboard speakers to listen to audio on videos being played through the HDMI cable.

 

 


Gallery

Check out Heliguy’s DJI Goggles gallery to get a better idea of what you can expect from this sleek FPV solution.

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DJI Announces Ronin 2, Cendence RC & More

It’s already been a busy NAB 2017 for DJI as they’ve unveiled the Ronin 2 gimbal aimed at professional filmmakers as well as a number of exciting new peripherals. Read on to find out everything we know so far.


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DJI ANNOUNCES RONIN 2 GIMBAL

The Ronin 2 three-axis camera stabiliser is a redesigned member of the Ronin range built to give filmmakers total creative freedom. Thanks to DJI’s expertise in gimbal technology, the Ronin 2 has more power and torque to carry larger cameras, is more versatile and has more intelligent features to allow for unprecedented camera movement.

Paul Pan, DJI’s Senior Product Manager, has released the following statement on the new gimbal:

“The Ronin 2 dramatically improves every aspect of the camera operating experience and is the best stabiliser we have ever made. Completely redesigned to meet the needs of today’s camera professionals, the DJI Ronin 2 makes it easier than ever to capture stunning cinematic footage under the widest variety of situations.”

DJI’s Ronin 2 gives filmmakers a versatile approach to select the right camera for the shot. An enlarged camera cage and 50mm extendable arms support everything from DSLRs to full cinematic cameras and lenses. Powerful gimbal motors ensure sufficient torque to handle payloads up to 30lbs. Aided by onboard GPS the powerful, encoded motors let the Ronin 2 travel at speeds of up to 75mph while delivering the same 0.02° of sub-pixel level precision that Ronin users have come to expect.

With a new design and detachable grip, the Ronin 2 adds custom stabilisation to the full range of camera mounts that directors rely on. From basic handheld and jib configurations to cable cams, vehicles and drones, DJI’s Ronin 2 provides a wide range of creative flexibility. A new two-axis operation mode for mounting to Steadicams offers innovative movement patterns that were once impossible to perform.

The quick release mount makes it easy to transfer seamlessly from one scene to the next, giving filmmakers new freedom to explore every perspective. A redesigned dual band 2.4/5.8 GHz remote allows minimised interference for full control during remote and two-person operation at a range of nearly 1.5km.

Every detail of the DJI Ronin 2 has been improved for quick setup and easy operation. New axis locking levers and fine tuning knobs deliver faster and more precise balancing, while the Auto-Tune Stability feature intelligently adjusts motor parameters for optimal use in seconds. A new integrated touch screen with 1,000nits of brightness lets professionals directly configure the gimbal settings for on-the-fly adjustments and for full control of mounted cameras (including the RED range).

The Ronin 2 boasts a redesigned carbon fiber frame which provides what DJI are calling ‘the highest quality manufacturing ever in a handheld stabilised camera rig’ while making the platform durable, lightweight and easy to carry. New fold-away feet enable the operator to set the platform down during handheld filming without the need for a separate stand. A splash-proof enclosed motor design with internally routed power, SDI and data cabling enables worry-free shooting in the most demanding environments.

Integrated power and data ports make the DJI Ronin 2 a centralised system for cameras and accessories without the need for multiple power systems. It features four 14.4v (8 amps) ports near the camera cage, two 12.6v (4 amps) ports near the pan motor, and one P-Tap 12.6v (4 amps) outlet on the battery mount.

Dual hot-swappable batteries provide continuous uptime without ever powering down. They are capable of operating simultaneously and independently to provide 2.5 hours of runtime to power the gimbal and cameras up to the RED Dragon. The Ronin 2 uses the same ultra-fast charging, high-capacity, self-heating batteries as the DJI Inspire 2, simplifying battery management and guaranteeing reliable power in extremely cold temperatures down to -4°F. The battery system is fully detachable to provide a portable power supply for any 12v P-Tap powered camera or accessory.

The completely updated DJI gimbal assistant mobile app provides a more intuitive and easier-to-use interface for bringing a cinematic vision to life. It includes new studio-oriented functions to easily capture complicated camera moves that once required specialised expertise or additional equipment.

The new Panorama mode automatically controls DJI’s Ronin 2 to create still image panoramas that account for the camera sensor type and lens focal length as well as the user-defined overlap rate. Its new Timelapse mode can program multiple movements and camera actions at different points along a route, and view progress in real time and the new CamAnchor mode lets operators quickly record a preferred gimbal orientation at particular locations, then revisit them with a simple touch as the camera moves from point to point.

The intelligent SmoothTrack system that provides stable images while the camera is on the move has been enhanced with an updated algorithm for keeping Ronin 2 in sync with the operator’s movements. For every scenario encountered by a professional camera, Ronin 2 users can fine-tune how their rig responds to new movements along all three axes.

As for the release date? According to DJI the Ronin 2 will be available in the second quarter of 2017 and pricing will be announced prior to availability.


THE DJI CENDENCE REMOTE CONTROLLER

The new DJI Cendence remote controller is DJI’s first multi-platform controller for professionals who need versatility, efficiency and personalization at their fingertips. Its intuitive ergonomic design fits perfectly in your hands, allowing easy access to programmable function buttons and dials.

Users can program and store customised button configurations for varied flight and shooting options and can use two dials to adjust the pitch and yaw of the gimbal at the same time. With the DJI Cendence, pilots have instant access to functions like ISO, sharpness, shutter speed, focus and more, without navigating the touch menu settings on their mobile device.

The DJI Cendence features built-in SDI and HDMI video transmission ports for live HD broadcast and streaming applications and can be easily adapted to use DJI’s Lightbridge or WiFi video transmission technology.

The controller mounts smartphones, tablets and DJI’s high-brightness CrystalSky monitors, and also features a smaller secondary screen to display critical telemetry data. Long battery life of up to 4 hours and the ability to easily exchange batteries make power management easier and longer flights possible. Cendence is compatible with DJI’s Matrice 200 and Inspire 2 drones.

DJI has said that the Cendence remote controller will be available ‘later this year’ with a price of £949.


THE DJI TRACKTENNA

DJI’s Tracktenna is a high-gain antenna that ushers in a new era of remote wireless communication by improving signal reliability over long distances and resisting interference. Its built-in sensors and two-axis gimbal automatically point the antenna to the aircraft at all times, bolstering the connection even while the operator is in motion or on a vehicle.

When installed on the new Cendence controller in optimal conditions, DJI Tracktenna can boost signal transmission to over 10km, giving professionals increased responsiveness and confidence when performing complex flights like search and rescue missions, power line inspections, pipeline inspections, live HD broadcasting, filmmaking and more. Pilots should always understand and follow any applicable laws and regulations regarding flight distance.

DJI Tracktenna supports transmission speeds of up to 10Mbps within 2km for data-intensive applications. It supports both 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz frequency bands, giving it greater signal stability.

Both the pricing and availability for DJI’s Tracktenna are set to be announced at a later date.


DJI’s CRYSTALSKY MONITOR RANGE

The CrystalSky range of dedicated monitors offers a brighter and more reliable display screen for pilots, photographers and filmmakers who need more robust visual information than is available on smartphones and tablets. The CrystalSky series features displays up to 2000cd/m2, which is 4x brighter than a typical smartphone or tablet, allowing clear screen visibility even in full daylight.

CrystalSky monitors are available in 5.5″ and 7.85″ sizes. They attach directly to the new Cendence controller and use a new dedicated mounting bracket to attach to other DJI controllers. They are designed to operate in temperature ranges from -4 to +104°F, and can operate for up to 6 hours in ideal conditions using a secondary external battery.

CrystalSky runs optimised versions of the DJI GO, DJI GO 4 and DJI Pilot apps, and includes two microSD card slots for rapid storage and playback of encoded 4K video.

A typically vague release date from DJI states that CrystalSky will be available ‘soon’ in three configurations: a 5.5″, 1000cd/m2 version for £449, a 7.85″, 1000cd/m2 version for £669 and a 7.85″, 2000cd/m2 version for £949.


AN ALL-NEW CUSTOMER SERVICE SCHEME

The new DJI Circle program delivers a premium customer support program dedicated to ensuring world-class service whenever help is needed. The program offers broad coverage over a 12-month period for up to five DJI products, including the Inspire, M600, Mavic Pro and Phantom drone series, and the Ronin and OSMO series of handheld stabilisers.

Each DJI Circle member receives the services of a personal DJI concierge to guide them through the many benefits of the program, and to ensure they can take advantage of those features easily and efficiently. The concierge can manage expedited battery rentals, prioritise product shipments, field technical support questions, provide information tailored to members’ particular needs, and invite them to exclusive DJI events where they can network with both DJI product managers and industry experts.

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With one single point of contact from around the world – including backup concierges available around the clock, every day of the year – DJI Circle members are free to focus on their creative needs.

DJI Circle benefits include:

  • Battery Rental Service: Upon request, batteries will be delivered to ensure your DJI devices always have as much power as needed to get you through your project. This service also helps avoid air travel restrictions associated with some DJI battery technology.
  • Device Repair and Backup Service: Receive coverage for repair of accidental damage to DJI products, up to $15,000 (USD) annually. When sending a product to DJI for repair you will receive a temporary replacement device to use until the repair is complete.
  • Global SOS Service: Gain access to emergency medical services in the event you become ill or injured while travelling.
  • Exclusive Membership Benefits: Be among the first to receive new DJI products, plus exclusive access to DJI events and networking opportunities.
  • Airport Lounge Access: Free access to more than 850 airport lounges across the globe.

DJI Circle will first be available starting in May by invitation only to customers in the United States and mainland China, starting at $4,699 (USD) for a 12-month period.


GET IN TOUCH

If you have any questions about the products outlined in this article, our team are available to answer your questions via the following methods.

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DJI Phantom 4 Advanced VERSUS Phantom 4 Pro

DJI has just announced the Phantom 4 Advanced and Advanced+ as the newest additions to their hugely popular quadcopter series. Heliguy has gathered up all the available information to show you how this newcomer differs from its closest ancestor, the Phantom 4 Pro.

 

Key Differences

 

Now that you know the main differences it’s time to compare the specs of these two Phantom quadcopters:

Phantom 4 Advanced
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced
Phantom 4 Pro
DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Aircraft

Weight (Battery & Propellers Included)

1368 g 1388 g

Diagonal Size (Propellers Excluded)

350 mm 350 mm

Max Ascent Speed

S-mode: 6 m/s; P-mode: 5 m/s S-mode: 6 m/s; P-mode: 5 m/s

Max Descent Speed

S-mode: 4 m/s; P-mode: 3 m/s S-mode: 4 m/s; P-mode: 3 m/s

Max Speed

S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph); A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph); P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph) S-mode: 45 mph (72 kph); A-mode: 36 mph (58 kph); P-mode: 31 mph (50 kph)

Max Tilt Angle

42° (S-mode); 35° (A-mode); 25° (P-mode) 42° (S-mode); 35° (A-mode); 25° (P-mode)

Max Angular Speed

S-mode: 250°/s; A-mode: 150°/s S-mode: 250°/s; A-mode: 150°/s

Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level

6000 m 6000 m

Max Flight Time

Approx. 30 minutes Approx. 30 minutes

Operating Temperature Range

0° to 40°C 0° to 40°C

Satellite Positioning Systems

GPS/GLONASS GPS/GLONASS

Hover Accuracy Range

Vertical:

±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)

Horizontal:

±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)

Vertical:

±0.1 m (with Vision Positioning)
±0.5 m (with GPS Positioning)

Horizontal:

±0.3 m (with Vision Positioning)
±1.5 m (with GPS Positioning)

Vision System

Vision System

Forward Vision System, Downward Vision System Forward Vision System, Backward Vision System, Downward Vision System

Velocity Range

≤31 mph (50 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground ≤31 mph (50 kph) at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground

Altitude Range

0 – 10 m 0 – 10 m

Operating Range

0 – 10 m 0 – 10 m

Obstacle Sensory Range

0.7 – 30 m 0.7 – 30 m

FOV

Forward: 60° (Horizontal), ±27°(Vertical); Downward: 70° (Front and Rear), 50° (Left and Right) Forward: 60° (Horizontal), ±27° (Vertical); Backward: 60° (Horizontal), ±27° (Vertical); Downward: 70° (Front and Rear), 50° (Left and Right)

Measuring Frequency

Forward: 10 Hz; Downward: 20 Hz Forward: 10 Hz; Backwards: 10 Hz; Downward: 20 Hz

Operating Environment

Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15) Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux > 15)

Infrared Sensing System

Obstacle Sensory Range

N/A 0.2 – 7 m

FOV

N/A 70° (Horizontal), ±10° (Vertical)

Measuring Frequency

N/A 10 Hz

Operating Environment

N/A Surface with diffuse reflection material, and reflectivity > 8% (such as wall, trees, humans, etc.)

Remote Controller

Operating Frequency

2.400 – 2.483 GHz 2.400 – 2.483 GHz and 5.725 – 5.825 GHz

Max Transmission Distance

2.400 – 2.483 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)

FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km); CE: 2.2 mi (3.5 km); SRRC: 2.5 mi (4 km)

2.400 – 2.483 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)

FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km); CE: 2.2 mi (3.5 km); SRRC: 2.5 mi (4 km)

5.725 – 5.825 GHz (Unobstructed, free of interference)

FCC: 4.3 mi (7 km); CE: 1.2 mi (2 km); SRRC: 3.1 mi (5 km)

Operating Temperature Range

0° to 40°C 0° to 40°C

Battery

6000 mAh LiPo 2S 6000 mAh LiPo 2S

Transmitter Power (EIRP)

2.400 – 2.483 GHz

FCC: 26 dBm; CE: 17 dBm; SRRC: 20 dBm

2.400 – 2.483 GHz

FCC: 26 dBm; CE: 17 dBm; SRRC: 20 dBm

5.725 – 5.825 GHz

FCC: 28 dBm; CE: 14 dBm; SRRC: 20 dBm

Operating Current/Voltage

1.2 A@7.4 V 1.2 A@7.4 V

Video Output Port

GL300E: HDMI; GL300C: USB GL300E: HDMI; GL300F: USB

Mobile Device Holder

GL300E: Built-in display device (5.5-inch screen, 1920×1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4 GB RAM+16 GB ROM)

GL300C: Tablets and smartphones

GL300E: Built-in display device (5.5-inch screen, 1920×1080, 1000 cd/m2, Android system, 4 GB RAM+16 GB ROM)

GL300F: Tablets and smartphones

Intelligent Flight Battery

Capacity

5870 mAh 5870 mAh

Voltage

15.2 V 15.2 V

Battery Type

LiPo 4S LiPo 4S

Energy

89.2 Wh 89.2 Wh

Net Weight

468 g 468 g

Charging Temperature Range

5° to 40°C 5° to 40°C

Max Charging Power

100 W 100 W

Charger

Voltage

17.5V 17.5V

Rated Power

100 W 100 W

Gimbal

Stabilization

3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw) 3-axis (pitch, roll, yaw)

Controllable Range

Pitch: -90° to +30° Pitch: -90° to +30°

Max Controllable Angular Speed

Pitch: 90°/s Pitch: 90°/s

Angular Control Accuracy

±0.02° ±0.02°

Camera

Sensor

1″ CMOS; Effective pixels: 20M 1″ CMOS; Effective pixels: 20M

Lens

FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 – f/11 auto focus at 1 m – FOV 84° 8.8 mm/24 mm (35 mm format equivalent) f/2.8 – f/11 auto focus at 1 m –

ISO Range

Video:

100 – 3200 (Auto); 100 – 6400 (Manual)

Photo:

100 – 3200 (Auto); 100- 12800 (Manual)

Video:

100 – 3200 (Auto); 100 – 6400 (Manual)

Photo:

100 – 3200 (Auto); 100- 12800 (Manual)

Mechanical Shutter Speed

8 – 1/2000 s 8 – 1/2000 s

Electronic Shutter Speed

8 – 1/8000 s 8 – 1/8000 s

Image Size

3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648; 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648; 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078 3:2 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3648; 4:3 Aspect Ratio: 4864 × 3648; 16:9 Aspect Ratio: 5472 × 3078

PIV Image Size

4096×2160, 3840×2160, 2720×1530, 1920×1080, 1280×720 4096×2160, 3840×2160, 2720×1530, 1920×1080, 1280×720

Still Photography Modes

Single Shot; Burst Shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 frames; Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias; Interval: 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 / 60 s Single Shot; Burst Shooting: 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 14 frames; Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB): 3/5 bracketed frames at 0.7 EV Bias; Interval: 2 / 3 / 5 / 7 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 30 / 60 s

Video Recording Modes

H.265

C4K: 4096×2160 24 / 25 / 30p @100Mbps; 4K: 3840×2160 24 / 25 / 30p @100Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 24 / 25 / 30p @65Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 48 / 50 / 60p @80Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30p @50Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 48 / 50 / 60p @65Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 120p @100Mbps; HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30p @25Mbps; HD: 1280×720 48 / 50 / 60p @35Mbps; HD: 1280×720 120p @60Mbps

H.264

C4K: 4096×2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps; 4K: 3840×2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 24 / 25 / 30p @80Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30p @60Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 48 / 50 / 60 @80Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 120p @100Mbps; HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30p @30Mbps; HD: 1280×720 48 / 50 / 60p @45Mbps; HD: 1280×720 120p @80Mbps

H.265

C4K: 4096×2160 24 / 25 / 30p @100Mbps; 4K: 3840×2160 24 / 25 / 30p @100Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 24 / 25 / 30p @65Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 48 / 50 / 60p @80Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30p @50Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 48 / 50 / 60p @65Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 120p @100Mbps; HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30p @25Mbps; HD: 1280×720 48 / 50 / 60p @35Mbps; HD: 1280×720 120p @60Mbps

H.264

C4K: 4096×2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps; 4K: 3840×2160 24 / 25 / 30 / 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 24 / 25 / 30p @80Mbps; 2.7K: 2720×1530 48 / 50 / 60p @100Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 24 / 25 / 30p @60Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 48 / 50 / 60 @80Mbps; FHD: 1920×1080 120p @100Mbps; HD: 1280×720 24 / 25 / 30p @30Mbps; HD: 1280×720 48 / 50 / 60p @45Mbps; HD: 1280×720 120p @80Mbps

Max Video Bitrate

100 Mbps 100 Mbps

Supported File Systems

FAT32 (≤32 GB); exFAT (>32 GB) FAT32 (≤32 GB); exFAT (>32 GB)

Photo

JPEG, DNG (RAW), JPEG + DNG JPEG, DNG (RAW), JPEG + DNG

Video

MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264; HEVC/H.265) MP4/MOV (AVC/H.264; HEVC/H.265)

Supported SD Cards

Micro SD; Max Capacity: 128GB; Write speed ≥15MB/s, Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required Micro SD; Max Capacity: 128GB; Write speed ≥15MB/s, Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required

Operating Temperature Range

0° to 40°C 0° to 40°C

App / Live View

Mobile App

DJI GO 4 DJI GO 4

Live View Working Frequency

2.4 GHz ISM 2.4 GHz ISM, 5.8 GHz ISM

Live View Quality

720P @ 30fps 720P @ 30fps

Latency

Phantom 4 Adv: 220 ms (depending on conditions and mobile device); Phantom 4 Adv +:160 – 180 ms Phantom 4 Pro: 220 ms (depending on conditions and mobile device); Phantom 4 Pro +:160 – 180 ms

Required Operating Systems

iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4.0 or later iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4.0 or later

Recommended Devices

iOS: iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimized for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.
Android: Samsung tabs 705c, Samsung S6, Samsung S5, Samsung NOTE4, Samsung NOTE3, Google Nexus 6p, Nexus 9, Google Nexus 7 II, Ascend Mate7, Huawei P8 Max, Huawei Mate 8, LG V20, Nubia Z7 mini, Sony Xperia Z3, MI 3, MI PAD, Smartisan T1.

*Support for additional devices available as testing and development continues.

iOS: iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4 and iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular. This app is optimised for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus.
Android: Samsung S7 edge, Samsung S7, Samsung S6, Samsung S5, Samsung NOTE4, Samsung NOTE3, Samsung tabs 705c, Ascend Mate 9, Ascend Mate 7, Huawei Honor 8, Huawei P8 Max, Vivo X7, Xiaomi 5, MI 3, Google Nexus 6p, Nexus 9, Google Nexus 7 II, LG V20, Sony Xperia Z3, Smartisan T1.

*Support for additional devices available as testing and development continues.


 


What’s Included?

Here’s what you can expect from the DJI Phantom Pro and Advanced straight out of the box.

What’s Included?

DJI Phantom 4 Advanced
DJI Phantom 4 Advanced
  • Aircraft Body
  • Remote Controller
  • Propellers
  • Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Power Cable
  • Gimbal Clamp
  • USB OTG Cable
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Micro SD Card (16GB)
  • Carrying Case
  • Aircraft Body
  • Remote Controller
  • Propellers
  • Intelligent Flight Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Power Cable
  • Gimbal Clamp
  • USB OTG Cable
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Micro SD Card (16GB)
  • Carrying Case
DJI Phantom 4 Pro
DJI Phantom 4 Pro

 


Appearance

There isn’t much to say except that these two aircraft would be very difficult to differentiate at a glance. The familiar Phantom 4 design is still in place and minus the missing sensors on the Advanced, it’s essentially a doppelganger of the Pro.


Performance

As you would expect from DJI’s modern offerings, both of these aircraft have been designed with ease of use and high-quality performance in mind. Judging by the specifications, you shouldn’t notice too much of a difference between them in the air.

Both the Advanced and the Pro have the same max speed of 45mph (when in Sports mode). These quadcopters are also able to fly at up to 31mph with obstacle avoidance enabled (5 directions for the Pro, forwards and downwards in the Advanced).

There’s also the same suite of features you’ve come to expect from DJI’s output including Draw, ActiveTrack. TapFly. Return to Home and Gesture Mode.


Battery Life

Both aircraft operate off the same 15.2V 5870 mAh Intelligent Flight Battery which offers an impressive 30 minutes of flight time. An advanced battery management system is in place to prevent overcharging and over draining. When placed in longer term storage, batteries will discharge power to maintain good health.

 


Camera

The Pro and Advanced share the same impressive camera. Images are captured at 20MP in JPG or RAW DNG, with video available up to 4K quality at 60fps. 30 and 24fps shooting rates are also available.

The camera also adds aperture control and features a mechanical shutter, eliminating the rolling shutter effect you sometimes get from electrical alternatives. Footage is compressed at 100Mbps using H.265 compression, up from the H.264 60Mbps format offered by the original Phantom 4.

 


Summary

As you have probably gathered, there isn’t a great deal separating these two aircraft apart from a £120 price difference and the amount of obstacle avoidance sensors included. While this difference in cost may be enough to sway some people, the amount of interest already geared towards the Pro will be hard to shift over into the Advanced’s direction.

Both the Pro and Advanced are well-designed, highly intuitive quadcopters which are a combination of professional grade imagery capture and foolproof flight systems.

If you want to discuss these two aircraft with a member of our customer support team to find out which is best suited to your needs, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via the details below.

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0191 296 1024

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Keep checking back to Heliguy’s Insider Blog for more VERSUS articles, the inside track on DJI’s product range and, of course. the latest news from the drone industry.

Full post available at – https://www.heliguy.com/blog/2017/04/13/dji-phantom-4-advanced-versus-phantom-4-pro/

DJI Mavic Pro Setup Guide

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With the huge popularity of the Mavic Pro bringing in people who have never owned a drone before, there is understandably a learning curve for many. Indeed, this highly portable aircraft from DJI may need a little bit of getting used to for those who have experience with previous products.

Following on from a number of queries we have received, Heliguy has put together this starter guide for the DJI Mavic Pro covering all of the first steps needed to get from out of the box and into the air.

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Introducing the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced

There’s a new member of the Phantom quadcopter family, the Phantom 4 Advanced. Read on to find out what you can expect from DJI’s newest camera drone. Alternatively, visit our product page to find out how you can order yours today.


Watch The Phantom 4 Advanced in Action

Before we delve into the main details of this release, watch how the Phantom 4 Advanced performs in DJI’s debut promotional video showcasing it in motion.


The Phantom 4 Advanced Key Information

Giving users a more affordable option for capturing aerial imagery thanks to a more powerful camera and controls with increased precision. The Phantom 4 Advanced is an upgrade to the original Phantom 4, featuring a 1-inch, 20MP sensor and a mechanical shutter.

You can also expect up to 30 minutes flight time according to DJI. This is partly down to the P4 Advanced’s Intelligent Batteries. An advanced battery management system is in place to prevent overcharging and over draining. When placed in longer term storage, batteries will discharge power to maintain good health.

Those with a need for speed won’t be disappointed as the Sports mode allows you to reach an impressive 45mph.

The Phantom 4 Advanced‘s upgraded camera is capable of shooting 4K video at 60 frames per second. The more powerful video processing now supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. Excellent optical performance, sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with high dynamic range and more image detail needed for advanced post-production.

Like the Phantom 4 Pro, it comes with a range of intelligent features, allowing for smooth automatic flight modes which including the now familiar Draw, ActiveTrack, TapFly, Gesture and Tripod settings.



The Phantom 4 Advanced+

Also, like the Pro, the Phantom 4 Advanced offers a ‘+’ version with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen integrated into its controller. The screen is more than twice as bright as conventional smart devices, making it an ideal aerial imaging solution for outdoor use.

This controller also boasts a five-hour battery life, allowing you to enjoy the Phantom 4 Advanced+ for even longer. On top of all this, the built-in DJI GO 4 app allows you to live stream, edit and share your aerial videos and photos instantly. Users also have access to increased storage capacity thanks to a 128GB microSD card.



The DJI GO 4 app shows battery lifetime and calculates remaining flight time dependent on distance travelled and more. It will give alerts when it reaches a minimum safe amount required for a safe journey back to the take-off point.

It’s also been equipped with DJI’s FlightAutonomy system which is made up of 5 vision sensors, forward-facing obstacle avoidance and downward vision positioning, a dual-band satellite system (GPS and GLONASS) and ultrasonic rangefinders. Because of this, the Advanced is able to hover precisely in place without GPS and fly in more complex environments. The dual forward vision sensors can see as far as 30m in front, and enable auto brake, hover or detour in front of obstacles within a 15-meter range.

You also benefit from dual compass modules and dual IMU units, making the P4 Advanced more reliable as it constantly compares the data it receives through both pairs. This data is run through advanced algorithms to check accuracy and any inaccurate data is simply discarded without affecting flight, keeping the aircraft steady and reliable.

Using the DJI GO 4 app, a large number of Intelligent Flight Modes are available. It also provides access to full manual camera controls, including ISO, aperture, shutter speed, image formats, and more. Any changes in DJI GO 4 will appear almost instantly on-screen. Vital flight data and video transmission status are easy to check in the app, further enhancing control efficiency and convenience.

You can find out more about the DJI Phantom 4 Advanced on our product pages.


Get in Touch

As always, our support team are available to answer any of your questions on the Phantom 4 Advanced. You can reach them via the details below.

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Keep checking back to Heliguy’s Insider Blog for more product announcements, insights into DJI’s drones and, of course, the latest news from the drone industry.

 

Full post available at – https://www.heliguy.com/blog/2017/04/13/introducing-the-dji-phantom-4-advanced/

Heliguy Interviews 360 TV

We’ve had a lot of people asking us about regulations around the world and perhaps more than anywhere else, Spain. This obviously makes sense with it being a hugely popular holiday destination for Brits and with the Summer coming up on us again, what better time to get airborne and take some holiday snaps with your drone.

However, the Spanish laws are somewhat stricter than those in the UK. While we’ve provided an overview of them in our Guide to Global Drone Regulations, it’s always best to ask someone who has been through the process themselves.

Please Note: This article focuses more on the professional aspect of flying drones in Spain. If you’re looking to fly as a hobbyist, consult our guide and don’t forget to contact the relevant aviation authority before your trip.

Heliguy reached out to Laurence Koe, Director of aerial filming company 360 TV to ask him about his experience becoming qualified to fly commercially in Spain. He sheds some light on what you can expect, gives some tips on where to look for information and also showcases some of his work in the Q&A below.


The Interview

Read on to find out more about Laurence’s experience gaining his Spanish permissions and what kind of work he has carried out using drones.

 

How long have you been working with drones?

LK: I have a background as a TV director and producer, so I remember hearing about drones as I was always looking for new and exciting angles and filming methods. It was in 2014 that we first used a drone operator (this was on a project for my other filmmaking company Hey Buddy Films) and from then on I became fascinated with drone technology and was determined to get myself qualified.

I signed up to a UK PfCO course and I was surprised by the amount of work involved and the standards needed, but once you realise that you are a  pilot and you are sharing airspace with commercial aircraft you realise it’s only right that you understand the rules of the air and are able to correctly read maps and know what resources are available. I qualified as a drone pilot in October 2015 and set up 360TV.

 


 

What kind of jobs do you take on?

LK: Operating as 360 TV I do a variety of aerial filming and branded content. The aerial filming is usually how the conversations start and then often when hearing what the client needs, it requires a mixture of filming formats. Sometimes it is simply a better solution and other times it is not possible to fly the drone in the location that they want.

 

Image courtesy of Laurence Koe, Director of 360 TV

 

I have also done a number of branded films and work projects for the construction and building industry.

 

Image courtesy of Laurence Koe, Director of 360 TV


 

What has been your favourite project to work on?

LK: Although flying over water comes with its own risks (and admittedly I have lost a drone to seawater!), some of my favourite filming jobs have been focused on boats.

 

Image courtesy of Laurence Koe, Director of 360 TV

 

I have been lucky enough to do some filming in Okinawa Japan and I also filmed a product launch in Ibiza on a Sunseeker boat with a DJ on the deck and a party on the back which was great fun…

 

 


 

Why were you looking to film in Spain?

LK: I used to run MTV Dance and we did a lot of filming in Ibiza. As you can expect, I was out there a lot and ended up filming for a number of different people and organisations.

This led to me setting up an Ibiza TV production company for the summer months. When I then qualified as a drone pilot, I wanted to be able to offer drone services to my clients in Ibiza. I speak Spanish and wanted to be able to offer the service to anyone who was taking an English speaking film crew over to film in Spain or the Balearic islands.

 

Image courtesy of Laurence Koe, Director of 360 TV

 

I thought in the first instance that it was simply a matter of informing that Spanish Authorities that I held an English licence which I wanted to register with them but this wasn’t the case.

 


 

How start looking at getting your Spanish permissions?

LK: I spoke with people with connections to the drone industry who had contacts in Spain and started to gather a picture of Spanish drone law. They had a real clampdown in 2014 and it became virtually impossible to fly drones legally.

While they have now released guidelines about legal drone use, which makes it feasible again, they are more stringent than the UK regulations many will be familiar with.

I spoke to AESA (the Spanish equivalent of the UK CAA), who explained that they had set up a specific drone section, the Buzón de drones Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Aérea Dirección de Seguridad de Aeronaves, and pointed me to the relevant documentation.

They didn’t seem to be making it easy and what became clear is that although many countries are talking about developing a European standard so that a licence in one country gives you the right to operate commercially in any country in Europe, it’s clearly not going to happen anytime soon. Each country and government are trying to get to grips with the potential opportunities and also threats that this fast evolving technology offers.

They also provided me with a list of training companies. Interestingly, they do not allow training to be done by people who only offer ‘drone pilot’ training. It must be provided by a pilot training company, who are training pilots to get the PPL (Private Pilots licence)

 


 

How did you find the accreditation process?

LK: I was determined to get this Spanish licence whatever it took, so I enrolled on a course with based in an airport in southern Madrid (Aeropuerto De Madrid Cuatro Vientos).

 

Image courtesy of Laurence Koe, Director of 360 TV

 

This was a six-week online Spanish RPAS Aviation Course that made me feel lucky I speak Spanish and French. Although the course instructor said hello in English and promised to translate if I struggled, as soon as the other 15 candidates were in the room (all Spanish!) he soon got on a roll and I had to concentrate hard to keep up with what was going on.

Needless to say, it tested my Spanish to the max and once I had passed the online tests, I needed to book in for a three-day intensive course, followed by a theory and practical test as well as a medical exam. In the UK, there is no requirement for a medical but in Spain, for your drone license, you are subject to the same medical test as an aeroplane pilot.

 


 

How do Spanish regulations differ from those in the UK?

LK: They definitely have a tough stance, no night flying is allowed even with special permissions, no flying over urban areas and they have established a penalty regime for any infractions with fines up to €225,000 so you don’t really want to be caught on the wrong side of the law.

There is a 5km exclusion zone around airports, so somewhere like Ibiza, I have seen various drone flights over  Playa d’en Bossa, Salinas beach or Es Cavallet beach and these flights are completely illegal (obviously for recreational or commercial use).

 


Get in Touch

If you need any more information about the subjects raised in this article you can get in touch with our customer support team from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm via the following details:

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0191 296 1024 

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Keep checking back to Heliguy’s Insider Blog for more insights from industry professionals, regulatory information and, of course, the latest news from the drone industry.

Full post available at – https://www.heliguy.com/blog/2017/04/11/heliguy-interviews-360-tv/