Flying to investigate an accident

Drone Users Anonymous - Feeding the drone addiction

Some [censored] has managed to land a brand new Range Rover in the middle of the roundabout. As it hit the barrier which essentially acted as a ramp, it took off and flew for good a 5-7 metres before smashing to the ground. I obviously had to investigate and flew over with my Phantom to the site of the accident.

What speed the driver of the Range Rover must have been doing to make a such a big jump?

Anyway, here is the video

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Guidance on drones issued to Police Officers

Drone Users Anonymous - Feeding the drone addiction

I found a document online intended to instruct police officers on how to deal with drone offenders (pretty much of all the drone users). Here is the list of few interesting extracts:

The ownership and use of drones are not of themselves unlawful but in certain circumstances, their use may contravene air safety legislation or other statutes, commonly used to manage other types of offending. The intention of this guidance is to address the negligent, reckless or malicious use of this technology.

It is not the intention of the Police Service to criminalise innocent misuse and the criminal justice system provides options for non-recordable disposal. However, some innocent misuse might also be reckless and therefore Appendix Two to the SOP provides a gravity factor matrix that users of this SOP may use to help them in decision making.

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DJI Phantom 3

I got a DJI Phantom 3 Standard as a present for my 36th and so far I’m more than impressed with the purchase. The drone flies like a rocket has a very good range and beyond excellent gimbal stabilisation. No matter how much I tried to thrash it, the video is perfectly stabilised.

The safety features are even more impressive –  if it happens that you lose the connection to the drone it will automatically land itself where it took off, so you really need to try hard to lose it.

You can install Litchi software on the phone and then use their website to create a flight mission, where you specify the altitude, speed, direction of the drone and the cameraLitchi

Here some sample footage I have taken using waypoint navigation described above.


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