Quad 'copter

Submitted: Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 14:38
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Anyone here got or had one of those gizzmos?I was wondering how handy one might be if a GOPro??? camera was added such as seen on YouTube and such.
I mean I'm too old for toys like that...(;-))....purely as a method of seeing over the scrub/bush you find yourself in with tracks or seismic lines going in all directions.
You know, sort of get a better perspective of where you are.
And don't tell me to get a GPS. Just about ready to consign the one I have to the bin.

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Reply By: Simon C - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 14:48

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 14:48
Google "hobohome" and see what Gavin and Tracey do with a Quad Copter and Gopro. Some spectacular photos of where they have been.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 15:16

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 15:16
Yeah I have Simon. I think that guy uses his in a professional or at least semi professional way, but yes he gets some spectacular vision.
Just gotta convince the minister for finance that this is a serious bit of kit and not just a "big boy toy"....loll

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Reply By: TTTSA - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 15:27

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 15:27
A couple of friends of mine use them when we are out camping, definately a case of you get what you pay for. The cheaper ones, around the $500.00 mark seem not worth the effort to me. They get blown away by any breeze above about 10km an hour. Which makes them difficult to control.

On the other hand the 1K plus units are just awesome.

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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 16:16

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 16:16
1 k huh?

This is going to be a much harder sell than I thought. I was thinking maybe sub $500????
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Reply By: 489 - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 16:24

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 16:24
Try looking at the phantom 2 from djr. there are two versions without gopro at about $900 or the one with built in camera and fpv goggles about $1400-. They have built in gps for it to automatically land back where it took off from should anything start to go wrong. A mate of mine has one with a 2 axis gimble that he fly do do competition photograpy at our local camera club
worth a look garry
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Follow Up By: TTTSA - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 10:28
Phantom 2 with gopro is the one that one of my mates has and it is awesome.
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Reply By: John and Regina M - Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:17

Friday, Jul 11, 2014 at 22:17
Absolutely.
Go for it.
It's what every grey nomad/camper needs to complete the mobile home furnishings.

Alongside the cappuccino maker and the bread maker.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 09:19

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 09:19
Hmmm...not a bad idea, a tradeoff, a cappuccino maker for her and a quad 'copter for me.

I like it

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Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 10:04

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 10:04
OH quad copters are a wonderfull thing.....I don't own one or play with one but I know those that do.

They tell me they are far easier to fly than more or less conventional helcopter designs.......but they still need practice and a steady hand.

An egineer friend round the corner is a keen radio controll enthusiats as are a couple of his sons.....they have sheds full of planes and a half a dozen quad copters both shop baught and home built...but the smaller ones are only viable indoors.

I do a little work with one of the OB companies, and one of their guys owns and operates bigger stuff ligitamately refeered to as drones as camera platforms.

The machines that are capable of holding their own even in the slightest breese are seriouly expensive..and they are not small.

It all comes down to power and size...you need both to carry a payload ( camera) and to deal with wind.

OH and if you get one that is big enough to hold its own outdoors, the aviation authorities want to know about it.

The OB company mentioned hired one for an event a couple of weeks ago....talking with the guys they reconed the paperwork involved was unreal...then the event organisers refuesed to allow it to be used because it was too noisy.....electric not combustion powered.

Yeh I don't thing the idea will..um..fly.

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Follow Up By: 489 - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 14:23

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 14:23
you don't need a licence as long as you fly it below the 250ft ceiling, not around suburban houses and crowds. Otherwise a licencing system my apply
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 15:07

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 15:07
if thier used comercially alot of licensing is needed
courses etc.
you have to log flight plans and as they found out at work when theres did a blackhawk down first flight casa investigates - it even has a blackbox
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Reply By: gbc - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 10:23
I don't know about play, but I've had half a dozen times in the last month I could have used one for general duties in a building company to have a squizz at things on roofs etc. There's a big future for these things right up until devos start using them to spy on people.
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 16:04

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 16:04
There are companies that will hire them with operator for a variety of purposes.

There are some pretty big ones with decent lift capacity, that they are using for weed spraying in inaccessable situations.

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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 16:26

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 16:26
Desert Channels Queensland have been using a Yamaha Rmax helicopter(UAV) to spray inaccesible Prickly Acacia in Central Qld.

Check out their website: http://www.dcq.org.au/

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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 17:58

Saturday, Jul 12, 2014 at 17:58
Yeh the R Max is a proper baby conventional helcopter...and they are not cheap...in fact you can not buy one..you lease it directly from Yamaha.

And even getting the approval to do that is not simple.

But yes they are one of the companies searching for and spraying weeds with remote operated aircraft.

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Reply By: Rod W - Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 09:40

Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014 at 09:40
Bugger you Pop (LoL) it looks like your post is going to cause me to spend in the vacinity of $2k on a Tali H500. After reading your post I have been looking and looking into these and convinced myself I need one for a whole new angle on photography
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Reply By: Mike R6 - Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 19:53

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014 at 19:53
this might be in store for Australia as well:

national-park-service-bans-drones
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