What is the best drone to buy?

August 23rd, 2018

I’m often asked ‘what is the best drone to buy (for a farm or cattle station)?’ And many are asking the views of randoms on Facebook – and taking advice from people who know just enough to be dangerous. The information below is based on solid hands-on experience: Chief Pilot/Operators Certificate for RPAS (ReOC), Remote […]

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The Rural Drone Academy

July 20th, 2018

The information sessions I run are unique and if you are a regional Australian interested in drones, then the workshops I run are of use to you. Rural Drone Academy sessions are designed to: Inform & build confidence Inspire & make action easy. Suitable for: All ages Al levels of experience & backgrounds And the […]

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Why are so few women flying drones?

April 25th, 2018

In the US it’s estimated that just 5% of drone pilots are women. In Australia the estimate is just 1-2%, and as of April 2018, there were 1275 men who with full CASA drone operation certification (RePL + ReOC) – and just 15 women. As men and women typically think so differently (illustrated by the […]

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Australian women who have full CASA drone operator certification

April 13th, 2018

You’re more likely to be called Andrew than be an Australian woman with full CASA drone certification. There’s 16 Andrews plus 3 Andys, at last count – IE 19 in total. And right now I can only find 17 fully licenced Australian women flying drones. Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has two tiers of […]

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DJI Phantom 4 Pro – recording sound with your drone videos

April 3rd, 2018

This is an addition to a blog post written last year about the updated DJI Phantom 4 Pro software that now allows the recording of drone video sound via the inbuilt microphone on the phone or tablet being used as a screen.  These drone video sound recordings are filed with the cached videos on the […]

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The Rural Drone Academy

March 15th, 2018

Like every project I undertake, the Rural Drone Academy was created to solve an unaddressed problem. Spotting gaps then addressing them has been the hallmark of my rural advocacy business over several decades. The problem that the Rural Drone Academy tackles? There’s several: 1.  Drones have become men’s business and this has long-term implications for […]

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Drone photography

March 15th, 2018

If you dismiss drone photography as just ‘pretty pictures’, then you’re either not doing it right or you’re not looking at images taken by the right photographers. Above is the glorious sight of the mighty Burdekin Falls dam overflowing yesterday, after heavy wet season rain. The Burdekin dam is one of Australia’s largest dams and […]

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How to set up a drone business

January 18th, 2018

Recently I read a post on how to start a drone business. It was advice on how to start a drone photography business but many of the same principles apply to all small businesses.  EG, the importance of finding your niche and focusing on it.  Become an expert in your field. But there were many […]

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Drone and aviation safety

December 1st, 2017

At present there are no standard drone laws across the EU. Instead, each EU member country has their own set of UAS regulations.  By 2019 the EU plans to have formulated a uniform set of UAS rules which will include registration of all drones and the ability to remotely identify drones, as part of an […]

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Drone F.A.Q. – Farming & Photography

August 10th, 2017

I’m asked a lot of questions about drones and drone photography. Here’s a few answers to F.A.Q: What is the difference between a ‘drone’, ‘RPA’ & ‘UAV’? None! ‘Drone’ is the commonly used name for pilotless aircraft. R.P.A. stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPAS stands for Remotely Piloted Aircraft System, which may also include other […]

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