Q: What type of drones do you fly?
- the Yuneec Typhoon Q500 4K, quadcopter (4 rotors)
Q: How long can your drone stay in the air?
- Typhoon Q500 – around 15 to 20 min per battery load
Q: How far & high can you fly – class 1 pilot?
- The question should should be: how far & high are you allowed to fly?
This is for ALL Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) flying drones the same:
- 400 feet / 120m high (altitude)
- 500m far (horizontal distance)
Q: In what types of weather conditions can you fly?
- we can fly in temperatures between -5C to 80C
- The Typhoon flies in dry weather conditions
Q: Why does a pilot (drone operator) have to be certified?
- The same reason why you have to have a driver’s licence before you are allowed to drive a car: you must know the practical and theoretical rules of the (air) road before you are allowed to participate, by law.
- Yes, a drone/unmanned aerial vehicle, is seen as exactly that: a vehicle, not a toy!
- The rules of the air are the same for everyone (just like the rules on the road are the same for everyone who wants to drive). So, knowing how to fly the drone/unmanned aerial vehicle, is only a small part of the equation.
- Exactly the same as on the road, in the air, safety comes first.
Q: What does a “payload operator” do?
- A payload operator is the person operating the camera attached underneath the drone. The camera operator has his/her own ground station from which to direct the camera.
- Not all drones have the capability of having a camera operator with their own ground station.
- The advantages of a separate camera operator is that the pilot can stay 100% focussed on flying, which is important because the drone operator (pilot in command) has to have his/her eyes on the drone (Visual Line of Sight) at all times.
- Another advantage is that the camera operator (payload operator) can focus 100% on capturing the angles and footage that you want!
- A camera operator has to be trained, however, not certified. Training is up to the company he/she works for and has to comply to the company’s Operations Manual.
Q: What does an “observer” do?
- An observer, also known as a safety manager, is a person trained according to the drone company’s Operations Manual, to ensure safety on the ground and in the air.
- On the ground, means: near the take-off and landing area of the drone within close proximity of the Pilot on Command (drone operator).
- In the air, means: the airspace surrounding the drone
- The observer ensures the public or client stays a safe distance from the pilot. Should there be a change, he/she will warn the Pilot in Command.
- The observer ensures to warn the Pilot in Command, should there be planes or helicopters on the same path as the drone.
- An observer is, by law, a mandatory part of a flight operation. So, on a project, you will always see at least two people (the pilot and the observer).
Q: What steps are required to start a flying mission class 1, by law?
The following components are required and need to be completed for a class 1 flight, by law:
- Operational flight plan to be submitted to IlenT
- Customer inquiry form
- Pre-site survey
- Risk assessment
- On-site survey
- Pre-flight survey
- Post-flight survey
- Battery charge logbook
- Maintenance logbook
- Pilot & aircraft logbook
- Incident logbook, when applicable
- Landowner signed permission
- Check weather conditions/24 weather conditions
- Pre-notifications, where necessary (NOTAM – Notice to Airmen, local/regional/military air traffic control, coordination low flying area)
- Contact numbers local authorities (nearest to site) such as hospital, police
- Clearly, this is not something done in 10 minutes, however, a last-minute request to fly…well, is not gonna fly. If you want aerial work to be done, plan ahead to ensure you get exactly what you want when you want it!
Q: When can you come fly for a class 1 flight?
- When we know the location, we can establish the possibilities pretty fast.
- From there, we go through the steps of what is required to start a flying mission, by law.
- Once permission is received from IlenT (Inspectie Leefomgeving en Transport), the mission can go ahead.
- Approval time for class 1 flight: count on two weeks
Q: Where can you fly?
- In the Netherlands, much is of limits (about 50% of the country). However, that does leave 50%!
- Looking at where you may not fly: flying over crowds/people, residential areas, roads with speeds over 80km/hr, harbours, breeding habitats, airports/low-flying zones, industrial areas, highways, the rest is open.
- Exemptions may also be had, in order to still fly in certain areas.
- See more details in the “what is NOT allowed” section.
Q: Do you fly indoors?
- Flying indoors is allowed and is something that we do, space dependent
Q: What type of cameras do you use?
- Typhoon Q500 4K – CGO3 4K 3-axis gimbal camera with Ultra high-definition (UHD) resolution, four times higher than HD, the camera delivers high quality images with the ability to capture slow motion 1080p 120fps, 12 megapixel photos.
Q: What are drones also called / known as?
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)
- A: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA)
- Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS)
- Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)
- Multi rotor
- Quadcopter, Hexacopter, Octocopter