Litchi Escape Mission

Say you are flying your drone not too far away from your home and someone comes and insist they will do something bad to your drone when it lands because they are not particularly happy about it.

What you need, in that case, is a Litchi mission that automatically takes your drone to your backgarden and lands.

This is very easy to do in the mission hub: create waypoints navigating to your backgarden, you may also want to include few evasive manoeuvres to descise the location of your home. Then you need to finish the mission with landing the drone. This is done by going to mission settings and selecting land at the end of the mission.

I have tested mine this morning. The drone landed exactly on the spot and turned itself off!

So if someone approaches you in a confrontational manner about your drone, just start your escape mission and go home.

This feature is genius!

Flying a Drone over a Commercial Airplane

Because of idiots like the ones who shot the video, normal drone users are being punished.

I don’t even want to know what sort of outcry would have happened if it took place here in the UK.

See for yourself: http://www.lasvegasnow.com/news/only-on-8-drone-flies-within-feet-of-arriving-aircraft-at-mccarran/949131909

Had to create a new category “Stupidity”

Drones – the Key Legal Issues

Since the weather is absolute crap over here in the UK I decided to do a bit of research when it comes to using drones in the UK.

Flying in congested areas

There are restrictions on operating drones in congested areas, at certain heights or directly over people and vehicles. UK rules say that drones of specific weights must not be flown within 50m of people, structures or vehicles. Additionally, drones cannot fly within 150m of a congested area. Certain permissions must be obtained before the drone can be flown commercially.

What they fail to say is that the restriction is only 30 metres when the drone takes off or lands and doesn’t include the operator of the drone or the person under drone operator’s control (i.e. the person helping you out)

Insurance

European law requires certain operators of drones to purchase third party liability insurance. Insurance like this will need to be sought from specialist brokers. Failure to obtain suitable insurance cover may prove costly in the event of an accident.

I will go further than that and say just get a drone third party liability insurance. This will not only protect you in case you cause a damage with your drone, but will help present you as a responsible drone operator. The police might ask what would you do if your drone damages something your drone is flying over, showing them that you have an insurance would be a very good answer and the police will have very little to go on.

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