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post Posted: Dec 29 2018, 08:05 PM
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Received a drone for Christmas; here's what you need to know
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-25/d...arning/10664092
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- No flying more than 120 metres above the ground
- No flying over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway
- No flying within 30m of people
- If your drone weighs more than 100 grams you must keep your drone at least 5.5 kilometres away from controlled aerodromes
- No flying at night
- Your drone must stay within your line of sight
- No flying over or above people e.g. at festivals, sporting ovals, populated beaches, parks, busy roads and footpaths
- Flying must not create a hazard to another aircraft, person, or property
- No flying in prohibited or restricted areas
- Local council and/or national park laws prohibit drone flights in certain areas

Source: CASA




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post Posted: Dec 28 2018, 09:53 AM
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Fight or flight: drone trial divides Canberra community

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Robyn McIntyre, who lives on the outskirts of Canberra, was in her family room a few months ago when she thought she heard a “chainsaw gone ballistic”.

It was actually a drone on its way to deliver a burrito or coffee as part of a test from Wing, which like Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet. One recent day, she said delivery drones flew over her house about 10 times in 2½ hours, making it difficult to focus on working or reading the newspaper.

“There’s one!” said Ms McIntyre, 64, drinking tea in her living room on a recent Saturday morning. “Oh no, it’s a blowfly. See there, it’s gotten into my head. Every time I hear a high-pitched noise, I think it’s a drone.”

Drones could some day revolutionise e-commerce by cutting delivery times, reducing energy use and lowering costs. For now, they are dividing neighbours in the suburban neighbourhood of Bonython, where one of the world’s most advanced drone-delivery tests has taken flight.

Tech companies are tinkering with drone deliveries all over the world. Wing is a step ahead of some by bringing everyday items to customers in an entire neighbourhood.

Residents can use a smartphone app to order food, hardware supplies and over-the-counter medications from half a dozen retailers. Next year, Wing hopes to move the trial to another part of Canberra and plans to begin a similar test in Finland. Some residents don’t use their yards as much because of the noise. Others say they’ve seen magpies, famous for swooping at pedestrians and cyclists in the spring, do the same to drones. At a local dog club, some members are avoiding an area near where the drones take off because dogs can get nervous, says the club president. For some residents, it’s a small-scale version of the misery heaped on travellers at London’s Gatwick Airport, whose holiday plans were ruined by mystery drone incursions.

Irene Clarke, Ms McIntyre’s neighbour, gets up to 10 deliveries a day. After she discovered that her sunscreen was out of date, she ordered a replacement via drone so she could quickly lather up her three young grandchildren. It arrived within seven minutes.

Ms Clarke, 64, calculates it would have taken 25 minutes to get the children in the car and make the round trip to the shopping centre. Some people may not like the drone service “because they’re not using it”, said Ms Clarke, adding that none of her neighbours had asked her to stop getting deliveries.

The convenience isn’t swaying members of Bonython Against Drones, a group of residents “united against noisy, intrusive, unnecessary drones”, according to its Facebook page. The organisers recently submitted a petition to the local Legislative Assembly. Politicians voted to launch an inquiry into drone deliveries and a committee will produce a report on the trial’s environmental and economic impacts.

“It is a suburb surrounded by bush,” said Nev Sheather, who opposes the trial. “It is normally a very peaceful, quiet place. We have kangaroos hopping literally in the street.”

Laura Edwards hasn’t used the drone service, but she returned home after a weekend away to find two hot chocolates in front of her house, still in the aerodynamically shaped box that Wing uses for delivery. One had mostly leaked out, requiring her husband to hose down the driveway.

“I just felt angry, because I thought, we have to clean this up,” said Ms Edwards, who posted the incident on social media but didn’t file a formal complaint. An investigation by Wing later determined the hot chocolates had been left at the wrong house because a customer selected the incorrect address.

Wing, which has been testing drones in Australia since 2014, says it hopes to improve the service. It is developing a quieter drone. It modified flight paths so the drones, equipped with 12 rotors to hover and two propellers, don’t fly over the same houses all the time. And it slowed down the drones, which have a top speed of roughly 125km/h.

Analysis from the Rand Corp, using data from Minneapolis, found that shifting small-package deliveries near the city centre from trucks to drones would reduce energy use by 6 per cent. A Wing-commissioned study from advisory firm AlphaBeta determined that drone deliveries in Canberra alone could reduce delivery costs for businesses by about $13 million annually.

During a delivery, a drone flies autonomously to its destination, using GPS and a low-resolution camera. Once there, it hovers about 7.5m in the air and lowers a package to the ground that unhooks automatically. Orders are prepared in modified shipping containers in a field near the neighbourhood. Wing currently isn’t charging for deliveries.

No accidents involving the drones have been reported, according to Australia’s aviation safety regulator, which approved the trial.

The drones, which have a wingspan of just over a metre, are able to land themselves if a problem is detected. Of about 2000 flights to customers, there have been five such landings. One of those instances involved an ill-placed portable basketball hoop. Another landing occurred in high wind. One drone landed on a sidewalk because of a “flaw in the package construction”.

Rachel Thackray, 29, once ordered lunch for herself, her parents and three friends. Two drones carrying Mexican fare soon arrived. Then the wind picked up and a third drone that was supposed to carry Ms Thackray’s chicken burrito with extra jalapeno was cancelled.

Usually, “you place your order and then in no time it’s there”, said Ms Thackray. “We stand out the front excitedly waiting for it.” Her missing burrito was eventually delivered by car.

Warwick Brooker, 72, who served in Vietnam with the Australian military, still finds the sound of the drones irritating. But he isn’t getting panic attacks like he did when they first started. “If flying burritos bring joy to others, I can live with that,” he said.
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/f...0d42638527c6df7

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"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
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In Reply To: nipper's post @ Dec 28 2018, 06:59 AM

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...aerial pests
... only, we're at the cusp, taking mobility to three dimensions. A pivotal time to get it right; regulations; yes, and everything can be tracked. GPS is real-time, so it's a problem that can be solved



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"Every long-term security is nothing more than a claim on some expected future stream of cash that will be delivered into the hands of investors over time. For a given stream of expected future cash payments, the higher the price investors pay today for that stream of cash, the lower the long-term return they will achieve on their investment over time." - Dr John Hussman

"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
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A drone scare at London’s Gatwick Airport is behind a 70 per cent surge in the share price of ASX-listed Droneshield, which makes technology to combat the aerial pests, the company’s chief executive says.

Drone fever shut Gatwick for several days over the Christmas break, despite police being unable to find any concrete evidence they had strayed into the airport’s airspace. Even so, more than 1000 flights were cancelled because of drone sightings at Gatwick.

But Droneshield chief executive Oleg Vornik said the episode was the main factor behind a boom in the company’s share price from 10.5c on December 21 to a close yesterday of 18c.

“Gatwick Airport has certainly brought a lot of awareness to the market about the issue we’re highlighting,” he told The Australian. “The counter-drone issue generally became a lot more substantial in people’s minds and a lot more real.”

Yesterday, the company also announced it had approval from US authorities to fulfil an order for its anti-drone system from Venezuela, whose president, Nicolas Maduro, was attacked by an explosive-laden drone in a failed assassination attempt on August 4.

Droneshield makes three types of anti-drone technology — a detection system, a gun that interferes with radio controls and an integrated system that does both.

The company has been running for about five years, but has yet to turn a profit.

“The market is nascent,” Mr Vornik said. "Even though we consider ourselves a global leader in the industry, it’s still rapidly growing.”

He said the company hoped for an order book worth $4m to $5m in the coming year, which would be an order of magnitude greater than this year’s contracts.

“Airports are probably some of the most lucrative customers as far as we are concerned in the sense that there is a lot of land area and there are a lot of airports globally,” he said.

He said the company had certification that its counter-drone gizmos would not interfere with crucial airport safety systems including radar, and was in discussions with Australian authorities to get it certified as safe here. Jamming drones in urban environments needs approval as it can also disrupt medical and industrial machinery.

“Until an event like Gatwick comes along it’s a slow process, which we now hope will accelerate,” he said.

He said no Australian airport had an anti-drone system — yet. “We expect this to occur even as early as this year,” he said
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/c...729cd719d56876c



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"Every long-term security is nothing more than a claim on some expected future stream of cash that will be delivered into the hands of investors over time. For a given stream of expected future cash payments, the higher the price investors pay today for that stream of cash, the lower the long-term return they will achieve on their investment over time." - Dr John Hussman

"If I had even the slightest grasp upon my own faculties, I would not make essays, I would make decisions." ― Michel de Montaigne
 
 



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