What drone pi­lots SHOULD KNOW

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1 The key thing when steer­ing a drone is hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion.

Con­se­quently, peo­ple who play a lot of com­puter games of­ten make the best drone pi­lots.

2 If you want to fa­mil­iarise your­self with ac­cel­er­a­tion and slow­ing down, turn off the GPS when fly­ing or switch the drone to man­ual mode.

3 The rules gov­ern­ing the use of drones are still evolv­ing, but at the mo­ment you don’t need a special li­cence to fly one in Aus­tralia. You can fly a drone if it weighs less than 2kg and you aren’t us­ing it for com­mer­cial rea­sons. Al­ways keep it in sight – and fly be­low 120m.

4 A quad­copter is great for beginners be­cause it of­fers de­cent manoeuvrability for the money and is easy to re­pair. Oc­to­copters are the top of the range op­tion, and are faster and more sta­ble. These are used by pro­fes­sional videog­ra­phers and can carry heavy cam­era equip­ment.

5 Take part in train­ing ses­sions

and work­shops. Fa­mil­iarise your­self with safety reg­u­la­tions and the dif­fer­ent parts of your drone (see above). Fi­nally, it’s good prac­tice to have an­other per­son around when film­ing – one flies the drone and the other con­trols the cam­era.

RO­TORS Eight ro­tors, usu­ally made of beech wood, spin at 80km/h and al­ter­nate be­tween clock­wise and an­ti­clock­wise BODY Car­bon fi­bre with ti­ta­nium al­loy, the body is ro­bust but ul­tra light at just 4kg CAR­RY­ING HAN­DLE The cam­era is at­tached here. A three-axis po­si­tion­ing sys­tem helps sta­bilise the im­ages, even in high winds POWER PACK Two lithium poly­mer bat­ter­ies

CON­TROL CEN­TRE The brains of the drone con­tains the flight com­puter, motor con­trols and GPS MI­CRO­PHONE Used to record am­bi­ent noise CAM­ERA The cam­era sends im­ages to a mon­i­tor on the ground. The zoom and shut­ter are con­trolled via remote con­trol THE EX­PEND­ABLES 3 To cap­ture the train scene, the cam­era floated around a speed­ing car­riage. A cam­era crane wouldn’t have worked.

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