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Completing a Drone Flight in Safety

A number of machines were available to examine (JGP)

On Tuesday 6th December Steve Fuller, staff member at the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, gave a talk on ‘Completing a Drone Flight in Safety’. Steve explained that he had been required to study drones and drone safety when he had been responsible for commissioning drone services for jobs around the University. He went on to cover the various types of unmanned machines. Professionals can get a bit touchy over names, and it would help if they all agreed what they preferred. Most will usually default to Drone, which is the one they all agree they hate the most!

Next described was the history of these airborne devices including the ideas of early Chinese philosophers, various reconnaissance balloons, and WW2 and later target- practice aircraft. Even Marilyn Monroe got a mention, because her first job was in a factory constructing such machines. This was followed by where to fly and how to do it safely and without annoying the neighbours. Notes were provided on how to become an authorised commercial drone flyer; there’s even a “Navigation” exam, and how and where to get permission for aerial work. By way of a warning, there were some nasty photos of owners who’d managed to get in the way of their drones and also of innocent bystanders equally struck. Steve finished his talk with speculation upon future use of these machines, and the session finished with a lively Q&A session.

  • 06 December 2016
  • East Midlands Branch

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