Drone technology for condition reporting #HistoricHeritage

### dunedintv.co.nz November 7, 2014 – 7:02pm
Non-profit organisation and local pilot team up to create jobs for residents with disabilities
A non-profit organisation has teamed up with a local pilot to create jobs for Dunedin residents with disabilities. Through the use of modern drone technology, they’re hoping to kick-start a new business in the city [Ability Network Trust]. And they’d like to eventually employ disabled Kiwis across New Zealand. Video

Screenshots from Ch39 video – UAV operator Joshua Owen checks the structural integrity of St Paul’s Cathedral:

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Posted by Elizabeth Kerr


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19 responses to “Drone technology for condition reporting #HistoricHeritage

  1. ### ODT Online Sat, 8 Nov 2014
    ‘Monster’ drones around cathedral
    By Shawn McAvinue
    An unmanned aircraft investigating the upper reaches of St Paul’s Cathedral captivated office workers in a nearby high-rise building yesterday. AirproX director Josh Owen said he used the XP2 Monster Quadcopter to record high definition photographs and video of hard-to-reach areas. The drone was an easier, safer and cheaper alternative to erecting scaffolding to have a person investigate the area.
    Read more

  2. Elizabeth

    █ The Civil Aviation Authority has an easy-find webpage for ‘RPAS, UAV, UAS, Drones and Model Aircraft’ and the Civil Aviation rules and regulations that apply. Go to http://www.caa.govt.nz/rpas/

    ODT 24.1.15 ‘Toy drone’ alarms Sky TV contractor
    Drone operator Chris Neves, of Auckland production company Reel Factory, said he operated [an] eight-prop drone to capture live aerial footage for Sky TV when New Zealand played Sri Lanka in cricket yesterday. However, as play was set to start, a ”four-prop toy drone” was seen flying above Logan Park, near University Oval.

    • Elizabeth

      Seagulls !!!

      ODT 29.1.15 Sky isn’t the limit for drone
      Sky TV’s drone camera has been grounded until the Cricket World Cup following a run in with another aerial vehicle in Dunedin. Friday’s incident in Dunedin [drone competing for airspace over Logan Park] came after the drone was attacked by seagulls on the second day of the second test between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

  3. Elizabeth

    ### ODT Online Sat, 14 Feb 2015
    Dunedin company soars into the drone age
    By Vaughan Elder
    Dunedin company Animation Research Ltd’s entry into the emerging drone industry is just taking flight after the purchase of a massive eight-prop drone. Chief executive Ian Taylor said the drone, imported from the United States last month, would be used to provide footage for Sky’s coverage of the New Zealand Open at Queenstown’s The Hills next month. […] The company’s entry into New Zealand’s fast emerging drone industry came as other companies had already led the way, with Raglan-based Aeronavics building ”some of the best drones in the world”, he said.
    Read more

  4. Elizabeth

    ### idealog.co.nz 10 Aug 2015
    Tech of the Week: smart drone brings air of intelligence to photography
    By Catherine Murray
    Photographers – and the downright nosey – can now extend their reach into the clouds with the world’s first smart drone, Solo. Ignoring any scary privacy issues that may come to mind, the all-in-one drone made for GoPro is set to make it easy for the budding, professional or casual snapper to get the perfect shot. Solo is the first drone to fully cater to the needs of photographers, and is set to land in New Zealand and Australia in August. And it works just a bit better than strapping your digital camera to a drone.
    The drone is the first of its kind to support full control of GoPro HERO3+ and HERO4 cameras, and delivers live-streaming HD video to mobile devices or via the controller’s HDMI port.
    Read more

    █ Solo will be available for $1799.95 at Harvey Norman, Duty Free and independent retailers.

    3DR Solo – Launch Film Published on Apr 13, 2015
    3DR Solo – Launch Film
    We designed Solo to give you creative control. Every feature is there to make the entire aerial photography experience better and easier, so that not only can anyone fly, but can also easily and consistently capture the type of shots that create compelling cinema. This film is Solo’s creative thesis. It’s time to rethink what drones can do and be. It’s time to create.
    More Info at http://3dr.com

  5. Elizabeth

    ### dunedintv.co.nz Friday, August 14, 2015
    DCC enforces regulations on drone users
    The city council’s developing a new process to deal with people wanting to fly drones in public. Council staff are seeing an influx of requests from residents, seeking permission to fly drones under new regulations. And the process has enthusiasts scratching their heads.
    Ch39 Link

    39 Dunedin Television Published on Aug 14, 2015
    DCC enforces regulations on drone users

    New regulations for drones mean operators of the unmanned aircraft will have to get permission from owners of property they plan to fly over unless they have an operating certificate.

    ### radionz.co.nz Updated at 4:54 pm on 23 July 2015
    Radio New Zealand News
    Drone rules tightened
    By Sally Murphy
    Under the new Civil Aviation Authority rule announced this morning, users of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will have to have a safety plan in place and consent from owners of property they are flying over.
    Those who cannot get consent can still fly a drone if they have an operating certificate from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). The aim is to regulate the use of drones and increase safety.
    The authority’s general aviation manager, Steve Moore, said the move was needed because the number of aviation incidents involving drones had increased in the past three years.
    Mr Moore said there were thousands of UAVs being flown in New Zealand, but most people were not aware of the rules for using them. He said the new rule struck a balance between safety and enabling operations.
    There have been 53 UAV incidents recorded so far this year, compared with a total of 27 last year. Penalties, to be enforced under the CAA Act, will include fines ranging from $250 – $1000.
    UAVs are currently regulated under a rule designed for model aircraft, and that would still apply to lower risk drone use, including recreational models.
    But from 1 August, operators will require certification from CAA if a drone is used at night, beyond the line of sight, or above 120 metres.
    Read more

    █ To find out more, visit https://www.airshare.co.nz/

    • Hype O'Thermia

      Let’s have a regulation to ban really dumb dangerous behaviour.
      While we’re at it, let’s add every conceivable instance that could possibly upset anyone. It’s not like we went mad with power and OSHitis, we could have said you’re only allowed to own them at all if they are earthquake-proof secured to a shelf or cupboard in your own permanent place of residence, wouldn’t want them falling off a mantlepiece and hurting someone.

  6. Elizabeth

    Fri, 14 Aug 2015

    In tomorrow’s ODT
    Killer Robots could be a reality within years, not decades, experts warn. See The Weekend Mix in tomorrow’s Otago Daily Times for an exploration of autonomous battlefield robots and New Zealand’s role in what has been called the “biggest moral question of our generation”.
    ODT Link

    Otago Daily Times Published on Aug 14, 2015
    Killer Robots

  7. Elizabeth

    Email notice from Harvey Norman NZ yesterday:
    “The Drones are coming!” (mid September)…. pre-order….

    Video and more at http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/cameras/action-cameras/3dr-solo-aerial-smart-drone.html

  8. Elizabeth

    26.9.15 ODT: Drone incident being treated seriously

    “I am also confident that the Government’s new regulatory regime for RPAS is fit for purpose and able to deal with every possible circumstance. Unsafe RPAS flights are unlawful and will be dealt with accordingly.” –Transport minister Simon Bridges

    A new civil aviation rule for RPAS, which came into effect on August 1, requires anyone who wants to fly a RPAS beyond what is allowed for traditional model aircraft, such as at night, beyond line of sight or above 400 feet, to apply for certification from the Civil Aviation Authority. Under CAA rules, RPAS must not fly above 120 metres unless certain conditions are met, the craft must weigh less than 25 kilograms and it can only be flown during daylight hours. RPAS operators must also be able to see their craft at all times and are restricted from flying in controlled airspace without the approval of air traffic control.

  9. Elizabeth

    Update on Drone tech from Google

    Trials at New Mexico’s Spaceport Authority are using new millimetre wave technology to deliver data from drones – potentially 40 times faster than 4G

    ### theguardian.com Fri, 29 Jan 2016 at 22.16 GMT Last modified on Wed, 3 Feb 2016 at 20.50 GMT
    Project Skybender: Google’s secretive 5G internet drone tests revealed
    By Mark Harris
    Google is testing solar-powered drones at Spaceport America in New Mexico to explore ways to deliver high-speed internet from the air, the Guardian has learned. In a secretive project codenamed SkyBender, the technology giant built several prototype transceivers at the isolated spaceport last summer, and is testing them with multiple drones, according to documents obtained under public records laws. In order to house the drones and support aircraft, Google is temporarily using 15,000 square feet of hangar space in the glamorous Gateway to Space terminal designed by Norman Foster for the much-delayed Virgin Galactic spaceflights. The tech company has also installed its own dedicated flight control centre in the nearby Spaceflight Operations Center, separate from the terminal.
    Based out of the site near the town called Truth or Consequences, Project SkyBender is using drones to experiment with millimetre-wave radio transmissions, one of the technologies that could underpin next generation 5G wireless internet access. High frequency millimetre waves can theoretically transmit gigabits of data every second, up to 40 times more than today’s 4G LTE systems. Google ultimately envisages thousands of high altitude “self-flying aircraft” delivering internet access around the world. […] The SkyBender system is being tested with an “optionally piloted” aircraft called Centaur as well as solar-powered drones made by Google Titan, a division formed when Google acquired New Mexico startup Titan Aerospace in 2014. Titan built high-altitude solar-powered drones with wingspans of up to 50 metres.
    Read more

    Google testing giant 5G Internet drones high above New Mexico desert (via dailymotion)

    Wikipedia: Spaceport America

    Website: SpaceportAmerica.com

    Spaceport America [via forbes.com]Spaceport America [nbcnews.com]

    Images: Spaceport America via (from top) abqjournal.com, nmindepth.com, leonarddavid.com, forbes.com, nbcnews.com

  10. Elizabeth

    One of many to press the ‘‘like” button was Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

    Thu, 14 Apr 2016
    ODT: Drone-Facebook first takes castle to millions
    Larnach Castle yesterday became the first subject of a new device that allows live-streaming of video from a drone directly to Facebook. The footage of the Otago Peninsula landmark went to a potential audience of hundreds of millions of Facebook users, as well as to the annual Facebook F8 developer conference in San Francisco yesterday. […] The drone’s flight, just before sunrise, and the footage that resulted, was the work of photographer Trey Ratcliff, formerly of Texas, who moved to Queenstown in 2012. Mr Ratcliff said he had been working in secret for the past month with the social media giant and drone-maker DJI.

    █ Trey Ratcliff’s website: stuckincustoms.com

    TEDx Talks Published on May 15, 2015
    The search for what is out there | Trey Ratcliff | TEDxQueenstown
    Many people may have artistic heroes. Trey, as a master of imagery is the creator of so many visuals that burn into our mind and particularly arrest our own notion of what is real. Trey meanders with us through important moments in his life, beginning with some difficulty and then realising in hindsight that sometimes you must ‘stumbl(e) into your own greatness’. Best known for his blog ‘Stuck In Customs’ which became the #1 travel photography blog on the internet, Trey Ratcliff uses HDR photography to enlighten, surprise and entertain. Starting early with his sharing Google quickly tracked billions of views, which to him, is still mind boggling. Originally from Texas, Trey now calls Queenstown, New Zealand home. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.
    Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

    █ Facebook: Larnach Castle


    Related Post (more independent drone footage):
    10.1.16 Dezeen: W57 —West 57th Residential Building by BIG

  11. Elizabeth

    Wed, 27 Apr 2016
    ODT: Reporter, cameraman give evidence in drone trial
    A TV reporter and cameraman gave evidence this morning on day two of a potentially landmark trial on the use of drones. Simon Reeve is on trial in the Christchurch District Court and is the first person to be charged under the new Civil Aviation Authority rules. He denied two charges of operating a remotely operated aircraft in a controlled airspace last year at Pines Beach, near Kaiapoi, during a forest fire, while helicopters were also flying in the area. He also denied another charge of causing unnecessary endangerment to people. NZME

  12. Elizabeth

    Tue, 31 Jan 2017
    ODT: New rules proposed for drones near wildlife, vehicles on beaches
    Drones could be grounded, and vehicles ordered off the sand, if new rules for some Dunedin beaches are approved. The Dunedin City Council has proposed a ban on flying drones around some sensitive wildlife locations at city beaches and reserves. Drones would still be permitted at other beaches and reserves, but only if the operators first sought permission from the council. New rules would also be introduced for vehicles, which would be banned from some beaches and reserves and face new access restrictions – as well as a 20kmh speed limit – at others. The new approach is outlined in the council’s proposed reserves and beaches bylaw 2017, on which the public has until February 10 to have their say. Cont/

    Proposed Reserves and Beaches Bylaw 2017
    Closes 10/02/2017

  13. Calvin Oaten

    SSSHHH? DCC to work out just where and when one can operate a drone.
    Drones controlling drones by fief. Should be a giggle.

  14. Anonymous

    I guess the good old boys wouldn’t want to filmed meeting with the usual idiots… Blue Thunder anyone?

  15. Gurglars

    Drones will be banned anywhere near mudtanks, pumping stations and South Dunedin.

    Incidentally, I was talking to a long term resident of St Clair (over 50 years) and he advised me that his house had a foot of water in it each winter without fail right from way back then.

    I owned a house in Tainui and we had one foot of water as a companion every winter with out fail from 1979.

    So make your own conclusions on water table/sea level rise and man made climate change, global warming etc particularly as if it is warming, I wish it would bloody hurry up!

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