The one off two-hour session dubbed The Drones Club proved to be an outstanding success. Six members rolled up to a course that was half lecture (in a member’s home) and half practical (over in Redwood Park).
Leader William Bryson came along with a vast assortment of autonomous and non-autonomous drones – many of which he had made himself. A brilliant video presentation put together by William was used to cover: the many legal rules that regulate drone use, the physics that make drone design unique and some marvellous footage taken by drones flying 400 ft. over Titahi Bay and racing at 160 k.p.h. between trees in Geelong, Australia.
Despite tawdry efforts made by some media to portray drone-flying as an anti-social hobby, we were stunned to learn how tightly regulated the business is. Many commercial entities (land agents, architects, fire-fighters and farmers etc ) now use drones in an extremely positive way.
Apparently, Kenepuru Hospital is, legally, an aerodrome (because of its helipad) so drones cannot be used with on 4km unless there is a large landform or building in the way. Most drone use of by the express consent of landowners and the like.
Over at the park everyone in the group took a turn at flying a 900 gram drone in a rather stiff breeze. Wind worried drones far less than planes so the degree of control we had over the GPS guided drone was simply amazing. The whole thing was a giant heap of fun all round.
One member noted that, when she was young, her brother never let her fly his radio-controlled model plane. Flying a large drone over an expansive green spot in Tawa was a dream come true!