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ON LOCATION Drone capturing the action... It just takes practice. Some tips to help: our new service of aerial fi lming, right? Well no, you can’t. Let me explain. 1. Place some markers on the ground a few metres apart. Hover the quad above one with its nose facing away, then fl y over and land on one of the others. Take off, hover just off the ground and then fl y to the next. Do this a number of times, then spin the aircraft around so its nose is facing you and try again. Don’t fl y high, just a meter or so off the ground. At fi rst it will be diffi cult, but practice this with the nose away and towards you. After a while you will start to get the hang of switching when the nose is facing you. If you want to take your new toy to a fi eld and have the fi eld owner’s permission, then yes you can have a fl y around. But if you want to sell your footage, or hire yourself out to companies who need aerial content, you can’t. In order to fl y commercially you need what’s known as a Permission For Aerial Work or PFAW from the CAA (UK Civil Aviation Authority). 2. I was once told to think of it as balancing the aircraft on top of a pole. You know, when you balance a broom upside down on your hand, your brain knows to move your hand to the left to compensate for the top falling left. You just do it. If you see the aircraft facing you as if it’s on top of a pole then somehow it makes things that much easier (of course this may make no sense, so tweet me @jpratchett and I’ll explain better). So, we have got ourselves one of these machines and have learned to fl y them. Now we can go pimp ourselves to perspective clients with The CAA refers to these fl ying machines as Unmanned Aircraft Systems. If you add a camera of some kind to the aircraft it becomes a Small Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft System. To gain your permission to fl y you need to go through an organisation like EuroUSC. You will have a written test after a two day course that covers everything from health and safety to reading aeronautical maps, to battery maintenance. After this you have to write your ops manual. This manual has copies of the logs you will make, the details of the aircraft you fl y as well as your fl ight procedures and safety guidelines. Once this has been submitted and approved then you have a fl ight test. This is where they check you 52 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 93 SEPTEMBER 2014 are capable of fl ying your aircraft and know the safely guidelines by which you need to operate. Once these steps are completed then you can be recommended to the CAA for your Licence to work. This sounds like a lot of work, and in parts it is. But remember you are fl ying a potentially dangerous piece of kit with up to eight spinning blades. You are also fl ying in areas where other aircraft users from light aircraft to kites could be fl ying. So even with your permission to fl y you must stay within the country’s specifi c regulations. Next month I will be talking KIT, what you need and what it all does.