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Threads like this should banned. Censored

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Nigel Mercer - Which ever one you do get, avoid doing dumb things with it.

I think there should be mandatory controlled airspace avoidance using GPS built in to any drones capable of flying beyond visual range or above about 100m. One of our 737s had a near encounter with a drone flying 1000m above the Calgary airport in Sept: http://avherald.com/h?article=479d1168&opt=0 . Any drone capable of flying at 1000m will be heavy enough to take out an engine or windscreen of a passenger jet that could be flying at 200 knots climbing from or approaching an airport.

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The UK ANO already covers this.

You can NEVER fly beyond visual range. (line of sight).  If you fly FPV (i.e with camera and goggles) then you must have a spotter. 

There are already regulations on which airspace you can and can not fly in.

Flying near any airport (without CAA and airport permission) is illegal under the ANO.  Not just airports either - lots of other places you cant fly.  Current max alt in some types of airspace is 1000ft.

The CAA have made several prosecutions this year where people have ended up in court and found guilty.  The CAA employ ex-CID who know how to bring a good case.

Some companies are taking things further - such as DJI who restrict their flight envelope using GPS if you are close to any major airport.  In Class A airspace the drone will not allow power to the motors.  In class B the max alt is as low as 10m with max being 120m.  There are other flight limits in place.  Thats just DJI though.

As for flight over 1000m (3200ft) - taking a multi rotor above that kind of height is quite difficult.  Taking a £50 maplin drone to 100m might even be difficult.  Moving up the budget scale to the likes of a phantom (£500 ish) then you will probably make it to 1000m.  The issue is on the way back down.. battery will be at its limits.  One you move into the DIY/Expensive stuff £1k+ (TBS Discovery etc) then yes 5,6,7000ft is possible.  But you need to spend thousands and have a good techincal understanding of lots of issues like prop sizes, battery specs, flight controllers, UHF radio etc etc etc.  The average guy in the street will have a real hard time getting the thing to fly stable let alone stable on a 10km round trip.  There are a few people who have flown 15km+ round trips but it takes months of tuning and research and a lot of cash.  (Dont forget the law is not the same in other countries) .

Fixed wing is another issue.. much easier to get a lot higher and a lot further away.  More space on the airframe to give seperation to all the components cutting down the IF issues multirotors have.  Flights of 3000ft are very easy in the grand scheme of things.  1 motor, 1 ESC. Set of wings that give a nice bunch of lift - low drag and very long flight times like 30 min+.  Multi rotors tend to have 4 or 6 of each, fall like a brick if there is no power and generally flight times of 10 minutes are normal.

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As a matter of interest which is the best indoor drone? Palm sized or something similar.

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Husban X4 always gets good reviews although I have never flown one.
Eflite make one called the Nano QX which also gets good reviews.

HTH.

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Ta. I've opted for a Hubsan X4 107 with added bells,whistles and crash repair kit. Biggrin

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Second vote for the X4 here too. Q4 is even smaller and great fun :)

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Toby, have you actually got it yet? If so are you pleased with it. 

If not, any tips on where you purchased it?

Thought  it might be a good ideal as it's my first time with this stuff to go same route as you. 

Steve

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Ordered it today through Amazon. Annoyingly I found it slightly cheaper  from Wireless Madness but too late to cancel. 

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Both the X4 and Q4 are great and I am very pleased with them both.

Around the house, the Q4 gets flown most but the controller is a bit on the small side. On the plus side, the X4 controller works with the little Q4 (and vice versa).

Amazing value for the technology involved Smile