New Pilot Experience - 12th of September


On Thursday night, 6-8PM, DJI store hosted their Seventh New Pilot Experience across all stores. We had one of the largest turnouts this week with many first time drone owners.

The two hour course took pilots, with varying levels of experience, through some of the basics to the more intermediate skills. Some of the topics that were covered included pre/post flight checklists, photography/videography settings and CASA laws and regulations. Whilst flying the drone may be the easy, learning how to fly smoothly while videoing can be difficult. There are multiple flight modes and speeds on the drone, however the mode that gives the best results for cinematic video and still photos is Tripod mode. There is a switch located on the side of the Mavic 2 remote that allows one to easily swap into Tripod mode and enjoy the slower flying speeds. The gimbal sensitivity can be changed in the settings as well to help with the up and down movements. When you are recording a video and want to speed it up, any slight movement can results in a kink or jerkiness in the video. It is best to maintain a straight linear path without moving in the Z axis.

Furthermore, the workshop also had many questions asked and answered, boosting everyone's confidence when using the drone. We encourage people to ask as many questions as possible. Each week, we try and add those questions into the course to ensure that it is fresh and relevant! We highly recommend you to sign-up if you haven't already as it is definitely worth it! Click here to sign up!

Feedback from the evening!


    "I feel like I can go out and go fly without having all that stress!"

— Paul

Question of the week!

What are the Drone Laws and Regulations in Australia?

This is a great question and is super handy for those who starting out their drone journey.

Things to do and things not to do - Drones — Correct as of 13/09/2019

You must:

  • only fly one drone at a time
  • always fly your drone within visual line-of-sight — this means:
    • flying only during the day
    • avoid flying in cloud, fog or heavy rain
    • you can see your drone with your own eyes at all times — not by using binoculars or watching a video screen
    • not flying behind trees, buildings or anything else that stops you seeing your drone at all times.

You must not fly your drone:

  • higher than 120 m (400 ft) above ground level — that's about the height of a 35-storey building or length of a football field
  • closer than 30 m to people — other than those helping to fly or navigate your drone
  • over or above people at any time or height
  • in a way that creates a hazard to another person, aircraft or property
  • near emergency situations
  • in prohibited or restricted airspace (use a CASA-approved drone safety app to help you)
  • closer than 5.5 km to a controlled aerodrome or airfield (usually those with a control tower).

You may operate your drone within 5.5 km of a non-controlled aerodrome or helicopter landing site only if:

  • there are no manned aircraft (one or more people inside) flying to or from the aerodrome
  • you land as soon as safely possible if you see any manned aircraft flying to or from the aerodrome
  • you stay outside the airfield boundary*
  • you do not operate in approach or departure paths*.

*some model aircraft associations may have approval for their members to fly in these areas. You can learn more by visiting Model Aeronautical Association of Australia or Australian Miniature Aerosports Society.

Please note: these are a broad representation of the rules as detailed by the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations Part 101.

You should read Advisory Circular AC 101-01 v2.1 (PDF 986.2 KB) — Remotely piloted aircraft systems — licensing and operations, to make sure you're following all the rules which apply to you.

Flying in public

Using a CASA-approved drone safety app is the easiest way to know where it's ok to fly.

You can also learn more about flying in public spaces including national parks and popular tourist spots.

Learn more about the rules here:

Additional flight permissions are available to remote pilot licence (RePL) and remotely piloted aircraft operator's certificate (ReOC) holders.

Further Comments

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