The all NEW action packed DJI FPV Drone has arrived.
DJI FPV Drone release
DJI has launched the DJI FPV drone, an exciting NEW hybrid drone that combines the First Person Perspective ( FPV ) speed and agility of a fast paced racing drone with the ease of use and functionality of a trusted DJI consumer drone. … It also features a safety ” Brake & Hover ” function and a failsafe “Return to Home” feature which allows the drone to fly back to its home point if it loses it’s connection link.
DJI FPV Features
Sporting two types of remotes, the first being a traditional style FPV remote, but the second is an all NEW intuitive motion activated hand held Joystick remote; which resembles a remote from a Nintendo Wii game console.
Powerful propulsion capabilities combined with a 150° super-wide FOV provide an unrivaled view. 4x Slow Motion, RockSteady stabilization, and distortion correction give pilots even smoother, more dramatic results.
Operating FPV in Australia
Legalities of FPV
The DJI FPV allows the pilot to don a pair of goggles to operate the aircraft through its onboard camera. In Australia, the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations requires the Remote Pilot to be able to continually see, orient and navigate a drone to meet their separation and collision avoidance responsibilities. It is an offence to operate a drone that is not within a persons’ general visual line of sight.
The problem with Remote Pilot placing on a set of DJI FPV goggles is the Remote Pilot can not comply with the continually see requirement. The Remote Pilot can not meet their separation and collision avoidance responsibilities by using the onboard camera to look in one direction. A Remote Pilot must have full situational awareness in all directions and surrounds in both the sky and on the ground.
Operating FPV legally
It is possible to operate DJI FPV legally in Australia. The regulations allow the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to approve a Remote Pilot to operate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS).
For Remote Operator Certificate holders, there are a couple of options for operating via First Person View (FPV), Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) or BVLOS. While both have pros and cons, the most applicable for the DJI FPV is EVLOS class 1, which is a relatively simple approval to obtain, and covers all of Australia.
If you wish to operate the DJI FPV privately, organisations such as the MAAA (Model Aeronautical Association of Australia) have previously arranged an approval for their cohort. Members of the MAAA meeting certain requirements, such as using an observer, have been allowed to conduct FPV flying.
EVLOS Extended Visual Line of Sight
There are two classes of Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) operations.
EVLOS Class 1 allows a Remote Pilot to fly without having the drone within Visual Line of Sight by utilising a co-located observer. The observer takes on the responsibility of maintaining situational awareness for both ground and air.
EVLOS Class 2 allows a Remote Pilot to use multiple observers to extend the range of operations. Class 2 allows the Remote Pilot to cover a larger area by daisy-chaining observers.
An Extended Visual Line of Sight approval is valid for all of Australia and Class 1 operations can be conducted without an IREX (Instrument Rating Exam). Class 2 EVLOS has a requirement for an IREX (Instrument rating Exam) qualified pilot. An exemption already exists that allows an IREX qualified person simply to be present, so it is not a requirement the Remote Pilot holds an IREX pass. One would assume the next evolution of drone regulations would hold an alternative to the IREX requirement.
Aviassist offers a one-day online EVLOS approval training course (including procedures) to enable an organisation to apply for Extended Visual Line of Sight operations. Aviassist can also manage the entire EVLOS approval process for both Class 1 and Class 2 operations for the time-poor.