Drone Laws SG

“The only people being punished are those who try to stick to the rules.”

The US FAA rules:

    • Fly below 400 feet (121 Meters) and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Don’t fly within 5 miles (8 km) of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Don’t fly near people or stadiums
  • Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
  • Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

Our current Singapore laws:

– No flying within 5km of an aerodome (Airports)

– Permit needed for carrying a camera. Permit takes about 2 weeks.

– No flying above 61 meters

Article today in Straitstimes:

 Drone users call for less restrictive rules amid review

Singapore |  Updated today at 02:47 AM

By Lester Hio

REGULATIONS for flying drones in Singapore should be streamlined and less obstructive, according to users and developers of the gadgets here.

They hope that the current review of drone regulations by the Ministry of Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) will provide clearer guidelines on drone operations and include minimal restrictions.

The challenge will be to ensure that privacy and safety concerns are met without undermining innovation and development.

Currently, drone users must apply for at least one of three permits before flying them here, which can take a minimum of two weeks.

Under the Singapore Air Navigation Order, a model aircraft may not be flown within 5km of an aerodrome – such as an airport or air base – unless the operator obtains a permit.

A permit is also required for flying drones higher than 61m above mean sea level when they are 5km or more away from an aerodrome.

Such rules ensure there are safety buffers to keep unmanned aircraft clear of flight paths.

Finally, drone operators need an aerial photography licence – even if they do not plan to use cameras attached to the machines.

Drone operators say the regulations are too restrictive and bureaucratic, and make deployment and development of the technology difficult here.

Mr Rude Lee, 33, from aerial photography company Skyshot, called for the permit approval time to be reduced. “Every time we want to fly, we have to contact different departments at CAAS, the Ministry of Home Affairs and, sometimes, the air force,” he said. “We have to turn away clients with last-minute requests because we won’t get the permits in time.”

Mr Gabriel Kang, founder of drone research firm Sensory Robotics, said: “The only people being punished are those who try to stick to the rules.

“All drones have cameras – it’s a safety feature. You have to see where the drone is going as it can travel out of sight very quickly. You want to make sure it doesn’t hit anything, and you can’t do that without a camera to see where it is flying.”

Lawyers say the review is a step in the right direction in separating regulations for manned and unmanned aircraft, which have different needs.

Technology lawyer Gabriel Voisin, from law firm Bird and Bird, said the Ministry of Transport’s review shows there is an interest in drawing up a drone-friendly regulation. But he added: “The real difficulty will be to balance issues of safety, privacy and public opinion with the interest of the industry.”

lesterh@sph.com.sg

 Wishlist

– A single agency to deal with when permits are allowed. Online applications. Shorter turnaround time (3 working days?) for permit to be granted/ rejected.

– No permits needed when carrying a camera, doing FPV flying when flying below 120 meters.

– Severe punishment (fine) including caning for flying near, within airports, or where huge crowd form like stadiums/ starting line of a marathon, no flying into fireworks.

– Education for our Immigration officers to prevent misunderstanding when travelling in or out of Singapore with multicopters/ lipos/ transmitter(s).

Build: ImmersionRC Xugong V2 Pro

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We are addicts of the Xugong and this is our 3rd Xugong after the Xugong10 v1 and Xugong 8 v1 but we weren’t able to get it till recently as it’s popular after many has found out how small it is and travelling with it is a breeze but finally, ReadymadeRC stocked it, notified us and immediately, we placed an order. Today, it arrived.

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Above: Side plates compared. V2 and Xugong 10 V1. The V2 is slightly taller.

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With the V2, Immersion has made it even better with improvements on the PDB to integrate video camera switching, OSD in a nice red based board (officially these are stated OSD, Camera switch,GoPro Power Supply (5.0 V), GPS Interface, Current/Voltage Sensor, PPM in/out). It’s also a great system if you are already on ImmersionRC system, you’ll be familiar on the setup however, on the other hand, it does locks you to the brand. With ImmersionRC making some leading technologies and constantly improving on it, we think it’s not an issue. The below is an overview diagram from their documentation that’ll be easy to understand.

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We can now strike of one of our dislikes in the Xugong10 build. The FR4. No more FR4, all carbon fiber now! We also opt to not get the gimbal as of yet and to utlises the existing Tarot T2-D gimbals that we have.

Conclusion

Nifty quad with built in Immersion ezOSD that folds small. Great for travelling.

Likes

– Carbon Fiber.

Dislikes

– As with all the other Xugong(s) not being able to shift the CG as and where we like it to maintain the CG at the flight controller. It’s either front heavy or more often, back heavy when we choose to fly even with the recommended Multistar 4S 5200 mAh lipo.

– A longer frame so the lipo do not stick out. At the expenses of weight.

Upgrades

– Maybe the T Motors Airgear 350 that runs 2213? This was poisoned by Jakub. Follow or (by the time we run this article) see his build at http://instagram.com/jimmacfx

– The same inabilitiy to balance the quad with the lipo if you want to use a huge one like we, preferring the 4S 5000mah Turnigy. They recommend a Multistar 5200mah (constant 10C) that we’ll try out soon but we fail to see how it will counter the weight of a gimbal installed at the front of the XugongV2.

Links:

Our Xugong 10 build
Our Xugong 8 build


 

ezOSD with a Mobius

Modifying the GoPro cable that’s supplied to take the mobius is straight forward. Yellow to yellow and black to black. just cut and solder them together.

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Lipo size Compare

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Below: The Zippy Compact 4S 5000 mAhDSC09485

Below: The Multistar 10C 4S 5200 mAh

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3 Sept 2015

Rebuilding started. Killed our Naza M V2, got a Taranis, some new EMAX 2216 and a new Flytrex for this rebuild. Ordered new frame plates from Red20RC.

17 Sept 2015

All Parts arrived. Motors took really long as it was out of stock and there’s a Version 2 of the popular EMAX 2216 810kv but we decided to stick to V1 as we already have a set of them and spares.

Top and bottom plates are awesome from Red20RC. After some discussion via email with Mike, he cut, packed and delivered the plates. The journey took about 10 days from Australia to Singapore. We ordered 2 sets of 1.5mm and 2mm ones. We started the rebuild with the 2mm ones of course.

18 Sept 2015

Found that the miniOSD is faulty, white dots appear all over the LCD screen. Darn…

Dec 2015

What started as a “repairing” post on our Instagram got some great guys offering help on our frame.

Here, we present, The new and improved Xugong Pro V2 top and bottom plate with:

– 1.5mm and 2mm thickness. (original plates are 1.5mm thick)
– Bigger FC installation clearance on top plate
– Improved thickness on the taper tail end for Lipo on top plate making it more stiff

Price, USD 44 vs these USD60 for 1.5mm and USD70 for 2mm

Eletronics will be exactly the same, running Naza M V2, EMAX 2216 (v1), Multistar 1033 props, 5000 Multistar low C lipo or 5200 Zippy Compact weighing in at about 1.6kg for about 20 mins of flight.

We added isolation dampening from Banggood and it works. Extra plates are from Red20RC, if you have seen the previous build. It’s all above now.

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Flight Video before and after the double plates were added.

Before

After