Sony is a company to be reckoned with. They can be the new market force someone is looking for to break the monopoly DJI has. Sony show off their Air Peak drone during CES 2021. It looks like an “enterprise” class one and we really hope to not brush it aside as simply oh no one will buy if the price is 10k and up. Need a Sony camera and how it fits into any current workflow or eco system?
If Sony is half hearted thinking like Gopro did with their Karma, yes they named it Karma back then. “We are already making great cameras”. Really small and light ones too mind you, back when GoPro tried their hands on drones. They even allowed you to take off the gimbal from the drone and use the whole gimbal as a handheld gimbal when not flying. Then slap your existing Sony cameras onto a drone and call it a day? We’ll be seeing Sony burning off millions then end their drone division. Just another tiny drop that didn’t cause much ripple in the giant sea.
If someone had just sat down in their board room, thinking that is the strategy. It won’t cause event a dent into DJI’s market share. They’ve got everything covered, consumer drones, prosumer and the professional market, agriculture, thermal, LIDAR inspection…and it won’t be long before they may easily start meddling with markets Sony is actually doing well. The consumer camera market perhaps. DJI are making cameras anyway. They are making gimbals with the likes of Osmo. “Partnering” Hasselblad no less. DJI has a board seat on Hasselblad.
Sony does have a track record of being daring. They had the AIBO, memory stick, minidisc… they failed but it did move innovation forward with these. They took a step back and relooked at the whole mirrorless, fullframe camera and see how they are leading the market now with established brands playing catch up now.
We hope to see more competition for sure. It drives prices down and force companies to innovate.
There seem to be a new Repair Center in Singapore.
Saw this when i was about to send in the Smart Controller for the mavic 2 but I refuse to use ANY Singapore based repair center.
After so many past experiences with Singapore authorised centers. I’ll be damn stupid to keep falling for it. The DJI shop in Funan was asking me to get a brand new Mavic 2 controller when the side USB charging port was faulty. it was out of warranty so heck, I gave a 3rd party repair shop a try. It was $30.00. A brand new Mavic 2 controller was about $500 SGD when he told me to get a new one.
And yeah, I totally don’t believe any shit DJI Support tells me about my feedback that will be cascaded to the relevant department. Trust me, nothing is done.
Just get my case logged, let me send it back to Hong Kong and you just do your job of repairing it and STFU.
Updated: Oct 2020
The Recreational Flyer
By Feb 2021, you must have obtained a UABT (Unmanned Aircraft Basic Training) cert in order to operate a drone in Singapore if you’re operating a drone that is 1.5 – 7kg. It cost $30 and can be taken at authorised training organisations. As of writing, there are 2 such organisations here. If you’re flying the DJI Mavic 1, 2 Pro, Air, DJI Spark. You just need to have the CAAS stickers, stay below 200 feet, out of 5km of any aerodomes, you do not need a UABT to fly.
The Commercial Flyer
You will need to have a UAPL Unmanned Aircraft Pilot License. In order to get that, you will have to have attended an optional training with an approved training organisation, pay $125 for the theory test, completed a practical test then apply for the UAPL at $500 and has perpetual lifetime. Commercial flyers would have been informed a year in advanced, this is just for info.
You are on short term visit to Singapore, for holiday. If your drone is below 1.5kg, you do not need UABT. See above under recreational flyer.
After you have hold any of the above, your drone must have been registered with CAAS. The stickers cost $15 each and must be displayed on the drone. Register here.
So what if you do not have the above? What are the penalties?
Users who fail to comply with the UA Basic Training requirements could face a fine of up to $50,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 2 years, or both for a first offence and up to $100,000, or imprisonment not exceeding 5 years, or both for a second or subsequent offence. In addition, users who fail to produce a valid UA Basic Training certificate, UA Pilot Licence (UAPL), activity or operator permit during the verification checks by CAAS enforcement officers could face a fine up to $20,000 for a first offence, and a fine of up to $40,000 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 months, or both for a second or subsequent offence.
It is what it is
As of writing, Aug 2020, this is what is being done and what will be done come Feb 2021. There are comments on how this is killing flying in Singapore, how it will stifles innovation or even STEM, education on drones. I think we have to see it from a safety point of view. There has been multiple cases of errant flyers. It was slowly coming to a point where the authorities have to step in. The comparison can be done with the Personal Mobility Devices (PMD) that was recently banned in Singapore. No e-scooters, hoverboards and electric skateboards etc on footpaths.
Do we want this hobby to be completed banned? There are 6000+ drones being registered with CAAS as of writing, do we want to be kept to a specific field, Singapore being already so small, how crowded will this field be?
There are apps and other sites for drone flying in Singapore but do not that CAAS has issued information that only One Map is the only authoritative map to be used for flying a drone in Singapore.
A 41-year-old man who flew a drone without permit in an open field in Punggol was fined $9,000 yesterday.
Tay Miow Seng pleaded guilty in the State Courts on Dec 27 last year to flying the drone for recreational purposes at the field within 5km of Paya Lebar Air Base without a valid Class 2 activity permit and operating it in a manner likely to endanger the safety of aircraft.
A separate charge of unlawfully flying his drone within Coney Island on March 26 last year was taken into consideration during sentencing yesterday.
The court had earlier heard that Tay and his friend Ed Chen Junyuan each flew a drone in the open field in Punggol on June 26 last year.
Both were detained on the same day by the police.
They were the first to be charged with unlawfully flying a drone in Singapore.
Chen was convicted and fined $2,000 last year.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore said in a statement yesterday that it “takes a serious view of errant operations of unmanned aircraft which may pose threats to aviation or endanger the personal safety of others”.
It added that it will not hesitate to take enforcement action against operators of unmanned aircraft who contravene regulations.
Penalties for various offences involving unmanned aircraft, such as drones, were raised after Parliament passed amendments to the Air Navigation Act last year.
Those caught flying an unmanned aircraft without a valid permit face a maximum penalty of two years in jail and a $50,000 fine for first-time offenders, and five years in jail and a $100,000 fine for repeat offenders.
Any person who recklessly or knowingly operates an unmanned aircraft in a manner that endangers the life or property of another person can be jailed for up to 10 years, or fined up to $100,000, or both.A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2020, with the headline ‘Man fined $9k for flying drone in Punggol open field without permit’.
SINGAPORE – A man who unlawfully flew a drone near Sengkang LRT station before it got struck by a train was fined $5,000 on Friday (Feb 21).
The incident on Feb 8, 2018 did not cause any damage to the train and services were not disrupted.
Homen Wong, 21, who was a full-time national serviceman when he committed the offence has since completed his national service.
On Dec 18 last year, he pleaded guilty to operating the drone in a manner that could endanger the safety of persons and property.
A second charge of operating the device without a valid Class 2 activity permit within 5km of two aerodromes – Seletar Airport and Paya Lebar Air Base – was considered during sentencing.
Wong had flown the DJI Mavic Pro drone at an open field next to Sengkang LRT station some time in the late afternoon without a valid Class 2 activity permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS).
Deputy Public Prosecutor Houston Johannus had earlier told the court: “If he had applied for such an activity permit, CAAS would have required Homen to operate his drone in compliance with safe operating conditions.”
The DPP said the conditions included ensuring that the drone is not flown for longer than 85 per cent of the maximum battery endurance, and that it does not interfere with public transport or emergency service providers, or endanger members of the public.
Wong operated his drone at a maximum height of 50m that day.
He flew it over the train tracks, as he wanted to capture aerial videos and photographs of trains entering and leaving the LRT station.
DPP Johannus had earlier told District Judge Seah Chi-Ling: “Homen had not ensured its battery power was sufficient for the flight.
“As a result, Homen lost control of the drone and it landed autonomously on the train tracks of Sengkang LRT station where it was eventually struck by an LRT train.”
Wong later approached staff at the station and asked for their assistance to get the drone back.
They helped retrieve the damaged device a week later and returned it to him.
After this, Wong posted a video of the incident, entitled “DJI Mavic Pro survived train crash”, on YouTube.
SBS Transit then made a report to the CAAS about the incident on April 9, 2018.
Defence lawyer Josephus Tan told the court on Friday that his client intends to appeal against the sentence. Wong was offered bail of $5,000.
First-time offenders convicted of operating a drone in a manner that could endanger the safety of persons and property can be fined up to $20,000.
Repeat offenders can be jailed for up to 15 months and fined up to $40,000.