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New Transport Canada UAV Regulations Arrive!

Well, the moment we have all been waiting for in Canada is finally here.  Transport Canada has published the new UAV regulations.  It is important to understand that these regulations effectively come in 2 parts.  Basically, you have one set of regulations for UAV's less than 25kg and for simple operations.  Then another set for UAV's larger than 25kg and/or complicated operations.  Then, within those two groups, there are more groups.  For the first, it's broken down into <2kg class, and 2<>25kg class.

http://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-standards/Infographic_Permission_to_fly_a_UAV_Web_English.pdf

The rules allow quite free operation of <2kg UAV's.  In a nutshell, you have to not be stupid, and fly safely.  You can't be drunk.  Know how to fly.  Have a plan.  And remain at least 30m away from people and things not involved in the operation.

For UAV's less than 25kg, there are a few additional, reasonable additions.  You must have a fire extinguisher, and remain 150m away from people and things not involved.

The only question I have is, what does it mean for a building to "be involved in the operation"?  If I am taking photo/video of a building, does that mean it's involved?  I would assume so.  But, what about neighboring buildings?  Are they involved?  Because, it is uncommon to have solitary buildings 150m away from any other buildings. If this rule is rigidly applied, then it means you can pretty much only fly larger craft in remote areas.

Now, for UAV's over 25kg and/or operations not meeting these simple rules, there is a much more complicated document which applies:

http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/opssvs/managementservices-referencecentre-documents-600-623-001-972.htm

I've skimmed through this, and it appears to be similarly reasonable.  There are various levels of permissions, etc.  too much to get into in detail here.

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Zubax GNSS Black Friday Special

NicaDrone offers obligatory Black Friday discounts on Zubax GNSS and accessories. For those unaware what we're talking about, please read the announcement athttp://diydrones.com/profiles/blogs/zubax-gnss-positioning-module-gps-glonass-compass-barometer-can (TL;DR: it's a GPS/GLONASS receiver of insane performance). http://zubax.com/sites/default/files/zubax-gnss-top.jpg" width="224" height="166" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" /> http://zubax.com/sites/default/files/zubax-gnss-bottom.jpg" width="224" height="144" class="CToWUd a6T" tabindex="0" />


This video features a highly precise, fully automatic landing of a Pixhawk-powered quadrotor with Zubax GNSS below
On a related note, this thread covers the current status of UAVCAN support in APM: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/drones-discuss/P5MqTgdF8N4 (APM users, check it out) ORDER HERE: http://nicadrone.com/index.php?id_product=56&controller=product Attachments area
PX4 Pixhawk + UAVCAN GPS Landing

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Indiegogo: Aerial filming has never been easier with Ghost Drone

via @theghostdrone Ghost is the world’s easiest drone to fly. It is perfect for first-timers and experienced pilots alike.  Help us make drones more accessible to everyone! We are an international team of flight enthusiasts and adventurers, and founded Ehang to remove the barriers to drone use so everyone could enjoy aerial filming. Drones are traditionally hard to …

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Initial results: Using Public Lab Mobius Infragram Point and Shoot with Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 and using PTLens to correct fisheye effect

The lightweight form factor of PL Mobius Infragram Point and Shoot allows use of it with low-lift UAVs. Together with ability to correct fisheye effect, makes for another (albeit limited niche) aerial mapping tool in the toolbox.

http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/11-27-2014/initial-results-pl-mobius-infragram-point-and-shoot-on-parrot-ar-drone-2-0

http://publiclab.org/notes/patcoyle/11-27-2014/initial-results-using-ptlens-to-correct-fisheye-effect-in-pl-mobius-infragram-point-and-shoot

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Virtualrobotix E-Shop offer a great discount coupon for your Black Friday. VR Brain 5.2 in pre order. Update

These are the board developed by VR Lab available in the store : VR micro Gimbal , VR Multi Constellation GPS 8  ,VR Micro Brain 5 and plug and play VR micro telemetry board  . The VR Brain 5.2 is in pre order.

Example how is possible to assemble  the boards togheter , the form factor is very small and lightwheight . 

In the picture below is presente the VRX Radio Module lite , Standard and Advanced ( OSD support ) 

This is a very exclusive video  example of fully autonomous fly using VR Leash experimental kit . You can set the position where put the drone by VR Leash natural reposition system or by PAD / Smartphone user interface available in VR Pad Station Pro.

These electronic component is in the stock on the store and with the Black Friday coupon you can obtain a discount of 20 % for Friday 27 November 2015 :) and for 28 November 2014. You need to insert the coupon during the checkout process.

The Standard Coupon is : 20%VRBlackFriday2014

The "Secret" Coupon is :  20%VRBlackFriday2015

VR micro Brain 5 : http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/autopilot/vrbrainmicro51-detail

VR GPS 8 : http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/accessories/gps-ublox-8-detail

VRX uBrain Telemetry module lite option 433 : http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/accessories/vrx-ubrain-radio-module-lite-433-mhz-europe-38-61-detail

VR uBrain Telemetry module lite option 868 : http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/accessories/vrx-ubrain-radio-module-lite-868-mhz-europe-38-61-62-detail

VR radio module lite option 433: http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/accessories/vrx-radio-module-lite-433-mhz-europe-38-detail

VR radio module lite option 868: http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/accessories/vrx-radio-module-lite-868-mhz-europe-38-61-detail

VR micro Gimbal Board :  will be available at december 

VR Leash : available for OEM and Pro project.

About VR Brain 5.2 

http://www.virtualrobotix.it/index.php/en/shop/autopilot/vrbrain5-detail

today we officially open the pre order for VR Brain 5 sorry for delay but we did some update to the project now the current release is VR Brain 5.2 we add some new connector respect of rev 5.1, more detail came on wiki in the next days .

The delivery will be from 18/12/2014 if we have some update about new early dates will inform you by broadcast mail on virtualrobotix.com so you register on it please.

We decide to open today so you can use the VR Black Friday coupon .

Best

Roberto

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