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AirBorn Insight's Drone Blog

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What will you get out of our Blogs?

Welcome to AirBorn Insight's Blog of the application of drones for better management of our natural resources, environment and agriculture in Australia.  These posts will provide information on:

  • New drone ideas and technologies we think are great for your business
  • What are the drone laws and updates as the laws change?
  • How AirBorn Insight is providing “better data for better decisions” across of range of industries

Our aim is to partner with business to deliver insight via the collection of imagery from drones. Our goal is not only to capture high quality aerial imagery but also aim to understand our clients’ needs and work with them to solve complex problems.  We are keen to connect with other innovators who see the potential of drones in their industry and discuss how to build world’s best practice and use drone technologies to change on ground management decisions.

DRONE License Requirements

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License requirements and changes to drone laws for small drones under 2 kg

AirBorn Insight is certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and has public liability and other relevant insurances to ensure the safety of every mission.  Getting our licenses took us over 6 months, and included doing a drone course, sitting the Private Pilot license theory exam and being examined by CASA before being issued our Unmanned Operators Certificate.    There are many unlicensed operators that are flying drones without the knowledge they need to fly safely and these operators don’t have insurance, leaving you open to any damages that might occur during flying operations.  After September 29 2016 CASA are allowing drones under 2kg to be flown by unlicensed operators, however there are strict conditions under which these people must operate and it is unlikely they will be able to get insurance.  The conditions include:

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Why use drones?

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Why use drones?

Some of the key reasons to use drones is safety, speed and cost savings and more detailed data.  Often drones replace people working in risky situations, such as from heights or over water.  Being able to capture imagery from the safety of the ground or on land reduces risk to personnel in many situations.  The speed at which high resolution data can be collected is vastly improved when using aircraft over land based vehicles, however the cost of using drones is significantly lower than manned aircraft.  They are becoming an important tool in many industries.  However, the challenge presented by drones and the sensors they hold, is the vast amount of data collected. Experienced professionals are needed to interpret the data and support the development of applications that influence on ground management decisions. 

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Amazing 3D models of Universities, golf courses and your own home !

Amazing 3D models of Universities, golf courses and your own home !

Achieve that marketing edge with an interactive 3D model on your website or with a 3D printed replica in your foyer. AirBorn Insight offer ultra-high resolution images, which we can use do develop 3D models of just about anything to survey grade accuracy.  Showcase your campus or golf course, a new subdivision or own home. 

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3D models aid design and monitoring of stream repair works

Drones are now helping to repair damaged creeks !

We've shown in an earlier blog that it is now possible to generate 3D models of the real world to create interactive maps of just about any environment you would like.  In an exciting bank rehabilitation project, designed and managed by one of our directors, our drone captured the construction of Engineered Log Jams at exactly the right time to show the three phases of construction.  This new technology is standing up to our subtropical environment in South East Queensland, with 30 engineered structures in the Warrill Creek, protecting creek banks and providing habitat for aquatic life.  Now the first ever drone generated 3D model of these engineering works is here !!     

 

 

Drone imagery growing better food and fiber for a store near you !

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Growing food and fiber with drones - the future is here!

AirBorn Insight is working with CSIRO, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and farmers and showing that drones mounted with  specialised cameras can reduce inputs (i.e. irrigation and fertilizers) and increase crop yields as these cameras detect crop problems before they can be seen by humans.  The GIS and data analysis also provided by AirBorn Insight allows researchers and farmers to get actionable data, helping them made better decisions for their businesses. A number of different AirBorn Insight projects show that there is huge potential of using thermal and multispectral imaging for assessing crop health and improving management of our cropping systems. 

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