Flying on only visual line of sight is useless from my perspective. There are very few places in my part of the world where the trees don't obscure visibility of the drone. I can't even look close at the gutters on all four sides of my house without breaking those rules, unless I am walking around the house at the same time I am filming. Kinda pointless, actually. I can guarantee that I can put up a ladder and walk around the roof line of my house FAR quicker than anyone can assemble a P4P, launch, navigate & film, then download images, and view the detailed results. Of course, that won't be true for all homes, nor for many other similar situations.
I don't know about you guys, but I cannot see my white P4P when it is 60 meters up and 60 meters away. Then toss a bunch of trees in the way, and you are breaking a strict interpretation of the rules. We all know that it is quite impractical to consider using binoculars to visually keep an eye on the drone, too.
And as far as that goes, the video and pictures obtained from such a limited use of the drones makes them not worth the trouble. All those grand videos, the sweeping, beautiful views of our world that we see posted in this forum? I don't think I've seen one yet that actually conforms to the sight distance rules imposed by the FAA in the USA.
Have you had your P4 loose signal yet. ?
Never. On my older phone, I couldn't see the video reliably, mostly because the phone was just too slow to process, or so I thought. The furthest I have been out is about 1/4 mile, which is vastly further than I can see, even at 400' altitude.
I made a rather nice video of a large cemetary, while my customer (management) was watching.
I don't quite understand all the concerns about a "fly away". Doesn't the contraption reliably come home if you always set a home point and your controls are set to return to home on lost signal?
Why bother making a drone if you have to have the bloody thing in sight?
Failure is one thing, what about situational awareness? The scariest time for me happened this past January, I was flying my P3S well away from any airports (well beyond 5nm) in an isolated rural area off a trail in the bush and along comes a small plane just above the tree line. I saw him and quickly descended. If I was flying FPV there would have been no way for me to see him as he was to my left way out of the cameras field of view. I was startled and a bit shaken up. After I landed I re-checked my flight apps (UAV forecast, AirMap and TC Site selection tool) to see if I made a mistake.FPV puts the UAV pilot in the cockpit. And I can't think of safer place to be in the event of failure. Furthermore, I can't think of a single FAA pilot who would prefer to pilot his/her full scale aerial vehicle from the ground. The whole "line of sight" rule is full of hypocrisy.
Because you could hurt or kills someone! And no, I am not the drone police!
I would love to fly my drone outside of VLOS but I have experienced enough surprises that I do not want to take that chance. I do not fly near any airports or heliports but have been surprised numerous times to see a low flying helicopter or small plane appear that I would have never expected in that particular area, the last one being just last week. Because I have my drone in sight, I can react and take appropriate action.
Also, I have had my Spark loose GPS and go into Atti mode without warning in an area flown in many times. Thankfully it was in VLOS and I could take control immediately and fly it back.
Willingness to take risks is a personal choice and so is deciding whether you want to fly within the current rules and regulations.
Not nonsense, just common sense! Yes, I have gone out and lost visual on my drone (for my P3S that is around 500m on a clear day, for my Spark it is around 300m) but I quickly come back in sight.I bet every one this forum has flown out of sight at some point so don’t give me that nonsense
Not nonsense, just common sense! Yes, I have gone out and lost visual on my drone (for my P3S that is around 500m on a clear day, for my Spark it is around 300m) but I quickly come back in sight.
Do I wish I could fly out beyond VLOS, certainly, as there are lots of places i'd like to check out with my drone that I can't get to on foot or that would be too hard to get to, but I am not going to take the risk because as I said, I have already had some surprises/scares and am thankful I have been in VLOS.
You may want to more risk than me and that is your choice, so is deciding whether you want to continue in the hobby with all the rules that are becoming more stringent. Me, I love flying my drones and even though I can't go out of VLOS, I still can get some shots I never could with just my DSLRs, so I will continue to fly them as long as I can.