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Posted on 04 March 2019

Which Micro Drone Should I Buy

Which Micro Drone Should I Buy

We often get asked, ‘which drone should I buy for our school?’ Well, here are some comments for micro drones, which are weigh less than100 grams. The micro drones are great for schools just getting started as they are cheap, and the risk profile is relatively low. We have a seven-year-old son who has been using the micro drones since he was five. So, we know that young students can use the micro drones, but it is just the younger they are, the more space they need to fly as their hand-eye coordination isn’t well advanced. And expect more crashes!

Posted on 22 February 2019

Drones on the Great Barrier Reef

Drones on the Great Barrier Reef

​For 20 years I have been travelling to the Great Barrier Reef to conduct research. Heron Island has been one of the places that I have and continue to visit and this week I have been lucky enough to spend another week out there flying my drone and snorkelling - all in the name of research!

Posted on 22 February 2019

Student Pre Flight Video

Student Pre Flight Video

Years ago (and still on some airlines) the pre flight safety talk was manually delivered. Today, it is all done by a prerecorded video, freeing up the Cabin Crew to focus on other areas of safety. Teachers, are you tired of saying the same thing each lesson and wondering if you have forgotten to say something important?

Posted on 18 February 2019

Is it irresponsible to teach our children about drones?

Is it irresponsible to teach our children about drones?

Drones are evil and are a military tool of destruction, why are you teaching kids how to use them? Well, that doesn’t mean that that is the only way the technology is deployed. I love talking to people about how I use drones as part of my research, as for many it is a real eye opener. I have lost count of the number of times that people have said ‘wow, I had no idea you could use them for that!’ So what exactly is ‘that’? What do I use my drones for?

Posted on 18 February 2019

Using Drones for Weed Management

Using Drones for Weed Management

An area I do a lot of work in is weed management – a field I can see huge potential for the use of drones. I would love to use a similar approach to release biological control agents, such as the lantana bugmite, on sites I am currently working on that have poor and/or unsafe ground access.

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