Drones we operate

DJI Spark

Small in stature but big on function the DJI Spark is another from DJI’s impressive camera drone stable. Keep it tucked away in a bag for easy to use aerial photography with a few taps on your smart phone. The DJI Spark is lightweight, easy to store and use and comes with a 4K camera for crystal clear photography every time.

New to the fleet, the Spark will primarily be used for first time drone users on our Safety Courses or on our demonstration days.

DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

A complete 2.7K camera and 3-axis gimbal system come integrated with the Phantom 3 Advanced  edition quadcopter from DJI. In addition to video, the camera is capable shooting up to 12 MP still photos using JPEG or non-proprietary DNG RAW format.

 

The three axes of the gimbal give you pan and tilt control, and keep the horizon line level even as the aircraft banks. Different gimbal settings allow the camera to lock onto a fixed subject, be moved manually using transmitter rotaries or the app, or to simply provide camera stabilization.

The Phantom 3 (P3) is our simplest of drones but provides plenty of capability. We use the P3 for aerial mapping, aerial photography and training.

The P3 is also used in our R&D program, testing new sensors and mechanisms.

DJI Phantom 4

A sleek new design with magnesium unibody construction, obstacle avoidance sensor, dynamic range enhancing video modes, and a two-point-of-contact gimbal mount are just some the features DJI have introduced with the Phantom 4 Quadcopter.

 

Thanks to improvements in efficiency as well as its intelligent power management system, the quadcopter boasts up to 28 minutes flying time. Its camera shoots DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) video at 24/25 fps and UHD 4K (3480 x 2160) at up to 30 fps.

 

There is also a 120 fps mode in 1080p resolution for slow-motion effects. The camera will also take 12MP still photos in either DNG RAW or JPEG, with single shot, HDR, burst, and time-lapse modes to choose from.

The Phantom 4 (P4) is our main use drone as it provides great versatility. We use the P4 for aerial mapping, 3D mapping, aerial photography and filming, as well as advanced training.

DJI Inspire 1

The Inspire 1 is a quadcopter capable of capturing 4K video and transmitting an HD video signal to multiple devices straight out of the box. Equipped with retractable landing gear, it can capture an unobstructed 360 degree view from its camera.

 

The built-in camera has an integrated gimbal to maximize stability and weight efficiency while minimizing space. When no GPS signal is available, Vision Positioning technology provides hovering precision.

With dual controllers, one pilot can fly the aircraft whilst another operator controls the camera. This is great for spotting or filming moving objects such as animals, cars and machinery.

The Inspire has an up to 15min endurance depending on the payload carried and with four batteries in our kits we can extend out to 1hr on site. The Inspire is a very capable drone in the ANDAIR line-up and is a perfect platform as it can be fitted with a number of different cameras and sensors including the; X3, X5 and Z3 cameras and the XT Thermal Camera.

The Inspire is our go to aircraft for Asset Inspections, Feral Animal spotting and Mapping tasks.

DJI Flamewheel 550

The DJI Flamewheel 550 is a kit build hexacopter, meaning it has 6 motors. We have purchased this 550 to enable development of new payloads for projects in the mining sector. This aircraft will reside with the R&D team for most of it's working life, where it will fly in controlled test environments.

DJI Mavic Pro

The DJI Mavic Pro is a small yet powerful drone that turns the sky into your creative canvas easily and without worry, helping you make every moment an aerial moment. Its compact size hides a high degree of complexity that makes it one of DJI's most sophisticated flying cameras ever.

Whilst the Mavic may seem small or more like a hobbyist's drone, it is the perfect companion to carry into hard to reach places and it's battery life is excellent for it's size.

 

Whilst we have used the Mavic for a mapping task, we use it mostly for aerial photography, quick recon flights or training.

DJI Phantom 3 Pro

Remarkably intuitive and easy, the Phantom 3 Professional Drone is outstanding from takeoff to landing. The drone is completely under your control, responding to your commands while automatically handling the most complex aspects of safe, stable flight.

Never lose track of your Phantom 3. GPS and GLONASS combine to make the Phantom 3 completely aware of its location and relation to you. It hovers more precisely, moves more accurately, and locks onto satellites faster. Through the DJI Go app, you can track its location on a live map, and record your takeoff point so you can bring it back to you with the tap of a finger. 

The Phantom 3 Professional shoots 4K video at up to 30 frames per second, and captures 12 megapixel photos. The f/2.8 lens has a 94⁰ field of view, virtually eliminating unwanted distortion that may occur when shooting wide aerial views with other cameras. This means that your images will be crisper and cleaner than ever.

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The adoption of titanium alloy and magnesium alloy construction increases the rigidity of the airframe and reduces weight, making the Phantom 4 Pro similar in weight to the Phantom 4.

The onboard camera has been redesigned to use a 1-inch 20-megapixel CMOS sensor. It’s custom engineered lens is made up of eight elements arranged in seven groups. It is the first DJI camera to use a mechanical shutter, eliminating rolling shutter distortion which can occur when taking images of fast moving subjects or when flying at high speed.

 

In effect, it is as powerful as many traditional ground cameras. More powerful video processing supports H.264 4K videos at 60fps or H.265 4K at 30fps, both with a 100Mbps bitrate. Advanced sensors and processors ensure everything is captured with more image detail and the image data needed for advanced post-production.

 

Flight Autonomy is expanded with an additional set of high-resolution stereo vision sensors placed at the rear, in addition to the pair placed at the front. Combined with the infrared sensing systems placed on the left and right sides, this network creates a total of 5-direction of obstacle sensing and 4-direction of obstacle avoidance. 

DJI Inspire 2

The Inspire 2 has taken every amazing feature from the Inspire 1 and made it even better. An all-new image processing system records at up to 5.2K in CinemaDNG RAW, Apple ProRes and more, making this a truly innovative example of drone technology.

The Inspire 2 drone goes from 0 to 50mph (80kph) in just 4 seconds, with a maximum speed of 67mph (108kph) and a maximum descent speed of 9m/s. This type of speed and agility is simply unheard of in drone aircrafts of this size, exemplifying the truly exceptional design created by DJI.

A dual battery system extends the flight time to a maximum of 27 minutes (with an X4S), while self-heating technology allows it to fly even in low temperatures.

 

Flight Autonomy in this model has been revised and developed specifically for the Inspire 2, providing two directions of obstacle avoidance and sensor redundancy. The increased intelligence in the DJI Inspire 2 adds multiple intelligent flight modes, including Spotlight Pro, giving even single pilots the ability to create complex, dramatic shots. In addition to this, the upgraded video transmission system is now capable of dual signal frequency and dual channel, streaming video from an onboard FPV camera and the main camera simultaneously, for better pilot and camera operator collaboration.

ANDAIR Firstar Mapper

The team at ANDAIR are custom building a fixed wing aircraft capable of mapping up to 250+ acres in a single flight. Based on a commercial of the shelf (COTS) RC aeroplane, the team have modified the aircraft to include the latest in Flight Controller technology the Pixhawk 2.1, the Here+ GPS and RFD9000 Radio Modems for control and telemetry. To top of the list, we are incorporating Lithium-ion batteries for long endurance flights.

Capable of being fitted with a range of cameras and sensors, the aircraft will initially utilise a Canon SX100 modified for NDVI photography aimed at aerial mapping in the agricultural sector. The aircraft is man portable and easily operated by a single pilot.

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