How to make your fortune as a drone pilot

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About three years ago now, the Australian edition of the Huffington Post online newspaper claimed that being a drone pilot would be the “job of the future” and that drone pilots could expect to earn $100,000 to $150,000 a year. This claim, and others like it, set a lot of people on the path to getting the Remote Aircraft Pilot’s … Read More

Drones boost construction industry competitiveness

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As the year draws to a close, I’ve been reflecting on how the use of drones is changing the construction industry, especially in the large commercial development sector. 2018 has brought major changes to construction workflows and processes that have seen drones move from the realm of the curious to essential tools in the workplace. As 2018 opened, we were … Read More

Why is soil conductivity mapping so important to farmers?

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The factors that drive Soil EC also drive Soil Productivity Soil conductivity testing and mapping is a proven technology that’s been around for decades. Farmers and growers, crop consultants, nutrient suppliers, agronomists and soil scientists around the world use EM/EC soil testing and soil conductivity mapping in conjunction with physical soil testing and vegetation analysis to manage how they choose … Read More

How accurate are drone mapping surveys?

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Drones are being used more and more to provide maps to support construction, development, mining, agricultural and other commercial activities. Queensland Drones has been providing drone mapping surveys for over two years now, so it seems like a good time to discuss their sources, accuracy and reliability. First, let’s be clear about what drone maps are not … they are … Read More

Soil conductivity mapping key to understanding variability

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Variability in soil types across a field can be one of the biggest factors in variability of crop yield. Soil salinity, texture, water content and the soil’s ability to hold and use vital nutrients all contribute to crop variability across a field. Now growers can develop accurate maps of soil characteristics across a field, or across an entire farm, thanks … Read More

Drones and Privacy – Your Rights

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Drones and privacy

As a busy commercial drone operator, I am often asked about peoples’ right to privacy when drones are flying around them, and it is even, on occasion, suggested that I am invading someone’s privacy by flying a drone near them. So I’d like to clarify your right to privacy in relation to drone operators. First of all, let me explain … Read More

So you wanna be a drone pilot?

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The Definitive Guide to Commercial UAV Operations in Australia UPDATED 26 APRIL 2019 If you’ve arrived at this page looking for professional aerial imaging and aerial mapping services, please take a look at our list of Services to find out more about Queensland Drones or Contact us for an obligation-free discussion about your needs. I wrote this post because so … Read More

One in three farmers are using drones

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Are you still sitting on the fence wondering if drones are going to be useful on your farm? You might well risk being left behind. A new Pulse survey by the US Farm Journal magazine has discovered that 33% of all US farmers are using, or are planning to use, drones to help manage their crops this year. The Pulse … Read More

Using NDVI to help manage a golf course

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NDVI (Normalised Difference Vegetation Index) is nothing new in agriculture and has been widely used to detect crop health issues for many years. The idea of using NDVI imaging to manage turf health issues in golf courses is pretty new, although it is closely aligned with NDVI using in managing turf farms. As with the adoption of NDVI imaging in … Read More

Macadamia growers’ case study 2017

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Queensland Drones is currently working with Growcom’s Hort360 project team to identify critical correlations between sub-soil conditions, soil drainage and erosion, and tree health in macadamia orchards on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. So far we’ve worked with eight growers over a total of almost 500 acres of prime macadamia orchards across the hinterland region. There are still opportunities for other growers and growers … Read More