Some of our work requires us to get off the beaten track and walk into operational areas. The drones we use aren’t light, especially when fully loaded with the batteries and all other equipment. So we’ve invested in a backpack case for such jobs and put it through it’s paces yesterday.
We chose a case called Inspak, from a company in the US called Bestem Aerial. The case took some time to get here due to it being imported from the US. On arrival, Stuart set about loading all the equipment into it. It all went in and was securely held. Being able to pack the Inspire in landing mode with the gimbal and camera attached is a definite bonus and saves time and messing around on deployment tasks. The case came with a gimbal lock which also works great at securing the camera and gimbal in place for packing.
As with any new equipment, the only way to test it’s effectiveness is to put it through its paces. So Stuart planned out a currency training flight deployment to a disused quarry about 5 miles from his home. He was going to walk there and back with the drone equipment in the new case. The case was comfortable for what turned out to be an 11 mile hike. The weather was warm and the hike had a few dramas along the way, a wrong turn adding to the length. On arrival at the location, everything was secure in the new case and all was good. If we had used the stock DJI Inspire case, it would have been an uncomfortable experience, as it’s carried like a suitcase, with a single handle on the top.
The Training Flights
With the training flights, we practice emergency manoeuvres and procedures, making use of the flight reference cards and emergency procedure checklists. This ensures we know what to do should a problem ever arise and that we can react to the problem safely and appropriately. We also practice manoeuvres for filming and photography, ensuring we can get the drones into the positions and carry out the movements required and do so safely.
The location was a disused quarry and it’s surrounded by an area of woodland which leads down to the River Don. Stuart completed the training aspect of the flights, had some batteries left charged so decided to capture some video whilst he was there.