Drones, Software, Tech

Unifly Launchpad – Drone Map

As part of my drone pre-flight checklist, I use Unifly Launchpad as a guide to what CASA regulations there are for that location.

As a novice UAV pilot, theres a steep learning curve. CASA has been very generous with its regulations in allowing drones to be used with very little restriction or tracking.

Launchpad is a free app available for iOS and Android. Aside from flight guidelines, it can be used for flight logging of multiple vehicles.

There are a number of CASA approved flight apps. However they are aimed at proper pilots with a subscription price tag to match. There is an official UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) app from an approved developer but its not available as of time of writing.

Australia flight maps and restrictions zones have been loaded. Combined with the GPS location, Launchpad can give advice on what flight restrictions there are in the location I’m at.

I’m not a hundred percent on how often Unifly are updating their data. Just as an example, I’m finding Launchpad has recommended 152.4 metres where the official CASA height limit in controlled airspace is 120 metres.

Again, I can’t stress highly enough that the regulations are for safety. I want to enjoy flying a drone knowing I’m not going to cause issues or injury. Its not just being aware of whats at ground level but everything above as well.

Ultimately I check back to CASA’s regulations as the final word.

Software, Tech

Miniflux

Miniflux is a simple fast web based RSS reader.

Its quick and easy to install. Only needing a webserver and php. Data is stored in SQLITE.

Miniflux

Most importantly:

  1. Responsive design. So it works with mobile devices and desktops.
  2. Open source. So it can be self hosted. Or if you want the developer offers a hosted version.
  3. It respects privacy and doesn’t throw advertising at you. Thats not to say that subscribed RSS feeds don’t though.

I’ve used Miniflux on and off over the years. Recently returning to it. To better keep track of the more outlying websites that I like to read but sometimes forget.

Its a straightforward application that does one thing really well. This is where the web is great. A web application hosted online thats accessible from everywhere with no local installation required. Take that mobile apps!

Note that the self hosted route, requires some server side knowledge and a host for it to live on.

Highly recommended.