Welcome to InspirePilots.com

Join the leading DJI Inspire community for free!

Flying indoors within a cathedral - Possible?

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Help' started by Mactab, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Mactab

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    11
    I have yet to purchase an Inspire. I'm about to, though I'm literally just holding off for maybe another month having been burnt by the initial release of the phantom Vision back in Nov 13. I shall be completing the required qualifications to use it commercially here in the UK once I eventually make the purchase.
    Im after advice:
    I have been asked by a friend down in the south of England if this machine is capable of flying indoors safely as he is in charge of the maintanance of a cathedral and would be interested in using a UAV to photograph a number of stained glass windows. These windows are pretty high up but there is lots of space around them. There will be no members of the public in the cathedral whilst the operation is taking place and insurances will be in place.
    Obviously GPS will not be available but will the Inspire positioning system work at such a high level? (I'm thinking not) it's probably going to be working at heights between 80 and 120 ft.
    Comments and suggestions please.
     
  2. Quadpilot

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2013
    Messages:
    624
    Likes Received:
    308
    Location:
    Chaska, MN
    The Inspire specs say that the operating range of the VPS is 0.02 to 2.5 m and effective only in brightly lit (> 15 lux) and patterned surfaces. OTOH, the Inspire has a very effective GPS system, and I have had it in GPS lock while indoors. Neither is totally dependable though. What you do have going for you is that there should be no wind indoors, and that would make it easier to control even if P-GPS degrades to P-Atti.

    BTW, how much insurance is there to cover stained glass windows in a cathedral?
     
  3. Mactab

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2013
    Messages:
    162
    Likes Received:
    11
    Thanks for the reply - yes I thought it would be an P-Atti mode situation There is no air movement with the cathedral which is a plus and certainly insurance has been discussed. There is no way I'm going to take this one on without them having their own insurances in place over and beyond what I have already.
    They are pretty big windows so I don't envisage going any closer then 30ft away however I'm starting to think that maybe it will be one to walk away from. I have time to make the decision and for further discussions to take place.
    Can anyone point me to a dng file for the inspire that I can download or indeed send me one?
    Cheers
     
  4. Meta4

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2014
    Messages:
    773
    Likes Received:
    61
    Oops ...sorry about the rose window
    [​IMG]
     
  5. JeffreyRC

    Joined:
    May 4, 2015
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    This happened yesterday in a church with the Inspire
     
  6. The Editor

    The Editor Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2013
    Messages:
    6,734
    Likes Received:
    3,891
    How do you have any insurance in place to cover you commercially without having PFAW granted by the CAA?
    If you are relying on the Church/Diocese liability cover there will probably be an exclusion for the use of aircraft so I would be very careful with proceeding with this one as if anything did go wrong it could be very painful for you wallet!
     
  7. JeffreyRC

    Joined:
    May 4, 2015
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    All good points. I do not fly commercially, only as a hobbyist. The liability insurance I rely on is provided as a member benefit of the AMA. If I ever fly indoors again, reviewing the coverage language is a good idea.

     
  8. Outta Control

    Joined:
    Mar 17, 2015
    Messages:
    1,342
    Likes Received:
    845
    Location:
    Right Above You
    The Gods may not have been happy. Now hell's broken loose.