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So we bought a drone recently, mainly to use it for checking our farmland without having to actually walk to each location. And that's why I'm fat :cry:. Really though it's quite a big timesaver in the mornings when deciding what jobs to schedule for the day/week, a quick zip around the farm and outlying land and you can rapidly assess the state of crops and what jobs need doing.

Luckily Japan currently has some fairly liberal drone laws and most of them boil down to common sense rules like not flying near an airport or not flying over people and crowds or in built up areas and you currently don't need to register or have a license for hobby drones but that may change if folk start doing stupid things. There is a summary in English of the current drone laws here at Drone Law Japan and a fuller guide to the laws here at MLIT in Japanese. To cut a long story short, you shouldn't fly within 9km of an airport and in most areas can't fly over 150 metres in height, you can't fly over large cities without permission and you need to maintain line of sight with the drone at all times (unless you've obtained permission beforehand). You can't fly at night (again without permission) and you shouldn't fly while drunk apparently. The government are looking to liberalise the line of sight rules to allow for inspections of power lines and other infrastructure in remote location but that's probably not going to happen anytime too soon.

Haven't got the hang of making well shot videos yet but using one of the automated flight modes did manage to shoot this video
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We didn't really buy the drone for video making and it will mostly be used for inspection work but if we do manage to make any interesting videos then will post them here.

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All that's missing from the video is a cheesy theme-tune and a title card to make it look like an intro to some daytime soap opera.

Wish I had a drone :(
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Zasso,
Beautiful place!
Interesting to see how different places look.

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Thanks guys,

Apart from being very useful to check things remotely it's also good fun to fly and see your landscape from a completely different perspective.
DocDoesFarming wrote:
Sat Jan 18, 2020 7:50 pm
Wish I had a drone
The Mavic Mini is surprisingly affordable.

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Your farm looks nice! And I am glad so far the rules for drones are rather common sense. Many laws are a result of a few people doing really stupid/bad things.

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Thank you, luckily from that height you can't see all the weeds running rampant.
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Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:29 am
And I am glad so far the rules for drones are rather common sense. Many laws are a result of a few people doing really stupid/bad things.
That's exactly what has happened in the UK, some imbeciles wanted to protest about Gatwick airport and shut it down for several days ruining many other folk's holidays and travel plans and then suddenly the drone laws get tightened up and everyone has to register their drone :doh: