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Drones offer us unusual and luxury views of areas where human eyes normally cannot see. How does it feel to look at the world from the perspective of a bird?

Interview: Drones – a different view of the world by David Dostal

Mgr. Jana Höger
14.Mar 2017
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I had a talk about this phenomenon of our times with David Dostal, a prominent figure and a man who owns 4 drones of various sizes. They are competition indoor as well as outdoor copters. The maximal speed of his most powerful drone is 150 km/h. It has an amazing acceleration from zero to 100 m in approximately 1.5 second.  

David Dostal uses the FPV (First Person View) control system. This kind of control is based on a video signal transmitted from the drone to the pilot’s screen or special googles. The pilot has that luxury feeling that he/she flies the drone from the inside of it. One could say that it is a sort of virtual reality, however, with the difference that it is not virtual but completely real.

Where did you get the idea to own a drone and to fly it?

Towards the end of 2015, I saw a youtube video about competition drones, controlled by the FPV system. I was fascinated so much that I just had to try it. I ordered necessary parts right away and put together my first drone, or as we call it “quadcopter”.

Could you please name 3 things you appreciate about drones?

FPV flying is an addiction. Once you start with it, you will never stop. The feeling of moving completely freely in the space is just a breathtaking luxury.

Luxusní dům na prodej se zahradou a bazénem
Luxusní dům na prodej se zahradou a bazénem, Praha 9

Antipole to ordinary things
On another note, it also beautifully balances everyday business. When I fly, I forget about everything. I enjoy every second in the air. After drone flying, I can always go happily home.

Getting to know new places
Today, I look differently at the landscape than I used to. I look for good flying spots: old abandoned buildings, chimneys, and interesting localities. Sometimes on weekends I go for an all-day trip and visit up to three different flying locations.

Do you have any particular intention with your drones?

Yes, FPV flying and competing with copters. I fly 120km/h, do flips, fly into tree branches, my adrenalin at its maximum, all of that while sitting on the ground. I used to race cars, I enjoy speed.

Can you describe your best experience with this “modern toy”?

I have many positive experiences every day. But what I remember very well is my second FPV flight. I flew way too high above some trees by accident. It was an early summer evening. Suddenly I saw a large hot-air balloon in front of me on the horizon, which I did not see from the ground before. It was then that I realize that flying offers a completely different view of the world and many opportunities.

Do you have a flying license? What do you need for that?

No, I do not. It is my hobby. I do not do it for commercial purposes, so I do not need a license. If you fly commercially, i.e. if you do aerial videos for commercial purposes, you need to obtain a permit from UCL (Civil Aviation Authority). If you want to get this permit, you have to supply your drone’s technical manual, conclude appropriate insurance and a few other things. It will cost you approximately 40,000 CZK.

What was your dream as a child?

It was not flying. As a kid, I wanted to be an interior designer. That was before I discovered the value of freedom is. Since than I do everything necessary to be independent, thus having the freedom to decide and go wherever I want to. This is also reflected in my FPV flying.

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