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PrivatePilot

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They fly below 1000 AGL. No manned aircraft flies below that level unless taking off or landing at a designated airport and the airspace around airports where that would be likely would be excluded from their flightpaths.

Exceptions would be things like powered parachutes or something flying low level. Not sure how they deal with that but I'm sure there's some sort of visual obstacle avoidance system going on to achieve the level of certification they have.
 

GreyGhost

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They fly below 1000 AGL. No manned aircraft flies below that level unless taking off or landing at a designated airport and the airspace around airports where that would be likely would be excluded from their flightpaths.

Exceptions would be things like powered parachutes or something flying low level. Not sure how they deal with that but I'm sure there's some sort of visual obstacle avoidance system going on to achieve the level of certification they have.
Although theoretically there is not much below 1000 agl, I have been in a plane scud running to avoid IMC. I would not have been impressed if I was killed by an amazon delivery.
 

PrivatePilot

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They ain’t supppsed to be there as per the CARS.

If they’re doing it to avoid IMC for lack of planning they’re already afoul of a few different rules.

And again, given the certification level this company has received I’m reasonable certain some visual obstacle avoidance system of some sort has to be part of their system.

The those drones are probably flying 50-100 feet AGL as well. Any plane scud running that low has some serious issues at that moment, drones would be the least of their concern. ;)
 

Jayell

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Credit card charge came in - $975.08. $1287 retail here after taxes.

So, buying from DJI with the Education Discount saved me basically $300.
It ships from outside Canada? How can you be certain no taxes or duty will be assessed?
 

PrivatePilot

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It ships from outside Canada? How can you be certain no taxes or duty will be assessed?

Comes direct from China, and there’s thousands of posts online from endless people saying it arrives no duty no taxes in Canada this way.

Not sure how, and I too was skeptical at first, but there’s no shortage of people saying it’s commonplace (Google it), so hey, I guess I’ll find out.
 

jc100

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It ships from outside Canada? How can you be certain no taxes or duty will be assessed?

a post on rfd mentioned that if you are charged DJI will refund the amount....no idea if that’s true. If DHL is the courier the package would normally have brokers fees etc anyway (I’ve had DHL from Europe before with a bunch of fees and duties) so if it doesn’t it must be shipped with them all included.
 

PrivatePilot

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Really depends on the declared value. I had a parcel come from China via DHL a month or so back and with a $25 declared value it arrived with nothing due.

I’ll be looking closely at the paperwork when it arrives and will post up my findings. It’s possible they’re just prepaying everything in order to scoop orders directly away from retail - face it, what do these things cost them to make? $50? $100? They can probably afford to pay $200 for the shipping and duties / taxes/etc prepaid and they still pocket $600+.

And I’m still not sure how I ended up with two 10% discount codes, but the second one is still showing there. Looks like I may be ordering a second Air2 for a friend - just want to see how this one pans out so far as any surprises, as above.
 

LePhillou

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I've ordered countless things from the UK with friends and no duty was ever paid. Ordered a few things from china too (aliexpress) and nothing either being charged. From the states theyve raised the minimum limit to charge duty with the new nafta agreement. So cross your fingers.
 

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