Time is flying by!


(I did not take this picture)

Well, I have no idea where the time goes! The summer has flown by. I have shot a ton of video and have learned a lot about flying different quadcopters, rules and regulations (or assumed rules and regulations), editing etc. I have found that uploading videos is a bit challenging at best. I will give some examples shortly (I hope) on what works best depending on the medium you choose such as Facebook, YouTube or simply sending to others.
Here is my YouTube channel if you want to take a peek. Make sure to select (pick the little gear) the highest rate possible for best quality video.

This weekend I went to the Sprint Boat races at Extreme Sports Park in Port Angeles and had an awesome time. These folks really know how to put on an event! I had permission to fly from the owner and talked to the nearby airport manager and FBO office letting them know I would be filming and photographing. The property shows that it is outside the NO FLY ZONE and I was going to be below the tree tops and cranes (used by MATV). Unfortunately, the firmware in the UAV thought it was inside the NO FLY ZONE. Sigh.

Here is a link (shot with my iPhone) to a great run by Dan Morrison in his #10 Wicked boat. Lots of fun!

Flying Camera


Well, it’s been just under 2 months since I got my first drone. I have taken a ton of pictures and video and I have had a lot of fun!

Some of the things I learned, it is far different standing at one point and flying a craft you are not in. Being a pilot, I didn’t think it would be that much different. I was mistaken. Perspective and orientation is totally different. Plus, you have no sensation of movement.
You do you carry over a lot of principles (roll, yaw and pitch etc.). Will you crash? Just a matter of time.

I recommend getting a $70 drone (Ominus or equivalent) and learning a lot of the different maneuvers (figure eights, flying sideways, point of interest etc.). Learn how to fly out of Vortex Ring State (more info) which is easy to have happen while descending with a quad copter. Better to make mistakes and learn from a craft that won’t get damaged doing that. The current drones will give you a false since of control since the electronics (GPS lock, ATTI and Compass controls) do a lot of the flying. Lose any or all of that and it is a lot different flying them. Most people will crash and then blame it on “Fly Away”.
Read the information that comes with the drone (completely and then again and once more). Many people lose or damage (or worse hit a person) their drone because they pull it out of the box and fly it first without any training or knowledge. That is a mistake.

Here is a tip that can save you time and energy. You cannot fly within 5 miles of a controlled airport(FAA rules. Follow this link for the current rules) without an okay from the airports ATC. People do, I know. But, if you are, contact the ATC and tell them you are going to fly/take pictures (wherever you are wanting to). If you are outside the “No Fly Zone” (which is programmed in most of the newer machines firmware) and you aren’t in the traffic pattern, then they will usually let you. Stay under 400 feet or whatever they ask, and you are good to go.

Here is how you determine if you are outside the 5 mile radius using Google Maps. It’s easy. Bring up the maps.
Find the airport and drop a pin.



Right click on the pin and select measure distance.

Now click on the map and it will show the distance. You can drag the point around and you will see it calculate the distance!

Give it a try. If you want clear the measurement, just right click on the point.

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