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  1. The struggle is real. I shoot mostly stills in out local area. The number of folk who deliberately either walk under my flight path or walk over my landing area even when I am attempting to land. Miles, literally, of open space and they choose where I am flying. It really does make you wonder about some folk what they get out of that sort of thing. Would be interesting to see his response if you went and sat in a chair in the middle of his landscape work. How would he react?
  2. Hello Drone Lady. We do seem to have a lot in common, not least of which is having good days and bad days with our health. Amongst other things I was lately a professional photographer until my condition took that way. But years back i was associated with aviation as a meteorologist. I would loved to go down the pilot route but being colour blind is not very helpful there. is there any way I can help you spread the word to help disabled people? I want to do it by helping them have the experience of flying, for a short time leaving their wheels behind them and seeng the world from above. Perhaps one day, if enough of us make some noise, someone, somewhere may stand up and take notice. Also getting into racing drones, or should I say freestyle. An interesting challenge and way different from Phantoms.
  3. Thank you all for your kindness in promoting this. I do hope it attracts some interest. I do know that ther are some Veterans who are flying drones to help with recovery. Todd that is really bad news for you. I hope you can get a replacement. You are correct there are many opportunities as you are finding. Might I offer some advice? You do not have to be good at selling if your product, you perhaps, or your images, speak for themselves. I learned that as a pro photographer. By the time my illness took away that career we were the premiere photographers in our area. Business came from word of mouth, that is the product speaking for you. We started out working for free at as many events and shoots as we could. Gave us experience and free advertising. Yours is a sensible approach. I do hope you will be flying soon.
  4. Thank you all for your kindness in promoting this. I do hope it attracts some interest. I do know that ther are some Veterans who are flying drones to help with recovery.
  5. You are too kind with your comments. For me it is a labour of love to educate others. My illness took both of my careers away, with drone flying I have partly got one back. But for me it was also obvious that if the industry were to stop for one moment and consider the potential of disabled folk for sales and for purposes they would see such great potential. I can fly my drones sat down (did my PfCO sat down), I can take photos again, sat down. I can share the joy of flying with those who have to sit down, I can fly a racing drone nd do freestyle sat down. Hopefully you can see where I am heading. Folk on wheels can now do so much more, feel so more, and be far more free than ever before.
  6. I totally agree. I have that prejudice everyday, and almost daily I get abused for being in wheels. It is very hard for disabled folk. But it is not impossible with the right guidance to get them hobby flying, then they can consider if there are any openings in the market where disabled folk can make a difference. Before that simply offering to let disabled folk see what you see by taking FPV goggles with you will let them leave their wheels behind. It costs nothing to us, but can change a life for someone as it did for me. There is little or no mention at all of disabled folk in the drone industry, I just want to change that. Getting a drone and getting to fly made me have a purpose in life. Getting my PfCO gave me the power to do more. I was no longer useless. You have no idea what it is like to feel that way until you have been there. If you have been I ofFer my praise for surviving it. I wrote an article about this a few months ago, the title sums it up. “I was just ......but now I am”.
  7. You are too kind with your comments. For me it is a labour of love to educate others. My illness took both of my careers away, with drone flying I have partly got one back. But for me it was also obvious that if the industry were to stop for one moment and consider the potential of disabled folk for sales and for purposes they would see such great potential. I can fly my drones sat down (did my PfCO sat down), I can take photos again, sat down. I can share the joy of flying with those who have to sit down, I can fly a racing drone nd do freestyle sat down. Hopefully you can see where I am heading. Folk on wheels can now do so much more, feel so more, and be far more free than ever before.
  8. A few years further on and i now have a PfCO as well as four drones in the fleet. I am hoping to use them to help disabled people who have no hope of being in the air and let them see the view with FPV. Also to try and educate them as to how much fun they can have even if they are stuck in wheels as I will soon be. Sadly there is little or no mention of what can be done for disabled people with drones. Does anyone else know different?
  9. Thank you both for your replies. Alan, I certainly am practicing as much as I can on the simulators (droneSimPro, QuadcopterFXPro and Heli-X5 demo), as well as the Syma indoors mainly for howering and small movements. Bruno, I know that my quad is pretty much a toy, but I got it to play with. The intention is to feel confident enough to get a DJI Phantom 3 come Christmas, if I feel I am capable of using it. I have a muscle wasting disease so I am very conscious about weight and also increasing immobility.. I will take you up on your kind offer though and look at your other posts as I am sure they will be most helpful to me. I could not build a drone any more as I do not have the strength to do the work, so i will be buying one, either new or second hand. I know it will be costly but when oyu have something like I have you try and do whatever you can whilst you can and worry about other things later. Best wishes Mike
  10. Just introdfucing myself as a new memberwho may be slightly different from the rest. My interest in drones has been sparked by my disability. I am trying to learn to fly them so I can take my camera where I cannot go myself (which is most places nowadays) allowing me to continue my hobby and old profession to some extent. I have started to learn using simulators on my Mac and iPad, as well as using a real life one, the Syma X5C . Yes I do have a long way to go, especially as I want to pass the CAA PFAW and then I feel I can teach other disabled people to use the drones to give them more freedom. Living on the borders of the Lake District national park means that it is often wet, and frequently windy, but I try and fly my toy inside when I can just to get used to the various aspects of using one. Any advice, help or just chat would be welcome especially from other disabled flyers. Mike