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  1. Funny you should ask. PBS had a very interesting series where they installed cameras in mock wild animals--all kinds of them: flamingos, elephants, and wild geese. They used a drone to take photos of geese while the drone was in formation with the geese. Of course, this isn't what I really meant, I didn't mean to use a regular drone to take pictures, I meant to use the aerodynamics and flight characteristics of eagles and hawks to take advantage of the wind currents and updrafts. Nonetheless, it looks like there is an interest in this idea. I don't know the name, but one company is working
  2. The flights seem to be very good and smooth, however, everything seems to be very dark. Does your drone have sunglasses on? Even the videos in the bright sunshine seem to be darker than it seems it should be. It could be my PC or something on my end. It's just that the whole video seems be on the dark side--meaning lack of light not lack of morality! Certainly a lot of excellent effort was put into this video. Switzerland is always beautiful.
  3. I like the drone footage accompanied by a very nice description of the vintage lighthouse. I'm sure there aren't many cast-iron lighthouses in the world. Most of the rebar skeletons are covered by concrete.
  4. Dream come true. A drone that flies like a bird. https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a33250795/robotic-birds-bionicswift-festo/ Another article like this one. https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/robots/a30564900/pigeonbot-future-of-flight/
  5. My dream come true. Bird-inspired wings could help small drones fly four times longer
  6. I was watching a hawk today and wondered why drone makers haven't made drones that look like hawks. Then, I had another thought, why don't drone makers make drones that fly like hawks do? Gain altitude and then extend their range by soaring the way hawks do? This would be very good for saving battery power and very good for surveillance or search-and-rescue. Using soaring techniques could extend the range and time in the air. The design would have to be drastically different from what the current ideas are. But, wouldn't it work? I am thinking of some of the drones that are us
  7. Hi Isabella, I signed up for the DroneSafetyMap. It's almost impossible to use. I have several hospital helipads near where I live. The 5 mile radius (which is currently irrelevant anyway) for each of them overlap. So, each one has a blue layer that starts out as translucent and becomes almost completely opaque for the map underlying those layers. There are no settings that one can do, even when logged in. Since it was written for the UK, all the defaults start in the UK at London airport. Offhand, this is probably much worse than B4UFLY from our own FAA. I haven't used it
  8. OK, I passed my recurrent exam. Now, I understand that we won't get any cute, little plastic updated certificate indicating the new expiration date but that we have to keep the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper together with our original cute, little plastic certificate. And, we must keep them together. Does anyone have a creative way to do this other than carrying an attaché case to hold everything together? I understand that we cannot alter the sheet of paper. Certainly we cannot copy it, because it has a notary public stamp on it. Cannot copy that very well. May we fold it, or is th
  9. The picture begs the question about what does pollen do to the rotor motors?
  10. It thought this would be of interest. Not sure how the 500 foot below cloud level rule applies, though. My guess is that the drone is well below the 500 foot limit. So that's probably not a problem. Anyway, you can't get this picture from a stepladder. It takes a drone. Stan https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2019/04/11/thunderstorms-kicked-wall-pollen-into-air-drone-captured-these-images-yellow-haze/?utm_term=.5f17251c44d4&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1
  11. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/02/23/kalashnikov-assault-rifle-changed-world-now-theres-kalashnikov-kamikaze-drone/?tid=ss_mail&utm_term=.49ac6d99fabb Terrible idea, but I guess it had to happen. Defenses will be very hard to create, especially against a massive attack. Maybe a Gatling gun of counter-drones. I don't think this is along the lines of making the world a better place.
  12. Maybe I should not have mentioned my vote. Deleting my comment. Sorry Philip.
  13. What do you think of Buzzy? Sound off in the comments. I have to go with childish and silly. Av8Chuck asks what is it trying to solve? Same question here.
  14. This is a question and not an answer. Also, it is not a challenge to real estate drone photographers, but rather a possible opportunity to illustrate the ways in which they are useful that most people would miss. I'm just curious about what added value a home buyer or real estate buyer would get out of drone media taken of their potential property? What should they be looking for in drone media that they could not see in any other way? For example, what does the neighbor's yard look like? Roofing flaws? Proximity to railroad tracks and busy roads? Proximity to industrial parks?
  15. #3 Polo #3 - very educational with the dates; mya? Million Years Ago?