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  1. Dream come true. A drone that flies like a bird. Another article like this one.
  2. My dream come true. Bird-inspired wings could help small drones fly four times longer
  3. 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 used for delivering medical supplies in Africa, they probably already use some soaring techniques, but I'm not aware of them. How about passenger or sports planes using the same techniques? My idle thought for today.
  4. 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 for logging any flights, so I don't know how that works yet. I don't see any way to find NOTAMS or TFRs from that app, either. Stan
  5. 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 that altering it too much? This may be a stupid question, but little things like this tend to bother me. Stan p.s. Maybe I could build a little wooden cabinet on wheels with a file drawer to keep these things.
  6. The picture begs the question about what does pollen do to the rotor motors?
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Maybe I should not have mentioned my vote. Deleting my comment. Sorry Philip.
  10. 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.
  11. 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? I would like to see an article outlining the special benefits of drone media to the home or real estate buyer. These answers could also be useful to news media drone photographers as well. What could the reader look for in drone photos that they would not think about finding any other way?
  12. #3 Polo #3 - very educational with the dates; mya? Million Years Ago?
  13. I would hope that things won't continue to the point where we do need to be monitored by drones in everything we do. Let's hope that instead, things will settle down in this country. I can't say either that I'd be eager to be watched 24x7 by every means of surveillance. May everything in America improve and move in a direction that we can enjoy and look forward to.
  14. Fair enough. Maybe in 2028. Too soon to think this way, I guess. Then again, I saw on 60 minutes that there was a first responder equipping his kids with bleed kits. Tourniquets, bleed control, the whole nine yards. It may well come to this. Everything monitored. Everyone identified all the time. They already do it in mall stores. Nobody quits shopping. Another thought. I don't suppose the helicopters overhead are actually looking down. Are they? No, not possible. Then again. Are they?
  15. I'm not sure which category something like this would best fit, but it occurred to me that election lines would be prime targets for crazy people to do a lot of damage in a hurry. I suggested to local law enforcement that drones could be a useful tool for monitoring voting sites. There would be a boatload of FAA waivers that would be needed in order to cover an election site and election times from early morning to evening hours. VLOS, altitude, flying at dawn and dusk and evening flights, flying over people, potential conflict with helicopters overhead. Just about all of the regulations would need to be waived. Probably way too complicated. The answer I got back was that local officials have not considered this idea so far. But, if it would save lives, wouldn't it be worth it? Another thought would be to raise the ladders on firefighting ladder equipment to maximum height of about 104 ft. I've been up on one of those during a citizen's fire academy training night. Very dramatic what can be seen from that height. Especially at night. A drone would be a better idea, in my opinion. Just a thought. Stan Nickel