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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. Another article like this one.
  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
  11. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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?
  18. 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 regulat
  19. Interesting post, but lacking in any details. HR manager for what? As Cyclops55 says, why does the person need to be a hobbiest? Sounds very fishy to me. Almost like a robocall on the telephone.
  20. I have part 107 and fly in a county park within 5 miles of Hanover airport in Ashland. Technically, I could fly without notifying them, but I contacted the airport manager, and he simply said it would be best to notify them whenever I plan to fly in that area. I've built relationships with the airport personnel, and don't feel any inconvenience to let them know whatever they want to know. I notify them the day before I plan to fly--their preference. Each time they put out a NOTAM specifying my time, radial and distance from Richmond International Airport. They prefer the radial and d
  21. Very interesting article about how drones can help fire departments fight wildfires and ordinary fires. More than 180 fire departments across the country are using drones. The big expense is training and drone maintenance as you would expect. Yet, it seems that fire departments feel the cost is worth it. References are made to GoTenna and ATAK for sending live drone footage to firefighter cell phones. Very interesting article. The reporter says of the Menlo Park Fire Department that "The department has almost every
  22. This is an interesting article. Drone against drone. The Drone Hunter looks suspiciously like a tricked out Yuneec hexacopter. Drone wars? Where to next?
  23. I'm not a golfer nor a golf sports fan, but I've always been fascinated by the golf broadcasts where they show the golf ball in flight. I checked the web and found references to Protracer technology and the Protracer app for iPhone and Android. Some information is here: I just wonder if that technology would be useful for drone purposes? I've no idea how it would be applied, but some whiz out there surely could give some suggestions. Just curious. Stan
  24. I face this dilemma as well and have four heliports within five miles of my home. I have part 107 certification and probably am not technically required to notify them. In any case, I wrote a USPS letter to each of them and told them my plans, phone number, certification number etc. I got a return call from one of them--a hospital heliport--and the manager said he didn't know anything about drone rules, but would get back with me. He never did. I also have Dominion Energy's heliport within five miles, and again no response until I posted it on Facebook. The response I got was a mumbled a