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  1. Greetings, I too am a career tech teacher at a technology center in Oklahoma. I teach Electronics and Aviation Fundamentals. Hence, my original post. No Gym's at tech centers, unfortunately. I typically use an open loading dock area with a relatively high ceiling to get the students started. I don't know where your located but, last year we demoed a new drone competition for Oklahoma Skills USA. We're hoping it catches on and becomes a regular competition. Clear Skies, Bill L.
  2. Greetings Gang, Indeed Ed, we do have access to a moderately sized area for indoor flying that I use primarily for the intro and beginning flights when it's available. However, you may have noticed that I live in Oklahoma where the wind typically does come "sweeping down the plains!!" Basically, that means eventually, if there are any future aspirations of my students flying outdoors (for recreation or business) they must become very comfortable flying in breezy to moderately windy conditions. Nothing beyond acceptable limits of course. Any Aero-based endeavors - i.e. drones, r/c airplanes, rocketry, etc. - is always a challenge here. Not every day but, more than most. Clear Skies, Bill L.
  3. Greetings, Thank you all for your responses and shared (valid) concerns. Alan, I found the info-graphic extremely helpful and I plan to share it with other teachers who are looking to incorporate and/or enhance their current curriculum based drone activities, especially at the middle school STEM level where the students can be a bit less 'control-oriented'. Looks like it's time to resume/re-open my Drone Pilot Ground School Lessons!!! Clear Skies, BIll L. Duncan, OK
  4. Greetings Gang, I believe that at some point I may have asked this question but, with daily changes and adaptations to the "rules" I'd like to throw this out here again. OK, if a school teacher is teaching Drone Flight/Technology to his/her students as part of a technology curriculum and since during that portion of the class period of instruction the teacher is of course being "paid" under their standard contract, is that conducive to "compensation" while flying and thus requires the teacher to be Part 107 Certified? Again, the flight training and actual flights are taking place during school hours. Any clarification provided on this 'situation' would be greatly appreciated. WAL
  5. Greetings John, Yes, I purchased this used but "less than a month old", hmmmm! The seller said he purchased this unit and then shortly after got a great deal on an Inspire, so he put it up for sale to offset costs. Maybe yes, Maybe no. The unit operates flawlessly across the board, well, except for the constant stick calibration. There are (have been) no control issues while in flight. The stick issue only appears when turning on the controller. Bill L.
  6. Greetings, Thanks for your responses. I do appreciate it!! I will look into the FW update and attempt a recalibration and see what that does. Thanks again, Bill L. In OKla.
  7. Greetings Gang, Absolutely LOVIN' the P4 Pro. However, (There's always a 'however', right?) Every time I turn on my controller it starts a constant beeping and requires that I calibrate the controller sticks. Is this typical of the P4 Pro? It would seem to me that a periodic calibration is logical but, every time it's turned on? Any one else experiencing this? No other issues with the P4 at all. Just this stick calibration thing. Clear Skies, Bill L. In Okla.
  8. Thanks Lauren, The information of these support option is NOT very well explained by DJI. I'm hopeful they will update this portion of the web site soon and provide more intuitive data. Clear Skies.
  9. Greetings, I'm really excited over the purchase of a P4 Pro and I can't wait until it arrives!! While in the wait mode, I have been looking into the DJI Care and DJI Care Refresh support options and to be honest I really couldn't ascertain the difference between the two on the DJI website. Does anyone have experience or knowledge of how the two repair/support options differ and/or possible advantages/disadvantages of the two? Can these still be purchased for a system bought on the secondary market? Any input is appreciated and as always, a HUGE THANKS in advance!! Clear Skies, Bill L. in Okla.
  10. Greetings, Indeed it seems that there is little difference in the average pricing of DJI camera drones new or used; both being costly. However, every once in a while something pops up if you wait long enough and put a bit of faith in people. I did manage to pick up a P4 Pro on the used market with a few accessories (extra props, prop guards, multi-port charger, battery, ND filter set, backpack). In this case used equals 4 weeks old. Photos provided by the seller justified the time frame. According to the seller he purchased the P4 Pro and within a few weeks got a "killer deal on an Inspire" and went for it. Thus, the P4 Pro went on the market. Now, it's mine! Should arrive early next week and then I'll determine if my "faith in people" is also justified. The secondary market always comes with that period where you just hold your breath and hope for the best. Thanks again to everyone for their input. Clear Skies, Bill L. in Okla.
  11. Greetings Guy's, Thank you for your input. I have enthusiastically and open-mindedly looked at every review I could find on the P4P in video and written word both pro and con. Like any topic/subject one investigates there will be likers and haters, risk-takers and the cautious. That's why both vanilla and chocolate ice creams have survived so long, I suppose. It appears there is a consistency in the pricing for the standard P4P package with both new and use (no extras) being separated by 300-400 dollars. Of course, once extras and accessories come into play (batteries, backpacks, filter, etc.) it can get pretty crazy. Again, thank you for your input. I'm hoping to make a purchase over the next couple of days be it new or from the secondary market. You're Awesome! Clear Skies, Bill L. in Okla.
  12. Greetings All, I am ready to take the plunge and purchase a Phantom 4 Pro. An upgrade from my Hubsan X4 Pro High-End Edition. However, I'm tossed on whether or not I should trust the purchase of a "lightly" used P4 Pro or not risk the hassle and just buy a new one. Has anyone had success purchasing a used P4 Pro or have suggestions why buying new is the better option? I realize not ALL used drone are created equal and there are great buying opportunities out there in the used market but for the money involved with this purchase is buying used worth the risk. Thanks for looking. Clear Skies, Bill L. in Okla.
  13. Greetings, Yes, I still fly this Hubsan quad and up until recently it has performed well, give or take. Recently, it has begun initiating a serious and sudden wobble in flight out of the blue. While flying in Altitude Hold mode, the quad will take off and hover at 10-15 feet just fine (not really willing to go much higher at this point) then, it sounds like one of the motor(s) will accelerate (wind up) and shortly after that the crazy wobble begins. It is very repeatable happening during every flight now. It will also (while hovering) initiate a sudden 90 degree yaw to the right, all on it's own!?!? I'm thinking I have a failing/erratic motor or ESC. I realize that there may only be a few (if any) still flying the model but, any thoughts on this issue (even if it's that I should bite the bullet and upgrade) would be greatly appreciated. Clear Skies, Bill L., in Okla.
  14. Greetings, Thanks for the link. I think I can say with extreme confidence that while the H520 is an excellent offering from Yuneec, that bird is WaaaaY out of touch for me. Clear Skies, Bill L. Duncan, OK
  15. Greetings, I'm posting here because I couldn't seem to generate an answer under the specific manufacturer section. My question is related to the Yuneec Typhoon H and let me ask this humbly as it may be a silly question. The Typhoon H - does it or does it not require trimming while in flight? I ask this because NO review or operational video discussing the 'H' itself or the ST16 Controller ever mentions trimming this vehicle. I don't think the ST16 even provides tabs to allow trimming. Is this because of its 'hex' configuration? Anyway, I ask in the name of trying to educating myself on this system as part of my possible future purchase research. Thank you in advance and Clear Skies! Bill L. In Okla.
  16. Greetings Gang, I had an additional thought regarding the Typhoon H. I have noticed in all of the 'H' videos I've watched that no one mentions nor does the ST16 Controller seems to have any method for trimming the aircraft in flight?? Is this attributed to the Hex design vs. a quad? Is the 'H' in full time GPS mode as opposed to just altitude hold? Most curious and I would be interested in others experiences and/or thoughts. Thanks, Bill L. In Okla.
  17. Greetings Gang, I have been flying my Hubsan X4 Pro since it became available. It's a very solid flyer and I have not had any issues with it that were not self-induced. I'm now felling the need for an upgrade and the opportunity to take advantage of some of the latest technologies and autonomous capabilities. I have been looking again at Yuneec's Typhoon H and was wondering if it is still a worthy, up to date aircraft for consideration and applicable to aerial photography. I have been getting more involved in taking aerial images/videos of small oil and gas well sites for sale by owners and thought that some of the autonomous flight features (360 degree imaging) and flight stability of the Typhoon H might simplify the task. So, the bottom line question I suppose is, has the Typhoon H received/and does it maintain acceptance within the community and is it perceived as a worthy contender and a place holder among the other drones in it's class? Or has its time come and gone? Plus there are rumors of a psooible Thermal camera coming soon? Any input is greatly appreciated. Bill L. in Okla.
  18. Greetings, Good information can NEVER arrive too late!! The Flight Test STEM curriculum looks very good and is definitely worth deeper investigation!! Thank you so very much for not forgetting about us!! Clear Skies, Bill L.
  19. Greetings Spitfire76, Agreed, I almost did the same thing!! WHEW!! This seems to be a re-occurring theme and with DJI discontinuing some of their line (Phantom 4) in favor of what appears to be more commercially applicable products (more expensive) there will eventually be an ever growing market gap leaving only toys at one end and high-end systems at the other. Clear Skies
  20. Greetings, The Drone industry is growing at a pace that (at times it appears) far exceeds its ability to keep time with itself!!! The result......... FRUSTRATION!!!! Clear Skies,
  21. Greetings, Now, that is a definite possibility, Thank you, for passing along this info. I will certainly look into it!! Clear Skies,
  22. Greetings Spitfire76, Thank you for your input. For sure, an interesting approach. Clear Skies,
  23. Greetings, I'll keep this short........ I am looking for recommendations for a practical first-timer student DIY drone kit. I have 30 electronics technology center students that are a combination of high school juniors and seniors with "store-bought" drone interaction and introductory level flying experience. I would like to take them to the next level of understanding and appreciation of the components encompassing a drone (quad) and I believe that the hands-on experience attained through the complete assembly process would serve to greatly enhance that understanding. I did mention this would be a school/student endeavor so obviously budget is going to be key and $300-$500 kits are simply be out of the question even using 2-3 student member teams per build project. I'm hoping to bring this in at $200 - $250 per unit (anything over $250 becomes a school inventory item which would be a nightmare). I would greatly appreciate any input folks are willing to provide including whether or not this idea is even feasible considering the budget constraints? Clear Skies,
  24. Greetings, As far as the UAV Boot Camp Practicum goes, (for myself and for my high school students in the future) is it ok to perform the pacticum indoors like in a Gymnasium? Here, in Oklahoma (where the winds 'literally' sweep down the plains) it can be tough to get days that are calm enough to fly the sUAS practicum's outdoors. However, I noticed that the practicum videos folks have posted are recorded outside. Hence, the question. Please advise,
  25. Greetings, This is truly EXCITING stuff!! Thanks for sharing!!