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  1. All of you drone fliers take a gander at an aerial flyover on what is known as the Ogeechee River Swamp. There is a rail line that the swamp parallels. The neat thing about this swamp is that it's one of a number of watersheds that drains into the Ogeechee River. (For more info on this beautiful black water river, do a Google search on the Ogeechee River. ) I shot this video at 350' over an area of between 400 and 600 acres. The clip is titled Ogeechee River Swamp Norfolk Southern Rail Line 6 20 2016 on You Tube. Fly Safe, Jim, New Pilot
  2. I have come to the sad conclusion that this forum is more attuned to glad-handing, self-congratulatory platitudes, and "look at me- see what I do, did, have done, or will do." It is dominated by the " experts," the wanna-be professionals," and those who wanted recognition(and I am sorry to say, me.) I can no longer play the kiss-ass newbie drone pilot. Doing so since I got my Blade Chroma in March, I joined this forum thinking that I would be part of something special. Turns out I was completely mistaken. You drone pilots remind me of an Andy Griffith episode where Andy and Barney are invited up to Raleigh to attend Roger's club meeting. Barney tries too hard to be liked by the members and is, behind his back, made fun of and snubbed. He, like me, made some outrageous claims to what his drone could or might do, and in the process, realized he looked like a fool. His drone was his self-inflated worth. I now realize that I have not one iota of connection with this group and to continue " sucking up to you" does not help me in the least. A case in point. I mentioned in a post that I made an aerial video of a swamp in a south Georgia. I asked for feedback as to what I could do to improve my videographic skills because I wanted, for personal reasons, to make better videos. I posted my plea on the Photo and Video forum as the "rules" require. I asked the moderator for feedback, I asked the members for feedback. You know what I got for my efforts? 0 replies. So, here's my response:???????????????????????????????????????? Jim H. Wells Happy to be Free Done Owner, Not New Pilot No More
  3. Has any Blade Chroma drone pilot "tweaked" the firmware from Horizon Hobby's website? There is a firmware upgrade on the GUI download but I am not sure what its purpose is or if it is safe to upgrade the Blade. What I have read on the Yuneec web site indicates that the new firmware's purpose is to increase the drone's speed. However, I am reluctant at this point to put this claim to a test. I would appreciate any pilot's comment on my concern. Thanks, Jim, New Pilot
  4. I just finished reading about the 13 Drones To Consider Buying In 2016 and am surprised and way disappointed that whoever came up with this "parade of stars" either has an unconscious bias or a lack of professional knowledge about the Yuneec Blade Chromas (both the CGO2 and CGO3 models). Why is it that every time I see an article on the 'Net about drone models or read some news article devoted to UAV's, most of what is listed is fixated on the DJI models or the Inspires, or other "thoroughbred race horse models"? I have a Blade Chroma CGO2, and I have to say that for its price point and for it can accomplish in aerial photography (2.7 k and 16 megapixels) it does a pretty damn good job. Now, I realize that the dog show breeds have built-in cachet, but the lower end Blade Chroma does fine for me. I get the "red-ass" ( a good Southern appellation), and you readers from up north would not be familiar with southern terms like this one) every time I see someone go ga-ga over a Phantom this or a Phantom that. It burns my butt! Just my opinion, y'all. Jim, New Pilot
  5. There was a news story carried by CBS yesterday ( June 26) which recounted that a drone operator flew too close to see some large helicopter which was on its way to dump fire retardant over a section of one of the areas burning in the California wildfire. The crew had to break off its flight because the drone almost hit them. How many more acres of forest were sacrificed on the altar of dumbass stupidity on the part of the drone operator? - Notice I did not say pilot. To call this jackass a pilot would insult those who fly responsibly. Just a thought, Jim, New Pilot
  6. I just posted my first youtube Drone flight video on YouTube. I sent my Blade Chroma 1080P over our family's south field. It is known as The Big Walk Field on South Fork Road. Check out this great clip on youtube. Type in the search box Big Walk Field On South Fork Road 6 13 2016.
  7. Horizon Hobby sent me on 6 1 16 an update on its progress on creating a version of the GUI software to "tweak" the geo fence on Blade Chroma's. According to the email, H.H' s R and D Department is working on a version for Windows 10, but the announcement from the company has not released the date. At least there has been considerable pressure on the "Corporate" structure to get off their collective asses and start to do something other than speak in gobbleydegook. Maybe in 6 months there will be some movement through the corporate large intestines. I for one will not hold my breath. Jim, New Pilot
  8. Horizon Hobby sent me on 6 1 16 an update on its progress on creating a version of the GUI software to "tweak" the geo fence on Blade Chroma's. According to the email, H.H' s R and D Department is working on a version for Windows 10, but the announcement from the company has not released the date. At least there has been considerable pressure on the "Corporate" structure to get off their collective asses and start to do something other than speak in gobbleydegook. Maybe in 6 months there will be some movement through the corporate large intestines. I for one will not hold my breath. Jim, New Pilot
  9. Has any drone pilot flown his drone to a high altitude (above 500') then killed the power, let the drone fall, and then powered up to see if he could regain flight? I have been with a private pilot who did this shutdown deliberately and then restarted his plane's engine. What a rush! Jim, New Pilot
  10. Does any drone pilot running MicroSoft Windows 10 know if Horizon Hobby's GUI software download experienced a "failure to connect with the drone" problem. I recently upgraded the OS system from Windows 7 to 10 and now discover that the GUI does not connect to my quad. I get an error message that the COM3 port will not connect. Something about a firmware update might be needed. Any help on this problem I would appreciate. Thanks, Jim, New Pilot
  11. If my Blade Chroma 1080P has its geo fence altered for distance and height, past the firmware's preset range of 400' altitude and 600' range, does the transmitter lose its GPS locks on the drone? I want to reconfigure the distance and altitude for more range in aerial photography but am restricted by the built-in range restrictions. I would like some advice for this problem. Thanks, Jim. New Pilot