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  1. Well, you try to do a favor for a friend and it usually backfires. Isn't that what they say? Today, it did. A friend of mine called and asked if I would assist him with the first flight of his RC Seawind Airplane at a local large pond owned by a mutual friend. Of course I said yes. What are friends for, right? Then I thought to myself, what a great opportunity to practice my aerial video skills and perhaps grab a few shots of his seaplane in action. The wind was at 5-7mph from the southwest and we were located south of the pond, which of course had the breeze constantly pushing the drone, a Dromida XL 370 which I'd flown many times, towards the pond. Well, long story short, the plane never flew because my friend forgot to connect the linkage rod to the rudder that allows the plane to maneuver while in the water. So that the outting wouldn't be a total loss, I decided to try and grab some aerial footage of a group of geese that decided to take respite on the pond. All was going well until, in my mind very prematurely - 3-5 minutes, the drone began losing altitude and flight control was limited to none. **Note: I charged the drone battery right before heading to the pond and the transmitter bateries were brand new. Normal flight times for this drone avg. 10-13 minutes. Although I made every attempt to reach any bank of the pond, all I could do was helplessly watch the drone consistantly lose altitude. In a desperate attempt to cling to any shread of hope, I began to chant, "I hope it floats, I hope it floats!" ............Well, let it be known that the Dromida XL 370 Quad w/1080P Camera, DOES NOT FLOAT!!! No way to rescue the drone until perhaps a drought dries up the pond next summer. (expensive) Lesson Definately Learned.....
  2. Greetings Alan, Well, one week from today is my birthday (December, 29th). When asked by my wife what I would like for my birthday I requested the Part 107 Test Prep Course!! Fingers crossed!!! Clear Skies,
  3. Greetings, Don't know if this has made it around yet but, I thought I'd Post it just in case. Clear Skies, You are receiving this email due to your affiliation with the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Save Up To $400 On A Yuneec Drone! Yuneec Will Make A Donation to the AMA Foundation. AMA has partnered with Yuneec, a leading maker of drones, who will make a donation to the AMA Foundation when you make a purchase this holiday season. Shopping for a drone for Christmas? Buy from a leader, Yuneec awarded "Best of CES 2016!" Not only will you get a great price, you'll be helping your AMA Foundation fund education programs and community-based programming. Yuneec will donate up to $100 depending on which drone you purchase. Use promo code "AMA001" so the AMA Foundation receives credit. Breeze 4K Compact Drone with 4K UHD video - safe to fly indoors and outdoors. $399.99 Reg Price $499.99 Yuneec Donates $25 to AMA Foundation Enter Promo Code: AMA001 TYPHOON H with Intel® RealSense™ Technology Hexacopter with 4K UHD Video, Obstacle Avoidance, and accessory bundle with backpack and more. $1,499.99 Reg Price $1,899.99 Yuneec Donates $100 to AMA Foundation Enter Promo Code: AMA001 TYPHOON 4K Professional, stable 4K UHD video on the go. $699.99 Reg Price $799.99 Yuneec Donates $50 to AMA Foundation Enter Promo Code: AMA001 Model Aviation's review of Yuneec's Typhoon 4K. TYPHOON H Pro features in a consumer friendly package. $999.99 Reg Price $1,299.99 Yuneec Donates $75 to AMA Foundation Enter Promo Code: AMA001 © 2016 Academy of Model Aeronautics. 5161 E. Memorial Dr., Muncie IN 47302. Tel.: (800) 435-9262; Fax.: (765) 289-4248 - All rights reserved. For problems with this email please contact
  4. Greetings All, It took me a bit to get here but, I am really excited about being part of this community!! Formerly a Lockheed Martin employee, I am now a Technology Center Teacher focused on Electronics and Aeronautical Technologies in Oklahoma. As I employ RC Airplanes, Rocketry and Drones as an important portion of our curriculum, I am always looking to learn whatever I can to provide a more enhanced learning experience for my students - which range in age from high school juniors to retired adults. I am also very interested in establishing the knowledge and the skill sets necessary in pursuing a future in commercial drone piloting. As Alan would say," Long Story Short", i'm looking forward to interacting with and learning from the community. Again, happy to be aboard, Clear Skies,
  5. Greetings, I was wondering if anyone is flying the Hubsan X4 Pro? I have been flying mine for about six months and I find it to be an excellent aircraft. It's funny that this quad never seems to get much attention. I have heard rumors that for what ever reason, Hubsan (which originally touted the X4 Pro as its latest state of the art drone) has dis-continued the X4 Pro but, I'm sure there must be quite a few still out there. Anyway, I'd be interested in hearing about anyone else's experience with this unit. Clear Skies,
  6. My name is Todd Fagin. I have been a member of the geographic information systems (GIS) and, by extension, remote sensing community since the late nineties. For the past several years, I have been monitoring the developments within the UAV community, particularly how it intersects with my interests in GIS, remote sensing, and biogeography. I work at a research unit at the University of Oklahoma known as the Oklahoma Biological Survey. My primary duties relate to database management and GIS of our biological inventories. I also conduct my own research, primarily related to current and historical vegetation patterns. I see great utility of UAV in this realm. Additionally, I am affiliate faculty in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. I primarily teach GIS courses, but sometimes delve into more straight geography classes. Lastly, I am an adjunct professor of GIS at the Oklahoma City Community College. The department in which GIS resides there (IT Department, more specifically the Computer Assisted Technology division) is keen on introducing UAVs into its curriculum. Eventually, UAV training will become part of the GIS program, as well, though it will be a standalone degree program. Though my interests in UAVs date back several years, it wasn't until this past Christmas that I decided to take the plunge and convince my wife (ha ha) to buy me a hobby quadcopter as my gift (Ares Ethos HD). I quickly learned it is much easier to crash than fly, but have nonetheless come a good distance in the last couple of months. I still have a very long way to go. As I hone my skills, I will invest in a better vehicle, but for now, this works. Ultimately, my goal is to learn to better use UAVs for GIS and remote sensing, specifically as it pertains to my duties at the Oklahoma Biological Survey, as well as personal research interests.