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Just introdfucing myself as a new memberwho may be slightly different from the rest. My interest in drones has been sparked by my disability. I am trying to learn to fly them so I can take my camera where I cannot go myself (which is most places nowadays) allowing me to continue my hobby and old profession to some extent.

I have started to learn using simulators on my Mac and iPad, as well as using a real life one, the Syma X5C . Yes I do have a long way to go, especially as I want to pass the CAA PFAW and then I feel I can teach other disabled people to use the drones to give them more freedom.

Living on the borders of the Lake District national park means that it is often wet, and frequently windy, but I try and fly my toy inside when I can just to get used to the various aspects of using one. Any advice, help or just chat would be welcome especially from other disabled flyers.

 

Mike

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Welcome, Mike! Practice, practice, practice. And make sure to keep us all posted along the way. Look forward to seeing your part of the world from the skies.

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Welcome! I am as well a disabled pensioner and not able to walk as I use to do (limited distances, now). For your area the Syma 5 is a little light and its wind resistance is very limited. I build my own drones and that is a way of achieving what you wish without having to spend a lot of money and being able to have a machine capable of carrying a reasonable amount of weight, without having to go over the prescribed MTOW for amateurs (2 kilograms or 4.4 pounds). Have a look at my previous posts and you will be able to find photos of some of my drones. If you decide to design and build, I will be very happy to help you.

 

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Thank you both for your replies.

Alan, I certainly am practicing as much as I can on the simulators (droneSimPro, QuadcopterFXPro and Heli-X5 demo), as well as the Syma indoors mainly for howering and small movements.

Bruno, I know that my quad is pretty much a toy, but I got it to play with. The intention is to feel confident enough to get a DJI Phantom 3 come Christmas, if I feel I am capable of using it. I have a muscle wasting disease so I am very conscious about weight and also increasing immobility.. I will take you up on your kind offer though and look at your other posts as I am sure they will be most helpful to me.

I could not build a drone any more as I do not have the strength to do the work, so i will be buying one, either new or second hand. I know it will be costly but when oyu have something like I have you try and do whatever you can whilst you can and worry about other things later.

 

Best wishes

 

Mike

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A few years further on and i now have a PfCO as well as four drones in the fleet. I am hoping to use them to help disabled people who have no hope of being in the air and let them see the view with FPV. Also to try and educate them as to how much fun they can have even if they are stuck in wheels as I will soon be.

Sadly there is little or no mention of what can be done for disabled people with drones. Does anyone else know different?

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Unfortunately, I don't have any specific information for you regarding disabled folks and drones.  But I can tell you this - when you have questions, just post them and you will get answers here.  There are a lot of talented people here that are willing to share.  Don't be afraid to ask.

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21 hours ago, embayweather said:

A few years further on and i now have a PfCO as well as four drones in the fleet. I am hoping to use them to help disabled people who have no hope of being in the air and let them see the view with FPV. Also to try and educate them as to how much fun they can have even if they are stuck in wheels as I will soon be.

Sadly there is little or no mention of what can be done for disabled people with drones. Does anyone else know different?

I’m sorry I didn’t find this thread sooner.  

There are so many people enamored with drones and the myriad of things that can be done with them.  But 90 percent of it has little to no social redeeming value.  But what your discussing in this thread could have such a profound effect on people’s lives but it’s going to take some serious thought and discussion on what that might be.  

I’d love to be part of this discussion and I think we should figure out a way to promote this thread.  Alan could you guys write an article or somehow promote this in your weekly blog?

i have never given any thought to this sort of application, and honestly if there are younger people who want to start a UAV related business I think this is an area worth serious consideration.  

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I totally agree with @Av8Chuck on this issue.  There are folks on this forum who are employed in the educational field - let's hear from them.  Like them or not, what about the AMA? AOPA? And on and on.  Alan, your thoughts???

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2 hours ago, Av8Chuck said:

I’m sorry I didn’t find this thread sooner.  

There are so many people enamored with drones and the myriad of things that can be done with them.  But 90 percent of it has little to no social redeeming value.  But what your discussing in this thread could have such a profound effect on people’s lives but it’s going to take some serious thought and discussion on what that might be.  

I’d love to be part of this discussion and I think we should figure out a way to promote this thread.  Alan could you guys write an article or somehow promote this in your weekly blog?

i have never given any thought to this sort of application, and honestly if there are younger people who want to start a UAV related business I think this is an area worth serious consideration.  

You are too kind with your comments. For me it is a labour of love to educate others. My illness took both of my careers away, with drone flying I have partly got one back. But for me it was also obvious that if the industry were to stop for one moment and consider the potential of disabled folk for sales and for purposes they would see such great potential. I can fly my drones sat down (did my PfCO sat down), I can take photos again, sat down. I can share the joy of flying with those who have to sit down, I can fly a racing drone nd do freestyle sat down. Hopefully you can see where I am heading. Folk on wheels can now do so much more, feel so more, and be far more free than ever before.

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51 minutes ago, embayweather said:

Hopefully you can see where I am heading. Folk on wheels can now do so much more, feel so more, and be far more free than ever before.

Absolutely agree.  However,  being the pessimist that I am, the challenge is overcoming the prejudices against the handicapped in general.  I agree that this application could have a lot of benifit to the disabled, but to add the additional benifit of a career then it would have to be cost effective for the employer as well.  

In California they have regulations, the American Disabilities Act intended to help the disabled but the unintended consequence is that it makes it nearly impossible for small companies to hire dissaed people.  

 

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I totally agree. I have that prejudice everyday, and almost daily I get abused for being in wheels. It is very hard for disabled folk. But it is not impossible with the right guidance to get them hobby flying, then they can consider if there are any openings in the market where disabled folk can make a difference. Before that simply offering to let disabled folk see what you see by taking FPV goggles with you will let them leave their wheels behind. It costs nothing to us, but can change a life for someone as it did for me. There is little or no mention at all of disabled folk in the drone industry, I just want to change that. Getting a drone and getting to fly made me have a purpose in life. Getting my PfCO gave me the power to do more. I was no longer useless. You have no idea what it is like to feel that way until you have been there. If you have been I ofFer my praise for surviving it. I wrote an article about this a few months ago, the title sums it up. “I was just ......but now I am”. 

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16 minutes ago, Alan Perlman said:

Yes, we'll make sure to promote in next week's email. @Isabella | UAV Coach can you surface this Saturday?

@embayweather , appreciate you reaching out. I saw this site, which sort of gets at what you're suggesting?

https://www.flythere.com/

Sure thing, I will share this in our upcoming weekly newsletter. 

This is an interesting topic you've all brought up. I look forward to doing some more research on how disabled persons are using drones in different scenarios, and I will also give some thought into how we can create some additional content on our blog on this topic.  

Thanks!
Isabella 

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On 10/7/2018 at 6:55 PM, Av8Chuck said:

I’m sorry I didn’t find this thread sooner.  

There are so many people enamored with drones and the myriad of things that can be done with them.  But 90 percent of it has little to no social redeeming value.  But what your discussing in this thread could have such a profound effect on people’s lives but it’s going to take some serious thought and discussion on what that might be.  

I’d love to be part of this discussion and I think we should figure out a way to promote this thread.  Alan could you guys write an article or somehow promote this in your weekly blog?

i have never given any thought to this sort of application, and honestly if there are younger people who want to start a UAV related business I think this is an area worth serious consideration.  

You are too kind with your comments. For me it is a labour of love to educate others. My illness took both of my careers away, with drone flying I have partly got one back. But for me it was also obvious that if the industry were to stop for one moment and consider the potential of disabled folk for sales and for purposes they would see such great potential. I can fly my drones sat down (did my PfCO sat down), I can take photos again, sat down. I can share the joy of flying with those who have to sit down, I can fly a racing drone nd do freestyle sat down. Hopefully you can see where I am heading. Folk on wheels can now do so much more, feel so more, and be far more free than ever before.

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@embayweather Id like to thank you for bringing some light to a topic like this. Im sure there are more people out there with disabilities specific to mobility issues that can benefit from drones.

I used to be a land surveyor after I graduated from college until I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis which effected my legs and took away my ability to walk for many months. I was unable to continue to carrying heavy equipment and walking long distances anymore.  This happened 9 years ago at the age of 26 (wow, it seems like yesterday :) ) Im now 35 years old and do design drafting for a civil engineering company. Last fall I went to the company and presented a business plan on how we could implement drones into our workflow to help us with mapping for our civil projects.

We bought into the workflow this summer and now im able to get back to "surveying" without having to do all the walking one would typically have to for topographic mapping. Using drones has brought me back closer to the field where I originally started before MS :) 

Im certain more and more disabled persons can and will benefit from drones in the future!

 

 

 

 

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Hail to all members, 

     I'm Todd, I live in the    U. S., Land of 10,000 lakes. 

     I have a similar story, after 16yrs. being a field service engineer for Dell, Hp, Honeywell. But after multiple back surgeries, my doctors decided disability is your future and I  have not worked since 2011. 

     I really think, buying my first sky viper drone, prevented me from going crazy and becoming a shut in. 

     I have studied and am ready to take the 107 exam and would like to make extra money. You don't get rich on disability. 

     I'm stuck, though. Don't know what direction to go. There's tons of farmland, solar panel fields, law enforcement is more apt to tell people to leave the pilot alone! The opportunities are here but I'm good at technical, logical, hands on stuff. I am NOT good at selling, or anything involved with running a business. 

     I would prefer, helping someone for a while first, internship as a  VO. 

     Last month I was flying my yuneec breeze, I was just finishing getting some 4k video of the sun rising through the fog, over green farmland with small lake. 

As it was returning to home, I saw on the video it started spinning out of control, as I look up a bald eagle reversed direction, snagged my drone with his talons and flew off.

When the eagle snagged it, it somehow dislodged the Battery, so no gps telemetry data available. 

Thanks

Todd

 

 

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Thank you all for your kindness in promoting this. I do hope it attracts some interest. I do know that ther are some Veterans who are flying drones to help with recovery.

 

Todd that is really bad news for you. I hope you can get a replacement. You are correct there are many opportunities as you are finding. Might I offer some advice? You do not have to be good at selling if your product, you perhaps, or your images, speak for themselves. I learned that as a pro photographer. By the time my illness took away that career we were the premiere photographers in our area. Business came from word of mouth, that is the product speaking for you.

We started out working for free at as many events and shoots as we could. Gave us experience and free advertising. Yours is a sensible approach.

I do hope you will be flying soon.

 

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On 8 August 2016 at 1:01 PM, embayweather said:

Just introdfucing myself as a new memberwho may be slightly different from the rest. My interest in drones has been sparked by my disability. I am trying to learn to fly them so I can take my camera where I cannot go myself (which is most places nowadays) allowing me to continue my hobby and old profession to some extent.

I have started to learn using simulators on my Mac and iPad, as well as using a real life one, the Syma X5C . Yes I do have a long way to go, especially as I want to pass the CAA PFAW and then I feel I can teach other disabled people to use the drones to give them more freedom.

Living on the borders of the Lake District national park means that it is often wet, and frequently windy, but I try and fly my toy inside when I can just to get used to the various aspects of using one. Any advice, help or just chat would be welcome especially from other disabled flyers.

 

Mike

Hi Mike

This topic is resonates with me as it is what basically our company was founded on. I am disabled and my husband retired from being a fixed wing captain for the airlines to care for me full time. 

His passion for flying coupled with mine for reading and research led us to Drones. My husband is a fixed wing examiner and an examiners examiner so he finds the rules and regulations side pretty straight forward. 

My mobility is better some days than others as is my mental health. I am very slow on both fronts at times yet pretty good at other times, very unpredictable. 

We have discussed possibilities of teaching and training for others with disabilities and it is something we agreed I would actively research..... 

It's a start from scratch project so that's our intention. Given disability benefits are mediocre in the UK my thoughts are to research and contact where and how funding could be made available for others with disabilities to kick start what could be a whole new career or at the very least a rewarding and enriching hobby. 

Teaching and training requires time and patience as does learning. I'm not a drone pilot but that is through choice I have an expert partner don't want to nick his job lol.

My job - Researcher, Pilot observer, 2nd checker Equipment, splicer, music or narration chooser, can carrier lol. 

Love my job it fits around my health and has improved it immensely. We are Exhibiting at the NEC Birmingham on the 7th and 8th Nov 2018 Farm business innovation. 

Be like a bumblebee not built aerodynamically to fly and wings too small, nobody told them they couldn't fly so they fly regardless..... They know their own strength!!

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Hello Drone Lady. We do seem to have a lot in common, not least of which is having good days and bad days with our health. Amongst other things I was lately a professional photographer until my condition took that way. But years back i was associated with aviation as a meteorologist. I would loved to go down the pilot route but  being colour blind is not very helpful there.

is there any way I can help you spread the word to help disabled people? I want to do it by helping them have the experience of flying, for a short time leaving their wheels behind them and seeng the world from above. Perhaps one day, if enough of us make some noise, someone, somewhere may stand up and take notice.

Also getting into racing drones, or should I say freestyle. An interesting challenge and way different from Phantoms.

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