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Posts tagged flying

Acronyms are all the rage these days and so it can be tough to keep them all straight. Don’t be ashamed if you have no idea what UAS stands for. I didn’t either. UAS stands for Unmanned Aerial System. Like an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) an UAS involves more than simply a vehicle and usually […]

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You’ll likely read a headline on your favorite news site today that reads as if the FAA has said drone strikes are up for 2016. And they likely are – as there are a lot, lot more drones in the air this year compared to last. However, what you won’t read is this bit from […]

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Maria Langer, professional helicopter pilot, blogger and Twitter friend, got her DJI Mavic Pro on nearly the same day as I got my DJI Phantom 4 Pro. She’s taken the time to write down her thoughts on the experience and so I thought I’d quote her post since she and I agree on our first […]

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My drone pre-flight checklist

Since I shared my hiking checklist I thought I’d also share my always-a-work-in-progress drone pre-flight checklist. Not every question on this applies to every single situation and some of these rules you may be willing to bend or break depending on the circumstances. But, having a checklist may help to reduce the number of mistakes […]

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Maria Langer on drone safety

Maria Langer, helicopter pilot: As a helicopter pilot, I’ve felt a rather unique threat from the rise of drones (no pun intended). I want to take a moment to explain, mostly because although my general opinion of drones has changed, my views about their threats have not. This is an important post to read if […]

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Coming in for a landing, Greenfield Township, PA – September 2016

October 9th, 2016

The UAV took a bad tumble

Yesterday Jehu II took quite a tumble. I’ve been doing a lot of flying. Nearly every day. And though the Syma X8G would be considered by most to be a “toy” (which is a designation I agree with for sure) it has enabled me to get quite good at flying. So much so that two […]

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Tips for new drone owners

After a few weeks of trial and error, (lots, and lots of error) video tutorial binging, manual devouring, and literally swimming for and losing my first UAV, I thought it might be good to jot down some tips for new drone owners. So here they are, in no order, but all worth considering: Fly over […]

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Taking flight

I had been thinking and talking about buying a UAV, drone, quadcopter* (whatever you personally call them) for a long time now. Many months. When they first hit the scene they were way out of my price range. These days they are not only affordable but incredibly capable and simple to use. Of course my […]

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I’ve been thinking a lot about a quote Matt Mullenweg wrote about earlier this year. It reads: Find three hobbies you love: one to make you money, one to keep you in shape, and one to be creative. I’m going to drop in my own personal suggestion that we add a hobby that also forces us to explore. I’ve noticed something in myself, […]

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