Gores Landing From Above

Flight over Rice Lake near Gores Landing.

 

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6 months with DJI Phantom

Here is a recount of learning to fly my DJI drone:

Possum Lodge

On Saturday we walked out to a FB friend’s private island on Sturgeon Lake to do a little flying. I t was my first real cold weather flight and first flight while it was snowing. I built hoods over the coolant louvers on the cowling of the Phantom.
The snow was deep and the walk ended up a good exercise.BTS 1
BTS W

Then we drove out to Fenelon Falls and flew a little there, but I messed up the video and this is all we got:
BTS 2

This is the footage around the island:

 

Flying over Pigeon Lake

A great day for flying and getting some aerial pictures of our marina on Nogies Creek Bay, Pigeon Lake North, Bobcaygeon Ontario on the Trent Severn Waterway.
flying with David 1

Looking North over the bay:
3 looking toward Nogie's Creek
1 looking North over Nogie's Creek Bay 2

Looking South, toward Big Island:
2 looking South toward Big Island

Over the North docks of the marina:
KLM docks

Helis and Drones

For the last 20 some years I much enjoyed flying my RC helicopters. Now in the last few years, technological and micro processor advances mushroomed in the multi-rotor sector to a point where the operator’s input skills can be nullified by an intelligent machine. A modern “drone” or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) knows where it is on earth, how its attitude and what its altitude is, how to get home if contact is lost, and can be programmed to be autonomously operate away from the pilot. These new machines know how to fly themselves!
I kept saying I like to “fly” the machine myself and that I would not leave the collective pitch arena, but at the same time I was always concerned of a possible crash and personal or property damage because I don’t fly at sanctioned and insured RC club fields. I have always flown in public places and around people. I could never imagine just doing circles over a club field; where is the fun in that?
So, after some careful soul searching, I came to the conclusion that enough chances have been taken and I would only be smart if I accepted a more stable and safer platform to play on, and produce better videos with.
Voila, the DJI Phantom SC40 and here is my first video taken with this very smart and most impressive machine – I love it! What I am lacking in my older days regarding vision / depth perception / orientation at higher altitudes, the Phantom takes into its own control and I actually feel safer than I ever did with collective pitch scale-like helicopters:

Maiden flight

First test flight of my mQX quadrocopter before fitting on-board video equipment.
RC quadrocopters are fairly new on the scene because of the complex and rather heavy computing / processing power required to accurately control these 4 propellers to not only move the machine about, but to keep it stable. Only because of today’s solid state gyro and accelerometer technology, efficient and fast responding brushless motors, coupled with very sophisticated micro processors to deal with the hundreds of calculations and control commands every second, can these things fly at all…..