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Old 09-17-2014, 09:51 PM   #41
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Great Video!!!
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Old 09-18-2014, 02:06 AM   #42
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Look at the power boat at about the 46 second mark. Are they operating on just the port engine?!!! Can we save money if we operate on just one engine?
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Old 09-18-2014, 08:57 AM   #43
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You beat me to it. I just bought one last month. Have only flown it 3 times so far but plan on doing some good boating vids soon. Great video.
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:12 PM   #44
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Just beware of hawks and/or ospreys! :-)

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Old 10-11-2014, 12:38 PM   #45
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We've been using these for some time at work. The best people at this right now are Kopter Kids. But they use a very sophisticated rig that uses a two man crew, one to fly and one to run the camera. We hire them when we really need high quality videography, like following a prototype land attack vehicle on a proving ground. The ones we use ourselves use a GoPro.

But that's for work. I'm not a big fan of them in amateur hands and should one come flying around us when we're out on the boat I suspect I would use it for skeet practice.
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Old 10-11-2014, 12:39 PM   #46
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Just beware of hawks and/or ospreys! :-)
We had a few seagulls chase the copter around, but no ospreys or hawks. You can see one seagull swoop by at about 2:08 in the video.
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Old 10-11-2014, 01:08 PM   #47
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Old 10-11-2014, 02:54 PM   #48
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I have been researching the quad copters for a few months. The thing that has scared me so far is all the product reviews that I have read where the quad copter just took off and the owner never saw it again. It would kill me to see $1500-$2000 just disappearing into the sunset. Maybe the reviews are for earlier versions and the bugs are out of them now.
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Old 10-11-2014, 03:34 PM   #49
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[QUOTE=fryedaze;275180] It would kill me to see $1500-$2000 just disappearing into the sunset. /QUOTE]

I rationalize that it is less than $2 in boat dollars. :-)
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Old 10-11-2014, 04:39 PM   #50
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I have been researching the quad copters for a few months. The thing that has scared me so far is all the product reviews that I have read where the quad copter just took off and the owner never saw it again. It would kill me to see $1500-$2000 just disappearing into the sunset. Maybe the reviews are for earlier versions and the bugs are out of them now.
The bigger issue is if it flies off on its own and smashes into someone's face. My sentiments are with the hawk in the video linked above.
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Old 11-20-2014, 01:59 PM   #51
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Just got the latest copy of BoatU.S. Magazine and in the Holiday Gift Guide, they are show a drone called the SeaHex. The gimmick is it floats! The bad news is it is $7700. Guess it won't be under my Christmas tree....sigh.
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Old 11-20-2014, 02:59 PM   #52
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You can also re-set the "home" location while in flight. That may help you get past the 2000' limitation on the Phantoms. I have a F-550 hexacopter. I'd be worried about it's inability to float.
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Old 11-20-2014, 04:47 PM   #53
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The latest Phantom that's coming out has a ton of new options. Including launching from a moving boat or vehicle, and being able to return to the controller's home not a gps home.
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Old 11-20-2014, 05:02 PM   #54
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We just love sitting on the back deck enjoying an adult beverage only to have one of those damn drones flying overhead. Makes me want to buy a shotgun.


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On my 550 I just Toggle the AIL switch On and Off 3-4 times (confirmed Home point recording by burst of green flashes). That'll set a new "home"
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Old 11-20-2014, 07:41 PM   #56
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We just love sitting on the back deck enjoying an adult beverage only to have one of those damn drones flying overhead. Makes me want to buy a shotgun.
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Bob if you see one over your property you'd better follow it and take a bat to the neighbors front door or the person operating it! I for one WILL not operate it near anyone's property unless asked. I have taken pics of property owners roofs for inspection and repair. Other than that I have checked my gutters on the roof for clogs & leaves very handy at 3 stories, I have hundreds of GREAT shots of my boat and not at the $250 base price of "boatpix.com" for one shot.

Not all the people with them are disrespectful idiots.
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:44 PM   #57
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Not all the people with them are disrespectful idiots.
I've been flying them for a couple of years now and you're right... not all are disrespectful idiots.
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Lets hope the very recent NTSB ruling that these things are subject to FAA rules will permanently ground them. They are more than a nuisance, they are a hazard to other aircraft and to people on the ground in the event of a mechanical or remote guidance/control malfunction. Virtually all of them are toys that cannot stand up to the rigors of an FAA airworthiness certification. As "aircraft" they will be required to meet airworthiness requirements for deign analysis, as well as rigorous ground and flight test just like any airplane of rotorcraft. That means they will have to endure fatigue analysis and testing, address engine failures, drive system malfunctions, demonstrate controllability following a rotor drive system failure (vertical lift models), identify time limited components, come with an approved and enforced maintenance program, and be inspected by FAA specialists for certificate renewal. Likewise, the "pilots" will have to be trained, tested and licensed. This is a long overdue decision. The cost for a certification will drive the price through the roof...thank goodness. Owners are about to be fined heavily for unapproved operation...excellent. Not all owner/operators are idiots, but enough of them are to demand regulation. I do believe the honeymoon is over.
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FAA doesn't have jurisdiction below 500' in most scenarios. They do in control areas around airports and such. I follow this very closely and am both a certified pilot and an avid RC modeler. There are currently rules in place that govern model airplanes and those just need to be adhered to.

The technology is here to stay. It's the poor behavior that needs to be constrained, not the hobby fliers.
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...Virtually all of them are toys that cannot stand up to the rigors of an FAA airworthiness certification. As "aircraft" they will be required to meet airworthiness requirements for deign analysis, as well as rigorous ground and flight test just like any airplane of rotorcraft. That means they will have to endure fatigue analysis and testing, address engine failures, drive system malfunctions, demonstrate controllability following a rotor drive system failure (vertical lift models), identify time limited components, come with an approved and enforced maintenance program, and be inspected by FAA specialists for certificate renewal. Likewise, the "pilots" will have to be trained, tested and licensed. This is a long overdue decision. The cost for a certification will drive the price through the roof...thank goodness. Owners are about to be fined heavily for unapproved operation...excellent. Not all owner/operators are idiots, but enough of them are to demand regulation. I do believe the honeymoon is over.
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FAA doesn't have jurisdiction below 500' in most scenarios. They do in control areas around airports and such. I follow this very closely and am both a certified pilot and an avid RC modeler. There are currently rules in place that govern model airplanes and those just need to be adhered to.

The technology is here to stay. It's the poor behavior that needs to be constrained, not the hobby fliers.
Since there are no persons aboard, the rules are different for design approval. It's simple to design an inexpensive and fail-safe recovery system into the units to prevent personal injury in the event of a catastrophic failure. Think ballistic recovery system.

I tend to agree with SS that they're here to stay and we better get used to them. Rules will guide the operators, but their prevalence will not diminish.
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