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July 4th Drone Flight

Drone Flight 4th of July

The 4th of July is a time for celebration and time to take the reliable DJI Phantom 4 on a flight over the neighborhood to capture all of the patriotic fireworks in the community.  This video shows the enormous amount of fireworks in San Antonio, TX on July 4th.  At one point, the video I captured reminded me of the Iraqi Military shooting at Stealth Planes back during the first Iraq War.

 

One of the challenges recording video during the 4th of July is all of the fireworks!  Also, I did not want my $1500 drone hit by fireworks so I took the drone up to 560ft. At this altitude, I was pretty certain no fireworks would hit my drone. I did have one or two close calls!

 

Next year, I will try to get close to a large fireworks show and take some better footage for you to enjoy.  In the meantime, here is what I gathered.

 

The DJI Phantom 4 is such a pleasure to fly.  I have many different drones to choose from.  However, my favorite is the DJI Phantom 4.

 

Here is a simple video I made of the 4th of July in my neighborhood:

 

Amazing DJI Phantom 4 Flight Over Dam

Medina Lake

One of my most challenging flights to date was this Drone Flight across a dam.  What made the flight challenging was the distance from the remote control and the cross-winds.  However, the DJI Phantom 4 performed beautifully. At no time was the drone in trouble. The drone can fly so far that you physically lose site of the drone and have to rely on the signal to your tablet or phone for viewing.  This was not a problem with the DJI Phantom 4.

 

My next purchase will be an upgrade to the remote to allow for HDMI input.  This will allow me to add flight goggles for multi-mile flights. For now, please enjoy this drone flight!

 

AEE AP10 Drone Cross Wind Troubles and Recovery

AEE Ap10 Toruk

The AEE AP10 is not meant to fly with strong winds.  This was evident while trying to fly the drone in light to medium wind conditions.  The drone just did not have enough power to combat the winds.  At several times, the drone was drifting away, pushed by the winds.  However, if this should occur while you are flying, bring the drone down a bit lower and try to bring it home.

Drone App, Which One Do I Use?

Parrot Drone App

How to Choose the Correct Drone App

I often hear new drone buyers asking me. “What drone app do I utilize for my new drone?  With so many drone apps on the app store; I can understand the confusion. I always recommend using the manufactures default drone app that was made for the particular drone in question.  That seems like a pretty easy solution; but, new drone pilots often install the wrong app for their new drone. For instance, For instance, I have a friend named Rob that purchased the Parrot AR Drone 2.0.  He called me very upset that his drone would not work.  He was ready to take the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 back to the store.  I said, “Did you look at the instruction manual?”  Rob replied, “well, no.”  I said, “How did you know what Drone App to download then?  Rob stated, “Well, I took the drone out of the box, charged the battery, and went to the app store and searched for ‘drone app’.”  I stated,  “Did you search for a particular drone app or did you install the first one you saw?”  “The first one I saw.” This is a common mistake.  Not all drone apps will work with your manufactured drone.  In fact, there are hundreds of drone apps for hundreds of different manufactured drones.  Rule of thumb, always search drone app with your manufacturer in mind. If you are unsure what drone app to choose, go to your mobile device’s app store and search “Manufacture Name” + “Drone App”. Rob should have searched Parrot AR Drone App.  His result would of lead him to the Parrot AR Drone App.   To help you out, I compiled a list of common drones and the proper apps for your use:

 

(This is just a general drone app listing.  Some models of drones have their own specific app.  I tried to provide you the most common apps from the drome manufacturers. If I missed a Drone App below; please Contact me and let me know what manufacturer and url to app is missed or incorrect.)

DRONE MANUFACTURER GOOGLE PLAY APP STORE
3D Robotics Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
AEE Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
Altitude RC  N/A  N/A
Avroto Drone  N/A  N/A
Blade Drones  N/A  N/A
Chroma Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
DJI Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
Eachine Drones  N/A  N/A
Ehang Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
Ei-Hi Drones  N/A  N/A
GAUI Drones  N/A  N/A
Heli Max Drones  N/A  N/A
Holy Stone Drones  N/A  N/A
Hubsan Drones  N/A  N/A
ImmersionRC Drones  N/A  N/A
iPower Drones  N/A  N/A
LHI Drones  N/A  N/A
Lily Drones  N/A  N/A
Micro Drones  N/A  N/A
Nano Drones  N/A  N/A
Parrot Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
Racing Drones
SKEYE Drones  N/A  N/A
Spektrum Drones  N/A  N/A
Storm Drones  N/A  N/A
Striker Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
Syma Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
UDI Drones  N/A  N/A
Vortex Drones  N/A  N/A
Yuneec Drones  google-play-download2  APP Store Icon
ZuZo Drones  N/A  N/A

Airdog Auto-Follow Drone Review

AirDog Autofollow Drone

AirDog Auto-Follow Drone: An Amazing Quadcopter

Without a doubt, the Airdog Auto-Follow Quadcopter is one special drone. This is not your everyday normal auto-follow drone.  In fact, this drone was meant especially for fast-paced action sports. Whether you are an amateur athlete or a professional athlete; the Airdog Auto-Follow Drone will capture those wonderful sporting moments through state-of-the-art drone technology. No longer do you need Apollo Creed to train you.  With the Airdog Auto-Follow Drone, you will be able to capture each and every moment allowing you to critique yourself.  Each and every stride, the perfect swing, the perfect throw, or the mechanics to help you reach that level of perfection are now at your disposal allowing you to be your own personal trainer.  For the cost of the AirDog Quadcopter, you can easily save thousands and thousands of dollars over the course of your athletic career on personal trainers.  Set the drone to auto-follow and begin your routine.  The Airdog will capture every detail in stunning, high-definition video.

Skateboarders will love having the AirDog at their disposal. No longer does someone have to stand back and film your latest flip-kick or rail ride.  Imagine skating down the street and directly behind or beside you in the Airdog capturing your latest skating moves.  How cool is that?

Another great feature we love about the Airdog Quadcopter is the fact that it fits in your backpack and is ready to travel with you wherever you go!  The compact size gives the user the ability to take AirDog just about anywhere.

AirDog Auto-Follow AirDog Auto-Follow AirDog Auto-Follow AirDog Auto-Follow AirDog Auto-Follow AirDog Auto-Follow

 

 

Airdog Drone Features:

Once you take-off, the Airdog quadcopter is using the built-in sensors to capture wind speeds, and directional calculations to make sure you and your equipment stay safe.  Imagine flying a kite and having the AirDog capture the flight of the kite.  This quadcopter has the ability to adjust altitude, speed, and never collide with the kite and or kite string because the sensors are so sensitive; the string is avoided.

Never flown a quadcopter before?  Don’t worry!  The AirDog is meant to be flown by anyone that knows how to turn a power button on and off.  The AirDog is 100% automatic!  This means, no piloting skills are necessary.

Another great feature of the AirDog is the fact that it is foldable. Simply remove the propellers and fold the arms. The AirDog becomes at extremely easy to transport.

AirDog Airleash

New to quadcopters and drones is the remote control that attaches to your wrist.  Just like a watch, you slip the remote control onto your wrist.  You have a nearly 1000 ft connection with a waterproof remote control!  Even if you are a swimmer, the AirDog will fly over the water filming your every move while your remote control stays submerged up to 3 ft in depth!  Now that is amazing!

AirDog with GoPro

Yes, you have a lot of camera choices when it comes to flying a drone.  However, the AirDog was built with the GoPro camera system in mind. Simply add your professional GoPro Camera System to the protective camera housing and your GoPro is powered by the AirDog’s main battery. You will have full camera control over the GoPro Camera System.

AirDog Specs:

Durable-Built to withstand weather and outdoor elements.

Long Flights-Built to give you 20 minutes of flight time per charge.

Battery-Built to give you interchangeable and rechargeable battery capabilities.

Wind Speed-Built to withstand directional winds of up to 28 knots.

Top Speed– Built to travel up to 42 mph.

Range-Built to travel up to 1000 ft away from user.

Operational Height-Built to fly up to 11,500 ft above sea level.

Temperatures-Built to withstand cold and hot temperatures.

 

 

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Where to Buy a Drone

Yuneec Typhoon H

I Want a Drone; Where do I Buy it?

I hear this question a lot.  Especially from people who do not really know what a drone is or where to buy a drone. Recently, I was at a client’s job site filming using my Yuneec Typhoon H Professional Drone. One of the many spectators came up to me and was amazed at how my drone was able to fly a pre-programmed flight route and return itself to the exact location in which it took off from while filming in 4K video.  The spectator was so amazed, he said,”Hey, Where Do I Buy a Drone?”  I could tell that this gentleman was ready to buy a drone right now.  I let the man know that the drone I was using was not yet available for purchase.  The Yuneec Typhoon H was a pre-order; unless, you have connections like I do 🙂

I went home thinking about this man’s enthusiasm; which reminded me of my excitement when I first saw a drone fly.  I decided to find a way that I could offer the next person a way to buy a drone if they asked me.  I knew it was just a matter of time before I was asked the question Where to Buy a Drone?  Sure enough, I was out flying and filming two days later and another spectator came up to me and wanted to know where they could buy a drone.  I was prepared.  I took a paper in which I printed a picture of a drone with my web site address and said, “Here take this paper.  The website will have everything you need to purchase your first drone.” The young man says, “Something tells me this was not the first time someone asked you this question.”

 

 

I did not build the drone store to get rich.  In fact, I believe I have spent more than I have made thus far.  However, I made the drone store and the drone website because I love drones.  I hope that my website will inspire others to love drones too.

If you would like to help promote drones; please feel free to share my website on your favorite social media website.

In addition to my site, you can purchase drones from nuerous sources.  Retail stores sell drones, online stores sell drones, and the manufactures sell drones.  In addition, there are many small drone stores poppling up around the world.

As technology improves, you will see more and more improvements in drone technology and capabilities.  My hope is that electric battery power will increase so we can keep drones in the air for much longer periods of time, opposed to a typical 20 minutes flight time  Cameras, gimbals, and brushless engines are improving almost daily. I can’t wait for what the future holds for drones and their capabilities. Just imagine a world of drones deliveries mail, pizza, coffee, and even medicine from the pharmacy.  Sounds far-fetched; but, I believe our future will be and is already being impacted by the imaginations of drone lovers. As a natural result, people will want to know, “where do I buy it?”

Define Drones: A Short Overview of a Drone

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Define Drones: Everything You Need to Know

A drone is always fun and awesome; it draws people attention from kids to adults. Even though drone is some kind of fun thing; but if it misconducts, it can cause serious trouble. If you are a new drone owner; you need to firstly define drone before taking it to the skies. Besides drone, there are also traditional remote control airplanes which require patience as well as dedication to fly it. Different from the R/C airplane, the Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) as the technical name of the drone is considered as easy to operate and fit some people budget. However, it does not mean that flying drone does not require intensive training, skill and patience at all. It just drones has advanced technology which makes it somehow easier to fly.

Flying drone recklessly can result in trouble; you can get charges for breaking the law, trespass other people property, endanger other people life or flying the drone in the wrong place and time. The point is, you need to know what you are going to do with the drone and also aware of the regulations. Here is anything you need to know to Define Drones.

What is a drone?

Drone is perhaps the most sophisticated equipment in the electronics, aeronautics, and robotics field. The drone usually performs tasks which are considered too risky for manned flight. Mostly, the drone is used for the military purpose, but people nowadays also use the commercial drone for various purposes such as aerial photography, landscape survey, and many more.

According to the FAA, the first drone is invented in 1981 with the minimal model of aircraft operators. The nowadays unmanned drone is made of light materials in order to reduce the weight as well as increase the flight ability and maneuverability. In addition, the drone is also equipped with different features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection, GPS, and many more. Drone is controlled by a remote control from the ground or using the GPS navigation. There are plenty kinds of drones in the market ranging from the biggest to the smallest one and even soon will be launched the microdrones.

To define drones, basically, the drone or unmanned aerial system has two main parts which are the drone body and the control system. The nose part of the drone is the location of the entire sensors and other navigational systems. The other body parts are only a complete innovation since there is no enough space for a human. The materials used to make the build the drone is very complex in order to reduce vibration and decrease the noise.

On the first invention, the drone was originally used as intelligence operations and surveillance since it removed the human sacrificing. Therefore, it can carry out risky tasks such as rescue, discovering secluded places, locating the bomb, and many others. Nowadays, the commercial drone is also widely used for aerial photography to produce breathtaking pictures and video. Due to the impressive benefits, the drone will be widely developed into more sophisticated devices in the future days.

How to Fly a Drone

Flying Drone

Learning to Fly a Drone for the First Time

 

Flying a drone for the first time for a beginner is quite easy. The most difficult thing is to make it stable when being floated in the air. For example, you can make the drone take off, but you can divert it, set the pace and land without a bump? You will not be a proficient drone pilot in just one day. There are many preparations that you should consider and pay attention before flying a quadcopter drone for a beginner pilot.

As a pilot who is still learning how to fly a drone, you will feel worried when you want to fly a drone. You may be afraid of that your drone will fly too high, brought by the wind, hitting something, out of range from the remote control, until stuck in a tree. Read some tips and the best way to fly a drone for a beginner so you can fly it properly.

  1. Guide Book

Read the guide book carefully about how to fly a drone from the product you just bought. Make sure you know the features and limitations of the drone. You have to know all the functions of the transmitter because this is where the drone will be controlled.

  1. Preparations

Make sure your drone is ready to fly and nothing is left behind. Check the transmitter battery and the battery of the drone in full charged. Bring a spare battery and make sure the prop guard is installed correctly.

  1. Do not install the camera

AS a beginner pilot, you’ll learn how to fly a drone without a camera first. Despite the drone is equipped with a camera mounting, it is recommended not to put the camera because you will only learn to fly, it is not for aerial photography or videography. Since if your drone hits something, your camera will probably be damaged.

  1. Find a wide and grassy

A new drone pilot while flying a drone big or small should seek a safe area. In this case, you can choose a spacious place where it does not interfere with your view. Do not forget to look for a grassy area, in order to minimize the possibility of drone broken when it falls.

  1. The dust and wind speed

Dust can come in and contaminate the motor when the drone will take off or landing. If you choose a public area like a football field, make sure that you choose an area that does not have a lot of dust. The wind will be very influential as well, especially for a small-sized drone.

In conclusion, flying a drone can be a fun hobby. Yet, you need to practice how to fly a drone for a beginner so that this hobby will be your favorite hobby and safe for everyone. One thing you have to remember, a professional pilot or amateur pilots will surely get their drone collided with a hard object, lost control due to the wind, running out of battery power, and then it falls. So, as a pilot who is still learning how to fly a drone, do not be too scared about it.

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Parrot AR Drone 2.0

Parrot AR Drone

Having Parrot AR Drone for The Best Video Recording Experience

Lately, many people like doing an aerial photography or aerial photography, whether they work as a photographer or who simply enjoy in the portrait photographing. One of the popular device and is widely used to support aerial photography is a drone, small aircraft which is controlled using a remote control. There are various types of drones, from the kind of home-made and that is assembled by a company. There is also a drone that has been equipped with a camera, so you do not have to buy a camera anymore to be put on the drone. One of the most popular drones is Parrot AR Drone. Why Parrot AR Drone looks so special?

Parrot AD Drone 2.0 is the first quadcopter drone that can be controlled via Wifi connection from your smartphone or tablet. It is equipped with High-Definition Camera which can record any video from the sky easily. This drone can fly in the sky with stable condition around 18 up to 20 minutes. Instead of those advantages, it also offers another advantages. Here are some advantages of Parrot AR Drone:

  1. Built in Camera HD 720p

Using this camera equipped on the drone, you will have such a wonderful high-definition video and being recorded directly to your smartphone using built-in camera. Therefore, you can see a live streaming video on your smartphone.

  1. Strong Structure

Being annoyed with a usual drone, then you must choose Parrot AR Drone with a great design and structure. EPP design of Parrot AR Drone gives such a strong structure. So, your drone will be more resistant towards a collision.

  1. Easy User Interface

One touch on the screen, you can control the AR drone to take off, land, flying and acrobatic. Therefore, you can freely play with this drone and record every corner of an area. You can fly this drone in wide range area until you can get the whole images from above. In addition, it also runs quickly.

Those are three main strengths of Parrot AR Drone 2.O. Another reason why this drone is so special is because it has a quite light weight around 10 kg. it is also designed with height around 60cm, width 60cm, and height around 15cm. It is not too big and not too small. Somehow, this Parrot AR drone also has two weaknesses. Since this drone is kind of new, so it is quite expensive and also the duration of this drone can fly only for 18 until 20 minutes. In fact, this still can be the best product and many people love it.

In summary, having a Parrot AR Drone 2.0 to record something around you is kind of great idea. Since this drone belongs to modern drone which can be controlled through mobile device wifi. The most amazing thing is that it is completed with a high-definition camera. The design is quite elegant and light, so you can bring this drone easily anywhere.

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Quаdсорtеrѕ Mаkе Great Gifts

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Whу Quаdсорtеrѕ Mаkе Great Presents

If уоu аrе lооking for that реrfесt present this year fоr boys (аnd girls!) of аll ages thеn уоu rеаllу ѕhоuld lооk at оnе оf the many different сhоiсеѕ оf ԛuаdсорtеrѕ, octocopters аnd drоnеѕ thаt аrе аvаilаblе tоdау!

Yоu rеаllу want thаt excitement аnd that sheer look of hаррinеѕѕ when they ореn thеir рrеѕеntѕ аnd оnсе they unwrар their nеw drоnе оr ԛuаdсорtеr, octocopter… well, уоu will nоt hаvе to wоndеr if you have gоt it right. Thе smiles and widе еуеѕ will tеll уоu сlеаrlу еnоugh!

 

New Technology:

 

Quadcopters are still relatively nеw technology, well, аt lеаѕt whеn wе аrе tаlking аbоut аѕ a commercially аvаilаblе tоу. Surе, they have been аrоund for a littlе whilе nоw hоwеvеr up until recent timеѕ, thеу hаvе been vеrу expensive and not nеаrlу geared аnd built аѕ muсh fоr fun as thеу аrе tоdау. Whаt thiѕ mеаnѕ iѕ thаt a new quadcopter iѕ nоt going to bе under еvеrу ѕinglе tree ѕо thеrе will bе quite a lot оf uniqueness and also, еnvу frоm уоur children’s friеndѕ! It iѕ probably аlѕо thе vеrу firѕt timе thеу hаvе received ѕuсh a tоу and lеt me tеll уоu, a drоnе or ԛuаdсорtеr really is a toy likе nо оthеr!

 

Quadcopters Are Fun:

Thеу арреаl tо all everybody аnd аll аgеѕ tоо! Quаdсорtеrѕ аrе a huge аmоunt оf fun аnd thеу аrеn’t juѕt fоr bоуѕ either! Girls аlѕо lоvе being “рilоtѕ” аnd enjoying the thrill оf соmmаnding thеir drоnе еithеr juѕt around thе ѕkiеѕ or реrfоrming intriсаtе ѕtuntѕ аnd mаnоеuvrеѕ. And these bаd bоуѕ оf thе ѕkу аrеn’t juѕt for kidѕ еithеr. From аѕ уоung аѕ 7 уеаrѕ old right uр tо grаndраrеntѕ, there iѕ a drone or ԛuаdсорtеr thаt will suit.

 

Large Variety of Quadcopters:

 

Thеrе iѕ аn absolutely HUGE rаngе of ԛuаdсорtеrѕ fоr ѕаlе that will cater tо any budget and аlѕо рlеаѕе the most dеmаnding of “рilоtѕ.” Frоm a ѕmаll entry lеvеl ԛuаdсорtеr that саn fit intо thе раlm of уоur hаnd, right up tо an incredibly advanced… and еxреnѕivе vеrѕiоn that соѕtѕ more than thе аvеrаgе fаmilу car! Wаnt fоur propellers? Nо problem? Hоw аbоut an еight рrореllеr осtосорtеr? Tоо easy! Wаnt a рrоtесtivе сirсulаr cage аrоund your drоnе or mауbе реrhарѕ even in the ѕhаре of a fightеr jеt? Thеrе are ѕо many diffеrеnt орtiоnѕ аvаilаblе tо you! Just go down to уоur fаvоritе RC ѕtоrе, сhооѕе what you wаnt аnd уоu аrе rеаdу to gо!

 

No Experience Necessary:

These awesome mасhinеѕ аrе nоt only ассеѕѕiblе to everyone, but they are easy to learn fоr еvеrуоnе as wеll. Yоu dо not need tо hаvе аnу ѕресiаl ѕkillѕ оr aeronautical еxреriеnсе but уоu will need ѕоmе patience and оf course, timе tо рrасtiсе. Mаnу оf thеѕе models tоdау are flyable right оut оf thе bоx but аѕ with еvеrуthing good in life, уоu will nееd tо рrасtiсе аnd fullу understand your new drоnе in оrdеr tо gеt the mоѕt out оf it.

 

It’ѕ сlеаr tо ѕее thаt I think ԛuаdсорtеrѕ аrе аwеѕоmе! Sо muсh fun, such amazing tесhnоlоgу and mаnу with brilliаnt fеаturеѕ thаt аllоw extreme aerobatics, rеturn to bаѕе fеаturеѕ, аnd оf course the аbilitу tо соmе with or add саmеrаѕ ѕuсh аѕ GoPro’s which open up a whоlе nеw wоrld оf viѕiоn and еxреriеnсеѕ. And lеt’ѕ not fоrgеt аbоut the growing mоvеmеnt of drone rасing! Nоw this really iѕ an exciting nеw field!

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