I'm quoting myself, what an ego.
This is the AR Drone from France
. I'll be using it for aerial shots at both the NATS and Bucket Head
Bash. Just got it today, and after charging
one of the two lithium batteries I bought, I learned lift
off, elevation changes and landings before the 5 minutes of battery
life was gone. The 2nd battery
I flew from different points within the small confines of the room. Too windy today for a beginner to fly outside. I'm controlling all flight with my ipad
and can use my iphone
also. One small issue, both cameras are usable for flight, but without going out and buying
the latest iphone
(or ipad), I am unable to store the video or stills the the copter takes to icloud. As much as I hate to buy something to replace an item that is working fine, before the big T events
I will have to buy the newest iphone to be able to archive all footage shot by the AR Drone. I was proud of the fact I purchased an iphone at the introduction
, and with proper care of the battery, I'm one of the very few that is still using the original iphone. Of course battery life now is just 3 days instead of the two weeks when new, but damn, I was still getting use out of it.
I hope to take it to Yosemite and scale El Capitain, as the wi-fi range is stated to be 1 mile plus line of sight. Should get some great videos and stills without having the skill or courage to scale the cliff face myself.
This video was just taken by my Sony digital, my 3rd flight, so you get the idea how easy this thing is to fly because this flight started with me having all of 10 minutes of self training. It is a bit boring since it is out of view 1/2 the time, but for anyone thinking of buying
one, what better way to see that it doesn't take much skill or training to get going.
Update, as you could see the video went just over 11 minutes, so after a couple of battery cycles, getting more flying time out of a battery charge. Top speed is 20 kt, so should keep up with any future boat. Takes a bit of practice for flying in high winds, but I've seen videos of these little guys pushing through some strong winds up to it's speed range.