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Solid Foundation Drone Building Class

Is drone building as cool as skateboarding?  Probably not!  But who says you can’t have both? Some time ago I was introduced by a client to a group skateboarders called Solid Foundation. This group provides a much-needed place for young people to hang out, skate, learn and support each other in a host of endeavors such […]

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Best Tablet for the DJI Phantom Series

As a hard core Android user, it is hard to admit that the best tablet for the DJI product range does not use the Android OS. Since my first P1 FC40 I have been using Android tablets almost exclusively, and with great results…until recently. I use a variety of software depending on need.  My go-to […]

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‘It just takes one mistake:’ Lost floaters rescued by drone in northeast Iowa

Upon arrival, the Decorah Fire Department deployed a drone. Thanks to the aircraft’s thermal imaging camera, it was able to locate three of the women within 10 minutes. Without the drone, Kerndt said, “It would’ve been really hard to find them.” “In years to come, I could see almost every fire department having one,” he said. “It gives […]

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Does disconnected really mean all signal is lost?

“Warning:  Disconnected!” Those are not the words you want to hear from your tablet while flying your expensive DJI equipment around.  But what does disconnected really mean? I had an experience today that was very educational. That is the polite way of saying I learned something very valuable just after I needed a change of […]

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Safely taking video at sporting events just got a whole lot easier with this simple trick

Safely taking video at sporting events is hard for many reasons: The subject is constantly in motion with no pre-determined path We must avoid flying over people We need to avoid obstacles such as trees and flood lights which can be very inconveniently placed If you are watching where you are flying then you really can’t keep […]

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Testing the DJI Lock Outs

Since Flight Restrictions (TFRs) in NJ are a regular occurrence these days I decided to test the DJI lock outs before I found myself at a client site and unable to work. The main app I use when flying is Litchi.  Litchi works with all of my DJI drones without having to pick a different […]

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NY/NJ is currently a No Fly Zone!

Flying a drone in the NY/NJ area between now and August 20th could land you in deep trouble. The USA has a 30 mile no fly zone that exists around The President at all times.  This has been in force for many years, but two factors are making this a much bigger problem today: The […]

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Hiring a hobbyist? You might be committing a federal crime.

If someone willingly hires someone to fly a drone who they know is not licensed to operate a drone commercially, could they found legally liable for operating a drone commercially without holding an FAA Remote Pilot Certificate? The answer is a qualified yes, and it’s a federal crime punishable by a fine of up to […]

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Lightning over Wyckoff

On Wednesday evening we had an amazing display of lightning over Wyckoff. No rain…not even any thunder.  Just a continual display of lights.   I was kicking myself for not having any batteries charged on my P4Pro drone but the old 2.7k P3 would have to do.  Still great fun to watch.  Even my hard […]

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360 Virtual Tours Are Here!

Looking for new and innovative ways to show a place? The new 360 virtual tours seem to be just the ticket! Check out the virtual tour we just put together of a beautiful old house for sale right on Zabriskie pond – my favorite location for trying out new photo techniques. Click on the picture below to […]

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