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Category Archives: Education

Maiden Flight of Solid Foundation’s Drone

Sunday, October 15th marked a milestone for the Solid Foundation drone with a successful maiden flight! A maiden flight of something that you built from scratch isn’t something many people get to experience, which is a shame because there really is no feeling like it. It doesn’t matter how many times you bench test it, […]

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Palm Beach to alter drone ordinance to comply with federal, state laws

Drones were one of the hottest Christmas gifts in the country in 2015, and Palm Beach officials wanted to move quickly to get regulations in place. But in hindsight, they moved a little bit too fast with their 2016 law, Deputy Town Manager Jay Boodheshwar said at the Ordinances, Regulations and Standards meeting Thursday. Four […]

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How to Create Tilt-Shift / Miniature Worlds From Video

A few weeks ago I used the technique called the “rail cam” to take video of a moving train.  When I posted the video online a fellow enthusiast suggested it would make a great tilt-shift video. I agreed and, with just a short amount of time in Davinci Resolve, I had a nice tilt-shift video […]

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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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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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