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    Any quadcopter fliers here?
    I'm fascinated.
    Recently watched a guy inspecting a roof on a three storey Victorian home. The pilot wore a visor so that he could see what his copter camera as filming. His assistant was operating a laptop, but his main job seemed to be keeping folks from bothering the pilot.
    I chatted for a bit. His rig set him back about $10K. It's got GPS, terrain following, onboard recording.
    He said that there are hobby versions for less than $500.

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    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    I've been flying one around the living room for the past month or so. It set my back $12.50. Cat doesn't like it.

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    The future of 'multi-copters':

    "Reason and facts are sacrificed to opinion and myth. Demonstrable falsehoods are circulated and recycled as fact. Narrow minded opinion refuses to be subjected to thought and analysis. Too many now subject events to a prefabricated set of interpretations, usually provided by a biased media source. The myth is more comfortable than the often difficult search for truth."







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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan McCosh View Post
    I've been flying one around the living room for the past month or so. It set my back $12.50. Cat doesn't like it.
    My daughter gave me own like that for Christmas. The instructions were written by an English-challenged translator of the original Chinese, I believe, so I haven't figured it out yet. Waiting for warmer weather before taking it outside. Wife got tired of me slamming it into things....
    I was born on a wooden boat that I built myself.

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    Fly no higher than you're afraid to fall.

    Certain death if the power fails on all of those.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John of Phoenix View Post
    Fly no higher than you're afraid to fall.

    Certain death if the power fails on all of those.
    That's the Army's theory:


    US Army to develop futuristic hover bike to transport soldiers

    June 27, 2015With a new military deal in near future, the hover bike may be more than a Hollywood dream.The U.S. Army is working on a futuristic “hoverbike” that could carry one to two soldiers up to ten feet off the ground at speeds around 60 miles per hour over land and water.The Army Research Laboratory signed a contract nine months ago with SURVICE Engineering and Malloy Aeronautics to develop a hoverbike prototype for the Army to test in three to five years.SURVICE is based in Maryland and Malloy is based in Britain. The two companies will first develop a commercial version of the hoverbike that can carry about 250 pounds and cost about $80,000 before the companies produce a military variant, said Mark Butkiewicz, SURVICE Engineering’s manager of applied technology. He explained that the Army would like the bike to carry about 400 to 800 pounds to allow soldiers to pack their weapons and equipment on board.The Army said the hoverbike doesn’t necessarily need a soldier on board to steer. Butkiewicz compared the commercial and the military variants of the hoverbike to the differences between the Humvee and its commercial version, the Hummer. He didn’t want to give many more details of the requirements and details of the contract signed with the Army.The hoverbike could potentially go faster and higher but the Army wants to make sure its safe for soldiers to ride and not drifting into a helicopter’s mission set. Butkiewicz said to think of the project in some ways like a horse.“If you fall off a horse you can get up and keep going. You can’t do that with a helicopter. That’s what we’re talking about here. Keeping it at about 10 feet off the ground, which in some ways is tougher to do,” Butkiewicz said.

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    I have a DJI Phantom. Its fun. Takes some time to get the knack.

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    I had a Hubsan until it flew out to sea and didn't come back. My nephew Matt is building me a replacement, a qav 250, which he is intending to teach me to fly.

    I really enjoyed flying the Hubsan but the tiny motors on them don't go many hours before they need replacing.


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    I've got a DJI Phantom.

    Haven't done much with it lately. Here's a hastily edited flight over a nice blue lake in Laos. We weren't out to make pro videos, we were mapping the country, but flicked the drone up over some high spots.

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    The Ehang 184 seems to be coming along well in test flights.

    Will

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    I have a Tianqu XS809, which is a knock off design of the Mavic. It's a fun little toy and it flies well, but it has a very basic flight controller. I'd buy a DJI if I didn't have to be in the middle of nowhere to fly it.
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