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    #16
    You already have a drone?? What about having a drone in your pocket (or photo bag)?:
    http://blogs.dailylifetech.com/vzra/...is-genius-1117

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      #17
      Originally posted by ombugge View Post
      You already have a drone?? What about having a drone in your pocket (or photo bag)?:
      http://blogs.dailylifetech.com/vzra/...is-genius-1117
      Looks very similar to the DJI Spark - but perhaps a bit smaller. I don't really see the need or the intended usage area for such a small thing.
      With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

      Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
      Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

      Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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        #18
        For quite some time, I've thought about getting a drone. Could never afford one, of course, so my dollars went into an upgrade of my Pentax equipment to full-frame and a 150-450mm lense.

        Now, as I almost got myself prepared to go to bed yesterday evening, the doorbell rang. As I opened the door, an old friend from the local aero club stood there at there. Haven't seen him for quite a while.
        I invited him inside, and then he told me he got something in his bag for me, something he had thought of for a long time to bring to me, because he is so impressed with my photography and enjoy watching my pictures.

        He opened his bag, and there it was, a brand new (well, flown only 18.050 meters in total) DJI MAVIC PRO drone!!!

        He is a estate agent and had ordered one to fly over buildings, estate and such. Something happened to the first order, so the shop sent another one.
        Then the first one surfaced, so now he has got two DJI MAVIC PRO drones.

        As a token of appreciation for my photography, he wanted me to use one of them as long as I wanted...., free of charge.

        Look forward to start using it.

        Santa Claus came early this year :-)
        "IF GOD COULD MAKE ANGELS...., WHY IN HELL MAKE MAN?"

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        • Sterkoder
          Sterkoder commented
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          Well, the toy came to me, so money burning in my pockets was not the reason here ;-)

          About the legal operation of this drone, I'm not familiar with the rules other than you always has to have eye contact with the drone, no flying above 120 meters above ground, no flying within 5 kilometers from any airport and no flying directly above houses and people. At least for a "hobby drone".

          If one want to fly for commercial purposes, that's a hole other ballgame. Then we talk about theoretical exam and a license from the Norwegian CAA (Luftfartstilsynet)

          https://luftfartstilsynet.no/droner/

        • Tommi
          Tommi commented
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          Congratulations! I'll surely be nice to follow your future take-offs!

        • Sterkoder
          Sterkoder commented
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          Thank you, Tommi (and others).
          I'm totally inexperienced, have never laid my hands on a drone before, it's dark when I go to work, it's dark when I come home..., so please be patient with regards to my rate of posted pictures from this Remotely Piloted Aircraft, as the authorities call it.

        #19
        Congratulations Sterkoder!

        There are a couple of good apps that can tell you whether your area is "safe to fly".... as well as a website that you can also check in your browser.

        The best app is called +Drone

        The website is https://www.safetofly.no

        With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

        Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
        Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

        Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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        • Sterkoder
          Sterkoder commented
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          Thank you :-)
          I'll check into those places, even though the national CAA (Luftfartstilsynet) say that as a pilot of a hobby drone, the only limitations are those stated in their rules and regs, such as max. altitude 120 agl/msl (if operating only over sea), no flying within 5 km from airport, no flying over arrangements gathering 100 people or more, no flying directly over houses or buildings that has nothing to do with the pilot and so on.
          As a beginner pilot, I guess I will be having more than enough with handling the apparatus within the confinement of my own lawn (haha).

        • pakarang
          pakarang commented
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          Sounds great, I think you got the main requirements the way they are meant to be.

          Happy flying!

          I wish I was flying a lot more too, but there just isn't any time available anymore. 4 jobs and only 24 hours in a day doesn't leave much for rest and hobbies. But, I'm not complaining. I'm happy to have the chance to do something exciting in my life.

        #20
        Great news indeed for me to come back to after my holiday. Such a wonderful story of Santa's early visit to a very deserving guy!
        My next thought was that as you've flown actual planes you should soon get the hang of it! Well, have a feel for the extra dimension anyway! . I checked your FB and found your test flight, and the resulting 'selfies from the air' are already impressive.

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          #21
          Have any of you flown a quad (not a photography drone)? I have recently gotten into quad racing where you pilot the quad via a on-board camera which broadcasts the image back to a pair of goggles. I find it even more difficult than flying a helicopter. At least a helicopter has a tail and has some tendency to stay pointed in one direction. A quad has no natural desire to be pointed in any direction. You can fly in any direction with equal ease no matter which way your camera (the front end) is pointed all the while acting as though it's on a sheet of ice.

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            #22
            Originally posted by pilotdane View Post
            Have any of you flown a quad (not a photography drone)? I have recently gotten into quad racing where you pilot the quad via a on-board camera which broadcasts the image back to a pair of goggles. I find it even more difficult than flying a helicopter. At least a helicopter has a tail and has some tendency to stay pointed in one direction. A quad has no natural desire to be pointed in any direction. You can fly in any direction with equal ease no matter which way your camera (the front end) is pointed all the while acting as though it's on a sheet of ice.
            I do have the DJI Goggles which I can use with my Mavic Pro drone, but because it doesn't fit quite to my head shape, I mostly don't use it and have been thinking of selling it to someone.

            I have however flown quite a few flights with these "goggles" and the experience is not out of this world, but still very awesome!

            I have a neighbour that flies tiny racing quads, and he says it's such a fun sport. It sounds like a very angry gasp going mad outside.
            With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

            Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
            Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

            Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              #23
              I came across this video on abcnyheter.no (a Norwegian website), and this is the absolutely best drone video I have EVER seen!

              Imagine this video on a giant 18 meter x 36 meter IMAX screen!

              Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this video on youtube or vimeo, despite having made extended searches.

              I hope and pray you are all able to see it, if not, please let me know.

              https://www.abcnyheter.no/sedenne/v/...h-Sf_FuyPnh3bw
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              • janihudi
                janihudi commented
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                I had seen it.
                Bit he made a lot of test flights i think, before he got the video right, or he did wel known his drone

              • Tommi
                Tommi commented
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                Here you go, it's even in 4K (although the camera isn't very impressive):
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DREErxgFI_s

              #24
              Originally posted by pakarang View Post
              I came across this video on abcnyheter.no (a Norwegian website), and this is the absolutely best drone video I have EVER seen!

              Imagine this video on a giant 18 meter x 36 meter IMAX screen!

              Unfortunately, I have not been able to find this video on youtube or vimeo, despite having made extended searches.

              I hope and pray you are all able to see it, if not, please let me know.

              https://www.abcnyheter.no/sedenne/v/...h-Sf_FuyPnh3bw
              The other thing here is that I'm convinced he actually broke the law doing this video.

              To fly like this, you will need a quick and fast (with no delay) transmission of the live feed from the racing drone to your FPV screen.... in order to do that, he will have to fly with a 1Gb connection (seeing the quality of the film), and that is ILLEGAL all across Europe probably - definitely illegal in Norway.
              With best regards from Jan-Olav Storli

              Administrator and Owner of CaptainsVoyage.
              Main page: http://www.captainsvoyage.com

              Surround yourself with positive, ethical people who are committed to excellence.

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              • Ralf__
                Ralf__ commented
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                But it is very impressing!

              #25
              Quads filming high quality video normally use two cameras. A standard definition camera with an analog video feed to the pilot's monitor or goggles is used for flying. A GoPro or other good quality camera is strapped on top to record the high quality footage which is downloaded after landing.

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