Interview with WPRI on FAA Registration Deadline

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Had a great opportunity to meet with and be interviewed by Susan Campbell from WPRI. The subject was what do I think about the soon approaching deadline for the FAA Drone Registration.

I had a lot to say on the subject, instead, catch the interview which is airing Monday, February 15 at 5:45. I wanted to focus on the space I secured to do the interview at. I contacted a friend of a friend and got access to Wide World of Indoor Sports. I had noticed this location when my daughter was playing field hockey there. The unique feature I noticed was that all the interior surfaces of the building were covered with a strong netting material. This would prove awesome to “catch” a drone and prevent any damage. In addition to this… a second floor observation deck had plenty of seating and also included a full bar. Here is a pic of Susan, Less and Myself.

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Here is a video of testing the netting. I took a drone and full speed flew into the netting. Neither the drone nor the netting suffered any damage.

Crawl for a Cure

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Had the chance to go to the 2015 Crawl for a Cure and brought the drone with me. Had been a while since I flew since I crashed it at the Fall Crawl. The site for the Crawl was the Quaboag  Riders facility in Monson MA. Really nice facility for hill powered hill climbing. Got clearance to fly from the officers of the club so off we went. I will post the video on the Makrbus YouTube channel. SO for now… enjoy some of the pics.

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Brief flight at the 2015 Fall Crawl.

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Had a chance to attend the 2015 Fall Crawl in Harrisville NH. Was asked to try and capture some footage of the line up to start the event on Saturday morning. Wanted to get the rig out and shake off any cobwebs due to not flying over the last couple weeks before I “needed” to fly. Made a couple mistakes including forgetting to remove the Gimbal “holder” which resulted in horrible bouncy video as the gimbal fought the holder when ever I banked the drone. I was able to grab a couple pics from the video before making the biggest mistake. One of the attendees dared me to land on his rig. I figured… I land on my hot tub all the time. Piece of cake. So I fly towards us and stick the landing to a big whoo hooo and cheers. Then the mistake…. to shut down the motors on the DJIs ( my other drone ) you push sticks down to the middle ( same sequence to start motors on both drones ) however on the QX3… this does not shut down the motors. In fact it makes the unit hard rotate right while strafing left. Needles to say it tumbled from the top of the 4×4 and crashed to the ground. Was not able to resurrect the rest of the weekend but was able to get it to work ( minus broken GPS boom ) tonight. Should be all set for next Rock Crawl. Enjoy the pics.fallcrawl1 fallcrawl2 fallcrawl3 fallcrawl4 fallcrawl5

Back to Ashaway with new Blade 350 QX3

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Makrbus went back to Ashaway RV resort with the new Blade 350 QX3 AP ( while the DJI 550 gets built ) Shot a ton of video and still for the campground. Also got enlisted to troubleshot the SplashPad portion of the swimming pool. Learned alot about a Siemens PLC controller. We booked our next visit for July 1-5. Looking forward to having some other friends join us for that visit.

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sunset over the pool

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Main entrance

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fishing pond

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sunset over the back of campground

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pool and pavilion

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aerial from athletic field