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Old 03-02-2014, 11:54 AM   #16
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Re: More Drone Camera Test Flights - Boats, Beaches and Buildings

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A friend shared this:

http://www.dslrpros.com/Products/tab...S/Default.aspx

I watched their video on the website with great interest and hope. My friend was right - such a solution would be fantastic!

Alas, my hopes were dashed when I called them up. While they can waterproof the quadracopter (which I may still do), they are unable to waterproof the camera rig I am using which gives those super smooth shots. The Gopro Hero 3+ Black edition is not inside is waterproof housing with my setup because the camera must plug directly into the stabilizer called a zenmuse gimbal.

However as I mentioned I may still get the craft waterproofed which would spare its $800 cost as long as I added floatation pontoons. I will have to look further about waterproof the rest of the rig components like the gimbal, camera, and video downlink. Or just find some applicable insurance .

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What do you think of DSLRpros.com package deals? They looks similar to your set up.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:02 PM   #17
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Great footage Tony you are a genius!
Thanks for sharing them with us.
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:26 PM   #18
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What do you think of DSLRpros.com package deals? They looks similar to your set up.
They look pretty good to me.

I like these: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...s_5_8GHz_Dual_
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Old 03-04-2014, 08:27 PM   #19
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Great footage Tony you are a genius!
Thanks for sharing them with us.
Thanks Erick!
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Old 03-08-2014, 10:18 AM   #20
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Great footage, I've been wanting to get one of those quadcopters and start playing around as well.
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Old 04-21-2014, 09:07 PM   #21
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Re: More Drone Camera Test Flights - Boats, Beaches and Buildings

This is not my ad, but I just came across it while searching for a gopro.

I think this is the drone you mentioned in your writeup.

I don't know much about it but if someone is interested it may be useful

http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/pho/4412124918.html
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This is not my ad, but I just came across it while searching for a gopro.

I think this is the drone you mentioned in your writeup.

I don't know much about it but if someone is interested it may be useful

http://miami.craigslist.org/brw/pho/4412124918.html
Good find, but I'd buy a brand new one for a lower price here:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...ith_h3_2d.html
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Old 04-22-2014, 08:05 AM   #23
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Nice
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Old 04-22-2014, 09:00 AM   #24
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Of course Ken, you won't get away that cheap

After you spend for the extras you'll want like a monitor, the video downlink, extra batteries, cases, etc. plan on around $2,500 or more to get into this aerial videography game right.
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Old 04-22-2014, 10:47 AM   #25
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That is why I am not really looking to do it. I could see spending all the money, then crashing it into the sea.
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Old 07-14-2014, 10:21 PM   #26
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Here is an interesting chart on the subject of drone legislation:

http://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-a...gislation.aspx

So far in 2014, 35 states have considered UAS or UAV (also commonly called drones) bills and resolutions. Five states - Iowa, Indiana, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin - have enacted new laws.

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Old 07-20-2014, 08:32 PM   #27
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Sweet set up man! I lost my vision + out in the water a few days ago. If I could make a suggestion, add some foam to it so it floats. Otherwise ill go right down if you ever crash.
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Old 07-28-2014, 09:51 AM   #28
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Professors object to FAA restrictions on drone use

July 28, 2014 By JOAN LOWY of Associated Press


WASHINGTON (AP) — University and college professors are complaining that government restrictions on the use of small drones are likely to stifle academic research.

In a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday, 30 professors said a clarification the agency issued last month on what rules model aircraft hobbyists must follow would eliminate the ability of researchers to use small, unmanned aircraft on low-altitude flights over private property.
Model aircraft have increased in sophistication and capability to the point that they are virtually indistinguishable from small drones. And the price of unmanned aircraft has been dropping, making them more affordable for researchers and other users.

The FAA allows hobbyists to use model aircraft or small drones so long as they keep them away from airports, fly them under 400 feet and keep the aircraft within sight of the remote-controlling operator at all times. However, commercial operators or people working for private colleges or universities are prohibited from using the same aircraft under FAA's clarification of its policies, said Paul Voss, an associate professor of engineering at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, who spearheaded the letter.
"Under the FAA model aircraft rules, a 10-year-old hobbyist can freely fly model aircraft for recreation, while our nation's scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs are prohibited from using the same technology in the same types of environments," the letter said.

The FAA has a process for academic researchers to obtain special authorization to use drones, but only if they are affiliated with public colleges or universities, not private schools like Smith. Researchers from Harvard and Stanford universities, both private schools, also signed the letter. But so did researchers from large public universities like the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin.
FAA officials have set so many barriers to obtaining special permission to use drones to conduct research, as well as limitations on how they are to be used once permission is given, that it's often not worthwhile for researchers at public universities to try to obtain permission, Voss said.

Researchers said they were particularly concerned that FAA is telling drone operators that the agency has the sole authority over use of the airspace from the ground up instead of 500 feet and above, which has been interpreted as public airspace in the past.

The FAA's current interpretation of "national airspace" is so broad that it includes "all airspace in the United States, including our campuses, private backyards, and possibly even inside buildings," the letter said.

FAA officials didn't immediately reply to a request for comment. The FAA bars commercial use of drones, saying they could collide with manned aircraft or injure people on the ground if not flown in a safe manner. The agency has been working for a decade on safety regulations to allow commercial drone flights, but has yet to offer any. Agency officials have said they hope to propose regulations permitting the use of commercial drones weighing 55 pounds or less later this year.


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Old 08-11-2014, 10:59 AM   #29
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