Recent content by gcoxusa

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    Hexa – a eVTOL drone you can ride

    If it functions like the first DJI drone I bought – it will drop from the sky like a brick for no obvious reason. Still, I got on the waiting list because technology has come a long way since then. As an ex-Air Force mechanic I can tell you multiple redundancies are built into military and...
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    Hexa – a eVTOL drone you can ride

    LIFT Aircraft is a private company in Austin Texas which has developed an electric, vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. According to founder/CEO of DJI North America (Colin Guinn) LIFT is using technologies that have matured in the drone industry. There are plans to open up LIFT...
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    Youtube & Vimeo Channels - ALL LINKS GO HERE ONLY- NO VIDEOS

    My YouTube channel is at the following link. The focus is on historic landmarks from the ghost town in Alaska to Mayan ruins in Guatemala. There is no advertising on the channel. GregCoxTV
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    What Is The First Drone You Ever Had?

    The first drone I saw a demo of the Parrot quad at the mall store called Brookstone. Although I was amazed by the demo I decided to do some online research about the product reviews. That is when I came across the DJI Phantom 2 Vision which was my first drone purchased in October of 2013. On...
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    Flying where no GPS Satellites are??

    Regarding the Mayan jungle, I recently posted drone footage of the ruins at Tikal Guatemala at the following channel. This was simply a recreational, non-commercial project. My partner used a Mavic Pro and had no trouble with satellites. However, he did have trouble with the park rangers who...
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    Traveling in the USA with your drone on airlines

    I recently took a trip from Maryland to Alaska with my P3A. My plan was to get some aerial footage of a National Historic Landmark called Kennicott Mines. The thought of traveling thousands of miles and spending thousands of dollars only to be prohibited once I got there caused much stress. I...
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    Gimbal Disconnected and No Image Signal

    I am sure by now PDubz14 has resolved the issue. I would like to know what the resolution was for the P3A. This is probably going to sound silly but I've been accused of worse. I have flying various models of the P2V with a smart phone for so long the pre-flight process is just a habit. When...
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    POLL: What do you shoot, 1080, 2.7, or 4K?

    I shoot in 1080p and 30fps all the time. Part of the reason is because I combine video clips from other cameras and this just makes it easier for me. However, I like the idea of shooting in 2.7k for cropping and zooming and will try that. I use Adobe Premiere for editing but it seems a little...
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    Drones in State Parks (illegal? yes or no)

    Based on my conversation with the National Park Service I would agree with what SteveMann stated. It's the take-off and landing that the NPS would not permit. The main concern seems to be disturbing the visitors. That said - I have noticed that there are some "private" areas within some...
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    Issue With NFZ

    Thank you Tcope for your post ... I agree with everything you said. I especially found the definition of an "airport" rather interesting. I would add to that - if my Phantom UAV is defined as an "aircraft" then my backyard is actually a private "airport". Therefore, I hereby grant myself...
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    I tend to disagree with some of the comments you received about working in the D.C. area. If...

    I tend to disagree with some of the comments you received about working in the D.C. area. If you want to fly the drone under 100 feet in your backyard it should not take an act of congress ... just my opinion. Anyway, perhaps you could try a different flight mode, or a different app such as...
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    Are paragliders regulated like drones?

    These powered paragliders are heavy, and gasoline powered with a dangerous rotating propeller strapped on a mans back and can fly as high as any drone. Am I correct in thinking that they need not be registered with the FAA, there is no licensing or training required? Yet there is public...
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    Licensing your phantom videos and digital images

    In response to your question I forgot to mention one thing probably because I do it out of habit. And hopefully this won't be too far off topic. But whenever I am preparing to create an aerial film I always create some kind of storyboard. I want to know ahead of time exactly what I intend to...
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    Licensing your phantom videos and digital images

    I asked the same question of the FAA over a month ago and I will copy/quote the reply below for you: Thank you for your inquiry. If you have a smartphone, you can download the B4UFly app from the Apple Store or the Google Play store for free. This app will show you any of the flight...
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    Licensing your phantom videos and digital images

    I agree with you Joe21... I think the DC area is NOW a NFZ. But I don't think it was when I did that project. I knew there was a chance that I might not get the Phantom off the ground - and I relied on the App to tell me about flight restrictions as it had done many times before. I did not...