That B&H order (the same one I used) still says "Preorder". The message you got “item will ship when back in stock" is just a generic message. The item has yet to ever be in stock, and the B&H salesperson was surprised that my order went all the way back to May. Yeah I'll be interested when you actually receive it, skymonkey.
If I don’t have a tracking number come January 31, I’m bailing out. Their stock price on the Australian stock market is .14, that’s about a .10 US. They might be making a big parachute for themselves with the preordering.
The thing that ticked me off was the fact that they had gotten my pre-order in May and didn't have the courtesy to update me each time the release date was pushed back. Finally got fed up and no longer had a good feeling about it.
I pre-ordered back in May. Was supposed to be available in August. Then September, then October, then January... I gave up and cancelled my order. Seems like they are having issues. My guess would be GPS interference -- but that's just a guess.
I ran across this on ebay today. I have no knowledge about it, just sharing the link with the forum.
Looks heavy to me and not as Aerodynamically slick as the PARAZERO. But at $97 it does warrant your attention.
DJI quadcopter Phantom 4 or 3 Parachute escape system parachute automatically | eBay
ebay item No: 162083642477 (I couldn't get link to work) Just search for item number.
I read today the NYPD is planning to fly a drone over the New Year's Eve crowd by tethering to a "High Building" according to a NYPD Spokesperson.