The Ghost Drone is an upcoming quadcopter that is built around smartphone operation and control and is the subject of a fully funded IndieGoGo campaign.
It looks a lot like the DJI Phantom in size, shape and load capacity. Instead of a complicated dual stick controller, however, the Ghost Drone is controlled completely by a smartphone app. [Read more…]
OK Go is well-known for its impressive single-take music videos and this latest one takes the game up a notch or three. For its new song “I Won’t Let You Down”, dozens of choreographed dancers joined the band on set to perform perfectly synchronized movements to the track. [Read more…]
Check out this impressive video shot with full permission of the authorities inside of the Mexico City International Airport during flight operations. It offers some unique looks at airport operations from perspectives that are otherwise impossible to observe.
The video was shot using a DJI F450, a Zenmuse H3-2D and 3D and a GoPro HERO3 Black Edition. It was shot to celebrate the anniversary of SENEAM (Spanish acronym translation: Navigation Services for Mexican Airspace) and was made by the Mexico-based aerial production company Post and Fly.
The return-to-home function on RC drones like the DJI Phantom and F550 is a pretty cool feature, which we saw saved the day for Eric Cheng when he took his Phantom over an active volcano. Of course, if there is a rock wall between you and your drone, it could present some problems. [Read more…]
Think Tank Photo’s new Airport Accelerator Phantom 2 Quadcopter Divider Kit converts their Airport Accelerator backpack into a customize quadcopter transport case. [Read more…]
The DJI Phantom quadcopter is a pretty awesome tool for photographers and filmmakers; however, one negative component of the Phantom is the frequent complaints from those who have lost their Phantom as a result of a flyaway.
While the cause of Phantom flyaways is a constant source of debate, there are certainly things that can be done to minimize the risk. Still, that may not be enough.
According to several reports from Phantom users, every setting can be made by the book and the Phantom can still be affected by an uncontrollable flyaway.
We’ve previously looked at ways to minimize the risk of flyaways; however, there is one more measure you can take that improves the likelihood of recovery in the event of a flyaway . . . . [Read more…]
The FAA announced that it has issued exemptions for 6 aerial photo and video production companies to fly unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) (aka drones) for commercial use.
The FAA’s authority to regulate the hobby-sized drones was called into question when a judge for the National Transportation Safety Board threw out a $10,000 fine the FAA levied against a commercial filmmaker in Virginia earlier this year.
To date, the FAA has not updated the regulations wherein it is attempting to enforce a ban on hobby-sized drones (e.g., the DJI Phantom) as an “unmanned aircraft system” (the legal term used in the regulations. Yet, the FAA is still exempting certain companies from its (currently unenforceable) regulations. [Read more…]