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Week Two thought roundup

Screen shot 2013-07-07 at 12.06.22 PMIt’s been two weeks since I flew my DJI Phantom on its maiden voyage– crazy that it hasn’t been that long. Anyway, here are my first impressions on the first couple weeks.

Everyone has been so nice and friendly! I’ll be walking through a park and so many people will make a quick comment like ‘cool copter.’ Other times people will ask what is it. And I’ll fly, and then people get interested and ask tons of questions. I love when people ask questions! It’s great to see curiosity and friendliness within the community. People want to ask what I’m doing, where I got my drone, etc. Continue reading Week Two thought roundup

Meet my drone(s)

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So it’s time I share my gear with you. As I am a mere hobbyist, my gear is (relatively) simple and cheap. I was a bit hesitant to share my gear, including the cost, but in an effort to be transparent about this hobby, I thought you should know.

The first drone I ever bought was a Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quadcopter, with a bumble bee shell. I got this because before I started flying around with my pricier drone, I wanted to practice on this one. If you want to buy a drone, I recommend you invest in a cheap, practice one first!

The controls require some hand-eye coordination, though for people who played video games growing up, it seems to feel natural (I spent my childhood playing with Barbies and my parents wouldn’t let me have video games). Thus, I’ve gotten this little guy stuck in trees and on top of roofs. Never fear, I’m a much better pilot now. Here are the deets on the BeeCopter.

  • Name: Syma X1 4 Channel 2.4G RC Quad Copter – BumbleBee
  • Where to buy: Amazon.com (toys and game section!)
  • Price: $43
  • Producer: Syma
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Pros: Cheap, light, easy to fly, durable, also comes in a UFO design (but the bee is way cuter!)
  • Cons: Can’t attach a camera to it, doesn’t really do anything except (if you’re an experienced pilot) be a fun pet toy or cool party trick

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First drone flight

Welcome to The Drone Girl!

BNp_h8NCIAAIwdG.jpg_largeFor my first blog post, I thought it would be appropriate to share with you my first drone flight!

My first flight was Tuesday, June 25. I have experience flying drones through a project I worked on with The University of Missouri, as well as I had a mini drone I practiced on earlier this year, so my first flight went really well.

Tuesday evening, I flew over a secluded baseball field at Colonel Bill Barber Memorial Park, which is right near where I live in Irvine, Ca. That’s a fantastic spot to practice, because there are tons of baseball diamonds to fly over, and the odds of you flying remotely close to people were low (which I definitely want to stay away from people just for extra safety precautions). However, joggers and walkers saw my drone in the sky, were intrigued, and I was delighted to chat with them and show what I was doing! I got really great feedback — one group of young women were med students visiting family in Irvine, and they had tons of questions, which was awesome!

I spent about a half hour out there, practicing safe landings and takeoffs. But c’est la vie, my battery died, so it was time to go home. Where should I practice flying next?