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Saturday April 19th, 2014.
Phantom 2 Vision+ maiden.
First time flying a Phantom...


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3 am the next morning.  Staring at the Vision+.  Time for her a second flight...


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Dirty Bird Posted at 2017-11-13 21:05
3 am the next morning.  Staring at the Vision+.  Time for her a second flight...

https://youtu.be/pcdl-fM1brE

Pretty good video for the Phantom 2. You were brave to do your second flight at night.
Do you still fly your Phantom 2 as I see you have a number of other Phantoms as well.
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Jenee 2 Posted at 2017-11-13 22:13
Pretty good video for the Phantom 2. You were brave to do your second flight at night.
Do you still fly your Phantom 2 as I see you have a number of other Phantoms as well.

I still have the Vision+ but haven't flown it in a while as the camera has developed a twitch in the yaw axis.  She needs to be re-shelled also as the motor mounts have a lot of cracks.

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Dirty Bird Posted at 2017-11-13 21:05
3 am the next morning.  Staring at the Vision+.  Time for her a second flight...

https://youtu.be/pcdl-fM1brE

I've not seen that one before on your channel. Did the P2's all have the fisheye lens, or was that an add-on?
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Blériot53 Posted at 2017-11-14 03:34
I've not seen that one before on your channel. Did the P2's all have the fisheye lens, or was that an add-on?

The fisheye was the norm for the Vision+.  Strange watching the old videos.

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Vision+ caught in a thunderstorm...


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Vision+ makes her first excursion over water.


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Hey DB what drone did you have before the Phantom?  
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cracking videos there Dirty Bird
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Mark The Droner Posted at 2017-11-14 04:52
Hey DB what drone did you have before the Phantom?

Before the Phantom I flew fixed-wings RC.  I have about 50 planes!
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Ahh haha ok!  
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Hunt Valley Town Center...


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Dirty Bird Posted at 2017-11-14 03:54
The fisheye was the norm for the Vision+.  Strange watching the old videos.

When you fly the RC fixed wing, do you do any video with those?  Or was it the introduction of the quadcopters that brought you into aerial photography?
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You made some nice video's!
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Really nice videos, enjoyed all of them and glad to see you back!
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First flights over Baltimore with the Vision+...



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Blériot53 Posted at 2017-11-14 07:35
When you fly the RC fixed wing, do you do any video with those?  Or was it the introduction of the quadcopters that brought you into aerial photography?

None of my fixed wings had a camera.  I bought a small inexpensive camera that could be velcroed onto a plane but it fell off in flight and was never found.  I haven't flown a plane since I got the Phantoms.

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Experiencing the thrill at Fort Smallwood Park...


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Greetings.

I deleted my first comment, as you chose to ignore it.

But I will say it "once" again. Your vids are awesome... ;-)


Enjoy the day.

I relish that edit function. A lot. Hahaha

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Memorable times! Thanks for sharing with us!
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RedHotPoker Posted at 2017-11-16 20:54
Greetings.

I deleted my first comment, as you chose to ignore it.

Thanks Red.  Sorry I did respond but must have hit return like I was sending a text instead of clicking save.  I blame it on failing eyes with a touch of geezer!  Have a new Mavic on the way to replace the one I "lost."  

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Early Vision+ flights exploring local schools...






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Vision+ over the Severn River @ U.S. Naval Academy...


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Sorry, about your loss. I honestly never knew about that. I won't ask you to post a link to the flight LOG ;-)

You have some of the longest flights, on a single fully charged battery, than many or most here.
Was it one of those distance flights, that finally caught up with you? Anyway, what a shame.

I think of every flight as a chance, if I lose control, it will not return, so better be on my best behaviour.

That thought of losing my Phantom 3 Pro, was what seriously made me choose to buy a set of Lume Cubes with appropriate mounts.
By increasing my VLOS to a much greater distance, has given me the freedom of mind, to temp fate, and go out much farther than ever before.


Glad you have kept your great spirit, and continue to amaze us, with your bravado and finesse. ;-)

By the way, I have lost numerous PM messages, forgetting to tap the return key, before closing the PM messages.


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RedHotPoker Posted at 2017-11-17 21:41
Sorry, about your loss. I honestly never knew about that. I won't ask you to post a link to the flight LOG ;-)

You have some of the longest flights, on a single fully charged battery, than many or most here.

Had to happen eventually.  I was flying manually at the Inner Harbor from atop Federal Hill.  Ironically I was relatively close within VLOS but watching the FPV on my phone.  As i flew over the marina I missed a thin antenna mast on one of the boats.  The collision ejected the battery & that was that!  The battery landed on the deck of the boat & was recovered undamaged.  The Mavic dropped in the drink right next to the boat on about 30' of Baltimore Harbor's finest blend of polluted water.

I actually contacted a diver about recovering thr bird but, as he needed to use environmental hazmat gear, it was $400.  The drone would have been toast so I thought why waste the money?  
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Dirty Bird Posted at 2017-11-18 01:55
Had to happen eventually.  I was flying manually at the Inner Harbor from atop Federal Hill.  Ironically I was relatively close within VLOS but watching the FPV on my phone.  As i flew over the marina I missed a thin antenna mast on one of the boats.  The collision ejected the battery & that was that!  The battery landed on the deck of the boat & was recovered undamaged.  The Mavic dropped in the drink right next to the boat on about 30' of Baltimore Harbor's finest blend of polluted water.

I actually contacted a diver about recovering thr bird but, as he needed to use environmental hazmat gear, it was $400.  The drone would have been toast so I thought why waste the money?

That sucks. But you said you missed the antenna?

So you saw the drone, hit the water? That must have made ÿour heavy heart sink, with it...
It certainly would have hit me in the chest. Like a dagger, right to the plasma pumper.
Well, so you retreived the flight pack.
I think you made the right choice, not hiring the expensive diver.
That would only add to your pain, if the drone was already toast.


Look forward to better days, and maybe keep your flight plans to the dry land... ;-)


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RedHotPoker Posted at 2017-11-18 02:10
That sucks. But you said you missed the antenna?

So you saw the drone, hit the water? That must have made ÿour heavy heart sink, with it...

No I hit the antenna.  I missed spoting it on the FPV view!  Three businessmen from out of town had a front row seat. Must have been a perfect strike they said the mast flexed, something fell off on the deck (battery...got it back undamaged), then the antenna sprung back & catapulted the Mavic into the drink right next to the boat.  Heck it's only 25' offshore but the harbor is deep, dark, & the bottom is extremely nasty from what the diver described.  I was bummed but it had to happen eventually.  

I was going to buy the Mavic aircraft alone to replace it since I have everything else.  Then the Platinum came out but no aircraft only yet.  Wound up ordering the new Arctic White model.  It's a good price & gives me three fresh batteries.  I'll get a Platinum bird-only when they become available.

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The Vision+ at Sideling Hill in western Maryland...


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Vision+ @ Brandon Shores..


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You must have native blood in your veins. Because you are very brave... ;-)
I wish you could have saved that last bird. That really bugs me.
Also feel that the scuba diver was trying to gouge you, with his overpriced quote.

The guy probably went for a swim anyway, and found your  done, to keep. Right Thanks.
I know what people are like, and that seems like an obvious, to me...

Anyway, wishing you much better luck in the future, and hope you avoid flying in that area.
Or fly much higher up, avoiding  any and all land locked interference. ;-)

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Lot of nice videos, haven't had my drone up in thunderstorm yet but used to fly my RC plane right before they hit and get some good footage of lightning
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RedHotPoker Posted at 2017-11-19 12:35
You must have done native blood in your veins.

Because you are very brave... ;-)

Had the bird been salvageable I may have sprung for the diver but, since it went down in 30' of salt water, it was pretty much toast.  Better to put the money towards a replacement. I do miss the performance & convenience of my Mavic.  Hope the new one performs as well.
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DustMan Posted at 2017-11-19 18:27
Lot of nice videos, haven't had my drone up in thunderstorm yet but used to fly my RC plane right before they hit and get some good footage of lightning

Thanks!  I have all these fixed-wings sitting around & haven't flown one since getting a Phantom. I need to take one up for a refresher!
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The day I flew the Vision+ to Mars (seriously!)...


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Vision+ takes a wild long-distance ride at High Point Park.  Came in hot on low battery at the end & almost bought it!


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Baltimore firewoks...then & now.

July 4th, 2014 with the Vision+...



July 4th, 2017 with the Phantom 4...


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The Vision+ @ Broadneck High School.  One of my longest Vision+ flights...8600' with a stock bird & RC.


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Vision+ "Flight Above the Clouds" at Sunset Park...


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Beta testing the sadly discontinued Flytrex Live 3G @ Fort Armistead with the Vision+...


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