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AlansDronePics
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Hope you have a laugh and learn something.

Very low res from phone.


I expect some of you people can fly your drone through the eye of a needle and not touch the sides. Well, I can’t, but I did want to fly through parts of a ruined building to see how easy it would be.


For those who don’t know, without satellite data, the drone switches to ATTI mode. Within a confined space, prop-wash and wind movement make controlling the drone like playing football in shoes on an ice rink. The player being the drone, in this case.

Obviously, only a loony would attempt to fly their drone indoors, without prop-guards. I decided to buy some from Fineguard for £9.00 on Amazon UK. I can confirm they worked perfectly. Fitting them required prop removal, clipping them together and refitting the props. Not a big drama and you may prefer to assemble on site rather than carrying an unfold able drone.

Because I would be passing through narrow doorways and down passages, I switched off the forward sensors and flew in tripod mode. All this mode does is reduce the responsiveness of the sticks. A large stick movement translates to a slow movement of the drone. The novice shouldn’t make the mistake of believing this creates a stable drone, like putting a camera on a real tripod. It doesn’t, the drone is easily deflected by slight air movement.

I decided to start off with something easy, like passing through a double door opening. Once I knew what to expect and got a feel for close encounters, I tried smaller openings. Although not shown in the video, simply because I forgot to press the record button, I flew through the rooms in the main building. The hazard here was thin, dangling wires in the gloom that were almost impossible to see.

I mentioned prop-wash earlier. You will notice in the video how skittish the drone becomes, passing through a narrow opening. One instant it bounces away, the next it sucks towards it. However, I only hit 3 times with the drone-guards during the whole test. The effect of a hit would have broken a prop and a hard fall for the drone amongst junk. Needless to say, the guards just bounced the drone gently away. No fuss, no drama.

I also mentioned wind movement. In the dark chamber at the end of the video, the air currents blowing through were unmanageable. I had the strange deja-vous moment that the drone was darting around like a ball around the screen on an early computer game. To make matters worse, the room was so dark, I could hardly see the drone, at all. I managed to land it in the room, but in so doing, I stood on the drone-guard. It survived with no damage.

My closing tip is, never fly with prop-guards if there is much wind. The drone will be less able to resist the drag.




3-23 07:21
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Hello and good day AlansDronePics. Thank you for posting this video and for giving us your insight on how you have produced this said video. Thank you for your support.
3-23 07:44
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GroTToFlyeR
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Pretty cool looks old there
3-23 11:03
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GroTToFlyeR Posted at 3-23 11:03
Pretty cool looks old there

Yes, its a Victorian fort that was used by the Germans during WW2
3-23 22:58
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GroTToFlyeR Posted at 3-23 11:03
Pretty cool looks old there

Yes, its a Victorian fort that was used by the Germans during WW2
3-23 22:58
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Nicely done
3-23 23:31
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Thank you.
3-24 02:19
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my hat off to you, tremendous job,  well done , you are quite the pilot! thank you for sharing.
3-24 04:49
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Well done
3-24 05:44
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TomThomson
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Great place to fly looks pretty interesting!
3-24 07:40
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Thanks Woe. I was in a dark place...
3-24 08:00
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TomThomson Posted at 3-24 07:40
Great place to fly looks pretty interesting!

Typical sights on the island can be seen here.
https://1drv.ms/b/s!ArAx9oM6899RgcRdcUJN-gAu1me80w
3-24 08:07
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You're welcome
3-24 09:15
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AlansDronePics Posted at 3-24 08:07
Typical sights on the island can be seen here.
https://1drv.ms/b/s!ArAx9oM6899RgcRdcUJN-gAu1me80w

Thanks! Small island full of intersting stuff ...
3-24 09:57
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Great flying Thanks for sharing
3-24 11:11
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jeffmossy
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Think I saw a ghost in the doorway at the end
3-24 11:21
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jeffmossy Posted at 3-24 11:21
Think I saw a ghost in the doorway at the end

No, just me. There are ghosts there.
I have seen them when I photograph in the dead of night.
3-24 11:49
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AlansDronePics Posted at 3-23 22:58
Yes, its a Victorian fort that was used by the Germans during WW2

Awesome
3-24 12:00
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AlansDronePics Posted at 3-24 08:00
Thanks Woe. I was in a dark place...

You're welcome and come back to the light.
3-24 17:13
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Very cool, nicely done
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