Drone Versus Airplane: A Dangerous Mix…

So, I suppose that I’m expected to join the ranks of those who are condemning the flight of a drone over Las Vegas, during which an airliner on final approach is seen passing beneath the drone, in the video that was shot by the drone.  Ok, I hereby condemn this idiotic act.

That sounds rather flippant, you say?  Well, as far as I’m concerned, this act is so obviously reckless, and plain stupid, that I don’t think that I really need to add my voice to the mix.  I do think that the FAA should investigate and then identify this person.  Then, this “pilot” should be punished.  Severely.  With jail time.  After the perpetrator is punished, the Government should announce this to the world, as a reminder that this type of behavior is intolerable.



My Phantom 4: another piece of camera equipment…

Although flying my DJI Phantom 4 ( https://www.dji.com/phantom-4) is fun, it is not a “thrilling” machine to fly.  The Phantom 4 is first and foremost, a flying camera platform.  For thrills, I have a small Hubsan H107C, which flies fast, and, being inexpensive, is expendable.  And, of course, I am a licensed private pilot, so I have had a lot of fun operating manned aircraft, as well.

As a photographer, though, I consider my Phantom 4 to be, primarily, another piece of camera equipment.

So, with that said; here is more video footage that I shot in the El Paso Mountains:




Drone Video: Mojave Desert…

The El Paso Mountains are one of my favorite places; the vast expanses, the rock formations that resemble the grand canyon…

At any rate, this video, which I shot during my visit to the El Paso Mountains a few days ago, captures some of the “expanse.”

My DJI Phantom 4 may have been in “Sport” mode at the time, which enables it to fly faster.  The truth is that I don’t remember.  I rarely fly in “Sport” mode, because Sport mode disables the obstacle avoidance function.



Exploring some desert canyons…

Hello everyone,

I’m in the El Paso Mountains today, shooting photographs with my SLR, and of course, videos with my drone.  Well, I’m shooting stills with my drone, as well!

The temperature is in the 60’s, and there is a light breeze.  I hope that you are all enjoying your weekend.

The danger of inadvertently allowing my drone to stray into restricted airspace is a real one, here in the Mojave Desert.  To keep this from happening, I use the following resources, so that I know where I am operating at all times:

  1.  The FAA’s “B4UFLY” application.  This app. has limited use, in my opinion, because it admonishes one not to fly if you are anywhere near restricted airspace, even if there are no Temporary Flight Restrictions.
  2. An app. called “Hover.”
  3. A current aviation Sectional chart.
  4. A map of the area – such as a road or trail map.
  5. The Back Country Navigator app., which uses my phone’s actual satellite-based GPS receiver.

Correlating items 2 through 5 with each each other indicate that I am not operating in restricted airspace, despite the B4UFLY app.’s admonition not to fly.  Even the B4UFLY’s own map clearly shows that I am clear of restricted airspace.

Still, military aircaft do fly this area at low altituded, so I am extremely watchful when I fly.