Bought your new video/photo drone? Check!
Read the Manual? Check!
Run the flight simulator program or practiced with some toy quads? Check!
Watched some of the online Videos relating to your model? Check!
Made your maiden flights at a large open field (school or similar field) to test the setup? Check!
Now it’s time to find some more varied places to fly your quadcopter and take some stunning still pictures and videos. Don’t be tempted to use your front and back yards and local neighborhood as regular flying grounds they probably aren’t that interesting and you’ll be quite embarrassed if you need to retrieve your new machine from the neighbor’s pool. Worse yet, you could damage cars, property or injure people.
Finding suitable and photogenic locations can take some effort but the results will be worthwhile. Here are some hints and tips which may help you find some safe
Know Where you Are!
Study local maps carefully ideally on Google, Bing or Apple Maps Satellite view. Once you become familiar with your locale, locate large open (usually green) areas. During a recent trip to Florida, I noticed that a large fairgrounds was just a few blocks away. This area provided a great view of the city and surrounding area and was very safe for flying.
I founds some large abandoned areas near some railroad tracks which provided an amazing view of a local park as well as the center of town. [Read more…]