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Old 01-02-2016, 08:14 PM   #15
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Drones around Washington DC area

Sadly, new rules prohibit the use of drones within 30 miles of Washington, DC.

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i need one to lift and carry a small weight and fish line.
Clever! I like the idea.

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What resolution does that camera have. Looks great
Harry, it's 1080P, High Definition and takes 14 megapixel photos. Here are a couple photos I took, first is a carved eagle on top of a pole and the second in my city with Mt. Rainier in the distance.
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Thanks for the info and video, I wondered how good of quality photos and videos they were capable of. I've been looking at the Phantom 3 professional, that must be similar to what you have? One of these days I'm gonna have one. Randy
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I carry my Phantom 3 Professional everywhere we go. We haven't been to any state or national parks so that's been a non-issue. It makes for some awesome landscape shots and videos. I have taken some awesome night shots too.

One of the parks we stayed at in Pensacola gave me a free week stay for shooting their park for them. 30+ shots and a couple of vids for less than 20 minutes work(if that's what you would call it).

Took it to Memphis last week with us. Got some footage of the Mississippi river prior to the flooding. Couldn't/Didn't fly while we stayed at the Graceland RV park as we were within 5 miles of the airport.

So it is sometimes hit and miss as to where I will fly. It's a great tool to have.
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Your drone has to remain in your visual line of sight and stay below 400' agl too.
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Haven't flown my phantom 2 in a while. If flown it as 1 mile from my house using my FPV system. However, since both the radio control frequency and the video link require unobstructed line-of-sight, that has required flying well above the 400 ft AGL limit. I don't use it much anymore, might resurrect it though on our new travels.

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Just as with everything else, it will only take a few to give this a bad rap. Kinda like overnighting at WalMart.
The new FAA rules for drones make me wonder about fixed-wing model aircraft rules or lack thereof?
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The new FAA knee jerk "rules" pilot registration (directly contradicting 2012 laws passed by congress) apply to all model aircraft over approx. half a pound and up to 55 pounds that are not tethered. It is simply written to agree that you can be fined up to $27,500 at FAA discretion without due process of law with exception for government operators. The AMA has suggested not registering until further notice.
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Thanks for the info and video, I wondered how good of quality photos and videos they were capable of. I've been looking at the Phantom 3 professional, that must be similar to what you have? One of these days I'm gonna have one. Randy
When I bought mine in April 2014 it was the newest and best available. The P3P you are considering replaces it and has many new and better features. I've considered upgrading but I haven't really explored all that mine can do, yet!

I'm sure you will be very happy with the P3P. I'm sure you know you need at least a smart phone and a tablet would be even better. You need the screen to see what the camera sees and for all the information the Phantom is sending back to you, such as altitude, distance, speed, heading, etc. They are a complicated piece of equipment but engineered so well anyone can fly one with little or no training. I advise watching a couple hundred of the many thousands of YouTube videos available. They can be an invaluable tool.
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Unfortunately, I now even have to register these as I travel a lot to the USA for Helicopter shows.
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If I had a drone, I'd film those idiots in Oregon.
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