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First Flight – Skydio 2 Drone

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Saturday, January 16th, 2021
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I’ve been waiting for technology like this for a long time. Finally I have a craft that can follow me on my skiing, biking, hiking and whatever-ing adventures, and capture 4K video. Say hello to the Skydio 2.

Skydio 2 is not quite like other drones from DJI, Autel, Parrot, or Yuneeq. This drone is specifically build as a follow-me drone for action sports. Though a hand controller with sticks is available, most who use it for chase videos use the Skydio 2 app for their mobile device, or even better, the “beacon.”

Skydio 2 and accessories


In the photo above you can see the Skydio 2, the controller, the beacon (left of center), a couple of batteries, the dual battery charger, SD card, some extra propellers, and the semi-hard case the drone comes with. My setup is the sports package.
With the beacon the user can control the drone easily and the drone will follow the beacon while simultaneously avoiding obstacles. Check out my first test video:

Now imagine mountain biking, skiing, boating… This is going to be fun. I do understand the drone can’t perfectly avoid everything. If there are bare tree branches or power lines or any thin obstacles like that the craft may hit them. So I’ll have to fly accordingly.


Starting up my first Cinewhoop build

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
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I’m jumping on the cinewhoop bandwagon in hopes of capturing some nice, slower motion, cinematic GoPro video. After a lot of research I chose the Cinesplore frame. Below are some pictures of the frame. I’m waiting for parts to come in to continue the build.


Now Flying the Autel Evo 2 Pro

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, September 28th, 2020
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I’m thrilled to announce an addition to the drone fleet, the Autel Evo 2 Pro.  Finally technology has advanced enough for me to find a small, foldable drone to replace my huge hexacopter.  This is a bird I’ll be using for shooting RAW images and high quality 4K and even 6K video.

I debated with myself between the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the Autel Evo 2 Pro and a few features pushed me to Autel side.  I’ve been flying this bird regularly for about two months now, and I’m thrilled with the quality of the photos and video it produces.

The range of this drone is impressive.  The flight time I’m getting crushes my hexacopter, 6x over. But it doesn’t get the 40 minutes of flight time that’s advertised by Autel.  It’s more like 30 minutes or upper 20’s.

There are still some kinks and bugs to work out for Autel and the Evo 2 Pro model.  After the last firmware update I’m getting some yaw drift.  I’m also getting occasional situations where it seems the collision avoidance system (oh, forgot to mention that) “thinks” there are objects nearby and the bird stops and hovers.


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