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Flew the Old DJI Phantom 1 today

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017
Categories: Multirotor AircraftRandom

It has been about two years since I’ve flown the old Phantom 1, which has just been hanging on the wall as more of a piece of art. It was quite fun and I started off perfectly, by crashing it into the neighbor’s house. LOL. I figured it out.


Yuneec International Expands Commercial UAV Offerings with All-New H520 Drone

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2017
Categories: Aerial ImageryEquipmentMultirotor AircraftNewsPhotography
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H520 Builds Upon Yuneec’s Proven Six-Rotor Platform and Incorporates Industry-First Commercial-Grade Features and Software Developer Kit


ONTARIO, CA (January 5, 2017) — Yuneec International, a world leader in electric aviation, today announced the expansion of its commercial UAV offerings with the unveiling of the H520, an advanced six-rotor drone for commercial applications. The H520 builds off Yuneec’s proven six-rotor platform and incorporates industry-first commercial-grade cameras and applications for high-end commercial use. The H520 offers longer flight time, greater payload, modular design and enhanced components while staying true to Yuneec’s standard of excellence in aviation precision and safety.

The H520, engineered for optimal use in industrial and commercial environments, features high visibility Hazard Orange fuselage and a six-rotor design capable of emergency flight with only five rotors. A 360-degree, 3-axis gimbal coupled with retractable landing gear provides an unobstructed view from any angle. The camera and gimbal are capable of a 20 degree up-angle for upward-looking inspections.

Yuneec will offer three camera options that include the CGO-ET dual thermal RGB camera, CGO-CI seven-element inspection-ready camera and CGO-3+. The CGO-ET is specifically designed for law enforcement, Search & Rescue and solar inspections applications and is the industry’s first thermal and residual light combination. Targeting the broadcast, cinema, and vertical inspection markets, the CGO-CI’s longer FOV and edge-to-edge distortion-free lens captures sharp, high-contrast imaging, which meets the needs of filmmakers and broadcast producers as it is the industry’s first long-focal lens camera. Additional upgrades to the H520 camera options include a panoramic shooting function along with burst, time-lapse and metering modes.

“With its suite of advanced features, the H520 is dependable, reliable and capable of fulfilling virtually any commercial need,” said Yu Tian, Group CIO and CEO of Yuneec Technology Co., Ltd. “Pilots can fly with confidence knowing they have an array of camera options for a variety of situations and industry-leading safety features including intelligent obstacle navigation with Intel® RealSense™ Technology.”

Challenging angles and locations are more accessible with the safety backup of Intel RealSense Technology, a feature found on the H520, which enables the aircraft to intelligently navigate around objects, taking safety and flying options to the next level. Coupled with the industry’s only user-variable speed control, pilots can confidently approach critical structures without concern of impact.

The H520 comes with the professional-grade Android-based ST16 controller, which has a large 7-inch integrated display and HD 720p video downlink for real-time video reception, and an HDMI uplink for distribution to external monitors

Yuneec will launch a software developer kit (SDK) platform in Q2 of 2017. The SDK platform allows third-parties to develop value-added applications and services on the H520 platform for a variety of industries and commercial markets.

The H520 maintains Yuneec’s focus on safety with features such as Geo-fencing, Variable Speed Control, Dynamic Return Home and Low-Battery Return Home. The H520 will be available Q2 of 2017 and will be offered in a variety of configurations with prices ranging from $2499 to $4499For more information visit www.yuneec.com.


GoPro Karma Drone Announced

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Categories: Aerial ImageryDrones For GoodGoProMultirotor AircraftNews

Karma, Much More than a Drone
Hollywood-Calier Stabilization in a Backpack for $799
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KARMA is here (and compact enough to go anywhere in a small backpack), along with an all-new lineup of HERO5 cameras- the HERO5 Black and HERO5 Session-to make it easier than ever to find the right camera for you.
This lineup combines the best of:

Waterproof durability without housing
Stabilization technology
Larger, improved touch display
Advanced audio capture
Voice control (in 7 languages)
RAW, WDR and distortion-free linear-view settings

We also rolled out a complete end-to-end storytelling solution and cloud-based subscription service, GoPro Plus , which allows you to auto-upload content to the cloud making it easier to access, edit and share your favorite GoPro moments.


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