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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.


Yuneec Unveils Compact, Easy-To-Use Ultra HD Flying Camera

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Wednesday, August 31st, 2016
Categories: Aerial ImageryDrones For GoodEquipmentMultirotor AircraftNews
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Breeze is Controlled via Mobile Device, Includes Autonomous Flight and Instantaneous

Social Media Sharing Capabilities

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ONTARIO, Calif. (August 30, 2016) — Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the availability of the Breeze, creating an all-new mass consumer category for the brand. The Breeze, the ultimate flying camera, is controlled via mobile device, has five easy-to-use flights modes and is able to seamlessly share to social media channels. The Breeze is now available at a suggested retail price of $499.99.

The Breeze is a flying camera designed to take ultra high resolution aerial photos and videos of the consumer. Its compact size makes the Breeze easy to transport. It can easily fly both indoors and outdoors and is intuitively controlled by a mobile device. The “Breeze Cam” APP, available for iOS and Android devices, includes five automated flight modes which makes getting the perfect shot easier than ever before. Once users complete their flight, they can download the aerial photos and videos instantly through the Breeze APP to share across their favorite social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Instagram and Whatsapp.

“With the popularity of selfies at an all-time high, we set out to create the ultimate, user-friendly flying camera which allows people to take their photos to new heights,” said Tian Yu, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “The Breeze includes the Ultra HD and flight mode capabilities of our top end drones, and because of its size and ease of use, the Breeze seamlessly integrates into just about any activity, whether it’s a first time outdoor adventure or yearly gathering with friends and family.”

Yuneec is expanding its product lineup to make creative aerial possibilities available to even more consumers. The Breeze removes the intimidation of flying, while still providing the creative solutions consumers want to capture unique perspectives of their daily lives.

Yuneec offers a variety of creative aerial solutions, including the Tornado professional and the Typhoon enthusiast platforms. Yuneec’s SkyView FPV headset is compatible with the Tornado H920 and Typhoon H as well as other drone and consumer electronics products with HDMI output. Yuneec also manufactures the E-Go 2 electric skateboard for efficient and fun transportation.

The Breeze is available for $499.99 at retailers nationwide. For more information visit yuneec.com.


Drone Pilot Flies Over Large 4th of July Crowd

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Categories: DJIMultirotor AircraftNewsRandom

As a drone pilot myself, I found this quite maddening to see a quadcopter flying over yesterday’s 4th of July event in my home town of Sandy, Utah.  There must have been 50,000 people there.  The quad was a Phantom with prop guards.  The pilot made countless flights over the crowd, even at night during the fireworks display.

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With all the police and fire people there I first assumed the pilot had a permit.  He was launching from next to the stage where the band was performing, and hand-catching the Phantom on landing.

DSC_8531As the night wore on though, I started getting more and more irritated. I thought to myself that there would be no way the FAA would permit this type of flight. I watched him fly up to the stage then fly backward.  He seemed to lose control and freak out when he almost hit the spotlight crane which was situated in the middle of the audience.

DSC_8532I was irresponsible with my first drone, a Phantom.  It was back in 2013 and I had no idea what I was doing or what might happen if I crashed.  I’m much more careful now and watching this guy fly over the audience, my wife and 3-year old included, ticked me off.

The pilot looked to be an event photographer. If he was shooting for the event or for the band, I’d assume he had a Section 333 commercial exemption and/or a permit to do it. Benefit of the doubt.  But again, methinks someone who has gone to all the trouble getting a 333 wouldn’t fly over a crowd of thousands.


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