Retro mashups have gone too far. CL drones with FPV serve no purpose except to fill airsick bags.
A well-designed local quadcopter racecourse
had sturdy netting to protect spectators. They
needed a big RC spider to come and eat the
I think that using a pad such as
the foldable fabric disks would add
professionalism to flight operations—
showing that multirotor pilots take
Scuba divers fly special flags on their
boats to notify others. As a visual base
of operations, this drone pad would let
passersby know that a multirotor is in
the air and intends to return to that spot.
Drop the Subject
There was also a vendor with
something that I didn’t like so well.
A company wants to commercially
market a gadget that can carry and
drop items from a flying multirotor. It
even has a built-in camera to ensure
I don’t think that equipping
a noncommercial RC aircraft to
deliberately drop something is a good
idea. Even with the best of intentions,
how long before that product gets used
for mischief, or worse?
Full-scale aircraft are rarely allowed
to drop anything. Our models only do
it in narrow circumstances, such as a
scale airplane demonstrating a realistic
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