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DJI Phantom 4 Teaser!

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Return To Your Senses- DJI again has successfully created hype over the teaser video for their new drone!  We have so many questions, as I’m sure do you!  What’s the price?  When is the release date?  Is the camera upgraded?  And so many more…

Our questions will soon be answered on March 1st 2016 as DJI unveils what they have in store for us!  

There is a photo floating around of what people say is the new Phantom 4 (or whatever they decide to call it).  You can tell that the belly of the drone does have a silver plate where it was previously all white and seems to show some new sensors.  Rumors even say there will be a new bottom- facing vision position system.

What do you think will be equipped on DJI’s new Phantom?  

 

 

 

 

DroneDeploy Releases Free iOS App Providing Fast Aerial Data

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Leaders in aerial mapping, Drone Deploy, launched their free iOS app making aerial data available for drone enthusiasts and professionals all over!  

The DroneDeploy app provides key autonomous flight capabilities to help you capture images with ease. Creating high quality interactive maps for analysis, 3D modeling, and more.  

This app is compatible with most of the DJI drones including the Phantom 3 Pro, Phantom 3 Advanced, Inspire 1 and Inspire 1 pro.  It will even work with your new Zenmuse x5 camera. Perfect for hobbyists and professionals across many industries!  

 

The app has the ability to create interactive maps directly on your iPhone or iPad while you’re in the field.  According to Trevor Hogan of FlyFarm, a small business offering drone imagery services,

“DroneDeploy’s mobile app and map engine are everything a drone pilot could ask for when trying to capitalize on the value and goodness of new drone technology. DroneDeploy can single-handedly empower small businesses providing drone services.”

Two taps is all it takes to get your drone ready for take off.  Simply open the app and outline the area you want to map on the satellite image.  Tap the green check mark when your ready and your drone will do the rest!  When your flight is done and you have the data you need, just upload your photos from your SD card to your DroneDeploy account.  From here you can use a variety of their tools to analyze including  NDVI indices, elevation visualizations, area and volume measurements, and more!

 

Download your free DroneDeploy app now! 

 

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How Can Drone Services Save You Both Time and Money

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Check Out Drone Services That Are Being Offered Across Various Industries!

Every day you hear about drones being used for something new!  Whether it be using drones to deliver Burger King whoppers to homeless people or catching students cheating on final exams, the possibilities are endless.  Drone services are becoming increasingly popular in saving companies time and money by providing better solutions with technology.  

Soaring Sky was recently approved by the FAA for the 333 exemption. Without having this approval you can get charged with some serious fines for flying and using drones commercially.  Below is a list of the most popular services with drones but it only scratches the surface of what is possible.  

Agriculture

Drones are saving farmers lots of resources by being able to survey the crops for them.  Technology is so advanced that the aircrafts are attached with sensors that can tell how much water and sunlight the crops are receiving as well as create 3D aerial images of the field to better monitor.  It just blows my mind the type of data and information that it pulls from the drones system.

Another way they can help around the farm is by herding the cattle or animals.  It may sound a little crazy but this technique is actually proven to work and save time.  You can use them on cows, sheep, horses, or even ducks to round them up without you having to chase them yourself.

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Use drones on your construction site to track the progress and development.  The software on the vehicle can measure distance, area, and volume the most accurately from the air.  I swear I’m not lying, I know it sounds too good to be true.  This option takes less time and is less risky than current practices.  Instead of having people hanging off sides of buildings, just whip out your handy dandy drone and get the same process done in no time.  

Aerial Cinematography and Photography

By using the video camera on your drone you can create some of the most eye catching footage!  To get these epic aerial shots before, photographers would have to use helicopters to get enough height to capture the shot.  Not only can this be dangerous but it’s extremely expensive and takes a large team to accomplish.  Now using drone photography, you can get even better quality shots, from on the ground.  At Soaring Sky we create unique videos for a range of industries including yachts, real estate, action sports, and more!  Get creative and try adding a new perspective to your work.  

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Taking aerial photos of your property or house can really help it give that edge in the market that you need to sell.  Research has shown that high quality photos of homes create 47% higher asking prices per square foot!  That’s more than just a few pennies if you ask me.   Drones are a great tool to help you market the real estate that you are trying to sell by giving an overhead shot of the land and surrounding area.  I would say that real estate is one of the most popular drone services in the industry to date.  

Government Use

There are a few different ways in which the government can be applying drone technologies to be more effective.  The first would be search and rescue, by using drones to find missing people to get to them in hard to reach places.  For example, a drone was recently used to deliver a life jacket to a kid that was stuck in some river currents so that we could swim to shore safely.  

The next use of government drones is patrolling.  This can mean a variety of things such as border, beach, or even traffic patrol that was being researched by the Dutch government and proved to be a success.  A view from above could potentially warn someone of a near by shark!  That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.  RD_04-Raven-Against-Spray_cc

Disaster planning, response, and relief is another way that drones can be helpful.  For example, drones were used after the earthquake struck in Nepal to help locate survivors, deliver supplies and equipment, and perform analysis to better understand some of the damages.  They were even being used to help extinguish fires, which can be done with local fire stations as well to help put out fires from above!  I honestly don’t know why these practices aren’t put into place yet, but keep your eye out for some drones to the rescue!

Inspections

Inspections are a must needed service but are very risky for humans in most cases.  Drones provide a better solution for energy or oil and gas companies.  Even to inspect hard to reach places like pipelines, the aircraft can use it’s sensors to detect even the slightest issue.  Yes drones have sensors, that means they have feelings too!  This is a main service that is provided here at Soaring Sky because the outcomes are incredible!  

Telecommunications

This drone service is one of the most mind blowing.  Drones can actually provide WiFi connections from up in sky, providing internet access to the entire world.  It was estimated that one new WiFi drone cost 100 times less than building traditional towers on the ground!  

 

Are you interested in any of the drone services above or have something else in mind that a drone could help you with? Give our team a call at 239-333-2447 today! 

 

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Comparison of FPV Drone Models

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Which FPV Drone is Right For You?

Do you ever wish that you could see through the eyes of a soaring eagle as it effortlessly flies around the sky?  Well now you can!  You have probably heard the term FPV before, especially if you’re really into video games.  For those of you who are new to the drone industry or term I’m going to break it down for you.  FPV or first person view is also known as video piloting.  

The FPV method is used to control a radio controlled vehicle, like a drone, from the pilot’s point of view.  Pretty much you can see everything that the drone can see through the camera mounted on the aircraft.  This technique is super helpful when flying and also really easy to use!  Without an FPV system you just have to watch the drone while it is in the sky to best control it. This can sometimes be difficult when the drone is at high altitudes because you can’t tell which way the aircraft is facing.  There are many different types of drones that use this feature, for right now I’m just going to be focusing on two of the main ones.

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For the new and exciting sport of drone racing, getting an FPV drone is a necessity.  This style of FPV is unique because the flyer wears goggles with an antenna coming off the top.  The system streams in real time exactly what is being seen through the front of the drone.  Which can get a little crazy because because sometimes they are racing at speeds up to 100 mph!  Some might feel as if they are a stormtrooper right out of a star wars movie when flying their drone.  

While you are wearing the goggles you also have to be controlling the transmitter and flying the aircraft.  This might not be a favorable choice for drone beginners because you have to move the joysticks without being able to see them.  This FPV style results in such an out-of body experience.  It feels as if you have a bird’s perspective while you’re weaving in and out of trees and zooming around to avoid any obstacles.  

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If you’re going for something a little less extreme, don’t worry because we have an FPV drone for you!  DJI is the leading drone manufacturer and produces some of the best technology on the market, check out other drone reviews and they will say the same.  The FPV view is so simple to use, all you need is your smartphone or tablet to hook up to the transmitter of your Phantom or Inspire 1 DJI Drone.   From their you use the free DJI pilot app that connects to the bluetooth on your aircraft.  Streaming the footage right to your fingertips!  

 

Now that you are an FPV pro it’s time to get soaring!  Call 239-333-2447 today to learn about our drone training programs.

UAV Pilot Training

UAV Pilot Training Basics 101

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Learn Tips From Our Professional Flight Team of the Safety Rules and Guidelines Associated with Flying

There is a lot of information out there about UAV or drone systems. With drone technology it changes every month in some cases, making it hard to keep up.  Proper UAV pilot training is so important and very necessary to ensure the safety of your drone and anyone else it may come into contact with. Even with the rules and regulations changing, every flyer needs to know their rights.  Soaring Sky’s professional flight team has described some of the most important things to take into consideration.  

Before Flight

Many states just recently passed new laws for drone use in their state. So before you head out to fly, be sure and check your state’s newest laws on flying drones in your area. Remember if you’re traveling to another state to check those rules as well because what may be alright for one may not be ok for another.

One of the biggest things is to know your limitations. What are you capable of doing with a drone. Can you safely fly the vehicle of your choice? Before you buy a drone, what do you want do with it? It is purely hobby flying. Or do you wish to capture video and still images from the drone? Once you have determined what drone to fly, then follow these basic set of rules to fly your new UAV safely.

Just as any pilot, thoroughly inspect your drone before and after each flight. Make notes of anything that looks out of the ordinary, such as cracks in the framework or the shell of the UAV.  Pay attention to detail, such as noticing any variations in the sound of the motors.  Ensure the operating environment is safe and that the operator is competent and proficient in the operation of the  UAVs.

During Flight

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has set guidelines for drones being used for hobby or recreational purposes.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to follow the list of rules below when flying.  

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Don’t fly in areas with over 500 people or more
  • Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
  • Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

In addition to the first point on the list, you should not fly near or over sensitive infrastructure or property such as power stations, water treatment facilities, correctional facilities, heavily traveled roadways, government facilities, etc.  This can cause issues with the Wifi and connection between your drone and transmitter.  If you want your drone to survive more than a few flights then I would take this pretty seriously.  You should also avoid flying over unprotected persons or moving vehicles, and remain at least 25 feet away from individuals and vulnerable property.

This may seem self explanatory but another important fact is to not fly in harsh weather conditions. Make sure you know the capabilities of your drone. There are a bunch of free apps which can assist with current weather conditions in your area.  Along with weather it is also unsafe to fly around at night.  This goes with keeping your UAVs in eyesight at all times and using an observer to assist if needed.ASME

This is one of the most important rules to remember!  It is extremely important to not interfere with manned aircraft operations, you must see and avoid other aircraft and obstacles at all times. Most drones are equipped with software built in which will not allow a person to fly their drone in restricted airspace. For example, with our DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus, we cannot lift off within a specified range of major and regional airports.  Living in a place like Fort Myers Florida, there are many airparks which may not show up on any map. Knowing the area you are flying in is vital to make sure no mistakes occur.  If you encounter an airfield, you may want to contact the control tower and let them know of your intentions and flight path.  There has been so much bad press recently about drones near airports, but it is such a simple rule that no one should ever break!  

Keeping a flight log is also a very good idea. Not only will it provide you with valuable feedback, but also in case you are asked by local authorities about your activities you can show the documentation of your flight hours, locations, and details about each flight.

The last rule is to never use your UAV to conduct surveillance or photograph people in areas where there is an expectation of privacy without the individual’s permission. In some states, not only is it illegal, but civil cases can be brought against the operator.  It is also important to not operate a drone under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

Having the proper knowledge before flying a drone and knowing your limitations is very important and can help avoid any accidents.  Reserve your spot and sign up now for the Soaring Sky UAV pilot training at our facility today!

 

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Drone Photography Tips From Leaders in the Industry

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Soaring Sky’s Flight Team Instructor Gives 10 Tips on How to Capture the Most Epic Photos.

Imagine being able to capture your photography from a new perspective, capturing a bird’s eye view of your subject.  Some may think that drone photography is easy and all you have to do is fly up there and shoot.  You could get lucky and capture an amazing shot, but to get the best photo possible each time there is a lot to think about.  To help you out we interviewed Soaring Sky flight pilot and instructor, Donnell Field.  With 17 years of professional photography experience, he is here to give you some tips on capturing the best photo from the sky.  

1- How is taking photos with your drone different or similar from taking photos on land?  

Drones are a different piece of equipment for sure, but I still use some of the basic techniques when shooting from the air as I do on the ground. Most of the difference involves natural light because you’re flying above the clutter that we see around us. The drone also shoots at higher shutter speeds than the cameras I typically use.  You still want to add contrast, get interesting lines in your photo, and have those different textures. This can all be done to some extent based on white balance, ISO settings, and the angles with which we take the photos from.

2- Which kind of a drone with camera would you recommend? Fort Myers Beach 3

After testing many drones from different manufactures I’ve found that the DJI model’s offer the highest quality drone cameras.  At Soaring Sky we usually fly the Phantom 3 or Inspire.  DJI partnered with Sony to make their camera and I like what they have done. To have such a small platform perform as well as it does with the given distance parameters it works with, it has done a great job. Probably one of the biggest things I like is being able to shoot high quality photos on the go. It allows me to capture high quality images while I’m flying without having to stop.

3- What is involved with planning a shoot before actually doing it?

Knowing the capabilities of the camera is key. Second, making sure all the equipment is ready to go. Including clean lenses and memory cards (extra is always a given). Then knowing how to use the natural light to my advantage and being able to see not just my target but what is around me. This is because while being airborne the depth of field is so vast.  Sometimes this can be a distraction as well as helpful. By using the shadows cast by the sun’s light to capture certain scenes, you can create a whole new perspective with your photography. It is challenging and awesome at the same time.

4- What can you advise pilots to be aware of for camera settings in the DJI Go pilot app to get the best photos?  

A photographer can use basically the same settings for the DJI mounted cameras, as they do on the ground. With the exception that they have more available light once airborne.  What I mean by that is when you’re on the ground there is clutter from trees, houses or buildings, which can cast shadows and make your pictures dark. This can still happen from the air but not as much.  The photographer’s basic ISO settings of 100, 200 and 400 still apply both to the ground setting and that when they are in the air.  

Generally with sunny conditions and with the high shutter speeds that our drones shoot with, I generally tend to set my white balance to cloudy. And the Auto White Balance seems to work quite well.  Testing with different settings in the conditions that you are shooting in and adjusting from their is really the best way to find what works.  

5- What is the editing app that you recommend for pilots?

Photoshop is a great tool for any photographer. In fact most of the Adobe products are a great asset and I have been using them since the beginning. Not everyone can afford to have programs like Photoshop or LightRoom but a option is to find someone with older copies who want to upgrade to the latest version. Be sure the authorization key is still usable and you can buy their previous programs. There are many other editing programs out there for minimal cost that are available for photographers at any level.

6- Do you have any tips on altitude/ height/ or distance for how to get the best shot?

Unless you have permission from the local air traffic control always keep under 400 ft. Aside from that, it all depends on your subject and the effect you are going for. Photography is art, so therefore one person’s idea may not work for another. Knowing your light on a subject and the capabilities of your camera are a big part of what you shoot once you are airborne.  When I am out flying a drone for a specific project, such as maybe a real estate shoot I do have a height that works best for getting what we need.  I usually fly up between 90 and 120 feet, unless there is vegetation, and angle the camera down towards the house to get the best view.  

7- Any tips on the speed for getting the best photos?  Light house on Sanibel Island

Always start flying slow.  This allows for more contro.  Flying at a slower speed allows for the camera to take the best shot. Same as if you were shooting a photo on the ground. The shutter speed has the capability of shooting very fast, but if you are shooting on the fly, it is a hit or miss. Taking it slow and stopping to take the shot is the best bet when starting out. Always allow the camera to receive the signal from your controller to take the shot before proceeding onward. Otherwise, you may not get the shot you desired.

8- Do you take the sky into consideration when taking drone photography?  

You always have to take this into consideration when flying.  It’s always a good idea to check the weather before going out for a drone shoot.  The best lighting occurs shortly after sunrise or sunset where the sky has the most beautiful colors.  The lower angle of the sun makes for a more dramatic effect so use this to your advantage. That is not to say that’s the only time to shoot. Again, it all depends on what effect the photographer is going for, and the subject that they are shooting.

9- Any drone maneuvers that you would like to share that gives you some of the best shots?

A lot depends on the sun and the subject I am shooting. That will depict for me what types of angles will work best for me and if I need to take a high or low angle approach. A great tip is keeping the lens tilted slightly downward to keep from having lens flares and washing out the sky.

I sometimes compare action photography with hunting. You have to anticipate the shot and where your subject is going to be as you move. Sometimes I do shoot on the fly. Literally. Making you anticipate where my subject is going to be at the second I pull the trigger to get the shot. It takes practice, good timing, and good equipment.

10- Any other tips for getting the best drone photography?

Keep practicing and trying different settings at different times of the day. It’s like anything else, you want to practice to be good at something. The more time you put into it, the better you can be. I have been doing this for more than 15 years and still encounter situations I have not seen before, which can be challenging.  Having a background and experience will help you figure out those challenging moments and to make it work

 

If your a beginner pilot make sure to check out the Soaring Sky Academy or call 239-333-2447 to learn more about training.

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Comparison of the Phantom 3 Models

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Be As Good As The Professionals for a Fraction of the Price with the Phantom 3 Pro, Advanced, and Standard!

The Phantom 3 is the newest drone released by DJI global and it is definitely an upgrade from the previous Phantom 2.  When you open the box, it feels like you are taking out a robot from the future, especially with the gold metallic stickers they put on them.  They first introduced two different models, the Advanced and Professional.  After a few months of that release they also came out with the Phantom 3 Standard, the ultimate beginners drone.  The Phantom drones are really some of the best drones on the market to date, take a closer look at the similarities and differences between the three models.  

Similarities

The first feature that is the same across all three of the models is that they all shoot 12 megapixel still photos!  This is such a high quality camera, the images that you capture come out crystal clear. Across the board with all models, is the same Lipo 4S intelligent flight battery and the three axis gimbal.  The gimbal helps create the smoothest shots with ease while in the air.  Having a high quality camera and gimbal are what make or break your photos from a new perspective, and I promise this drone will provide you with some of the best.  dji-phantom-3-review-gaia-flying-the-drone

Since the launch of the Phantom Standard, there is an exciting new upgrade that everyone should be stoked about!  This includes four new flight modes, the one that I’m personally looking forward to the most is the follow me feature.  With this you can program your drone to automatically follow you and be your own personal photographer.  This way you can do your favorite activities and sports without having to worry about controlling the drone because it will be right behind you no matter what.  Other features include way points and point of interest, where the drone will automatically circle and fly around one point or fly along the path that you create before take off.  

The last feature is the intelligent orientation control or IOC, that lets you customize how you control your Phantom and make it unique to exactly what you want.  Not many quadcopters come with all these features, so it’s very impressive that they are doing such a huge upgrade and empower pilots around the globe with these amazing new tools!  

All of the models include a very handy safety feature called the automatic flight assistant.  What this means is that the drone will remain stable and under control during all times of the flight.  The GPS stabilizes the drones if there is a gust of wind, and it’s not a big deal if you let go of the joysticks on the transmitter because it will hover in place in the sky.  The drone also has a return to home button, which ensures your Phantom will never fly away and get lost.  With a press of a button your drone will land itself right from where it took off.  If the connection is ever lost between your device and transmitter, don’t worry because it is so smart that it knows to return to the home spot!  

The last main similarity is the same DJI Go mobile app that you use to monitor through first person of your drone.  You can easily attach your tablet or smartphone to the transmitter to be able to control your drone, such as snapping photos and recording video.  You can also perform simulation flights on the app to get some practice before take off, as well as see the distance, height, and battery life of the drone.  

Differences

The main difference in the three Phantoms would have to be the quality of the video camera.  Starting off with the newest model, the Phantom Standard takes 2.7 HD videos.  The Advanced is a little more upgraded, providing 1080p HD videos.  Of course, the Pro is going to shoot the highest quality video, since it also is the highest price point, taping videos at 4K, which is truly amazing!  You really can’t beat this quality for the price point, it’s such a steal!dji-phantom-3-670x263

Two minutes may not be much, but DJI compares each of the drones and says that the Standard model offers a max flight time of 23 minutes and the Pro and Advanced is maxing out at 25 minutes.  This allows for longer flying time for you to capture everything that you want to see.  I’m not quite sure why the least expensive model offers this feature, but hey I’m not going to complain for some extra time in the sky.  

There are also a few differences in the transmitter between the DJI Advanced and Pro and the Standard.  The Phantom Standard includes the return to home switch, flight mode switch, and gimbal dial.  Whereas the other two models also include additional video recording button, shutter button, playback button, and 2 customizable buttons.  All of these additional features can easily be done through the app, but it just offers more ease to the pilot.  

Specs for Advanced/ Pro

  • Weight with battery and props: 1280 g
  • Max Ascent Speed: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s
  • Max Speed: 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
  • Shutter Speed: 8s -1/8000s

Phantom 3 Pro

  • Price: $1,259
  • Video Recording Modes
    • UHD: 4096x2160p 24/25, 3840x2160p 24/25/30
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 60 Mbps
  • Battery charger rated power: 100 W

Phantom 3 Advanced

  • Price: $999
  • Video Recording Modes
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30/48/50/60
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 40 Mbps
  • Battery charger rated power: 57W

Phantom 3 Standard

  • Price: $799
  • Weight with battery and props: 1216 g
  • Max Ascent Speed: 5 m/s
  • Max Descent Speed: 3 m/s
  • Max Speed: 16 m/s (ATTI mode, no wind)
  • Shutter Speed: 8s -1/8000s
  • Max flight time: 23 minutes
  • Video recording modes:
    • UHD: 2.7K: 2704 x1520p 30 (29.997)
    • FHD: 1920x1080p 24/25/30
    • HD: 1280x720p 24/25/30/48/50/60
  • Max.Video Bitrate: 40 Mbps
  • Still photos: 12 megapixel

 

Now that you know all of the differences in the Phantom 3 family, you can best decide which drone is best suited for your needs.  Sign up for our Soaring Sky Academy to learn from the best, or call 239-333-2447.  

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3 Must Have DJI Phantom Accessories!

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Don’t Go Flying Without These DJI Phantom Accessories!

DJI are the leaders in drone technology.  DJI is creating some of the most innovative products on the market, and in turn, offer some of the highest quality accessories available.  If you are looking to buy a drone, or if you are a seasoned flyer, the below DJI Phantom accessories are must haves!

DJI Phantom Carrying Case

A DJI Phantom is a high quality piece of equipment, and a huge investment for any flyerxb_dji_open_full.  As such, you’ll want to keep your phantom drone protected in a hard, durable case. A good case will include a foam cut-out, specifically designed for your DJI Phantom.  The DJI Phantom 3 Plus Universal Case provides a custom foam housing, which fits the Phantom 1, Phantom 2, Phantom 2 Vision, Phantom 2 Vision+ or the newly released Phantom 3. It is designed with ample space to carry all of your DJI Phantom accessories.

This compact case is able to carry: 6 DJI Phantom batteries, 4 – AA batteries, charger, transmitter, FPV Goggles, 2 antennas, spare props, 1 Monitor up to 9.5 x 6 inches with sunshade, iPad Air or iPad Mini, GoPro charger, 2 GoPro batteries, GoPro remote, & multiple SD card cases.  So don’t take any more risks, travel in style and get a case for your drone before it’s too late.  

Extra BatteriesDji Lipo 2

Here at Soaring Sky, we typically carry at least 4 extra batteries when we are out flying. Batteries are included when you buy your Phantom drone, but a battery will typically only last 25 minutes or less.  You’ll want to stock up on a few extra unless you want to wait around for up to an hour between flights while your batteries recharge.  Carrying a couple extra DJI Phantom Batteries will allow you to fly almost seamlessly, without taking the wind out of your sails.  If you’re going on a special trip or vacation, you’re going to regret having only one battery.  Especially if you’re going to be hiking or camping and in an area with no wall outlet.  Having some extra batteries could really come in handy!

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Propeller loss is very common for all flyers, buy when you’re new to operating a UAV, propeller loss is almost unavoidable.  Propellers are typically pretty flimsy, and can easily be lost when having an accident or on a rough landing. To avoid throwing your money away on propeller after propeller, we recommend using Self Tightening Propellers with your Phantom drone.  This innovative, self tightening design keeps the propellers securely attached to each motor.  The propellers are made of a durable plastic, which is both light and rigid at the same time.

 

Check out the Soaring Sky Academy and call 239-333-2447 to learn about our drone training courses today.

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Are Quadcopters The Same As Drones?

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If you’re new to the drone industry then you might be a little confused like I did with all of the different terminology and you just want to scream out “WHAT IS A DRONE”?  Is it called a UAV, a drone, how about a quadcopter.  And what the heck is a UAS?  Don’t worry, after reading this, you will have everything sorted out and be a drone wiz!  

Is it okay to say drone?

Some people get scared of using the word “drone” because of the negative perspective that comes along with it.  They act like they are in Harry Potter and it’s the same as saying “Lord Voldemort” which is forbidden.  For Soaring Sky that is not the case at all!  We encourage people to use the word drone because in reality the positives heavily outweigh the negatives and they are actually life savers!  parrot-bebop-4000x2733-dji-inspire-one-drone-quadcopter-hi-tech-news-3040

Some may think that saying UAV or UAS is less offensive, when in reality all three of the terms can be used interchangeably.  I looked up all of the words on dictonary.com and found the definitions below.  A quadcopter is also a drone, but a more specific kind, we will get into that later.  

  • Drone: an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously, without human control or beyond line of sight.
  • UAV or unmanned aerial vehicle: an aircraft that can navigate without a human pilot onboard; a drone.
  • UAS or unmanned aerial system: an unmanned aircraft along with the equipment necessary to operate it.  Check out the Ultimate UAV dictionary here for more terms! 

Drones Vs. Quadcopter

Now let’s soar into the details!  When using the term quadcopter you are getting a little more specific into what kind of drone it is and how many motors it has.  So when you are talking about a drone with four motors and 4 propellers, you are talking about a quadcopter.  This is the most popular type of drone for recreational purposes.  The DJI drones that are sold on our website, such as the Phantom 3 and Inspire are both fall under this category.  

There are also remote helicopters that are considered drones, which has two propellers and motors.  Can you guess how many motors are on a tricopter?  You got it… three! The list goes on and on for all of the different types of drones that you can purchase! Check out the Soaring Sky’s ultimate UAV dictionary and become a pro at drone terms and see the extended list.  

The moral of the story is that drone is a general term that can be replaced with UAV or UAS to mean the same thing.  A quadcopter is a little more specific and refers to how many rotors are on that vehicle.  Click here to check out our online store and get your quadcopter today!  Soar with the best.  

Beyond Commercial Services: How Are Drones Being Used for Good

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Initially developed and used for military applications, drones have found their way into civilian use including commercial services like real estate, aerial photography, maritime application, drones in construction monitoring and more.

But apart from military and commercial applications, many experts have introduced drones to a few key areas which caCommercial Services n lead to the benefit of countless people.

Search and Rescue

A drone can be fitted with a video camera and an infrared thermal imaging system that can upgrade its
capabilities for search and rescue. Because of their mobility, they can get into areas which may not be accessible to rescue personnel and their equipment.

These same capabilities can also be used for the prompt delivery of much-needed medications and supplies in remote areas. During search missions, drones can complement personnel and K9 units, reaching terrains that are difficult to get into with great ease.

Weather Forecasting

Although meteorologists have a wide arsenal of technologies at their disposal when it comes to predicting the weather, when it comes to accuracy, there are still several gaps that need to be filled in.

One invaluable tool that can be used to fill in those gaps are drones. On one hand, satellites can provide a wider overview of the pattern and movements of storms. However, this technology is still limited in its capacity to give people warning. A drone can give people in affected areas ample opportunity to evacuate and make the necessary preparations by extending warnings from 20 minutes to an hour.

Unlike conventional tools like weather balloons, drones are sturdy enough for use in research missions, including flying in the middle of a storm.

Today, weather drones are being used by meteorologists to collect different types of information including wind velocities, temperature, pressure and humidity—information that cannot be easily collected using conventional tools.

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Animal conservation groups are now using drones for different applications. By fitting drones with cameras, conservationists can monitor animal populations, especially those of endangered species, and ward off poachers.

Drones may also be used to take photos of animals and collect valuable data which may not be possible with conventional tools. They are now also being used to get an accurate headcount of a species’ population, acting as a viable alternative to fixed-wing aircraft’s.

Drones also enable conservationists to get a bird’s eye view of an area, allowing them to assess the impact of the environment on an animal population.

Call (239) 333-2447 today or email contact@soaringsky.net to use drones on your next project.