Monthly Archives: January 2016

  1. What is the difference between RTF, BNF, PNP and ARF

    RTF stands for Ready-to-Fly and it means the model you are buying comes complete with everything you need to get started - straight from the box!

    BNF stands for Bind-N-Fly.  Bind-N-Fly products come with everything you need except for a transmitter.  With BNF products you can use the transmitter of your choice and bind it to the receiver included with the model.

    PNP stands for Plug-N-Play. Plug-N-Play products come with everything you need except for a transmitter, receiver battery and charger.  It does contain servos, motor and ESC.

    ARF stands for Almost-Ready-to-Fly, this means the model needs some additional "need to complete" items before you can start flying.  Common additional items include servo's, motor, electronics, batteries and even glue.

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  2. Tips for flying and shooting video with the DJI Phantom 3 Professional & Advanced

    The DJI Phantom 3 gives the ability to create amazing videos right out of the box. Tweaking some settings and keeping some things in mind when shooting video allows us to harness the full power the the DJI Phantom 3.

    Aerial video generally looks the best, when movements are really smooth and slow. This is difficult to achieve with the default settings.

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  3. Solo Drone Aerial Photography: The Beginner’s Guide

    Intimidated by drones? You’re not alone. Although there still aren’t a lot of resources that guide first-time pilots from a photographer’s point-of-view, it’s surprisingly easy to get started shooting with a GoPro drone like Solo. With the limited space I have for a blog, I’d like to offer a few critical tips for aerial photography that I wish I hadn’t had to learn on my own.


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  4. FAROS drone climbs the walls to find fires

    FAROS navigates a smoke-filled and obstructed hallway

    FAROS navigates a smoke-filled and obstructed hallway (Credit: KAIST)

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    Fires in high-rises can be particularly deadly. This is partially because of the buildings' "chimney" effect, along with the fact that it's just plain difficult for firefighters to reach the flames. With that in mind, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have created the flying, wall-climbing, fire-resistant FAROS quadcopter. It's designed to ascertain the source of a fire as soon as possible, along with the locations of people trapped within the building.

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  5. All 5 DJI Intelligent Flight modes

    DJI introduced the Intelligent flight modes for the Phantom 3 and the Inspire 1 in a recent firmware update.

    I took them out for a spin and show you how to use them all. There were some surprises and some fun, check it out.


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  6. Autonomous fixed-wing mapping drone



    It’s been a while since my last post, and a lot has been going on. So I’m going to run a series of blogs going over past events since my last blog. The first covers mapping a vineyard in Paso Robles in California back in April 2015. So you may ask yourself, well what’s so special about mapping a vineyard, didn’t he explain how to do that back in 2014? Well yes, but this has a twist, as I’ll be explaining about autonomous fixed-wing mapping, using an off the shelf components.

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  7. Comparing Phantom 3 vs. Solo Drone

    Both drones offer outstanding specs and promise to provide great flying experiences for beginner pilots and experienced flyers alike. Also, 3DR and DJI appear to be understanding more and more the features that are desired by and appeal to the more mainstream drone user–above all, the ability to capture professional quality aerial video and photos–and each manufacturer has done their best job yet in incorporating those features into their latest drones. Perhaps more importantly, they’re also improving in their ability to make these features understandable for consumers of all experience levels.

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