Imagine this: Two guys on a beach, sipping margaritas and baring their souls to each other. After a while, they decide to spend some time flying their drones around, leaving smoke trails in the sky. We aren’t certain what all these guys may have been doing prior to testing out their drones, but Kevin Henderson was kind enough to upload a video of the confrontation for the rest of us to play armchair expert.
With the introduction of cheap(ish) aerial photography options and the influx of quad-copters there are more and more videos out there that were impossible to take just a few years ago. Actually, they were possible if you were the National Geographic and had a budget of a small city.
This Phantom 2 capture footage by Eric Cheng is an incredible example of that.
I don’t know when remote control helicopters became drones, but I think its way past time we stop implying that a fancy RC helicopter with a camera strapped to it is some sort of autonomous Terminator robot.
OK sure, in the beginning I know that somebody though that “drone” sounded a lot cooler than “model airplane”.
Its exactly the kind of thing the model airplane geeks I know would adapt instantly. Not to mention, I’m sure selling “drones” is a lot easier than selling “remote control model helicopters”.
(In the interest of search engine optimization and my penchant for hypocrisy, I am however going to refer to RC model helicopters as drones for the remainder of this article.)
Bart: Milhouse, this is boring. Make it crash or something.
Milhouse: Perfectly level flying is the supreme challenge of the scale model pilot.