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Old 06-07-2015, 03:11 PM   #21
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The first and probably most important thing I can say about what you MIGHT want to do with it ... ** DO NOT fly it around a bunch of people/kids, especially inside. They may seem stable and easy to fly, but you are relying on many different electronic systems to all work in harmony to make it seem easy. Electronics fail and something with whatever quad you get will eventually fail or glitch. All it takes is one mishap and a kid is blind or even dead.

Not trying to scare you away from the great hobby, just emphasizing that these "toys" can be extremely dangerous.

I wish I could help more with which quad would be best, but I haven't flown a quad bigger than one that fits in the palm of your hand. Multi-rotors just don't excite me as much as helis do.

If you like building things, tinkering, and aren't scared of electronics and computers, you could probably build a kit for less $ and have all the same features as the dji ph2+

That Lilly is pretty cool. Doesn't look like you can control it yourself though.

Best advice, check out that combat thing and see what people have. See what is most common around you. Ask people there where they go get their stuff. Hopefully there is a LHS (local hobby shop) near you that deals with multi rotor stuff. Go to it if you have one and see what they sell and stock parts for. They may even be able to help you build one cheaper than a RTF dji model with same features.

Building your own, most of the time you will get stuff for less $ on the net, but you have to know what you are needing and you will wait for a long time for stuff to get shipped from china. If it is wrong or broken, you could be without parts for months.

Helifreak.com or rcgroups.com are two great forums for all kinds of useful r/c info. You will probably even be able to meet up with other quad owners around your area and "maybe" someone will let you fly one of the bigger ones.

Feel free to ask me any questions you have and I'll answer if I know or most likely be able to point you in the right direction.
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Old 06-07-2015, 03:37 PM   #22
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Here is a perfect example of what could go wrong. Note, this wasn't the pilots fault or faulty quad in any way. Just want to reiterate that most people don't associate these with danger.

This was a professional pilot and they had done this numerous times before ... meaning they got comfortable with the toy and forgot the dangers.

Another thing to note, when he got clipped and dropped the quad into the crowd, it could have cause more damage to people in the crowd.

https://youtu.be/71dQ8JHonew
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I saw the Lily the other day and was pretty impressed. I hope these knuckleheads who are braking the drone rules don't ruin it for everyone else. By the way, my sons new drones can fly for 45 hours and carry up to 4-Hellfire Missiles.

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I wonder if he would be willing to trade one of his drones for one, or a few, of my helis? I don't even need 4 missiles, can get by with 2.
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I wonder if he would be willing to trade one of his drones for one, or a few, of my helis? I don't even need 4 missiles, can get by with 2.
I'm not sure, his real job is as an Apache pilot.

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Also, lots of people will try to knock it out of the air. Either due to fear or ignorance, most people don't like them around even if you aren't videoing. My friend and I were flying at the lake, he didn't even have a camera on his medium size quad and some kids tried throwing rocks at it till we confronted them. They didn't attempt to throw one single rock at my heli before the confrontation. I think it has to do with perception of what you are using it for. For a lot, quad=drone=invasion of privacy ... heli=toy=fun.


Nice compilation of close calls and some crashes. https://youtu.be/6U0LlchxGTA


This one makes me laugh, fast forward somewhat towards the end to get to the good part. https://youtu.be/C-0MA6QNj6g
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One of my other son's flies an AW139 in Africa. The pilots he flies with from South Africa are big into RC planes. They order specialty stuff, shipped to my house and have him bring it back after his days off.

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I've heard that most real pilots are into rc.

Talk about a 180 between the locations of your sons. One in a freezer and one in an oven.
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We know what the son flying the apache is doing. What about the one flying the aw139, military, S&R, private vip stuff?
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We know what the son flying the apache is doing. What about the one flying the aw139, military, S&R, private vip stuff?
He flies the off shore oil platforms in Angola. He's out on a medical right now but his normal shift is 30 days on 30 days off. They get them back and forth from the base but they are not allowed outside for any reason. If he is not playing in other countries on his days off he flies news helicopters. He has also done some celebrity stuff plus he helped Lorenzo Lamas get started in flying helicopter tours. You don't make a lot of money flying tours but it pays for your air time with a little left over.

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