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  1. This is greater than expected. It is sad to put all in the same
    compartment. Humanity dream to fly, seeing the landscape from the sky and
    feel free for a moment. Now, of course by instinct many would like to have
    access to that sensation before it’s time. So regulation collaborating with
    industry manufacture will tempered that. So far so good. Let’s be tolerant
    and educate each other. I love Mother Nature more than everything, I think
    humans has it’s reason to love flying and believe we will find a way to
    train as well [with certification before flying] those who got their drones
    under the Christmas tree.

  2. An alarm would be super useful. It can even help you locate your drone in
    heavy debris areas your drone may choose to land because of emergency
    battery failure. As for optical zooms, there is the Walkera Voyager 4 w/ 18
    x zoom. On Massdrop right now.

  3. Hi Tony I hope you and your team had a great Christmas and are look forward
    to 2017. Just one thing have you ever tried to get data from a government
    about any subject and get there position to us it? Let alone from multiple
    governments. I have from the US, UK, Europe and Australia and its a
    nightmare as well as costly. but it dose sound simple and a great thing,

  4. Some of the new drone pilots requirements are definitely over-the-top. It’s
    an extremely complicated exam here in South Africa. Some of the safety
    requirements are unnecessary too. There was an accident in the UK that
    accelerated their clampdown, where a man with a drone in a back garden
    clipped a tree and lost control for a second. The drone flew towards a 3
    year old and the blade sliced through his eye. Unfortunately the little
    hitlers in government saw this as an excuse to bring in piles of
    legislation when making blade guards mandatory would’ve solved the problem

  5. HiTony, sounds to me like you need to build your own quad copter. You can
    add your own dampening system more blades if one set fails so many options.
    Check out flite test and rcmodel reviews on you tube. I have no links with
    these guys at all. Happy new year! Love your videos..

  6. Citizens will be forced to apply for a government license to own a drone.
    Governments will uses excuses such as privacy, safety and security to
    justify licenses and permits for drones.

  7. Very important to keep disturbances at a minimum when birds are breeding
    for example. I think that some rules should apply in National Parks, but
    there should not just be a blanket ban.

  8. I work in an industry where people are often working overhead and sometimes
    stuff drops.. the issue with the alarm is that sometimes its better to not
    let someone know something is going to fall on them. Maybe a system where
    at a certain elevation the alarm turns off so instead of their face getting
    mangled it does just hit them on the top of the head. I’ve thought about
    the whole controlled decent thing before and you brought up parachutes. if
    they design the drone so its almost wanting to tip over it would help. Like
    you mentioned you don’t want the chute to deploy unless its in a situation
    where it needs to deploy. For that to work you need passive systems vs a
    programmed system like the NASCAR example you gave. Also if you use some
    sort of Kevlar cable to deploy the chute it would just break the props
    which IMO is the better option.

  9. Adding a mount for a DSLR is the only way to get professional results. Yes
    this is expensive but it’s the same with any media. Small drones were meant
    for the hobbyist, not for professionals who want cinema quality results….

  10. I think its more of a damage issue going into national parks. Thinking of
    Yellowstone , people would be trying to fly over Old Faithful , boom , it
    drops then the owner wants ( no they will ) to walk ot and get it
    endangering their life and the feature. Also people would be chasing
    wildlife with the drones. Or a drone drops in front of a Buffalo and a
    unknowing tourist ( alot of them out there) runs out to get it and gets
    trampled my a peeved buffalo. Drones will be lost , dropped into areas
    where people cannot go , or should not. So now we have plastic drones
    laying all over. Drone drops into the water above the upper falls , owner
    is convinced he can jump in and get it before it goes over the falls, that
    may not work out well for him. Or the drone goes over by itself and
    breaks into hundreds of pieces that cannot be removed at the base of the
    falls. Drones dropped into thermal features and permently become part of
    the thermal feature.I would love to have a drone for about 2 hours take
    some shots around my home. But in all my travel , I cannot bring myself to
    feel that I have the right or better yet need, to fly a drone over lands
    that are protected. Maybe with a permit from time to time as Tony states
    to promote parks by a professional , but not for every Jim Bob that wants a
    close up of a Buffalo that has a $75 drone. Tony, you do have some great
    Ideas for drones and feel that many of the ideas will someday be common.
    But I feel the parks would just be a bad place for tourists to have a

  11. Well that “alcohol, cigarettes that kill alot of people” analogy has one
    big problem: They mostly kill the users. People fear to be hurt by drones
    of OTHER people!

  12. I really enjoyed this video. Tony knows about a lot more than photography,
    i.e. general RC flying, physics, common sense etc. Thumbs up!

  13. I agree with you about the Harley’s. I frequently go hiking in the Great
    Smoky Mountains National Park and can be miles and miles from any roads but
    can suddenly hear the sounds of un-muted engine-tones echoing through the
    mountains. By comparison, a quadcopter is all-but silent!

  14. If they let everybody use drones in national parks we would probably have
    crowded skies filled with them. It will eventually be to hard to take a
    photo or video without having to edit them out. I can picture seeing a sky
    full of drones buzzing everywhere, so distracting. just my opinion of
    course. Give me a year or two to think this one over.

  15. I see lots and lots of video of wildlife running. These are beautiful
    videos but the animals are running from the drones. I’m an amateur
    photographer that uses a drone and I see huge potential for the misuse of
    drones for wildlife photography. This is already happening out of ignorance
    as well as on purpose by unethical people. I agree with the ban on drones
    in wilderness areas and am on the fence about their use in parks.

  16. Tony, a lot of these issues can be addressed by going to octa copters using
    2 independent but synchronized drive systems. (2 batteries, 2 controllers,
    etc.) That would allow one complete system to fail and still allow proper
    control for recovery. In addition, they can use ducted fans to increase
    efficiency, lower noise, lower risk of blade cuts or collision induced
    rotor failure.

  17. That being said, if 3D mapping got to the point where it was TOO GOOD, what
    would be the point of flying drones, right?

  18. Great suggestions, would love to see them implemented. Loving the mavic
    just wish they had put sensors on all sides, not that I have any need it
    from my current flights in nice open areas but I like that my car has an
    airbag without needing to see it too! Just in case!

  19. I have an inspire and a Mavic. Both brilliant tools. I believe the tripod
    mode on the Mavic is slow and smooth as well as it has I think 7x digital
    zoom. Just saying. But all good ideas

  20. Great informative video. Safety should be number one priority. A toddler
    lost an eye due to one of these things. A simple guard around the props
    would have stopped this.
    Another good thing would be interchangeable parts, so you can upgrade the
    camera, add more powerful props when you can afford/more confident.
    Also look at car industry and how they have implemented 360 degree cameras
    and collision avoidance.

  21. use 3d mapping in conjunction with some kind of sonar or echo location type
    technology would solve the issue of bumping into objects maybe? Thoughts?

  22. I say if any major problem arises in flight, kill the props, deploy a
    parachute, and sound a loud, separately powered alarm so you can locate the
    downed drone!

  23. I had almost finished writing my Master’s thesis, and then I hit the
    backspace key…

    As a commercially licensed power, glider, and drone pilot, I can see the
    regulation argument from both sides. Some of the FAA regs are nothing but
    pure BS. Case in point is the line of sight requirement, which Tony has
    already mentioned. I don’t think I’ll be able to find too many people that
    would be able to readily discern the orientation of a Phantom series drone
    at more than a couple of hundred feet away. I haven’t seen one 1st hand,
    but the recently introduced Mavic is certainly going to ridicule the line
    of sight regulation. I’ve seen Phantoms at 400 AGL, at least based on the
    altitude indicated on the controller, and to me it wasn’t much more than a
    spec in the sky. Being able to “fly” the drone at that altitude would seem
    to be almost impossible without some sort of augmentation. Perhaps when
    Amazon successfully l wins the autonomous/line of site flight regs, perhaps
    the “flying public” will get some regulation relief.

    Having said that, I live close to a class “D” airspace, and I’ve seen
    drones flying a few hundred feet from the active runway. It’s inane
    activities like that which cause of at least some of the regs to exist or
    be created. No pilot wants to hit a hard object, plastic or feathered, at
    60+ mph.

    Regarding drones over National parks: Yeah, maybe 1 drone at a couple of
    hundred feet agl won’t make that much noise, but what happens if you get a
    few Phantoms or M600s flying over the same general area; my guess is the
    noise may become a bit of an annoyance to humans and wildlife. If I recall
    correctly, snow mobiles were banned from use at Yellowstone National Park.
    I don’t know if it was the noise or air pollution or both which caused the
    ban .Altitude restrictions for flight over wildlife areas were in place
    well before the proliferation of drones. I understand the argument for
    allowing drone use over National Parks, but it seems it doesn’t take too
    many people of F up a good thing.

    I’ve been around computers most of my career. My first exposure to
    computers was when I was in high school. At that point in time, programs
    were entered on punched cards, and the exe or object files were usually put
    onto mag tape. The initial computers I was using had memory expressed in
    kilobytes, not gigabytes, and the computer itself took up a ridiculous
    amount of space, especially by today’s standards. When I see these
    multicore computers flying around with remotely controlled cameras hanging
    from them, I do get wowed by it all, especially when I see this stuff
    offered at $1,000.

    I’m not sure how much of Tony’s wish list will ever be implemented, but
    with the current growth rate and sophistication of the drone platforms none
    of it seems out of reach.

  24. seriously? Americans are banning drones everywhere in their home country
    but use it to other countries and drop shits?

  25. interesting thoughts Tony , are you releasing a vlog on your Thailand trip
    was looking forward to that after you annouced it b4

  26. Pretty much all you mentioned stands in opposition to the DJI Mavic, which
    you think is the best drone of all.
    From what I see you want to put tons of technology into a drone and still
    expect it to fit in your pocket…? :-)

  27. Tony you have a lot of great ideas. But you forgot to mention one thing
    that’s keeping you from getting the kind of drone or any device actually
    that you want right now. Patent infringements. That medieval economic tool
    used by politicians in an attempt to stimulate trade and wealth by banning
    innovation and competition in crucial areas of technology.

  28. I’m surprised that higher end drones don’t have rock solid, 99% reliable
    obstacle avoidance done entirely with LIDAR and onboard processing. It’s
    something we know how to do. Realtime SLAM (simultaneous localization and
    mapping) on quadrotors using a LIDAR is feasible with current technology.
    The technology has been there for at least a couple years now. People are
    using it for stuff like inspecting wind turbines.

    You can’t control a quadrotor with only 3 props. For yaw control, you need
    props that rotate in opposite directions (which is why you can make it work
    with 6, because you still have a quadcopter worth of props work with if you
    are down a pair of props). If you try the same thing with a quadrotor, you
    will end up being left with a pair of props that have to rotate in the same
    direction, and you will end up spinning the entire frame uncontrollably
    until everything falls apart.

    Source: I do drone research at a university

  29. In my countrie you cant fly drones anywhere. It was ruled by the court
    because of privacy concerns. The government has stepped in so hopefully
    next year it will be allowed again. Drones seem amazing, as soon as the law
    changes i will be all over the mavic.

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