"flex would have a bearing on the stability of the craft. I would not use fishing rods as they are heavier then the carbon rods you can buy from online, and also more flexible. The more length you put on the arm, the more stresses on the arm come…"
"If you want stability you want a decent wing area, and read up on stable platforms. I am looking at using the gull wing for its inherent stability. The British designed the Lysander and the Germans the Storch which have been emulated since ww2…"
"I concur the ipad and droid apps are OK for toys, but to get the right stuff going, get the Spektrum, it's a solid unit and IMO the best bang for the buck. They have amazing customer service and go above and beyond."
"flying over an area to get an idea where they roam is not illegal or unsporting. People who have never hunted, don't get the idea that the hunter still has to get near the deer on the ground. Most deer hunters use a stand, deer smell the human…"
"Jiri you can build slip rings. When I was in college a guy built one using hdpe and copper washers machined to size. He used spring loaded R/C brushes for the contacts. He did stagger the brushes so they wouldn't arc. It was only for power…"
"The only issue I can see the LAPD enforcing, is violation of privacy. If someone complains that the papparazzi is flying a UAV over their property and taking pics of them sunbathing or copulating, then that would be an issue. The use of UAV's…"
"Is his aerial platform a drone, a UAV or an R/C? The media can be pretty dumb when it comes to research and presenting stories to the public. He may have a live feed R/C platform. The FAA may pick and choose who they fine. They aren't…"
"I think you have a valid point about the PI's being a commercial for hire agency. Jim should approach the FAA about commercial use and licensing. It may be a lot of hoops to jump through but could be well worth it for him. If he advertises he…"
"The most important thing you are looking for is something that can carry a decent payload as lenses aren't light. You also need diversity to use things like night vision. A working partner would be needed to be the observer so you could also…"