30 years old. Small town agricultural community. Work at a grain elevator. Grew up in RC cars and planes. I got into multirotors in beginning in 2013. Used apm 2.5 for first build. Been hooked ever since. I have currently built 6 different multirotors, currently have 4 in my stable. Getting into fpv recently just for fun, it its also helping in lining up the perfect shots for photographs. Not a noob, not a pro, somewhere in between and never ceasing to hunger for more :-)
Hey Shawn - You asked me about the incident on Saturday afternoon at Maker Faire. The big issue for me with the Iris doing the filming was the wind. We had 20-25mph winds, with bigger gusts in the late afternoon. I was working at the AeroQuad booth next to the designated flying area (which 3DR did not fly in all afternoon) and we stopped flying demos because of the wind. But the 3DR Iris kept filming over the crowds. About 5pm while filming some fighting robots, because of the wind they couldn't bring it in for a controlled landing and ended up being blown/crashed into a fence that was protecting crowds from fighting robots. It was a double fence, and they ran into the inside one. If the craft would have made its uncontrolled descent 5 feet away, and if there had been people standing at that spot watching the robot show, they would have been injured for sure.
And the whole waiver thing is TOTAL BS. I signed no waver and neither did any of my dozen or so friends who attended the show.
I'm very disappointed with how 3DR and Chris Anderson are handling this whole thing. I've seen Chris do demos before where he flew over small children and that made me very very nervous. What I saw this past weekend was, in my opinion, pretty bad too. I really don't think he believes anything can go wrong with 3DR machines. It's a dangerous position for the hobby. Because of this repeated dangerous behavior, I'm not quite as enthusiastic about 3DR as I used to be.
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