John Wolfram wrote:I like to keep an up to date map of all the trees / vines planted out at my orchard and have considered getting one of those quad copters to take pictures of the place that I can label with variety names. Eventually I'll probably get one, but so far there have been two factors stopping me. The first is my county has a pretty good online GIS system with two or three foot elevation contour lines overlaid onto Google maps. At least for tree-scale features, that amount of information has been sufficient. The second factor is that there is an active flight school / flying club nearby, so by chipping in $50 towards the price of gas it's easy to find someone to take me up in a Cessna so I can take pictures of the property with a nice SLR camera.
Devin Lavign wrote:Though eventually $50 a plane ride would add up to the cost of getting a quad copter of your own. I don't have that sort of access to a flight school so the remote vehicle seemed like a good idea for me. Nice to hear though that someone else has considered the option. If you do end up going for a drone eventually, make sure to get a lower cost smaller one to practice with first.
Fred Tyler wrote:In the spirit of every element having multiple functions: you could have a side business offering those aerial views to real estate agents.
Fred Tyler wrote:Maybe the FAA regulations have changed? CNN used one for its coverage of the 50th anniversary of the "Bloody Sunday" Selma march. Jon Stewart makes light of it in this clip (skip to 4:30) from 3/9/15.
Seems fairly commercial to me.