Category: Drone

Trans Canada Hwy – BC

Trans Canada Hwy - Kicking Horse Resort
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

After six hard months of work, we finally made it out on vacation.  Michelle and I love to travel, and we decided we would explore the Trans Canada Hwy.  We spent a month and a few thousand dollars to upgrade Freedom Freddy, so we were able to get out on the road and explore this beautiful province. 

Trans Canada Hwy – Revelstoke & Golden

After a marathon week of renovations and some repairs, and the final installation of the Cubic Mini wood stove into Freddy was ready for her median voyage of the year.  Our plan was to head East on the Trans Canada Hwy towards Lake Louis and Banff Alberta.  We wanted to spend time exploring the mountains hiking shooting pictures and flying the drone.

We left Merritt late on the afternoon of our first day.  Hoping to make it to Salmon Arm on our first night so we could start exploring side roads.   We never really stopped anywhere on the way, so we made pretty good time.  Our first night was spent in a cute little town called CanoeCanoe was pretty easy to access as it was just off the Trans Canada Hwy, and right down on the Shuswap Lake.  

Our next morning we played around on the beach with the drone, trying to get some pictures.  We had to fight the fog and smoke from the forest fires that were in the area, though a couple shots worked out.  After an hour on the beach, we decided we were going to head off to get to Golden.  As we started to drive the idea of stropping for a good coffee started to take over our daily mission. This is how we ended up at the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.  

Stop back in next week as we describe the incredible Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.  We only had an opportunity to spend the afternoon there, but it was an incredible place with so much to see and experience.  

Phantom 4 Pro – One Month In

Phantom 4 Pro - One Month in
Phantom 4 Pro – One Month in

It’s been awhile since my last post, life has been busy, busy with working, busy with flying my Phantom 4 Pro.  It has taken literally 2 years to finally decide on buying a drone.  The last 3 months on trying to decide which one.  In the end, I decided on the Phantom 4 Pro for numerous reason, but mainly the camera.  One month in, and I have to say I am absolutely loving it!

Phantom 4 Pro – How Easy is it to Fly?

The first thing that concerned me was how difficult would it be to fly this silly thing?  So of course as everyone does I set off searching the annals of Youtube and I was certainly not disappointed with all sorts of Phantom 4 Pro videos talking about the drone, how to fly the drone, and camera settings for the drone.

Phantom 4 Pro - One Month in
Phantom 4 Pro – One Month in

The first video’s I watched for the ones that compared the Phantom 4 Pro with the Mavic Pro and Air.  I have to admit, I was very close to choosing the Mavic Air and my drone of choice. Every time I was in the store ready to make the purchase the drone was not in stock.  I am so glad that was the case, as the reasons for me leaning towards the Mavic Air were really only the size or lack thereof.  I thought of getting the Mavic Pro, but with a $1799.00 fly more sticker price, I could not bring myself to pull the trigger when the Phantom 4 Pro was for sale at London Drugs for $1649.00.  It was really a no-brainer, 20mg Camera, full 1-inch sensor, mechanical shutter, I just had to do it.

After unboxing the Phantom 4 Pro, I spent a couple of hours updating all the software and firmware for the drone.  There is a flight simulator with the DJI Go 4 app, that I strongly recommend you go through before you actually fly the drone.  In the end, though, it is not really that difficult to fly.  Just remember, if flying manually just let go of the joysticks if you have problems.

Phantom 4 Pro – No-Fly Zones

One of the cool things with the DJI Phantom 4 Pro is the built-in No-Fly zones in the DJI Go 4 app, though it does not seem to stop you from launching.  The one thing I would strongly recommend is checking in at Transport Canada’s website for the rules for Drone Flights.  Really, in the end, common sense is so important.  I was an Advanced Air controller in the Canadian Navy, so I feel I have a good understanding of flight rules.  So, I work on the idea when IMC is said to exist, you fly VFR  see and be seen rules, keeping my aircraft 400 feet and below.

In the end, I have to say this drone is fantastic, and I am happy with it!  My next article will be about the cool Drone bag Michelle got me for Father Days.