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Leaning into turns

The drone can roll. It can now maneuver through key frames while maintaining attitude away from horizontal with the ability to keep the camera from correcting for horizontal leveling.

Figure 2. B52 slip stall, courtesy of AR15.com

Ailerons for roll, elevator for pitch, rudder for yaw. Coffee for brain.

Now the Skydio2 keyframe feature allows for an automated flight to capture 4K video while dipping and rolling gracefully through turns. The POV feels more like an airplane, or like a roller coaster. That is going to be AWESOME. I want people to experience flight from the safety of the ground, but I want them to enjoy it, too. It’s

Yeti Flight 691, RIP all passengers and crew

If you watch the turn slip indicator on your instrument panel, you can deal with the load, the cargo. When flying a drone, this force factor can arrive when determining turn radius for drones carrying different batteries or extraneous cargo like sensors, cameras, or oversized batteries.

I looked at the crash site on a map and noticed the eastward hill being flattened to accommodate approaching pilots. The pilot looked as if he might have been trying to circle back to the old airport. I wonder if a stalled turboprop engine precluded a slip and fall.

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I have begun exploring Pittsburgh School District for opportunities to teach recreational flyers and staff how to boost drone commerce. If I can land a long-term assignment I can afford to return to college AGAIN to get a master’s degree. Master’s degree equals buku so I can buy more drone parts.

The weather has been so gross lately. Cold, windy, with flurries of sleet, snow and rain. I have a custom pilot vest now. The front is black so there is no glare on viewing screens, and the back is fluorescent yellow with reflective lettering. “FAA Remote Pilot – DO NOT DISTURB”. Wear it anywhere. I plan to wear it when I fly downtown. It has pockets in the front and a zipper.

I completed an orientation to work in Pittsburgh schools and had my first day at Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill over by the Blue Slide Park. It was cool. I ate in the cafeteria. I have other gigs lined up. I also have an offer to get settled into a school for the rest of the year. That is good news. The cool part of the onboarding process was introduction to tools that help me build curriculum to align with dynamic rubrics. Really cool and nimble stuff. I built classes, grading systems, all that.

Speaking of the FAA, I am about to begin studying for my second recurrent Part 107 certificate. Between college, the recurrent certificate and hobbies, I am virtually impervious to boredom.

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Drone Cinematography Classes!

So, everyone who attempted the test passed and earned an FAA TRUST certificate. We tested through a site administered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University because I support their UAV technology courses.

The three days I participated as a volunteer instructor at Verticals were as follows: April 28th, May 5th and May 12th, 2022. I guided students through the process of learning how to safely fly drones in uncontrolled airspace. Two students flew my professional drone over the nearby Monongahela River, by an old truss bridge. One landed the professional drone, wow! On the first day! We planned a video with storyboards and a huddle on production elements. They brainstormed, scheduled shots, got gear, and produced the footage. One the last day, students edited and shared footage.

I basically hustled parts, minor repairs, battery charging, and network connections to and from supply to the production locations. I answered questions. One team was outside the building, another inside. I invited students to explore their own styles. They had fun. The teams erupted with creativity and effort. I had hoped to use the course module in a creative writing lesson or a programming lesson. The presentation that I use sort of serves as a class rubric, but I supply the students with worksheets to plan their productions step-by-step.

I learned some crucial limitations and opportunities for the next session. The most valuable thing is to have a report formatted to assign communication channels, teams, roles, and work schedules. Safety issues were routinely handled successfully. All craft and pilots, tablets and other parts of the Uncrewed Aircraft System (UAS) made it back in the box, so to speak. All inventory recovered, repairs and orders made, all data shared in the cloud, students back in their districts, rooms ready for the next class.

Verticals Plug

  • How to fly recreational drones with basic and advanced maneuvers.
  • How to plan flights for capturing media.
  • Get the soon-to-be mandatory – and EASILY OBTAINED – TRUST flyer certificate from the FAA, online for free.
  • How to film, edit, and share a video you make with drone footage and apps.
  • How to fly a drone with Scratch Python block code.
  • Provide information about industrial drone applications and jobs.

Local Resource in Action

Community groups will have some authority to determine the nature of its flight operations in local airspace come this fall 2022. As long as a responsible pilot is connected to the group, the area can develop flight operations that best suits the needs of the group. A FRIA is basically an area supported by a Part 107 drone pilot or more qualified pilots. The FAA determines the location and quality of FRIAs.

I can see a drone academy being a part of an 21st-century community, so I am studying what we need to do to qualify to become a FRIA. I have a break from school in a month, and I like to read legislation. One of the problems is that it’s not 1986 anymore. These rules were written before the Internet absolutely debased the concept of community. It used to involve, at the very least, physical mail for remote correspondence, on land lines, even. Brick and mortar have given way to ones and zeros. The architecture is in an electric field instead of a dirt lot. “Model aviation” was a concept that existed before FPV, before streaming, before smart phones, before laptops. Ridiculous changes continue to occur and need to occur more quickly because of climate change.

  • (1) is described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
  • (2) is exempt from tax under section 501(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986;
  • (3) the mission of which is demonstrably the furtherance of model aviation;
  • (4) provides a comprehensive set of safety guidelines for all aspects of model aviation addressing the assembly and operation of model aircraft and that emphasize safe aeromodelling operations within the national airspace system and the protection and safety of individuals and property on the ground, and may provide a comprehensive set of safety rules and programming for the operation of unmanned aircraft that have the advanced flight capabilities enabling active, sustained, and controlled navigation of the aircraft beyond visual line of sight of the operator;
  • (5) provides programming and support for any local charter organizations, affiliates, or clubs; and
  • (6) provides assistance and support in the development and operation of locally designated model aircraft flying sites.

Time to learn

Topics in the Verticals Youth Empowerment program include artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, drones, digital fabrication, coding, media production, design studio, blockchain, and crypto. Courses in the topics are presented alongside fitness and wellness resources. The center director is retired NFL pro-football player William James, who stepped off the gridiron and into a new life arena. William has an amazing base of supporters, collaborators, volunteers, and stakeholders who help make this happen. Very grateful.

Verticals Youth Empowerment Center is designed to stimulate young minds, give parents an inclusive environment in which to socialize, and to offer youth a sense of pride in themselves and their community. There are other facilities in the works.

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