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Old 06-16-2014, 09:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So with the amount of drones, now becoming available on top of the HUGE amount of GoPros etc already on the slopes, would you actually consider using a drone yourself...???

The current available that i have managed to find through JUST Kickstarter is pretty impressive... With huge difference in cost and what they look like with build quality etc, i was wondering what others think...

It is pretty sure this is the year of the drone when it comes to filming though, so if not this winter, but the following winter, i'm sure they will start hitting your airspace...

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...-aerial-camera



https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...?ref=discovery

This has finished but good comparison

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...l-flying-robot

The Hexo+ for me is the most realistic, the price is reasonable, but the feature list is not as full as the AirDog, which i have to say is pretty impressive, including the ability to map a course and then it will fly the exact course, so tree lined runs are not so impossible with that, but double the price...???
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-16-2014, 09:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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better learn to ride backcountry... if these start showing up at resorts, lawsuits and bans will follow.

all it will take is one person to get hit by one.
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I'd imagine most areas will ban them. I think for a while they may be useful in extremely controlled environments. But start adding lifts and other ones flying around and it'll be collisions all over.

Now Backcountry I think it has potential. But at that kinda money I'd like to see what the loss rate is. Keep in mind all the demo videos you see while they look great there is probably a ton of prep work to get it and you arne't seeing any of the failures.
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i know dudes using rc drones to film bc shit. it works great and is a really good tool for evening the playing field a little bit with the Redbull Productions of the world.

too much liability for the resorts tho
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They have a lot of potential on a consumer market if you can actually automate them, meaning that you will have some kind of transmitter carried in you pocket on which it can lock, to follow and film you automatically. But I also agree with everything said above it's no good for resorts collision and injuries will be almost unavoidable.... unless some sort of TCAS system will be implemented
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i know dudes using rc drones to film bc shit. it works great and is a really good tool for evening the playing field a little bit with the Redbull Productions of the world.

too much liability for the resorts tho
I do think that for some of the larger resorts on certain slopes there is money to be made for the resort if they were to rent one out for a run. As long as they have some way of controlling the airspace and keeping it sane. But agreed, allowing people to bring their own would just be insane.
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I do think that for some of the larger resorts on certain slopes there is money to be made for the resort if they were to rent one out for a run. As long as they have some way of controlling the airspace and keeping it sane. But agreed, allowing people to bring their own would just be insane.
that's actually a great idea. can't believe i didn't think of it - but yea, designate one run or have a gatekeeper working the top of the park so only one person is in the run at a time... sell the guest the footage... yea, that could be a great little service for some resorts to offer.

if they could do it in an orderly fashion i think that that could possibly work.
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I'm thinking of it. If I end up doing the Haute route next year I'll probably buy one and take it along if somebody else doesn't already have one. A couple of the guys I'm potentially going along with are quite talented videographers. We're discussing the potential to make a documentary style film of the whole thing, not for any commercial gain but purely for a good memory of the trip. One of the guys is actually talking to a guide at the moment about the implications of taking extra gear (batteries, chargers, the drone and my DSLR+Lenses etc).

I think they have great value, just not on a resort. Imagine if angry skier Dad copped a drone to the side of the face... youtube couldn't handle that kind of rant.
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I'm thinking of it. If I end up doing the Haute route next year I'll probably buy one and take it along if somebody else doesn't already have one. A couple of the guys I'm potentially going along with are quite talented videographers. We're discussing the potential to make a documentary style film of the whole thing, not for any commercial gain but purely for a good memory of the trip. One of the guys is actually talking to a guide at the moment about the implications of taking extra gear (batteries, chargers, the drone and my DSLR+Lenses etc).

I think they have great value, just not on a resort. Imagine if angry skier Dad copped a drone to the side of the face... youtube couldn't handle that kind of rant.
I'd be curious to see what the lbs/hr flight time for spare batteries would be. Assuming bluebird conditions I guess you could possibly reduce it with a solar charging setup. But that's just more stuff to plan and pack.
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