Yesterday at precisely 5:01 p.m. I and three of my friends from work walked over to the Northern most parking lot at our bank in Maquoketa and I launched the Phantom. The goal was to take an aerial image of the bank’s footprint. I’ve always been curious as to what the bank would look like from overhead. So since the temperature was a balmy 37 degrees (it felt colder than that after 5 minutes) a light wind of around 7 mph and nice sunshine what better time to fly.
I sent the Phantom to an altitude of 387 feet and took this image. Then trying to get a better composition I went a little higher and I thought a little further South. Since I’ve never seen Maquoketa from the air I got disoriented and couldn’t figure out where I was from the tiny monitor on my iPhone. Fortunately my friends never lost sight of the little speck with the green lights so they guided me back over the bank where I made a perfect two point landing. 🙂
I made another critical mistake as well. I shot about 15 minutes of video including a couple of minutes of my friends smiling at the Phantom. Unfortunately when I landed the copter I turned it off before stopping the video on the iPhone application, which corrupts the video and renders it useless. 😦
Other than that mistake it was a fun experience and my friends really enjoyed watching the Phantom fly. We drew a few other spectators as well. 🙂
Like anything, I will get better and make fewer mistakes the more practice I get. I wonder what it is like to operate the controller with unfrozen fingers?
Thanks for stopping by. Some difficult weather over the next few days so be careful.