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Drones In Flight! 
30th-Apr-2017 11:49 pm
Julie wanted a drone for her birthday present. A bit of searching found a not-too-expensive and reportedly rugged quad-copter on Amazon. With Prime shipping, it arrived today, a day early for her birthday, but not too early to be opened. :)

After I assembled the parts, we spent some time flying it -- carefully! -- around the living room. Then it was time to run Katie over for her softball clinic.

When I got back, Julie begged me to take the drone outside for a flight, despite the misty, drizzly, windy weather. I finally agreed.

We put the drone down on the driveway and I launched it into the air.

Where it caught the wind and soared off beyond the range of the remote control. Ack!

Happily, it crash landed safely in front of the fire station some distance away and we recovered it without damage. Because losing Julie's birthday present to the wind had not been on my list of things to do. It gives you a really bad feeling when you see the drone trying to vanish into the bottom of the very low cloud deck...

Further flights for the day were back in the living room. :)
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