It really is inevitable. Any drone pilot who flies without a crash long enough will begin to feel complacent, or over-confident, or just plain run into bad luck. That moment finally came for me, and it came in #Aspen #Colorado!
First, I flew a successful #LAANC mission in the vicinity of the Government Trail foot bridge. This was a BEAUTIFUL location. Due to there being more hikers passing by me at this location than expected, my flight time was cut somewhat short because I kept having to move out of someone’s way or answer questions about the drone. I did have enough time in the air here to capture the following #breathtaking #360 #panoramic:
Then I moved to the North side of Aspen at a spot along Cemetery Lane. This location was also breathtaking in its beauty. But soon I would learn that the beauty there is bittersweet. After the strangest of glitches/malfunctions (…I’m not yet sure what caused this to happen, as I checked the airspace before launching, and have never run into this problem before…) my #MavicAir by #DJI initiated an auto-land, over moving water, from an altitude of roughly 5 feet. =-(
Watch the full video to see what happened next!
BONUS MATERIAL: My hometown is the site of Riggs Hill, location of the discovery of the world’s first known Brachiosaurus bones by Elmer Riggs, in 1900. I currently play a GPS based game on my iPhone called Jurassic World: Alive. Being that it’s a dinosaur themed, MAP BASED game, I would have expected for a site of such significance to paleontology to be reflected on the map as a spot to get the Brachiosaurus, or face him/her in battle even. Watch the full video to see whether the app/game came through or not…
The Inevitable DRONE CRASH Video! =-(