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Randy Jones
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A friend sent me a link to a self flying camera that follows you around.  https://www.youtube.com/embed/4vGcH0Bk3hg (search lily camera if the link doesn't work).  I have no connection to the product; just intrigued with the possibility of some interesting sailing videos and thought some here might need ideas of what to do when they win the lottery.   

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A local real estate agent came by the marina I manage.  He asked permission to video and photo the marina and surroundings by flying a quad copter drone over the area.  The professional flying the drone was FAA approved (not sure what that entails) but I gather there are legal issues to consider and possible laws in your area.

 

On a personal note, I think it could yield some great results.  I should get some rates or estimates from him, it may not be as bad as we might think.

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I have a couple of Camera Drones and enjoy capturing video with them. The rules for a hobbyist are pretty simple and you are not required to gain any FAA approval. However, if you intend to use them commercially, there is a complex process with the FAA to go through. Check out http://knowbeforeyoufly.org for the FAA's guide.

 

If you're interested in getting quality sailing video, you will need a good quality drone. The less expensive platforms won't be able to handle the wind speed.

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FAA just released Advisory Circular AC 91-57c with the rule. Multirotors NOT  drones have shaken up easent hobby of RC airplanes because they are so easy to operate any idiot can fly one. Read the AC and join the Academy of Model Aeronautics if you decide to try flying models.

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