Have you ever gone to an event where everyone knows about what’s going on except you? That’s how I felt last Friday night when we went to cover aerials for a church event at 1BL in Long Beach. They were holding a “Kajabe Can Can” tournament… “a what?!” — that was me. Turns out this is a ancient game that lots of people knew about. Just not me. Here’s the scoop:
Usually played outdoors or in a big room, but could be played in a smaller facility with smaller groups.
The participants get into a circle around the trash can and hold hands. If a player touches the trash can in any way, they are out. Also, if players break their grip on one another, they are both out. Play pauses after an elimination, giving a much-needed time for players to re-firm their hand-holds.
The game is pretty intense, and I’m not entirely sure how tempers don’t flare, but the refs and all the people organizing kept is really loose so I think that helped a lot. Looked like a lot of fun! But not as fun as flying over it!
This was the most we’ve flown over people… like ever. So we make sure we gave the copter some good testing before flight. Once we were confident in it, we took to the skies. And you see the result above. It was a great night!
– Homemade Hexacopter (Rusty/aglhobbies frame)
– Sony NEX-5R w/ 20mm prime lens
– 3-axis RCTimer ASP gimbal
– both 1.2 and 5.8 VTx video downlink
– custom Wild Pilots ground station
– SunnySky 3508-16 700kv/12″ props/40A esc
– 2x 4000mah 4S lipo
– Futaba 10CAP (Pilot), Taranis (CamOp)
A couple of weeks ago, we went out to a dry lakebed near Joshua Tree National Park. We thought we would experiment with some chase shots. This is the result.
Another great trip! Flying among those trees was so much fun. We were up there for 4 days and the rain helped off until the last day. Everyone we met up there was very friendly, and they were all of who were very interested in what we were doing, naturally. A quick brief on Sequoia National Park from wikipedia:
Sequoia National Park is a national park in the southern Sierra Nevada east of Visalia, California, in the United States. It was established on September 25, 1890. The park spans 404,063 acres (631.35 sq mi; 1,635.18 km2). Encompassing a vertical relief of nearly 13,000 feet (4,000 m), the park contains among its natural resources the highest point in the contiguous 48 United States, Mount Whitney, at 14,505 feet (4,421 m) above sea level. The park is south of and contiguous with Kings Canyon National Park; the two are administered by the National Park Service together.
The park is famous for its giant sequoia trees, including the General Sherman tree, one of the largest trees on Earth. The General Sherman tree grows in the Giant Forest, which contains five out of the ten largest trees in the world. The Giant Forest is connected by the Generals Highway to Kings Canyon National Park’s General Grant Grove, home to the General Grant tree among other giant sequoias. The park’s giant sequoia forests are part of 202,430 acres (81,921 ha) of old-growth forests shared by Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Indeed, the parks preserve a landscape that still resembles the southern Sierra Nevada before Euro-American settlement.
Enjoy the footage!
A week ago, Wild Pilots (West Coast) went on another team outing. This time we headed toward Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, home to the giant Sequoia trees. These trees are (arguably) the largest living things on the planet, and they were amazing to be around, let alone FLY around. Being in the presence of such historic things, we made sure to take great care in leaving only footprints. The trip was a huge success and we got a ton of great footage. We’re going through it all now and will have some video available in the near future to document the amazingness. You have got to see these trees from above!
I feel the need… the need… for… shoot, I forgot what I feel the need for.. hang on, it’ll come to me.
Anyway, we thought a bit about what kinda video we would do to follow the breathtaking scenery of Death Valley. What we came up with doesn’t compare to that trip or the videos that came out of it in any way, shape, or form. But what it might do is take you down memory lane, get a laugh out of ya. So, the idea we had was to parody a popular flight sequence, and Top Gun was a no-brainer. Crispy Cargo used to watch Top Gun over and over when he was kid (didn’t we all?), so I knew he was on board. We recruited Vork to do some camera work, and be the stand-by Goose if we needed one (don’t tell him Goose dies). This video is the rest of the story. We hope you enjoy the cheesiness of this thing. We sure had fun putting it together!
We’re calling this idea of parodying movie clips, “RC Cinema”– and hopefully this is the start of something. If it’s not, it’s not, but it would be cool because there’s a million clips I’d love to see re-enacted with Radio Controlled vehicles. Heck we had a hard time choosing which scene from Top Gun to do, just think of all the awesome movie scenes that have car chases, plane dogfights, and space battles (hello, Star Wars!). If you end up doing one, let us know! You can download the RC Cinema title here (1080p-h.264).
BTW, I think I feel the need for bacon, just to close the loop.
Death Valley is certainly one of my favorite places to go in the US. Everything there is so unique, and fascinating, and SO random (as you’ll see in our videos). The terrain seems to change with every passing mile; hence the name “God’s Scrap Pile”
Growing up, my family would come here every Easter for vacation; it was our number one tradition. And while I’ve seen most of this gorgeous creation, we still never managed to visit everything. But while I’ve seen so much, this trip was extra special because I got to see it all again with a VERY different perspective.
My flying experiences here, though short lived (yeah, I crashed…), were exhilarating. And when I wasn’t flying, I would act as a separate pair of eyes during FPV flights. We WildPilots always work in a group. Its just safer that way: one pilot, one copilot, LOS operator, and cameraman/2nd LOS operator. With so many sets of eyes, our habits exude safety, confidence, and (of course) fun.