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Kajabe Can Can

November 11, 20140 Comments

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!

Gear used:
– 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)

Desert Chase

February 4, 20140 Comments

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.

Wild Pilots do Sequoia National Park

July 4, 20131 Comment

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!

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Sequoia… check!

May 13, 20130 Comments
Wild Pilots playing among the BIG trees of Sequoia National Park.

Wild Pilots playing among the BIG trees of Sequoia National Park.

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!

A Crispy take on the Valley of Death – God’s Scrap Pile

February 12, 20135 Comments

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.

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Death Valley From Above!

February 11, 20134 Comments

What a rush Death Valley was. We had an amazing time! Although we barely scratched the surface of what DV has to offer,we still ended up flying in 8 different locations around the National Park.  Enjoy the first episode and stay tuned for a couple of different takes.

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