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Drone Test Flight

Flight #1: City Park, Iowa City March 30, 2015

  • First flight
  • Practiced controls
  • Explored camera functions
  • Tested drone limits, including altitude and lateral distance
    • 400ft. legal max. altitude
    • Up to 800-900ft. depending on surroundings




Flight #2: Pentacrest, Iowa City March 31, 2015

  • Continued practicing controls
  • Tested night flying – good visibility
  • Experimented with extra features
    • Return home function
    • Video capability
    • Set course function





Other test flights included:

  • Tested around trees
    • Not advisable, high risk
  • Tested in high winds
    • Drone corrects against wind to stay in one place, safe unless hazards are nearby, then not advisable
  • Tested while surrounded by high structures
    • Poor GPS signal, low visibility, not advisable
  • Tested while walking under drone
    • Good method of extending range
  • Tested close to water
    • 2-3 meters advised for safety buffer


Last modified on August 26th, 2015
Posted on April 1st, 2015