The Drone, Day 1

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the droneDay One, the drone wins the battle of the wits.

Here is what I learned on my 1st day as a drone pilot.

1) Owning a drone and reading the directions does not qualify you as a drone pilot.

2) Being an adult does not qualify you as a drone pilot.

3) They are serious when they say "do not try this indoors". They also mean it when they say find a BIG open space to practice.

4) Your drone can fly under a car and get stuck there.

5) Your drone can fly into a tree and get stuck there.

6) Adults, 14 year olds, and 15 year olds all suck the 1st time they try to fly a drone.

7) Battery life for the drone is about 12 minutes... thank God, that was about as much humiliation I could take in one lesson.

Looking forward to tomorrows lesson... out in a BIG empty field!

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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

This is hysterical. Good luck with your future lessons. I'm sure you will master it eventually!  LOL

Nov 30, 2015 04:54 AM #21
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

That sounds like me.  We have one, and Larry has played with it, but not much. I have not.  I can't wait to read your next post about it!

Nov 30, 2015 07:58 AM #22
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

I had a helicopter (remote) that had a camera attached to it.  Never did much with it, but it was fun to fly.

Nov 30, 2015 08:25 AM #23
David Alan Baker Laveen & South Phoenix Realtor
Keller Williams Realty Phoenix - Laveen, AZ
Your local Expert

I have not been staying up to date on the dron thing.  Do you still need a pilots license to fly the thing, or go through and petition a waiver?

Nov 30, 2015 08:26 AM #24
Larry Johnston
Broker, Friends & Neighbors Real Estate and Elkhart County Subdivisions, LLC - Elkhart, IN
Broker,Friends & Neighbors Real Estate, Elkhart,IN

Hi Bob "RealMan" Timm ,  I can identify with your Drone adventure.  I tried it in the house and trimmed most of the plants.

Nov 30, 2015 10:13 AM #25
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Sounds like an interesting experience, Bob.  It will be interesting to follow the evolution of how drones are used and managed.  One more thing for the government to regulate!  

Nov 30, 2015 10:17 AM #26
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Bob "RealMan" Timm learned the lessons when I bought my simple drone - and was not surprised to see my son control it much better than I do.

Oh yes, its an outdoor sports - already lost a wing trying to fly it indoor.

Nov 30, 2015 01:35 PM #27
North Jersey Property Inspections, Inc - Saddle Brook, NJ

You think that was fun?  Wait until you find out all the training you're required to have in order to fly one of those commercially.  Hopefully, you don't plan on earning any extra money with your new toy.  

Dec 01, 2015 06:18 AM #29
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

I pay a guy to do all my Drone Videos... one time I was with him he almost lost the drone because a Hawk attacked his Drone..... another time the signal was not communicating with the base.....Endre

Dec 01, 2015 07:26 AM #30
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Being an adult may be a disadvantage.  When I have a tech issue I always ask my kids.

Dec 01, 2015 07:26 AM #31
Conor MacEvilly
RE/MAX On Market in Ballard. Seattle - Seattle, WA

To quote my mother..... "You'll take your eye out with that thing!" ;0)

Dec 01, 2015 07:51 AM #32
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Thanks for being honest & funny. Good luck tomorrow & don't forget to charge those batteries.

My dog is afraid of those things & always tells me when one is 'about'.

Dec 01, 2015 08:09 AM #33
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Today, in fact I thought about getting a drone to get super photos for my listings.

After a couple of minutes thinking about it I decided I would leave it to the experts. After reading your post, I know I made the best decision.

Thanks for being gutsy enough to share.

Dec 01, 2015 08:09 AM #34
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You'll have to keep us posted on your lessons!  I can't imagine how bad I would be with one of those!  Good luck!

Dec 01, 2015 08:13 AM #35
Kaia Schroeder

My husband retired after 31 years as an airline pilot in July. His last flight was from Osaka, Japan to San Francisco on the 787 "Dreamliner". I bought him a drone (Parrot) last Christmas. He has yet to fly it. I even told him he could get his FAA certificate and make some money doing this. He says he's afraid he may crash it and it may just fly away. Good luck. I'm looking forward to telling my husband about your future experiences.

Dec 01, 2015 10:19 AM #36
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

Bob, your recount of the drone made me smile! I hope it gets better, and can't wait to read the follow up post. A 12-minute battery? Surely you jest!

Dec 01, 2015 09:27 PM #37
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Fort Myers, FL

At first, I thought, "What do I need one for?"  Then I saw others posting the aerial videos and I was still thinking, "I don't need one and if I do, I will hire someone to do the video."  That was until I found out what they charge for a short video.  Now, a drone is on my list of things to buy in the future after I figure out which one will work the best for me at the best price. 

Dec 03, 2015 07:37 AM #38
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Bob, I smiled through your post and enjoyed every comment!  I'm looking forward to your follow-up post!

Dec 09, 2015 02:45 PM #39
MaryBeth Mills Muldowney
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC - Braintree, MA
Massachusetts Broker Owner

I feel the same way - they look alot easier to operate than they actually are - and a bit too expensive to have a fopar!

Jan 03, 2016 12:11 PM #40
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


We have make the most out of the 12 minute battery life on a drone.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Aug 20, 2016 01:21 PM #41
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