After connecting online with a fellow travel blogger – Thor Winther, of www.wintherworldwide.com, some months ago, I was pleasantly surprised when he told me he had purchased a flight from Copenhagen to Bangkok and was interested in meeting up. Timing worked out so that he was able to visit our village several hours east of Bangkok.
The last time I touched our drone was on Koh Tachai Island in Southern Thailand – after takeoff on the silky white sand the drone promptly set itself down in the Andaman Sea requiring an expensive fix up in Bangkok. Fortunately we waited until all the tourists had gone to lunch before attempting this flight.
Lesson learned: avoid trying first flights on islands.
The results were much better this time despite three crashes:
1. The battery started failing and the drone crashed to the earth.
2. I landed it on the top of a palm tree and after starting and stopping the propellers several times chewing through palm fronds and leaving the white propellers tinged with green, the drone dropped to the ground – ejecting the battery in the process.
3. I made the mistake of flying the drone extremely high today with the very strong winds and it totally got away from me buzzing over my brother in laws home heading straight for a nearby pond. Luckily it went down in front of a stand of Eucalyptus trees right at the edge of this pond – crash landing in a field.
Any of these three crashes could have been much worse!
Fortunately Thor enjoyed a much better grasp of the controls and at one point adeptly zipped underneath trees, next to bushes chasing chickens.
The nice thing about these drone crashes is that they were all filmed – the first video is a short compilation of our multiple flights with the background music appropriately titled ‘Soaring’.
The second video was filmed some months later with the tiny DJI Mavic with Ric of Global Gaz.