Tri Spinner (EDC/Fidget) - Free STL for 3d Printing!

I've been seeing these EDC/Fidget spinners all over the internet recently, but couldn't find a satisfactory STL to print off a few of my own. There are a variety of commercial options, but the prices range from $5-$200+. I'm certainly not willing to drop that kind of cash, so I fired up some CAD software and took a swing at my own design.

If you like my design and want to print your own, you can get the STL on Thingiverse here. I hope you get some use out of it!


Sunday Follow-up: Memorial Day Flooding

This is the follow up to my previous post, showing the flood water on Sunday just as it was supposed to crest. Residents of the lower areas of Houston, my thoughts and prayers are with you tonight.

On a lighter note, the original footage was picked up by local media - Kingwood.com (and Part 2), HumbleTX.com, and KHOU Channel 11 all featured the footage. I'll have to see what I can do about getting a copy of the aired footage from KHOU.

West Fork - River Drone Exploration

Lazy flight on a Sunday morning, exploring the river. What's hidden on the other bank? It was neat finding flooded areas the river didn't teach, and seeing how  different the water color could be.
What do you think? Do you like this style of video?


El Rancho Cima & The Devil's Backbone

Rolling hills, a river, and decades of memories. This scout camp holds a special place in the minds and hearts of many a Boy Scout. El Rancho Cima is a gem, nestled away in the Texas Hill Country.
This area is steeped in lore, both from the old west days, and modern scouts. Ghost stories, shenanigans, legends... Decades of scouting history, and centuries of US history.

In the future, I'd like to start making more videos with drone footage narrated by a local expert. If you have any stories you'd like to share to do a voiceover for videos like this one, please Contact Me!


The Earth Mover - Giant Crane Drone Fly-Over

Driving around one day, I saw an absolutely enormous crane/earth mover - Too good of an opportunity to pass without flying around. It's nearly 300 feet tall; absolutely gargantuan.
This video is the second I've tried to color correct, and I think the edits are much better than my first try. What do you think?


Holy Flier - Church Fly Over

I had some fun trying new things at this location. ~30 minutes of sunlight, only one charged battery, and then editing and color correction in DaVinci Resolve. I liked the results - Resolve has is a better editor (and FREE) than some paid software I've used.
Do you like it? What do you want to see next? Thanks for watching!


US sUAS/Drone Owner Maps

Last month, the FAA released location data for registered drone owners. Shortly thereafter, Airmap made a heatmap of drone owners, and released it via twitter. We've taken a little more time, and done some assessment of the top 5 states for drone ownership.
There's no surprise here, Silicon Valley has attracted a huge number of UAS hobbyists. 3D Robotics, the leader in US drone manufacturing, is headquartered in Berkley California.
Texas is another state with a large population, and lots of land to fly in. Texas has the distinct honor to host the Texas A&M Corpus Christi Lone Star UAS Center of Excellence, one of only 6 FAA-Designated UAS test facilities.
An early misconception was that Florida had a much higher than average number of drone pilots per the rest of the population. In the slide above, you can see that as a whole, the US has 1 registered drone pilot for every 669.1 people. Florida comes in at slightly more populous with a ratio of 1:534.6, the 12th highest.
New York owes it's placing in the top 5 largely due to dense population cluster in New York City. Flights over NYC often spark debate, as it's very difficult to avoid flying over people in such a dense city. To make matters worse, irregular winds and GPS multipathing make the risk of losing control of your aircraft even higher. High profile Youtuber Casey Neistat has been called out for his controversial flights over the city, but at this time has not been fined, or commented on his flights. New York is also home to NUAIR, another FAA-designated UAS test site, in Griffiss International Airport.
 It's hard to see a definite correlation between drone ownership and Pennsylvania, beyond shear population.
As a bonus (or lagniappe, as the Cajuns would say it), we also did an assessment of Louisiana. Although Louisiana ranks low on the list, the state been looking into passing more strict rules regarding UAS. This would set a dangerous precedent, as it would open the floodgates to the creation of a patchwork nightmare of drone laws throughout the nation. This patchwork would be difficult to understand and follow, and even harder to enforce. This issue has appeared at least once in courts before, in Gustafson vs City of Lake Angeles, but in the realm of manned aircraft. The result? "Air traffic must be regulated at the national level".

If you would like to see an analysis of your state, feel free to contact us!