Yesterday evening the daily coast wind let up enough for me to take my Parrot AR 2.0 drone out for a test flight. A few recent attempts in the RV park between wind gusts led to numerous crashes with no damage to the flying device.
Because the drone operates with an iOS device...in my case my dear wife's iPad Mini...the range is not too impressive. To extend the range to my satisfaction I purchased an Amped sr-10000 wifi range extender and, in order to increase flight stability, added a GPS Flight Recorder.
Fully equipped with all the above, I loaded dear wife and furry buddies Abbey and Luna into the truck and drove over to the largest open area in Port Orford, the ball park at Buffington Park. A still air evening just before sunset proved perfect for my first arial photo session.
I was very happy with the range extender and found myself operating well within the wifi signal at 300 feet horizontal distance and 52 feet high. I will try for more once I gain some confidence flying the device. The FAA currently limits recreational unmanned drones to 400 feet in height, but I have no intention to fly higher at any rate.
I found a good YouTube video that taught me the rudiments of making a movie from the raw video clips from yesterday evening and uploaded the results to YouTube earlier today. Although not perfect by any means, I am happy with the results and look forward to improving my skill as time passes. There's always something new for old geezers to learn!