A Revolution at Hand.
Starting in about 2010 a number of technology and engineering factors came together – all leading to almost unlimited possibilities in lower cost and more capable flying drones for consumers, hobbyists, photographers and other possible light commercial uses.
This site is all about buying and flying radio control vehicles with an emphasis on quadcopters and other multirotors. The site was started by Kerry Garrison who started a website called WildHobbies.com back in 2001 and by 2004 had become one of the most popular R/C related websites on the web. In January of 2004, WildHobbies merged with RCUniverse while Kerry went on to start the photography website Camera Dojo.
After a long hiatus from R/C, Kerry returned to the scene due to the advent of the new breed of aerial vehicles that are very easy for new people to fly but also add a new level of excitement to seasoned experts. His knowledge as a photographer AND an experienced Radio Controlled (R/C) expert allows him a unique perspective on the consumer-level drone scene.
In 2013, Kerry transfered the site to CHI Associates (Craig Issod), who has decades of experience in building online communities and forums. Starting in April of 2013, a number of major upgrades and features will be introduced and Droneflyers.com will become the go-to site for consumers desiring information and education on the new drones.
Lest you think Craig started flying or having such interests recently, here are a couple shots from almost 50 years ago! Seems flying is in his blood!
Drone Flyers would like to be the “drone” (multirotor, quadcopter) sit “for the rest of us”. That little saying, “for the rest of us” , come from Apple Computer and refers to the Mac being the computer that more people can understand and use! In the same way, the Drone Flyers Site will attempt to be educational and informative but NOT be a clone of what other sites already do well. As examples, there are amazing forums at sites like DIYdrones and RCgroups in which you can delve into the finest detail of soldering a resistor onto a circuit board, programming and many other facets of the “old” R/C hobby or the semi-pro Drone experimentation industry.
However, as I note in our article – Rise of the Drones – there appears to be breakthroughs in this industry which will bring millions of new customers into the fold – customers who need a basic education, buying choices, reviews, etc but who may never or rarely want to pull out a soldering iron.
As with all beginnings, we will likely veer a bit off course until we find our way. But, hopefully, these articles and forums will be of use to many. The proof will be in the pudding, as they say!
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