Raphael "Trappy" Pirker races a first person view, or FPV, drone on February 19, 2015 in Moraga, California. The drone transmits its camera feed to Pirker's goggles so he can see what the drone sees and can control it.

There is a zen moment when you are flying a drone in the first-person perspective when the ground drops away and the camera stabilizes. There is a horizon in every direction, and the only question left is, “Which way do you want to fly?”

“It’s the ability to be in the pilot’s seat without the danger of actually being in the pilot’s seat,” said Raphael “Trappy” Pirker, the entrepreneur and enthusiast behind the Team BlackSheep drone shop and community. “You can travel places, you can see stuff from a different perspective. It’s kind of a mix of outdoor adventure and technology.”

If the name sounds familiar, it should – Ralph is the same guy who just settled with the FAA (without admitting guilt) for $1,100 for his “reckless” flying at U Va. Turns out that the man is all about reckless flying – it is pretty cool to see what someone can do with one of these things.
It suggests to me that the FAA ought to include a drivers test… Check out the video of the full tilt drone race course – very fun stuff and a commercial hit in the making. And his run through Manhattan in 2010.

From gigaom.com

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