Rebuilding our Website: Part 1

As part of our new face, Colin and I are working our butts off to change how the world sees us online. Part of the process is showing people who we are. No one who has found our website even knows what we look like... until now.

It's all about to change as of this weekend! We've been putting together a little plan and trying to schedule and it's beginning to happen thanks to our friend, Tim.

Are there enough hours in the day to work on the website, buy new equipment and get these photos done???? Probably not, but why not try?

Are there enough hours in the day to work on the website, buy new equipment and get these photos done???? Probably not, but why not try?

For weeks, we planned out what would make a fun photo shoot since the holidays can be notoriously slow for work. We couldn't decide between a hangar and a runway. I researched Santa Monica Airport, LAX, Ontario, Van Nuy, Mojave airport and even Moffett field in San Jose as possibilities, but realized that if we were going to do this, we'd want to go big. Like 737's and private jets hanging out with us in the hangar. One thing came up every time, 9/11. No one wants you to waltz into a working hanger with a multimillion dollar jet with a bunch of drones anymore. I don't get it america, but ok, no problem. So we hatched another plan. Both Colin and I had shot a drone training video for DSLRPros' Drone Academy X at the Simi Valley Flyers Club field which was perfect. The north-south facing field is perfect for sunset in the winter because the sun sets in the South South West.

We got in touch with Todd who advised us on when the best days and conditions to shoot would be. We finally decided on a date and we began to steer the ship in that direction. One challenge we gave ourselves was to make the rc field look more like a runway of an airport. The best way we could think of was to add runway lights. We decided to just build some. With LED's, you can do things that just weren't possible a few years ago, like string 60 of them together on a single circuit with thin gauge wire. We just made a couple trips to Home Depot and bought out all the LED lightbulbs we could get and sprinkler risers. 

We spoke with our Photographer, Victor Lightworship, about what we had in mind and he said he was ready to do this, so we packed up our cars, grabbed some rental gear from Samy's Camera and built a runway!

It took us about 4 and a half hours to lay out the lights and connect them.

It took us about 4 and a half hours to lay out the lights and connect them.

We had to shave down the wires to get our add-a-tap connectors to work.

We had to shave down the wires to get our add-a-tap connectors to work.

Our Yaeger Cart with Spectrum DX8's and Eartec Comstar headset system

Our Yaeger Cart with Spectrum DX8's and Eartec Comstar headset system

Our X-8 Custom Drone with the Freefly Movi M10 and  with the Freefly Alta in the background with a Red Dragon on the Gimbal

Our X-8 Custom Drone with the Freefly Movi M10 and  with the Freefly Alta in the background with a Red Dragon on the Gimbal