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Kansas State Capitol Area - October 2, 2016

Clear skies and cool (about 60 degrees) with just a trickle of wind off and on.
Launched a Syma X8C Venture (which is about the same size and dimensions of the DJI Phantom Drone)
about one block North of the Kansas State Capitol building.  We also flew on the South side of the
Kansas Judicial Center looking North. 

A RunCam HD camera was aboard and mounted beneath the  quadcopter to obtain these images.


Pamona Lake - July 20, 2016

Pamona Lake, located in Osage County, South of Topeka, KS.  Temperatures were in the upper 90's and sometimes
near 100 degrees in the open sun.  Winds were gusting 10 to 15 MPH during the middle afternoon, so the X600
Hexacopter was taken up about 200 feet along the Southwest portion of this lake for a short period of time.

Downtown Near the Kansas State Capitol - July 1, 2016


Launching and flying from the North of the Kansas State Capitol grounds with just a slight
wind at 200 feet between the hours of  7 P.M. and 8 P.M.

Turning East towards the Kansas Jayhawk Tower building and then pointing to the South.


Shunga Glen Park - June 27, 2016


Looking Northeast from within Shunga Glen Park ( 24th and Buchanan Streets ) area, adjacent to the
Shunga Creek.  Kansas Expo Centre in the distance and downtown Topeka on the horizon.

Open Field - June 26, 2016

Cloudy, overcast and very warm and humid during this flight above the field South of the KNI
(Kansas Neurological Institute) campus.  This area has mowed nature and birding trails
provided by the City of Topeka.  For the most part the X600 Hexacopter was facing South
then to the West with the RunCam HD camera aboard.


The overall area is North of the Shunga Glenn walking trails, West of the McDonald Ball Park
and then East of the Topeka VA Hospital.



Evening Sunset - March 10, 2016

Spring is Near from Above - March 5, 2016

Spring like temperatures and just a little wind in the late afternoon.  This backyard launch went up about
250 to 300 feet in altitude (best estimate), looking to the North and Northeast.


Launching at about 4:30PM CST and ending just shortly before 5:00 PM CST.

The Kansas State Capitol is off in the far distance along the horizon line to the Northeast,
while almost directly North on the horizon are the Cargill grain elevators along Northwest Lower Silver Lake
 road across the Kansas River.

Neighborhood Flyover - February 20, 2016

A lot different appearance than during the Autumn, however we were quite a bit
higher in altitude, looking almost straight North from the back yard.

Autumn from Above - November 6, 2015

Turning to the West got the hexa-copter into the path of sun and the camera had some difficulty handling the exposures, but
for the most part the color was okay.  Images two, three and four show that the swamp area (see below) has gained a little
water since we were there on October 22, however it is still dry for the most part (image five),  as the water you are seeing is
 another pond area to the West of the swamp.

Launching in the soccer field area of  McDonald Park and West of the baseball diamond.

Neighborhood Flyover - October 25, 2015

Autumn colors are really beginning to show, especially since we've had some frost.  The above image
looking to the West towards the KNI (Kansas Neurological Institute) campus, the VA Topeka hospital off in
the distance and Southwest 21st street along the North.

Pointed mostly to the North, the first and third images are showing the rear of the small businesses
located at the corner of Southwest 21st an Randolph streets.

Swampy Flyover (2) - October 22, 2015

Seventy-five degrees, overcast and a little wind, the swamp area North of the Shunga walking trail has almost
completely dried up.  A few water holes still contain some moisture, but for the most part the entire area
is pretty much bone dry.  The cattails along the border of this area are dry and have taken on the colors of
Autumn.  We felt a little more comfortable flying over the swamp this time than we did on September 27th,
when it was filled with water.


Short distance North of the habitat swamp area in an open field area and then South and East of the swamp area.

Up and Over Jaketown Road in the Flint Hills - October 7, 2015

Great day with lots of sunshine and practically no wind.  We flew initially 2 miles West of Dover, Kansas
and about a mile South and then West looking for an old school house that we had photographed back in
November 2003.  Never found the school house, but did find the remnants of some stone buildings dating
back in the 1800's.  We did fly around the old Snokomo school house and had a motor failure with the
X600 hexacopter.  One out of six motors not operating disabled any further flying.

According to my July 2001 and November 2003 photographs there was another building in behind this one
 and possibly another to the South.  On further was the school house and another building to the West.
  Viewing these remnants when the foliage is so prevalent is part of the problem as they are a lot easier to find
and see during late Autumn, Winter or Early Spring ( See Echo Cliff Park - July 15, 2001 ).  While these
stone remnants were along Goldfinch road (a low maintained roadway), there is another road South of here,
but it was closed for some reason and would have afforded us a better view of where that school house was
located when we visited in 2003.

Built in 1883 and restored in 1972, the Snokomo School House looks a little different from up above then down
along the dusty Snokomo roadway.

First image in the above row shows the shadow of the X600 hexacopter and it's six propellers.
Looks like a "spider" on the shingles.
Last two images from the video looking Northward up Snokomo
 Road in Wabaunsee County.


Sixty-three degrees and clear blue skies North of Tenth Street and along Urish Road.  Up at an
altitude of about 300 feet and looking to the East.  The Kansas River on the left and to the North.

Open Field - October 6, 2015


Little less stressful when you're in an open field and don't have to be concerned about trees and other
obstacles - problem with me is I go higher and have to be concerned about the ascension.


Sunset coming upon us and we decided to bring it down.

Swampy Flyover - September 27, 2015

Great weather with a little breeze that occasionally was gusty, we took a  few flyovers of an area that is part of large nature
trail that is just a little North of the Shunga Glenn walking trail in South Central Topeka.  We tested out this area above
the swamp with our lighter Syma X5C-1 awhile back, but today we used the MJX X600 and the Runcam HD camera beneath.

Carefully going forward into the swamp from East to West, little did we know we were about to stir up three hawks
flying in from the Southwest and around us to the North.  We got so pre-occupied with watching them and trying
to keep the X600 up and above the water that we neglected to turn the copter a little to the Northwest so the hawks
would be included in the video.  Subsequently we only got a glimpse in the images.

Look closely along the right-hand edge of the last few images above and the images below and what little of the hawks
we captured in flight is there.  They were making a lot of noise, as obviously we were in their predatory food area.

Up and Above a Cell Phone Tower - September 24, 2015

About 75 degrees and a little bit of breeze, but for the most part calm.  The hex-copter was launched
from a dirt road South of a Verizon cell phone tower, looking North.  Normal cell phone tower without
night lights is 160 feet tall.


Everything was going fine until we ascended another 50 feet above the tower and drifted a little
to the West.  At one point the controller lost a signal to the hexacopter, but we got it activated
and began dropping it in altitude.  There the real problem began as the engines stalled.

This got us on the other side of that tower and to the West of the KNI power plant.  Another
attempt to restore the signal from the controller to the hexacopter was attempted and at one
point we had it heading back to the roadway, but the engines stalled again.  We cut the power
and it came down in a baseball field to the East of the Topeka VA Hospital.


When the hex-acopter was recovered the camera had shut down as it took well over an hour to locate it,
and camera video runs 80 minutes.  It wouldn't have taken so long to find it, but initially we thought it
had dropped in a wooded field area South of here.  The above frame is the last image the camera
captured as it sat on the ground (turned around and pointing East) looking at that cell phone tower.