Phantom Knowledge Training

Phantom Knowledge Training developed by Jim Bendewald.

The Right to Fly a Drone Commercially

The FAA Proposed Part 107 is coming: the right to fly a drone commercially without a Pilot’s License. Many unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) owners want to fly their drones commercially now the FAA has provided a path for any USA citizen to apply for the Part 107 exemption.  Phantom Knowledge provides all the training that is needed to pass the Knowledge Test.  Go HERE to learn more. The FAA has been working for over a year on a new set of rules (called Part 107) for flying commercially.   The … [Read more...]

Do I need a Drone?

Why Are They So Popular? It is as if people have suddenly decided drones are a must have for photographing stuff or at least themselves!  Most people buying their first drone do so because they know someone who has one and it looks fun -- so why not?  In addition to simply having fun there are several important benefits to owning a drone.   Here are a few: There is no better way to take a picture / video of something from the sky than with a drone.  Yes, there are kites and real airplanes … [Read more...]

Drone Made for a Man!

Autonomous Drone EHang 184 Will Carry People Like a Personal Car Are we finally catching up to George from the cartoon The Jetsons?  Drones are the latest technology in the history of modernization.  Now there is a drone capable of carrying a person! The Chinese Drone company, EHang, created the EHang 184 which stands for 1 drone with 8 propellers and 4 arms.  The 184 is about the size of a car and pretty much everything is automated.  The person inside sets up the map for their … [Read more...]

The S2 Switch Options

Using the advanced features in NAZA-M on the DJI Phantom controller allows one to fly in the Course Lock and Home Lock modes. In order for that to happen settings must be made in the Phantom Assistant software. While using the NAZA-M mode turn on the IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control). When the IOC is turned on the S2 switch in the top position means off. The middle position is Course Lock. The advantage of Course Lock is you can start Course Lock right as you take off. Using the stick … [Read more...]

Clip 1 — Installation of DJI Phantom 2 Software can be mastered in a couple hours

Anyone can fly a Phantom but flying one safely is another matter. Then there is the issue of getting the software installed. What needs to get installed and in what order? Phantom Knowledge provides step-by-step instructions for installation, first flight, photography, videography and much more. … [Read more...]

Clip 2 — DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus Training for Photography and Videography

There is more to the DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus than just learning to fly safe, there is also the various controls in Vision app. In the Phantom Knowledge Lesson Three video training viewers learn about moiré and how to fix it. They learn about the Vision app features as well as recommendations. They also learn about Adobe Lightroom and Premiere Pro for tips for using these programs to make pictures and video look professional. This is Clip 2 providing an example of the content in the Phantom … [Read more...]

Clip 3 — DJI does not include a wall charger

Phantom Knowledge is a training program which provides step-by-step instructions for the installation of the Phantom software. But there is more! The lesson series includes many tips along the way. In this clip viewers will learn that the DJI quadcopters do not include a wall charger. This is Clip 3 providing an example of the content in the Phantom Knowledge training lessons. & … [Read more...]

Training for DJI Phantoms

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus quadcopters have become a bit of a sensation.  Some hobby store resellers are selling as many as a thousand quadcopters per month.  This means many people are getting into the radio controlled quadcopters experience.  Flying is fun, but it can also be confusing. I discovered that the easiest and safest way to fly was using the advanced features.  However, getting the features installed was a little tricky.  In the end the process of installing the software and … [Read more...]

Don’t Fly Your Phantom in National Parks

With the rapid increase of the use of UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) National Parks have made it illegal to fly within the park.  Yellowstone has specified fines of up to $5,000 and 6 months in jail for flying within their park.  On August 29th Yellowstone issued a release, stating: While taking a largely educational stance during the early phases of publicizing the ban, Yellowstone rangers have developed several criminal cases involving egregious violations of this ban. World-wide … [Read more...]

Phantom Deliveries

Well, no they are not using DJI Phantoms but Google, Amazon and others are testing ways to deliver packages, even pizza using drones. Millions of dollars are being spent in development while waiting for the FAA to give the go ahead. Check HERE for the CNN story. I believe UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are here to stay. The military according to the September 8, 2014 issue of Time Magazine have already clocked 2,000,000 hours of drone use. Drones are too valuable for too many businesses to … [Read more...]