It was my last opportunity to score some aerial footage for the my Australian travelogue series of the Bondi beach, Sydney Australia on a rare beautiful sunny day in Autumn. As I started off my futuristic remote controlled quadcopter from Dji Innovations aka the G-copter my plan was to film some of the surfers above the ocean. Off went the G-copter as I flew it above the ocean and the surfers while I stood on the comfort of the grass adjacent to the Bondi skate bowl. I started to loose sight of the G-copter and this made it harder to figure out which direction on the remote was was back to me.
The G-copter became a white dot and I started to see white dots in the sky. I think I was becoming delirious thinking of how I just flew $1200 off to the Bondi sea never to be seen again. I just purchased this device 5 days ago and there is an adventure story about receiving it in Honolulu Hawaii which I’ll save for another time. My dad can tell you the story too. I sure felt like an idiot as I began to try recall the terms of my insurance coverage for this quadcopter.
I remember seeing the fail safe function on the G-copter on the internet and quickly googled it on my smartphone. From what I remember the quadcopter should remember where it took off and return to where it took off. I had to turn off the remote control to activate it. I could no longer see it and in a desperate attempt I shut off the remote control. I stood there for what seemed like hours with no G-copter in sight. The Bondi crowd witnessing my loss. I began to think of how I would complain to the manufacturer Dji Phantom for this feature not working and how it was too easy for some big kid like me to do this.
Then.. like I was living in the future I saw the red and green lights out of the sky the G-copter returned to me. I was torn between using my SLR to film the surprise return flight, but I wanted to make sure I grabbed it as it slowly descended. I grabbed it as soon I could reached and struggled to disconnect the battery, while not hurting myself from the fast moving plastic blades. A small crowd gathered to the same amazement that I had.
Now that I have confirmed that this feature works by accident I am a believer in this product. This is the real deal. I believe more than ever that we are living in a wonderful time to have access to technology. Cheers to Go Pro and Dji Innovations for creating forward thinking products and lowering the barriers for acquiring high definition aerial footage. I am excited about the future. Now it is my time to get on with my mission to inspire the world to travel.