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RotorDrone: Behind the Scenes of Our New Special Issue

RotorDrone: Behind the Scenes of Our New Special Issue

We’ve been hard at work on the first issue of RotorDrone, our new special issue that will be filled with excellent coverage of the world of multirotors. Check out this behind-the-scenes peek at what has gone into the making of RotorDrone, and make sure you pick up your copy on April 22 at newsstands everywhere or subscribe at AirAgeStore.com.

Senior technical editor Gerry Yarrish and staff photographer Peter Hall recently spent a day shooting setup shots for the first issue. They chatted with Marc D’Antonio, owner/operator of FX Models in Terryville, CT and were able to get a new point of view of the emerging quadcopter and drone industry/market.

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Marc has started several small companies from RC submarines to special effects for TV commercials and much more. Marc and a team of engineers and scientists are working on projects that will greatly improve the reach of quadcopter technology while making them easier and safer to operate! Want to learn more? Read our article in the first issue!

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Peter Hall setting up a shot of Marc in his FX Models office.

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Marc’s a passionate guy for sure! Here he’s showing some screenshots of night ops for one of his quads and showing waypoints for a quad with GPS tracking.

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Marc and his small DJI Phantom.

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Here’s the Phantom transmitter with video display screen for FPV flying.

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FX Models’ Prototype rotordrone is huge. It weighs 11 pounds and has a payload lift capacity of 9 pounds! Serious power system.

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The protective clear dome sort of makes the FX Models quad look a lot like Robbie the Robot from the classic sci-fi film Forbidden Planet. A fact not lost with Marc as it was his intent.

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Peter Hall adjusting his camera and getting ready for the perfect shot!

Updated: March 26, 2014 — 4:59 PM

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