There’s a new craze sweeping across Thailand, across the world I dare say. You might even call it “the invasion of the drones”, for that is what it probably amounts too. I’m talking about the ‘DJI Phantom’, a radio controlled quad-copter aka “unmanned aerial vehicle” which appears reasonably easy to fly, and armed with a GoPro camera, or built in camera in the case of the Phantom II Vision, is capable of taking some absolutely amazing aerial footage.
What’s the appeal of the phantom
I can’t tell you how easy it is to fly, but if you watch the Youtube footage (below) you will understand the very obvious appeal of this little flying drone. This video was taken on a Phantom using a GoPro camera, the stunning aerial footage of Bangkok is something which was previously limited to helicopters and planes. I would have to say it’s the Phantom’s photographic and video capability which the public is finding so appealing. Drones and remotely operated planes are not a recent fad by any means, but the affordability and and photographic capabilities of the DJI Phantom have made it appealing to the masses. You’ll find a much better explanation of the Phantoms capabilities, pricing and availability in Thailand on this page at pattayadays.com.
Dangers of flying in Thailand’s cities.
The most obvious point which comes to mind is that of Phantom’s falling out the sky into a crowded city like Bangkok, these drones can go as high as 200 metres, I’m quite sure you are not allowed to fly radio controlled planes through a city, and I’m quite sure “crashing Phantoms” will be making the news sooner or later.