When a Voice of San Diego member handed off the controls to his drone, he gave me one request: Do something cool with it.
I’m not sure I completed that mission, unless crash-landing into the bushes or drawing stares from strangers is cool.
Kelly Abbott let me borrow his small helicopter-like drone, outfitted with a small GoPro camera.
I was nervous, but in the weeks I’ve spent reporting on San Diego’s drone industry I’ve looked on as several enthusiasts and professionals flew them effortlessly. How hard could it be?
Pretty hard, as it turns out. Flying a drone takes some skill.
Abbott taught me the basics of flying the roughly two-pound DJI Phantom 2 in a field near Liberty Station.