So that's it for our International Drone Expo coverage this year... I offer this final video with an apology to Sir Mix-A-Lot for the appropriation of his signature lyric from Baby Got Back – but what else can I say? I DO like big birds, and I cannot lie.
And these birds were big, no doubt. My greatest concern in putting this video together was that I wasn't adequately capturing the sheer size of these things – they were enormous! I can only imagine what it must be like to fly one: quite a thrill, I'm sure, along with an immediate, visceral understanding of the mayhem you could cause if one of these got away from you.
Speaking of mayhem, I was intrigued to see prop guards on aircraft this large. As you heard Aiden say, this is apparently common practice in Australia, but it was the first time I'd ever seen prop guards on a bird that big. Hopefully, we'll see it catch on here. It's a good idea, although it significantly increases the overall size of the package. One of these won't be folding down into a briefcase like a Freefly ALTA.
While that wraps up our coverage from IDE, we'll be back on the road very soon. Just before sitting down to write this blog post, I wrapped up making our travel arrangements to attend CES and the AMA Expo in January, so if you're going to be in Las Vegas or Ontario, maybe we'll see you there!