Mega Drone Photos, FPB 97 Details, And Other News From Recent Trip To New Zealand

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We have just returned from New Zealand and there is lots to share about the FPB world. We’ll start with an iPhone app for photography during additional trials aboard FPB 97-1.

The capabilities of the iPhone 6 are amazing, as is the realism of the drone (a Jet Ranger). There is even a photographer modeled in the doorway that is painted to resemble Ivor Wilkins.


This drone model carries a substantial camera payload, and on this day, with 30+ knots of breeze it was working hard in the ground effect turbulence. As we are just off the plane this will have to suffice until next week. But we promise lots more interesting photos and data in a few days. Stay tuned.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 7, 2015)

5 Responses to “Mega Drone Photos, FPB 97 Details, And Other News From Recent Trip To New Zealand”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Wow. That’s a big RC helicopter. lol That 97 is very impressive indeed.

  2. Bruce Says:

    what a tease! great boat.

  3. Steve Steinhardt Says:

    Happy You know what ! Quite a present you have there in Sea Trial Form.

  4. Jono Frankfort Says:

    Wondering if the Broadband radar is the only radar aboard? Is this your choice, or the owners?
    Antenna seems a bit small to get any real range out of.

  5. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Jono:
    The owner was waiting for the new Halo radar from Simrad which will now be fitted.