Drone News Roundup: High Octane FPV Video Shot at an Amusement Park, Drone Video of Huge Cooling Tower Demolition, and More!

BY Zacc Dukowitz
12 November 2021

This week we’re covering a new FPV video shot at an amusement park, made by the creator of the viral Right Up Our Alley cinewhoop video.

We’re also covering a drone video of a cooling tower in the UK being demolished, a video from YouTuber Peter Stripol showing how he built a flying contraption out of duct tape and drone motors, DJI and SkyPixel’s annual contest, and a new episode of Commercial UAV News’ podcast focused on commercial drone work.

Now let’s get to those links!

Cinewhoop Master Jay Christensen Races Alongside a Roller Coaster in Latest Video

Single-Shot Drone Fly-Through at Valleyfair Amusement Park

This new video from cinewhoop mastermind Jay Christensen, creator of the viral Right Up Our Alley video, takes us on a whirlwind tour through an amusement park. Like all of Christensen’s well-known FPV videos, this one was shot in a single take. It opens with a rollercoaster edging over a huge drop, then takes us through several of the park’s attractions, closing out with a shot of people dropping straight down on a ride called the Power Tower. Most of Christensen’s videos are made in Minnesota, where he lives. This one was shot at the Valleyfair Amusement Park in Minneapolis—if you’re looking for a fun, high octane ride, this video is just the thing.


Drone Video of Cooling Tower Demolition at UK Power Plant

Eggborough Blowdown 10 Oct 1

Drones give us a unique view for watching huge events unfold, like this demolition of an old cooling tower in the United Kingdom. The demolition took place last month at the Eggborough Power Station, which was located in North Yorkshire, England. The tower was taken down as part of a broader effort to decommission the plant, which is now permanently closed.


YouTuber Creates Flying Machine Out of Drone Motors and Duct Tape

Flying with 50 drone motors (homemade flying machine)

YouTuber and maker extraordinaire Peter Stripol recently released this video showcasing how he made, and then took flight with, a wacky contraption that uses 50 drone motors, duct tape, and 3D-printed parts. The how-to part of the video is shot in a montage style, making it seem like just anyone could bang out one of these devices in their garage, but we recommend thinking twice before you try this at home.


$46K Worth of Prizes on the Line in SkyPixel’s Annual Contest


This year there’s $46,000 worth of prizes on the line for contestants in the annual SkyPixel video contest. This will be the seventh year in a row that DJI and SkyPixel partner on the contest, which showcases high quality drone videos and photos from around the world. The contest is open for entries from now until December 6, with winners announced December 28—follow the link below to learn more about the contest and how you can enter to win.


Latest Commercial UAV News Podcast Episode Takes Deep Dive into Commercial Drone Work


Commercial UAV News’ podcast Beyond Part 107 just dropped a new episode featuring John Delp of AECOM, Larry Barnard of Chevron, and Zacc Dukowitz of UAV Coach and Flyability. In the podcast, the three talk with Danielle Gagne of Commercial UAV News about how drones are being used in commercial work, taking a close look at inspection applications and also zooming out to discuss the challenges they’ve faced with building and scaling a drone program at a large organization.


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