At grand opening last night of Chesapeake Bay Diving - VB, the new dive shop in the Hilltop facility vacated by retiring Dive Quarters. Big crowd with lots of familiar faces. Malena Sharkey gave a brief welcome talk, then lots of mingling. Mermaids Amanda Kaiser, Nicole Carter and Ashley Soltis tested their tails in the 15' deep end of the pool in an after-hours session. Nice to see friendly competitors Lindsey Hillier Hotchkiss and Scott Hotchkiss owners of Lynnhaven Dive Center / LDC attending. Congratulations to Malena, Bob, Mike and John on the new venture.
Photo taken by Joy Tatem Haycox
Dave Haycox now certified Inspire 1 drone "Catcher".....necessary landing technique in small boat in 10mph+ winds.
With winds exceeding 10mph, we opted to move some takeoffs and landings from the boat to a sandbar that was exposed at low tide. Kit for wet and sandy is a piece of sailcloth with plastic grommets and four small lightweight tent stakes. Location near Cheriton and Cape Charles on the Virginia Eastern Shore.
Cavalier Hotel on the oceanfront, Virginia Beach 5/22/15, the tower soon to be leveled to the ground. This frame looking north, wide view aerial from uAV/uAS (drone). At end of afternoon, had gathered another 25 still frames and 10 minutes of HiDef (1080p) video. Several helicopters plying the area, but I stayed 2-150'; well out of their way. Man in a construction truck was leery of me flying in the area. Told him I'd been doing it for six weeks recording the historic work and have been in the good graces of the demolition crew. Just a few more days and the process will be captured.
5/23/14 1:04PM 40m (about 120' altitude)
5/23/15 2:08PM 20m (about 60' altitude)
Tower pulled down at 1:50PM in a giant cloud of dust. Demolition super Andy has a wire from his front-end loader to an upper point of the tower, backs up and pulls it down. Now to move forward with site cleanup.
Virginia Beach, VA Cavalier Hotel Demolition as of 5/19/15, this frame from 14m (about 40' altitude). A lot of activity today with wind moving dust; coating the leading edge of the drone props and coating everything on and near the north side of the property. I was flying close, so have a significant aircraft cleanup job. Today, like other days recording this process, captured 35 still images and 16 minutes of HiDef video. Altitudes of 2-150' for varied angles.
Virginia Beach, VA Cavalier Hotel Demolition as of 5/18/15. Interesting to note the ramp near the bottom right corner leading to underground parking, then note the underground parking area with its ceiling gone back to the pool and hot tub on the north (left) side of the building. From drone looking south east from 13m (about 40') altitude.
Virginia Beach, VA Cavalier Hotel Demolition as of 5/18/15 from 42m (about 125' altitude).