All posts by Kevin Henderson

I have owned an I.T. business for 10 years and travel all over the state for service calls. I enjoy photography & flying. This website gives me a place to share places I travel to. :)

Drone Crash at Bassmaster Classic Lake Guntersville

 

Hexacopter providing Aerial video at Bassmasters Photo by: Jamie DavisBassmasters

Hexacopter providing Aerial video at Bassmasters
Photo by: Jamie DavisBassmasters

    It was an interesting day of aerial filming at the Bassmaster Classic this past weekend by hobbyist Tommy Wood. Tommy was flying his hexacopter, filming some of the top Bassmaster elite pros, when the hexacopter went down into Lake Guntersville around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Thinking about jumping in to save it, Tommy stated, “I was about 2 inches away from diving in when logic kicked in. We were almost 40 miles away from the boat launch. The card was lost with everything else.”

Bassmasters Drone

Tommy Wood at the Bassmaster Classic. Photo by: Shaye Baker – bassmaster.com

According to Tommy the crash happened during takeoff when it hit the outboard motor of his boat and fell into the water.   Tommy said, “I forgot to put it into manual mode before takeoff, and once it came off the boat, it rolled to try to get back over the spot where the GPS had initialized, plus the boat was moving under it.”

Fortunately with the help of E-Mergent RC Heli in Huntsville, Tommy was able to build another one quickly and have it in the air by 3p.m. the same day! Tommy said, “The equipment was replaceable, but the footage is what killed me to lose. I had a shot that easily could have been a magazine cover!”

According to bassmaster.com, Day One leader Randall Tharp witnessed the crash. “Maybe I’ll catch a bass off it tomorrow,” he joked.

On-site rescue divers used the situation as an opportunity to do a training exercise, but due to high-flowing currents, the recovery was not successful.

Wilson Dam / 360 Grille in Florence, AL

Wilson Dam - Florence, ALWilson Dam is a dam spanning the Tennessee River between Lauderdale County and Colbert County in the U.S. state of Alabama. It impounds Wilson Lake. It is one of nine Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dams on the Tennessee River. The dam was declared a National Historic Landmark on November 13, 1966. The main lock at Wilson Dam is 110 feet (34 m) wide by 600 feet (180 m) long. The lock lift is 94 feet (29 m). It is the highest single lift lock east of the Rocky Mountains.
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360 Grille - Florence, AL

The 360 Grille in Florence, AL is a revolving restaurant on top of the 300-foot Renaissance Tower which gives you a full panorama of Florence and the Tennessee River. The restaurant rotates very slowly.

Address: 10 Hightower Pl., Florence, AL, 35630
Phone: 256- 246-3600

Aerial Video Winter Storm 2014 Alabama Part 2

Alabama was hit with snow again on Wednesday, February 12, 2014. I had a service call that put me in the Shoals (Florence, AL area),  working at Shoals Hospital. The return trip took me through some of the heaviest snowfall I have ever driven through. I was driving a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee that was only two-wheel-drive.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee – and it’s for sale!

I lowered the tire pressure to 14 psi, and with careful driving the tires stuck to the road.  This time pretty much everyone had plenty of warning and stayed off the roads. The city was vacant, quiet and covered in the most beautiful snow I have ever seen. I could not pass up a perfect opportunity to capture some incredible video to share with you all!  The first shot is of  the cross at Gardendale First Baptist, followed by a snow-covered car dealership along US 31. After dinner I headed back to downtown Birmingham and stopped at Railroad Park and watched a few people sled down the stairs. I then went to  Regions Baseball Park,  Southside Baptist,  the Five Points South Fountain, and even the Waffle House across the street in Southside. Other scenes include the  Powell Avenue Steam Plant, Cathedral Church of the Advent,  Linn Park,  Highland Park,  Sloss Furnace,  The Summit shopping center,  English Village in Mountain Brook, and  Altamont Road, where I  filmed my own car :) and a snowman.  I am honored to be able to share this with everyone.  And once again thanks to my friend Daniel Clark for editing this video.  Feel free to share.

-Kevin Henderson
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Aerial Snow Photos from February 13, 2014