Roof Inspection Practice at the Old House in Shandaken
This was my first practice attempt at using a drone to inspect the roof of a house. It's pretty horrible. But I did promise to show my videos with mistakes and all.
Obviously the old house has seen better days. The state plans to knock it down. It already has an "X" on it that means it's slated for demolition.
On the other hand, it's had that "X" for years, so demolishing the old house doesn't seem too high on their priorities list.
I'd kind of like them to restore it, but that's not likely to happen. Restoring it would mean hiring people to staff it, and there's really no practical reason to do. It's just a trailhead in a forest.
For now, it serves as a handy place to practice drone inspections, as well as flying skills such as orbits, handling odd air currents, or crabbing the4 drone. I've noticed a few other pilots who use it for practice, as well. I like to think that the old house enjoys still being useful, even if it is just as a place for drone pilots to practice and sharpen their flying skills.
One thing I know is that all the local drone pilots will be sad if and when the state finally knocks down the old house at the Shandaken Wild Forest trailhead. We've all become pretty attached to it.