Nov 21-15

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2015: November: Nov 21-15
Flyover in Eagle Harbor    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Nick Rowe
Life Saving Museum    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Nick Rowe
Winterizing the windows    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Nick Rowe
Isle Royale Queen    ...scroll down to share comments
Photos by Nick Rowe

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 10:50 am:

OK, so I'm sure everyone is wondering about the snow…sorry I don't have any photos yet, but we were the recipients of several inches of snow Thursday and some Friday, too, but I'm still holding out hope that it will either melt again or that we won't get much more until deeper into December. A Yooper girl can dream, right? ;-)

With that said, today we're treated to a drone view of the Life Saving Museum located on the Eagle Harbor Marina grounds. Nick Rowe was up there flying his drone around, while he and his dad, Mark Rowe were doing a bit of winterizing of the windows of the building by hanging shutters. You can see Mark standing in the back of his truck on the far right of the second and third photos. Ginny Jamison originally brought my attention to the photos and said that Mark had forgotten his key, so he couldn't get inside to get a ladder and improvised with the back of his pickup truck.

The bottom photo from Nick's drone is the Isle Royale Queen IV as she was leaving Copper Harbor. I'm not sure when he snapped the shot and actually I'm not even certain if the Queen winters at the Harbor or somewhere else, but I'm sure someone will be able to answer that for me. Thanks in advance!

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 11:05 am:

I remember seeing shots of this building often in George Hite's writings. Speaking of George, I still miss his vivid descriptions in his logs of the Eagle River area.
Thanks Nick, for sharing yours and your Dad's day.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 11:08 am:

Please excuse this extra here, Mary, but I meant to say Eagle Harbor.

By Janie T. (Bobbysgirl) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 11:43 am:

Great pictures! I have always wanted to see this place closer.

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 12:15 pm:

Nice pix and I like the dome-look of the cloudy skies.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 12:57 pm:

I love going there to walk around when we're UP
there. It's pretty much a yearly stop, as we also
love the view from there.

Thanks for these great pictures of one of my
favorite places.

By Bob S (Oldtoot) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 01:35 pm:

In Northern Illinois we have about 9 or 10 inches on the ground
and more coming as i write, 19 mile an hour winds with it. Winter
came here before da UP this year eh.

By FRNash/PHX, AZ (Frnash) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 07:11 pm:

Hurrah for Nick and his drone pix!

But, a small caveat, especially given the affordability and potential popularity of such drones as Christmas gifts:

I certainly hope that Nick or anyone else operating a drone, a.k.a "Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS)" is aware of and in compliance with the FAA's Regulations and Policies on (click →) Model Aircraft Operations, quoted here in part:


Individuals flying for hobby or recreation are strongly encouraged to follow safety guidelines, which include:

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Don't fly within 5 (statute) miles of an airport1 unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Don't fly near people or stadiums
  • Don't fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
  • Don't be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

As this is an evolving regulatory environment, it would be well to follow the status of this Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits.

See also the various links in the above document:
Read an overview of the Small UAS NPRM (PDF).
Read the complete Small UAS NPRM (PDF).
…and other links therein.

There are increasing numbers of unmanned aircraft encounters in controlled airspace being reported to the FAA: From AOPA, August 27, 2015: "Drone reports detailed".

Failure to comply with these requirements can be expensive. From, Tuesday, 06 Oct 2015: "FAA Proposes Massive $2M Fine Against Drone Operator"
[1 Note: The 5 statute mile "no drone zone" radius from CMX (nearly 20 square miles) includes:
Quincy Mine, the Scenic Lookout on US-41 above Hancock, all of beautiful downtown Hancock east of the City Hall, the bridge, all of beautiful downtown Houghton east of the south/eastbound US-41 loop at the bridge and the MTU campus, East Sharon Avenue @ Diamond Avenue, US-41 0.4 mi. south of the Pilgrim River, Senter, the Traprock River Bridge on Bootjack Road, South Hecla Street @ South Calumet Street in Laurium, Osceola Location, Swedetown, and North Cloverland Road at M-203 (Calumet).]
Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 09:25 pm:

Nice facilities.

By MarilynnB (Marilynnb) on Sunday, November 22, 2015 - 07:06 am:

Great shots. I love seeing the aerial views. ROAM here in
Munising posts beautiful shots of our bay quite often, and it's
really fun to see our town from that perspective.

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