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‘We’re not out spying on people, we’re just out to have a good time’: OKC drone club takes flight

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Once a month, Don Price gets to take his toys to show and tell.  And he loves to take these toys for a spin.

"We just come out and have fun," says Price, the president of OKC Drones. "We're not out spying on people, we're just out to have a good time."

People who love drones make the eastern Oklahoma City skies their home once a month, getting together on NE 50th St., just east of Sooner Rd.

Together, they take photos, talk technology and fly their drones.  But the group also takes pride in teaching -- whether that's showing first-timers the controls or explaining the purpose of the sometimes controversial drone technology.

"What we're trying to do is remove the stigma that the public has about drones invading privacy," said Price. "Our cameras cannot zoom. It's no different than taking a picture from a cell phone basically. So it's no different."

Photography is what got Price into drones in the first place. He was amazed at the aerial views of Oklahoma.

"Some of the pictures that I've got of downtown, of the lakes are just incredible," he said.

Also incredible, Price says: the rapidly-advancing technology incorporated into the drones these days.

Many drones are equipped with GPS technology, so they can fly home if they are running low on battery. That same technology allows some drones to be pre-programmed to fly to certain places.  Special goggles can also communicate with the drone to give the operator eyes in the sky.

"The technology is absolutely incredible," said Price, "and it's only getting better."

The OKC Drones group is always looking for new members. To join, visit the OKC Drones Facebook page.

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