Mike Remmers wanted to make his road trip more interesting. At the end of the 2016 season, the Carolina Panthers offensive lineman had a long drive from Charlotte, NC to his offseason home of Portland, OR. Remmers had the idea to bring along his brand new drone and fly in various cities along the way. Remmers took to the air with his Inspire 2 in Nashville, St. Louis, Lincoln, Nebraska, and plenty of other locations in between. He then shared his aerial video footage to AirVūz.com.
Remmers is no stranger to the drone hobby. The Portland native started flying drones back when the original DJI Phantom 1 came out. He eventually upgraded to the Phantom 3 Professional and now has the brand-new Inspire 2. Remmers is one of several professional athletes who have dabbled in drones. Perhaps the most notable is Cleveland Indians pitcher and AirVūz contributor Trevor Bauer, who flies both FPV and camera drones.
Remmers’ trip from Charlotte to Portland took more than four days and included some weather that occasionally prevented him from flying his drone. The footage he did capture showcases some cool locations throughout the U.S. The favorite stop for Remmers was St. Louis, where he got some unique views of some familiar landmarks. His favorite shot, though, came in Oregon just a few hours from home.
Like most drone pilots, Remmers has his own drone fail story. It came a few years back when he and his wife Kelly were on an anniversary trip in Hawaii. Remmers’ plan of capturing drone footage throughout his trip unfortunately came to an early end. That hasn’t stopped Remmers from continuing to fly. Now with the Inspire 2 at his disposal, Remmers hopes to continue to keep capturing footage from his travels around the country.
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