Hagerstown piano craftsman reflects on career – Palladium

He fell in love with an unusual piano in the home of his childhood sweetheart.

And although he cannot read music, he has made a career of building replicas of the piano that Mozart is believed to have played.

They aren’t the pianos commonly built by the Starr Piano Company or those found in churches and concert halls. They are fortepianos, with a unique look and sound.

Hagerstown native Philip Belt spent most of his life handcrafting instruments that transport musicians and their audiences back into the era of Mozart and Bach. Now, the 88-year-old is retired and has donated the first piano he built to the Hagerstown Arts Place and Museum.

“(Belt), in his own way and era, was as inspired as Charlie Teetor to build something that nobody else could,” said Tom Butters of Hagerstown Arts Place and Museum. “The Hagerstown museum is a community museum that pays tribute to the inventors and entrepreneurs of this area, and Phil Belt is certainly one of those persons.”

The square piano, a replica of a German piano made in the mid-1700s, is displayed in the museum’s Newcomb Room.

“I’m proud of what I’ve done,” Belt said. “I’ve loved every minute of it.”

A boy who enjoyed making model airplanes, Belt built his career from scratch.

His first job after graduating from Hagerstown High School in 1945 was to deliver cattle and horses to war-torn Poland. Back home, he began working in a New Castle music store tuning and repairing instruments of all kinds.

Belt cannot read music, but he had a natural ability to tune pianos.

His relationship with music and musical instruments is spiritual for him and he believes his past lives helped shape his work. He said that as a boy in a past life, he worked in a piano-maker’s shop carving tiny and delicate pieces.

It was during Belt’s tenure with the New Castle music store that he was assigned to tune a piano in the Cambridge City home of a childhood sweetheart. On that day in 1959, his former sweetheart showed him a family treasure, an antique German square piano brought to America by the family in the 1700s.

Fascinated, he began to contemplate building his own. Belt later bought the family’s piano and it is now in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

His completed his replica of the square piano in the early 1960s. He continued to be inspired by each antique piano he encountered.

Because of the quality of his work, he was soon invited to the Smithsonian Institution to make drawings of an early piano there so he could create a replica.

On a trip to Europe, he visited the Mozart house without hope of getting close to the Mozart piano. But a fortunate turn of conversation led the curator to allow him to take the measurements of the Anton Walter-made piano.

“I never dreamed I would see it,” he recalls.

Belt went on to make several copies of the piano.

Malcolm Bilson, the Frederick J. Whitton Professor of Music at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., calls Belt a pioneer in replica Mozart piano production.

“The Mozart-era piano is as different from today’s Steinways and Yamahas as a Model T is from the cars we have today. They produce quite a different sound, but more importantly, they play differently and inspire players to a very different kind of musical expression. We all understand that sopranos with a light or a heavy voice will express musical lines in a different way,” Bilson said.

“There were several builders both here and in Europe engaged in trying to build these instruments, but Philip Belt stands out as the only one at that time to build a totally convincing, well-balanced instrument. It was in no case a curiosity, but a piano as perfect in its own way as any modern piano.”

Bilson purchased one of Belt’s 1960s instruments and later commissioned another. In the 1980s, Bilson recorded all the Mozart Piano Concertos using his Belt-built fortepiano, as the modern replicas have come to be known.

“It (the piano) reveals the way it should be played,” Belt said.

Belt restored an original fortepiano, created by Johann Andreas Stein in the late 1700s, that was part of the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection. He went on to make replica kits from that design that he sold for a while.

Like a symphony with several movements, Belt’s life has undergone many changes. By 1982, he had been married five times and lived in several states. Through a pen-pal program, he became acquainted with a woman in the Philippines.

Belt met and married his wife, Merlinda, in Manilla that year and they remain married 32 years later.

“The way we met, it’s just a work of God,” she said.

They have three children, and Belt has six others, among them a son who is deceased.

The Belts lived in the Philippines for a while, but it was not conducive to Belt’s piano making and the family returned to Indiana in the 1990s.

Belt’s career led him to create 46 pianos. His works are scattered throughout the world. The final Mozart replica he constructed is now in New Zealand.

Each one was a work of love and each was hard to let go.

“It feels like you’re getting rid of your children,” Belt said. “It fells like it’s going off to someplace you’ll never see it again.”

A stroke slowed Belt’s craftsmanship abilities and he quietly slipped into retirement.

“I sit here and look out the window about all day,” Belt said. “My hands don’t work like they used to.”

But his pianos play on.

More on Belt’s life work

Malcolm Bilson is the Frederick J. Whitton Professor of Music at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He has owned two pianos made by Philip Belt.

These are Bilson’s complete thoughts on Philip Belt and Belt’s life’s work:

“In the last half century, the classical music world has undergone a rather important shift in the kinds of performance we hear in concerts and recordings and being taught in conservatories and music schools all over the world. It started just after the second world war with the advent of the so-called Urtext (ur is a German word meaning original or first) editions of the classics. Previously, if you wanted to learn Bach Preludes and Fugues or Mozart Piano Sonatas the only editions available were heavily edited in the late 19th century by famous virtuosi of that period. Now, we wanted a score that told us exactly what those composers put down in their notation so that we might get as close as possible to the aesthetics of their time.

“But then another phenomenon appeared: perhaps it is not just our music scores that are not right, but perhaps the instruments we play today (almost all unchanged since the late 19th century) are also quite different from those the composer heard, and for which he wrote his music.

“In comes Philip Belt, in my opinion one of the most important pioneers in this whole enterprise, with his Mozart Piano. Later, these late 18th century instruments became known as ‘fortepianos,’ but not in 1969. The Mozart-era piano is as different from today’s Steinways and Yamahas as a Model T is from the cars we have today. They produce quite a different sound, but more importantly, they play differently and inspire players to a very different kind of musical expression. (We all understand that sopranos with a light or a heavy voice will express musical lines in a different way.) There were several builders both here and in Europe engaged in trying to build these instruments, but Philip Belt stands out as the only one at that time to build a totally convincing, well-balanced instrument. It was in no case a curiosity, but a piano as perfect in its own way as any modern piano.

“I was fortunate to get one of his first instruments, changing it a few years later for a somewhat different model. It was on that instrument in the 1980s that I recorded all the Mozart Piano Concertos with Sir John Eliot Gardiner for Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv. (Some of these recordings can be found, illegally I suppose, on YouTube.) In those recordings (still selling well after 25 years), all the instruments are typical of those used in Mozart’s time, not merely the piano.

“The early work of Philip Belt can hardly be overestimated in helping the entire musical endeavor move forward. There are now many fine builders, producing copies of virtually all the greatest masters of the past, makers whose pianos were praised and treasured by Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt. One of those fine builders was in my house recently, and I played him a recording I had made in 1972 on my first Belt piano. His mouth fell open, and he said, ‘My whole idea of this movement has changed. I thought that no one could make such a good piano before the mid-1980s!’”

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This Disabled Dachshund’s 3D Printed Wheelchair Design Can Help Other …

When Bubbles was born in the home of her pet parents Trevor Byers and Elissa Smoak, it was clear from the get go that she wasn’t like the other puppies in the litter. Lacking front legs, there are some who would have cast her aside for having such a profound disability.

Baby Bubbles needs to keep her strength up to power all of that cuteness.

This Disabled Dachshund's 3D Printed Wheelchair Design Can Help Other Animals Too

Fortunately, Byers and Smoak weren’t those kind of people and immediately set about trying to figure out a way to increase Bubbles’ mobility and aid in her quality of life. Brainstorming ways to make her a cart like other animals with similar disabilities have, the couple tried out everything from model airplane parts to carbon fiber in an effort to create something that would meet their little sweetheart’s unique needs.

Being so awesome can be very tiring.

This Disabled Dachshund's 3D Printed Wheelchair Design Can Help Other Animals Too


Smoak said of the process, “It isn’t easy, as she is a Dachshund so she is longer, super hyper and on top of that she is still so tiny.” Eventually, however, they came across the perfect solution – a 3D printer. By creating a wheelchair consisting of two wheels and a body harness that could be printed from lightweight materials as well as modified to fit her precisely, Bubbles can run and play just like any other dog!

Look at her go! The other dogs can barely keep up with her!


These compassionate pet people didn’t stop there though. They’ve made the plans available here to anyone else in need of a wheelchair for a disabled dog in their own lives! According to Bubbles’ Facebook page, their goal is, “To spread awareness that an animal with a handicap can lead a full and happy life and should not be given up on.” All someone needs is access to a 3D printer and they can create Bubbles cart themselves, with no fee for the plans.

Nothing can stop you now Bubbles!

This Disabled Dachshund's 3D Printed Wheelchair Design Can Help Other Animals Too

With all of the incredible examples of other dogs in similar situations, the issue of caring for a disabled animal is more prevalent than one would think. Given the higher level of care a pet with disabilities requires, it’s important to know just what their needs are when choosing to open your home to a special needs pet.

Having said that, a disabled dog or cat can be a wonderful addition to your family if just given the chance. People like Byers and Smoak help to make guardianship of a perfectly healthy, yet unique, animal easier every day. There’s no telling how many animals their innovation and generosity could help. Thank you kind caregivers, on behalf of dogs in need everywhere!

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Historical Review: Key Boeing 747 Customers

By Benjamin Bearup and Jay Haapala / Published January 29, 2015

As we continue to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Boeing 747′s entry into passenger service, we look at some of the key aircraft operators around the world in the 747’s history, from airlines, charter carriers, and governments.

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The Clipper Victor in London. Image: Courtesy of Thomas Lee

The Clipper Victor in London. Image: Courtesy of Thomas Lee

One of type’s key operators was Pan American World Airways. Pan Am became the launch customer for the 747 after placing an order for 25 747-100s on April 13th, 1966, in a deal valued at $525 million at the time.

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The airline took ceremonial delivery of their first 747, the Clipper Young America, on January 15, 1970. Clipper Young America was christened by First Lady Pat Nixon at an event held at Washington Dulles International Airport.

First Lady Pat Nixon at the first Boeing 747 rollout ceremony at Boeing's Everett factory.

First Lady Pat Nixon at the first Boeing 747 rollout ceremony at Boeing’s Everett factory.

Prior to entering service, Pan Am flew the 747-100 around the United States for public relations purposes. On January 21, 1970, the 747-100 flew its first commercial flight for Pan Am from New York JFK to London Heathrow Airport. A engine failure on aircraft Clipper Young America caused a multi-hour delay on the first flight and eventually led to it being substituted by Clipper Victor. Pan Am would become the early face of the 747 commercial program, with its large blue billboard-style livery.

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Another U.S. carrier that operated 747s was Trans World Airlines, which operated different variants of 747 between 1970 and up until 2001, when it merged with American Airlines. TWA opened its TWA Flight Center — the iconic Eero Saarien-designed terminal at JFK Airport — in 1962 to usher in the jet age. In 1969, the terminal was extended, adding a departure-arrival concourse and lounge to accommodate the 747. The carrier primarily used their 747s for domestic hub-to-hub flying and for European flying.


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Air Force One at Miami International Airport. Photo: Chris Sloan, AirwaysNews

Air Force One at Miami International Airport. Photo: Chris Sloan, AirwaysNews

The U.S. Air Force has the one of the most recognizable 747s in the world. Operating two modified 747-200s (VC-25), the  Air Force transport the president of the United States around the world at a moment’s notice .

The aircraft is operated by the 89th Airlift Wing based at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County, Maryland outside of Washington, D.C.

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The primary 747 uses the callsign Air Force One. The VC-25s feature an onboard White House located in the front of the aircraft. This onboard White House provides communication from onboard the aircraft to those on the ground, thus allowing the President to address the nation form inflight in the time of a crisis. Both aircraft are capable of refueling midair, meaning the flight can be endless if necessary. The future of the VC-25s remains uncertain as the Air Force considers more cost-effective alternatives in the 2020 timeframe.

On January 28, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, announced that the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next  Air Force One. “The Boeing 747-8 is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States (that), when fully missionized, meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest,” she said.

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Joe Sutter beams a the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental Handover Ceremony to Lufthansa on May 1, 2012 Image Credit: Chris Sloan/AirwaysNews

Joe Sutter, the father of the 747, beams at the first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental handover ceremony to Lufthansa on May 1, 2012. Photo: Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

Lufthansa was the launch customer for both the 747-200 and the 747-8. Lufthansa has had all variants of the 747 in its fleet: the -100, -200, -400, and now the -8 intercontinental. Not only is a prominent 747 operator, it was also a prominent 727 and 737 operator.

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This helped strengthen its relationship with Boeing, as they helped with the development of the aircraft with the legendary Joe Sutter, dubbed the Father of the 747. In November 2013, Lufthansa presented Sutter with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his commitment and leadership to the 747 project.

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Callsign Giant is a fitting name for the U.S.-based cargo and passenger charter airline operating a fleet of mostly 747s. Atlas Air operates scheduled cargo operations all over the world from its seven United States hubs. Atlas Air offers an array of services from dry leasing, shipping, and passenger transport. The carriers destinations often vary based upon customer demands.

Atlas currently operates 39 Boeing 747-400 and 747-8 model aircraft. Four of these aircraft are the 747 Dreamlifter. These large Boeing converted freighters are used to haul fuselage and wing parts of the 747 from various manufacturing facilities around the world. Ones best chance to spot the 747 Dreamlifter is at Paine Field in Everett, Washington. Other common 747 Dreamlifter stops include North Charleston, South Carolina, and Wichita, Kansas.

Japan Airlines 747 : Photos Courtesy Japan Airlines

Japan Airlines 747 : Photos Courtesy Japan Airlines

Japan has been crucial to the 747’s long history. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines have each operated several models of the 747. Flag carrier Japan Airlines at various times in its history operated the 747-100, 747-200B, 747-200F, 747 SR, 747-300, 747-400, 747-400BCF.

The 747-100 entered service operating flights to Honolulu and Los Angeles. Japan Airlines operated a fleet of 747 short-range aircraft to be used on domestic routes. These aircraft were designed solely for Japanese carriers to be used on short-haul flights with high capacity configurations. The airline retired its last 747-300 aircraft in July of 2009 and its last 747-400 in the fleet in March of 2011. Japan Airlines currently has no 747 family aircraft in its fleet.

An ANA 747 faces the scrapper. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

An ANA 747 faces the scrapper. Photo by Chris Sloan / AirwaysNews

Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways also has a rich history with the 747 having operated the 747-200, 747 SR, 747-400. Like rival Japan Airlines, ANA used the 747 SR for domestic travel with high frequency loads. At one point, All Nippon had 65 747 aircraft in its fleet and operated it from 1979 to 2014. In March of 2014, All Nippon Airways said farewell to its last 747-400 aircraft citing rising fuel cost for the early retirement.

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The Japanese Air Force currently operates two 747-400s. These aircraft were purchased in 1987 and delivered in the fall of 1991. These equivalents to Air Force One fly the emperor, the prime minister and other high-ranking Japanese officials. In 2019, the two 747-400 aircraft will be replaced by 777-300ER aircraft.

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Through history, hundreds of carriers have operated more than 1,500 747s. Carriers like Pan Am, TWA, and Lufthansa all have played critical roles in the success of the aircraft. It is unclear how much longer the 747 can stay in production, with orders drying up. When the day comes that the last 747 leaves the Everett factory, one will look at the 747′s rich history and see why she truly is the Queen of the Skies.

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New Air Force One Jets Take Flight — Boeing 747-8 Selected As Replacement

The United States government has selected a brand new model of jet to fill the role of Air Force One, President Obama’s specialized plane. The U.S. Air Force announced that a fleet of Boeing 747-8 jets will take over the duty of Air Force One, flying the president around the world quickly, safely, and luxuriously.

According to AOL, the Pentagon was responsible for picking the new Air Force One jets, replacing the outdated model of Boeing VC-25 airplanes. The new model of Boeing 747-8 were chosen based on strict Air Force One requirements, including four engines and a wide body.

Boeing 747-8Boeing 747-8

Currently, no single Air Force One jet has been labeled as Obama’s private vessel. Whichever plane Obama takes at a given time will be considered Air Force One. All the Boeing 747-8 jets will be fitted with the necessary assets and amenities for the President, including 4,000 square feet of personal office space, a conference room, and a lavatory.

The secretary of the Air Force, Deborah Lee James, released the following statement about the new Air Force One jets.

“The presidential aircraft is one of the most visible symbols of the United States of America and the office of the president of the United States. The Boeing 747-8 is the only aircraft manufactured in the United States [that], when fully missionized, meets the necessary capabilities established to execute the presidential support mission, while reflecting the office of the president of the United States of America consistent with the national public interest.”

According to the Wall Street Journal, the new Air Force One planes are listed at $368 million a piece and stand as Boeing’s most recent model of world-famous jumbo jet. 747-8’s have been in production since 2012. While the Pentagon hasn’t officially signed a contract with the production company, they informed Boeing that, after careful evaluation of the vessels, the 747-8 was likely to win the bid as the new Air Force One jet.

“This decision is not a contract award to procure 747-8 aircraft,” said Colonel Amy McCain, the program manager of Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization.

“We still need to finalize the overall acquisition strategy and conduct risk-reduction activities with Boeing to inform the engineering and manufacturing development contract negotiations that will define the capabilities and cost.”

As the process of choosing the new Air Force One model is finalized, the United States Air Force will exercise full control over the production of Boeing 747-8 jets to ensure that the planes remain state of the art.

What do you think about the Pentagon’s choice for new Air Force One jets?

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Kim Kardashian Pokes Fun At Herself + More Talked About Super Bowl …

kim kardashian superbowl commercial

kim kardashian superbowl commercial

It’s Super Bowl time, which means two teams will face off on the gridiron for football glory while we watch from in warmth from our living rooms. But even more importantly, the annual game brings with it hilarious, uncensored and controversial commercials. The big game is this weekend, but check out these spots that have already made loud splashes on the Internet.

Save Your Data So You Can Look At Kim Kardashian

By now, you’ve probably heard about T-Mobile’s rollover data plan that allows you to keep any unused data left over after your billing period. Sounds good…if you actually have T-Mobile or are Kim Kardashian. Cue Kim Kardashian. T-Mobile enlisted Kim K (and probably paid her in virgin blood) to star in their Superbowl spot that poked fun at herself. Kimmy may not be able to move her face very much, but what a gorgeous face it is.

Victoria’s Secret Angels Play Football

Victoria’s Secrets models rarely get dirty, but when they do it’s in a good old fashion game of football. Not really, but for this commercial’s sake, it works. VS used their brawn instead of their boobs to stick out this Superbowl. While their online ad differs from the actual ad they will air during the Super Bowl, they did a great job bringing attention to themselves through this digital ad.

Katie Couric Bryant Gumbel Discover The New BMW

Whoever thought of digging up this old footage of Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel discovering the Internet 21 years ago is pure genius. Fast forward some time and the famous duo have discovered the new BMW that uses a special wind-factory technology (i3) under the hood. Not sure what the hell any of that means, but BMW sure put on their clever caps.

Carl Jr’s Super Racy Superbowl Commercial

Carl Jr’s knows how to get the people talking, even if it means using women as pieces of meat…burger meat. Model Charlotte McKinney takes “going natural” to new heights as she walks around nude with only pieces of burger toppings cover her naked parts. The Carl Jr’s spot is so controversial, it will only be seen in certain Western States.

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Working Together: Unmanned Aircraft Fanatics and the FAA

For years, enthusiasts have wanted lax regulation concerning unmanned aircraft. It’s understandable. You have a hobby. The government restricts you. You want the government to back down. Now, many people are getting their wish.

What The FAA Is Doing

The Federal Aviation Administration oversees the American civil aviation industry. In simple terms, this means regulating air travel. As an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the FAA has the authority to regulate and control all aircraft. But, it doesn’t control toys.

And here is where the intersection of drones and model airplanes crosses. Many enthusiasts regard drones as toys that shouldn’t be subject to regulatory control. Others view drones as not being regulated enough.

Recently, a spokesperson from the FAA said the agency will propose new rules by the end of the year that will allow for commercial use of drones. However, some have speculated that operators will need a pilot’s license to operate them.

Being licensed would mean that these aircraft would move out of the realm of a simple hobby and into the realm of amateur and professional piloting.

As it stands, current rules governing drones fall under the 1981 rules for flying model airplanes. Essentially, pilots don’t need a pilot’s license, because it’s a hobby plane. Pilots are instructed not to fly close to buildings, other people or moving vehicles that are unprotected, respect privacy, and not to “play chicken” with full-sized airplanes.


Various types of classifications exist for drones, including:

  • Civil UAS
  • Public UAS and;
  • Model Aircraft

Civil UAS is a new classification scheme designed as a sort of entry-level license for unmanned aircraft. It’s an experimental certificate program with regulation precluding carrying people or cargo for compensation or hire. This is likely where regulation will start.

Public UAS is a license issued to public entities like law enforcement, border patrol, firefighting, disaster relief, search and rescue, military, and other government agencies. This is not for civilians, but it is another classification by the FAA that helps classify drone usage.

Finally model aircraft classification doesn’t carry regulatory or licensing requirements, as long as the aircraft stays under 400 feet, is within sight of the operator, and doesn’t endanger other people. The aircraft must also not engager the safety of the national airspace system either.

More Rules?

WMCH drone photo by Clément Bucco-Lechat via wikimedia commons

While some are calling for more lax regulation, some drone hobbyists are calling for more. Why? Because they want more guidance on what’s expected of them, where they can and cannot fly, and safety protocols for drones.

Some see this as a way to build a sort of minimum governmental standardization process for qualifying drone pilots. In the absence of rules, some fear that people will make up their own, even converting some drones into flying weapons.

Such fears are not warranted, according to skeptics. Most drones that are sold for commercial use can only fly for a maximum of 30 minutes, can’t carry any serious cargo (including weapons), and are pretty fragile.

Buying Your Own And Enjoying It

If you’re a hobbyist who has only recently become interested in drone aircraft, you should check out these drone reviews before making a purchase. There’s a lot to know about flying model drones, and some safety procedures that are considered “best practices” by those who are seasoned pilots.

First, it’s important to choose an aircraft that suits your level of skill and ability. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want something simple to operate, probably with 4 different propeller blades, and something with the ability to modify with a propeller cover (just in case you bump into something).

There’s also the matter of safety training. While there is no official safety training for drones, there are plenty of videos online teaching you basic drone safety. You’ll want to review them, the warnings from the manufacturer of the aircraft, and practice in an area that’s not populated.

If you live in the country, this is easy – fly in a field in your back yard or in the middle of the woods where no one else is.

If you live in a densely-populated area, things get trickier. You’ll probably want to make friends with someone out in the country, or try flying the drone around your house until your skill improves.

Whatever your strategy, you should be overly cautious when flying. Drones do have the potential to seriously injure people and property, especially when they fall from a height of 100 to 400 feet.

Guest Author :

Eric Markov is a drone enthusiast and RC builder. He has been flying model aircraft for the past 5 years. He is currently developing advanced long range models and advancing FPV quality. He also enjoys sharing his experiences online.


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Dachshund Born Without Front Legs Gets Wheelchair

Bubbles the dachshund was born without her two front legs, so her owners took it upon themselves to give her the opportunity to walk and play like never before.


Using a combination of carbon fiber, a model airplane, and 3D-printed parts, they were able to give her a wheelchair where Bubbles’ two front legs never grew.


Her owners also uploaded the design of the wheelchair to MakerBot’s Thingiverse, allowing other pet owners to provide help for their disabled pets.

Watch the YouTube video of Bubble playing and walking freely with her wheelchair:

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