M-A sophomore Giles Beebe is clear about his passion. Simply stated: “It’s stuff that flies.”
He got involved with remote controlled aircraft when he was in third grade. “I met Patrick who’d been flying since he was five,” he explains. “His Dad, Russell Kao, mentored me and was a great teacher.”
By sixth grade he was gravitating to multi-rotor aircraft, commonly referred to as drones. He built his first one in seventh grade, researching online what he needed to know.
In total, he’s built close to 70 airplanes and around 15 multi-rotors.
His latest pursuit is Menlo Drones, a three-pronged service related to multi-rotors. “I do repairs and service but also can build a custom drone if someone is interested. That involves training the person on flying.”
Safety is of keen interest to Giles, and he’s really interested in offering free training at nearby school, La Entrada. “Drones are proliferating and are super easy to use once you learn about safety in terms of what to do and what not to do,” he said.
Giles demonstrated a drone he had built, which had a number of high-performance components on it. “It is very powerful,” he said. “It goes way up and way down very quickly. All of the components have cutting edge software. You feel it when you fly it.”
As for drones being a way to snoop on others, Giles stated: “You can honestly get more information by sticking a camera on the end of a broomstick and pointing it at someone’s yard.”
If you got a drone for Christmas — or are thinking about getting one, you can contact Giles about his training and safety lessons by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Irene Searles