At 2,716.5 feet (828 meters), the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world, and this title has attracted a lot of attention, especially from drone pilots.
163 floors, 57 elevators, 24,348 windows, and 200 miles of pipes. The highest man-made structure in the world is an engineering monster. Opened in 2010, it dwarfs its predecessor in Taiwan, the Taipei 101 Tower, and its mere 1,671 feet (509.2 meters).
The temptation was strong for Johnny Schaer, also known as “Johnny FPV,” a professional drone racing pilot, to fly his one-pound quadcopter over the architectural marvel. The impressive one-minute video almost looks 3D rendered. It was captured in 4K with a GoPro HERO7 Black mounted on a custom-made drone. The video was probably stabilized in post-production with the popular ReelSteady plugin. Unlike regular consumer drone such as DJI aircraft, custom-built drones are not limited by any sort of geofencing or altitude restriction. However, authorities granted special permission to Johnny to conduct this flight.
Other people also flew over the famous landmark before, like the Team BlackSheep pilots.
Getting into racing and freestyle drones is not overly complicated nowadays, but the discipline requires a minimum of technical knowledge such as assembly, soldering, and basic understanding of electrical design.