A gathering of drones – Drone hobbyists watch a pair of the aircraft take to the air at a recent Make Drone "Fly-In" event in American Canyon, California. Click through for more scenes of drones and their human masters.
Experienced pilot for hire – Zolie Sarriugarte, 7, gets ready to take a drone for a spin. Sarriugarte likes drones because "if there's a ball stuck up in a tree you can go fly over and knock the ball out."
Instant aerial antenna – Inventor Glenn Elmore says drones can be used to launch his inexpensive antennas high in the air where they can get better signal strength. The technology could be useful after natural disasters to quickly create temporary communication networks.
Drone, camera, action! – An enthusiast takes a drone, outfitted with a camera, for a spin in the test flight area. Aerial photography is one of the most popular uses for smaller consumer drones.