I had the great good fortune to be invited up to Seattle today to collect ALTA #1 from the folks at Freefly. As some of you may know, I managed to get myself into the number 1 spot on the preorder list by responding to a tweet on a plane on the way to NAB back in April. I floated the idea of coming up to Seattle to collect my copter in person when it was ready. I was hopeful that all the planets would align for this to happen, and today it did. It was such a thrill to meet many of the Freefly people, and the pride and excitement in the building was really quite special. It's clear the effort to complete the ALTA has been an incredible journey, and it was amazing to be there as the first customer collected his (my) precious rig. We took it out in a nearby field, and after a quick flight primer by Tabb, I got to fly mine for the first time. I wrote on Facebook in answer to folks' questions about how it flies: The best way I can describe it is like a high-end European sports sedan. Super luxurious and smooth with an astonishing amount of power and responsiveness. I'm so excited. Spent about 10 or 15 minutes in the air with it and it was zero drama. Just works. The attention to detail throughout the ALTA, even in the packaging and the beautiful iOS app (which just dropped today!) is nothing short of outstanding. I'm so impressed. It's going to be really fun spending time getting familiar with it. Do I sound excited? My ALTA handily survived its first encounter with Southwest Airlines' baggage handlers, too, and it's safely on my living room floor (after an obligatory "watch how fast it's ready to fly" demo for my family) tonight. I was followed around by some of the folks with cameras, presumably to make a video for me to show my wife what I was doing up there.