Monday, April 22, 2013

A long winter....but FPVing has now been resumed!

It's been a long winter, but I'm happy to report that Spring finally seems to have sprung in the UK! With that, my flying activity over the past couple of weeks has increased and I've been able to get out and do a spot of FPVing.

My Venturi Flying Wing from has come out of hibernation and took to the skies for the first time since November 2012. In the flight below, I was just testing the Eagle Tree Return to Home feature following the last flight when the gains were not good. It appears the tweaks in the software have done the trick as the RTH worked fine despite the brisk headwind.  A couple of people have asked me to do a video on setting up the Eagle Tree RTH, so I'll see what I can do over the next few weeks as it seems people seem to have problems with triggering it without actually turning the transmitter off!  Anyway, here is a video I captured of the Venturi flying on Sunday 21st April.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been building a DJI F450 Flame Wheel quad equipped with a Naza M control board and GPS. After a couple of flights hovering and testing the RTH, I fixed the FPV camera onto the frame and FPV'd her for the first time.  All was great and I know I'm going to have a lot of fun with this aircraft in 2013.  I'm just waiting for the delivery of a tilting camera mount which will hold the GoPro and FPV camera. Once this arrives, then I should be able to put the thing in a hover and angle the cameras 45 degress to look directly down.  Shame the OSD recording came out in black and white. Will have to ceck why that was for next time. Watch this space for more.

A really good set of Helicopter Simulation videos which I came across on the web.  Nice one Freddy!

Rc-heli flight lesson 1...learning the basics (freddys flight academy)

Rc-Heli flight lesson 2... tail turns vs momentum turns

Rc-Heli flight lesson 3... Figure eights and variations

Rc-Heli flight lesson 4... Intro to inverted flying

Rc-Heli flight lesson 5... basic inverted hovers and orientations

Rc-heli flight lesson 6... Flip and roll combos

Rc-heli flight lesson 7... collective stops and throttle pumps

Rc-heli flight lesson 8... Tick tocks and variations

Rc-heli flight lesson 9... Piro flips and variations

Rc-heli flight lesson 10... Auto rotations