The tricopter is getting alot of love now, and the updates are among other 1,2ghz video and OSD with gps.
I´ve also joined the large number of people liking the E-props from Graupner. They are awesome, almost perfectly balanced from right out of the box!
Here´s some pictures from some flying the other night. Soon i will post a movie of some random flights from this summer.
Been keeping myself busy lately, but i´ve managed to squeeze in some flying in my otherwise busy life :)
The Lotus FPV Scavenger Hunt by Spec UAV – Hunt #2 from RCcaptain on Vimeo.
Finally i´m starting to learn the tricopter and get it dialed in to try and fly like the “fast and low” movies we see on Youtube and Vimeo. There´s still a long way to go before it´s perfect, but it´s defenately much better now that i´ve changed almost every setting on the KK2-board.
Here´s a video from last nights fun.
Tricopter fast and low – RCcaptain.com from RCcaptain on Vimeo.
Just got back from the field. The rain have stopped me from flying for a week or so, but tonight it was time for some FPV. And what an evening! Just when i got to the field the clouds parted and the wind stopped almost completely. I got to test my new crosshair antenna with amazing results. A new personal record in distance, 3,5km. I saw no fading in my 100mw video so i could probably have gone further, but a problem with my remote control who kept beeping like crazy meant i didn´t dare to fly further out.
Still almost twice the distance i´ve flown before, exactly half the distance of my current goal of 7km. I´m getting there!
What amazed me about the crosshair antenna was that it had a very wide beam. I´m liking it so far and i´m looking forward to putting more flights on it.
Since i reached my cloudsurfing goal, i now need to find a new one. And i already did. The new goal is to fly out over the ocean to have a look at an island. To do this i need at least 7 kilometers of solid video and control.
The first step to improve my video range was to build a new Rx antenna, so tonight i built IBCrazys crosshair antenna. Hopefully i can make some testflights tomorrow, but it all depends on the weather.
It´s been a long time coming. I have made a couple of attempts earlier but never made it all the way. Today the conditions were perfect. My first cloudsurf is now a fact. What kinda shocked me was that this was actually possible with just 100mw of video Tx and 100mw of R/C Tx.
My best FPV day so far! :)
FPV Cloudsurfing – RCcaptain.com from RCcaptain on Vimeo.
The last weeks have been great FPV-weeks, i have been out flying almost every day. Lunch flying, night flying, morning flying, basicly any type of flying. I had a great flight at my parents place today by the sea but right now i´m sitting in front of my computer and are rendering a film showing some of the high points of the last months FPVing.
So without further ado i give you this, i hope it can inspire someone to a flight.
FPV flying April-May 2014 – RCcaptain from RCcaptain on Vimeo.
Almost half a year have passed scince i built my JAW1, a flying wing designed by me fitting my own needs. A couple of days ago i finally got to maiden it and the result so far is impressive. A build page will be published in the projects section when i have done some more testing. The latest update in the design is the addition of a KK2-board flashed with the OpenAero2 firmware which hopefully will be flight tested tonight.
Edit: The testflight did NOT go as planned. After 6 failed start attempts the wing was so beat up, it was unflyable.
Now i´m rebuilding it with new idéas for the center section. More to come…
Scince i got into FPV my first goal have been to make a one mile flight. Yesterday, in 10m/s winds i finally did it.
Now i need to get a new goal, 5km flight and cloudsurfing is definately on my new list.
My first 1 mile flight – RCcaptain from RCcaptain on Vimeo.
My Futaba T6J is now modified beyond recognition. :)
I´ve written an overview of the modifications that have been made in my projects section.
If you´re interested, you can find it here