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Posted by T J Gilbert | Oct 03, 2015 @ 10:22 PM | 1,405 Views
Here's a video from today's effort to chase an electric glider with a camera...
Chasing Bill's Glider (4 min 38 sec)

Posted by T J Gilbert | Oct 01, 2015 @ 05:38 PM | 1,306 Views
After several years as part of the DJI Forum Support Team, DJI has asked me to step down.
This is due to their intention to have a team composed solely of DJI employees and private contractors.
My position, as a volunteer, is not a part of DJI's present business plan.
This job needs to be done now by individuals that can devote full-time attention to it.
We are parting ways on amicable terms, and my NDA stands.
I will be rejoining the ranks of regular RCGroups forum members.
I plan to continue my thread activities as before, helping where I can.
I wish Ed, Ken, and DJI's new forum support team nothing but success.
Now, on with the show!

Update 10/5/15:
I will continue to volunteer as Empire Hobbies Forum Support on RCG.

Posted by T J Gilbert | Sep 27, 2015 @ 07:42 AM | 1,850 Views
NTB Field 9 26 15 (4 min 21 sec)

The I1 and the old P1 (now one of my AMA club's multirotor trainers) are featured here flying in close proximity...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Sep 15, 2015 @ 09:07 AM | 1,508 Views
My father-in-law flew B-25s and later DC-3s.
This was his favorite flying poem...

High Flight
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .

Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

— John Gillespie Magee, Jr

My favorite flying poem (or rather song) is...

Learning To Fly
Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast,
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?

Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earth-bound misfit, I

Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought, I thought of everything
No navigator to find my way home
Unladen, empty and turned to stone
A soul in tension that's learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try

Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied...Continue Reading
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 22, 2015 @ 09:20 PM | 1,421 Views
Just some more experimenting...
The video description explains what I feel needs correcting.
NTB Field 8 22 15 (2 min 12 sec)

PIP Test (11 min 32 sec)
...Continue Reading
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 16, 2015 @ 09:19 AM | 1,636 Views
I was at my AMA field yesterday flying the pattern fast...
I post my videos over here on the blog so the members on the regular threads don't have to watch my lame attempts at being a movie-maker.
Chasing My Shadow (2 min 36 sec)

What to notice is that I'm flying LOS and doing coordinated turns.
The I1 is large enough to get out to the distances I flew, and the pilot not lose orientation.
The only time I used the tablet screen was when I lowered the camera tilt to prepare for coming in to hover overhead.

Posted by T J Gilbert | Jul 17, 2015 @ 01:01 PM | 1,690 Views
Had to save this...
Short and sweet!
Phantom 3 ND Filters - Neutral Density Filters allow the Best Video Settings (1 min 51 sec)

Thanks, GhostMaster, for posting the link!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jun 22, 2015 @ 07:16 AM | 1,789 Views
Over the weekend, a poster assumed that the pirate avatar I've sported since I joined RCGroups meant that I condoned malicious activities like hacking software.
Lessor things have been construed from the skull and cross bones avatar, but this latest one troubled me enough to decide to change.
I'm all about not rocking the boat here and helping any way that I can.
Hopefully the new avatar will exude calm and serenity...

FWIW, I chose the pirate avatar long ago because I'm good at scavenging various parts & pieces from different airframes and equipment and putting them together into a unique mechanism.
So, I essentially liked to pirate from this and that to get what I was wanting...

With the DJI RTF stuff, I don't get to do this as much anymore...
Also, I'm a stickler for details and the menacing skull and crossbones represented the devil in "The Devil is in the details"...
Ah well, change is good, and it was time for it...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jun 08, 2015 @ 11:48 AM | 1,959 Views
I shot video recently while trying to get a crooked horizon with the I1.
These are two frame grabs from an east and a north approach to my club's field.
The horizons are not "perfect", but I'm satisfied.
And the issue comes and goes on the video...
Also, note how sparsely populated the area is.
That's perfect for long distance runs pushing BVR...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jun 04, 2015 @ 03:20 PM | 2,937 Views
I have referred posters to this video several times, and it's worth saving...
Edit: I've used this video several, several times now to help answer questions.
DJI Phantom 3 & DJI Pilot App Walkthrough & FAQ (35 min 25 sec)

Thanks to Drones in SC!
Posted by T J Gilbert | May 25, 2015 @ 06:49 PM | 1,812 Views
The attached video is from jeffreyrc.
It depicts the consequences of indoor flight when VPS is no longer available and the I1 shifts back into Atti FM.
Indoor flyers need to be aware that this FM shift can be drastic and unexpected...
Thanks again jeffreyrc for sharing your misshapp...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Apr 19, 2015 @ 10:49 AM | 2,746 Views
I fly from an AMA field that boasts paved runways and mown grass for take-off and landing.
The P2V+ and the I1 both have low slung cam/gimbal units.
I fear damage from loose gravel and weed stalks when landing on the above surfaces.
I usually keep a sheet of masonite in one of the club's outbuildings to take-off from and land on.
I've seen several poster's fabricated helipads and some marketed by the dealers.
I wanted something a little larger, but still transportable in my SUV.
I went to Lowes and found a 48"x48" rubber pad that breaks down to four 24"x24" panels.
That was a little too large and standing up where I wanted it obstructed my rear view.
I reduced the overall dimensions to 42"x42".
Here she is...
The "H" is just white spray paint...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Apr 15, 2015 @ 09:56 AM | 14,522 Views
Back in the day when all we had to remember was what the LED flashes meant, I had a laminated card that helped...
With the I1, it's much more complex than that for this 64 year old...
It's hard to remember where a feature you might want to change is hiding.
Here's my laminated card for the I1...
It's for the Android App and it reflects the beta firmware features that were just released in the Inspire 1 v01.02.01.00 Firmware Update.
There may be slight differences because I've not thoroughly checked the latest features.
Consequently, this document is a work in progress...
It's originally in Excel format, but RCG will only let me post as a PDF.
Use it or modify it to iOS if you wish...

If you will PM me your email address, I'll send you the Excel file...
That's provided all 12,000+ viewers (in just two days!) don't PM me.
Thanks for the interest!

Posted by T J Gilbert | Apr 11, 2015 @ 03:20 PM | 3,253 Views
This memo has surfaced that offers guidance to FAA employees concerning such things as YouTube videos.
Also, here's a supporting Forbes article.
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 21, 2015 @ 02:01 PM | 3,685 Views
First off...
Even though I'm Forum Support, I have always purchased a good bit of my equipment.
This Secraft Tx Tray is something I purchased because I use Tx trays.

I have elected to transport my Inspire 1 set-up.
I don't have to spend lots of time assembling the airframe.
The SUV provides plenty of room for set-up transport.
Almost everything I fly stays set-up, and only the Phantoms go inside cases.
With the I1 set-up, the included case is really extra baggage, so I use one of the Nanuk 940 cases for the second Tx, lipos, Nexus7, sunshade, Tx harnesses, charger, & etc.
The Nanuk is more substantial than the DJI case, and it's smaller...

I prefer to use Tx trays because:
I use the pinch style stick grasp.
As I get older, my hands are not as steady.
The small I1 Tx is a little too small for my liking to have a tablet suspended above it.
In a high stress situation my hands get shaky.

When I saw that Secraft was making an I1 Tx Tray, I decided to start carrying the pilot Tx out of a case, and set-up as well.
I was a little concerned that they were not offering the hand rests like I use on my 14SG Tx tray.
These really steady your hold on the sticks, and the tray + strap takes all worry of supporting a heavy Tx off your mind.

I ordered the tray and the expensive (but worth it) tablet mount.
The tablet mount takes all the strain (if there is any) off the I1 Tx, and it holds the screen slightly higher than the stock mount.
As expected, the two...Continue Reading
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 18, 2015 @ 09:04 AM | 3,574 Views
For those of you not in the AMA, this correspondence was received by AMA members this morning.
If you are an AMA member (or not), I'd like to encourage you to look over the AMA comments and suggested letter to the FAA.
I'd also like you to consider commenting to help preserve our right to fly...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 10, 2015 @ 06:20 PM | 4,966 Views
I have been working on a sun shade as well as adapter brackets to securely hold my Nexus7 in the I1 tablet mount.
I prefer to use a Seidio cover on the Nexus7 for protection, and that makes gripping it difficult.
I fashioned mounting brackets out of G10 and a sun shade out of sheet polypropylene.
No amount of jarring can upset the mount...
The last thing I want is a fallen, busted tablet.
The attached photos are the results...

Back in the good old days, we had to build what we flew...
It seems a shame to not put those skills to use...

Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 08, 2015 @ 08:22 PM | 3,695 Views
The name speaks for itself...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Feb 19, 2015 @ 10:01 AM | 5,326 Views
Blade strike took some pictures while his I1 shell was off for dip-coating.
Thought I'd save the post for reference...
More detail from Stealthmatt...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Feb 15, 2015 @ 02:15 PM | 3,978 Views
Looks like the FAA is on the right track...
Links to FAA documents at bottom of page...

FAA/DOT Conference call regarding 2/15/15 proposed regulations for commercial sUAS Operations (23 min 29 sec)

Also, please consider joining the AMA!