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Posted by PopHi | Apr 20, 2014 @ 12:41 PM | 824 Views
I've been flying FPV for the past 4 years and must have spent 2-3 years trying/testing planes and FPV equipment with one objective; to fly safely with as much peace of mind as possible, without injury to people or property and be reasonably sure that I could the model.

The thing that transformed my flying experience early this year was the MyFlyDream Autopilot.

I can now:

Fly in winds I would not have attempted comfortably previously.

Launch the plane, then set to CIR, let the plane fly itself whilst making final setup adjustments, such as start the DVR and all the other things I forgot, then take regain control for the flight.

Test one VRx antenna against another, also using CIR mode. This gives some idea of the 360 deg reception variation.

Test for reception issues in known, bad reception areas using WPT setting.

Examine the effects of transmitter interference on video in the knowledge that Autopilot is in control.

Fly low level at distance, knowing that RTH will return the plane after immediately climbing to a preset height.

Launch any new scratchbuild with a lot more confidence, including zero/high wind conditions.

Trust an OSD/AP unit for the first time.

You should be able to do this with any number of AP units on the market but........

Is the designer approachable?
Is the designer willing to listen and within reason adapt the unit to suit the main consensus of opinion?
Has the support thread got a low count of the installation issues?
Does the designer regularly fly this unit himself?

MYFlyDream AP ticks all the boxes.

Posted by PopHi | Apr 20, 2014 @ 12:30 PM | 785 Views
Pictures of this incredible model. Wings and general make up courtesy of Robert (BlueFalconHollan)

Motor : Overlander T3548/05 800w 890KV
Autopilot/OSD : MyFlyDream
Batteries : 2x 2,600 mAh + 1300 mAh

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Description: Uses MyFlyDream autopilot. In my opinion, simply the best.

I've almost done a year of FPV with this and I'm still a fan of everything about it.
The way it looks in the air.
The flight characteristics.
The way it handles an FPV payload including a GoPro, when required.

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Posted by PopHi | May 28, 2013 @ 03:15 PM | 3,179 Views
Built as a means of putting to use epp wings bought 12 months previously. Basic shape and setup copied from a video posted by Metalmonster.

Span 1.5m
Motor 230w, 9x6 folding prop
30 amp ESC
Battery 2600 mAh
2 Hs55 Servos

Maiden was straight forward.
Performance :
Fast climb, a lot of fun!
My best scratch build by a long way. (Well except for the 2m version)
Update:-
Now set up for FPV with Cam/VTx/DOSD , 20 min flight time

Alula FPV RTH (4 min 28 sec)
Posted by PopHi | Oct 28, 2012 @ 05:48 PM | 2,332 Views
Twin pusher detail :

2 x 2217 200w motors with 30amp ESC's with (chopped 9x6) 6 inch props.

Battery 2600 + 1300 VTx battery duration anywhere between 15 mins and 30 mins depending upon thermals (minus Gopro). Duration untested with GoPro.
AUW with Gopro + FPV gear 2.2kg

Why bother : no prop in view with GoPro + the challenge

Note : Fuselage halves have never been glued together. Masking/Painters tape holds this well enough and it will probably always be a "work in progress"!

Short Video of Cularis Twin Pusher (1 min 8 sec)


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Posted by PopHi | Apr 18, 2012 @ 05:59 AM | 2,483 Views
Winginit 2 - successful attempt to build a quieter wing.
Epp Wings, Balsa/spruce centre section + waste water pipe!
Span 1.5m sweep 40 deg from CL
Wings detach from centre section for transport.

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Description: Underside. Gopro/FPV camera normally nose mounted. Skid protects hand in event of bad launch.

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Posted by PopHi | Jul 10, 2010 @ 04:28 AM | 2,968 Views
My version of the Windex 1200.
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Description: Windex scratchbuild
Flies just as well as my Skywalker.
Picture taken before installation of KX131 in nose, V antenna on wing tip, Turnstile antenna for Rx under opposite wing tip. Span 1.6m.
Flies on 2 x 2250Mah, Suppo A2217-8T (1100Kv 200w) 40 mins

Short flight video
FPV 3k (3 min 43 sec)