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Posted by T J Gilbert | Jul 23, 2014 @ 03:52 PM | 1,128 Views
I've complained about this before, but I've been recently bitten by it again, and I need to vent somewhere!
How many posters purchase from on line sites based on stock availability?
I'd venture to say all of us do.
After all, are you going to place an order to let it go into back-order when you can get it shipped immediately from somewhere else?
I object to venders not keeping their inventory status current.
I also suspect some venders let the "In Stock" status stay on just to continue to get orders.
Then, you're somewhat trapped, and the alternative they offer you is cancelling the order.
And if the item is high demand, the other sites that had stock (if they did) are out too.
So then you're really trapped...
T J "Backorder" Gilbert

My middle name used to be "Easy".
I feel like changing it to "Pissed"!
But I'll settle for "Backorder"...

Faa
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jun 23, 2014 @ 07:01 PM | 1,549 Views
http://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives..._spec_rule.pdf
FPV'ers be sure to read page 8...
http://www.faa.gov/news/press_releas...6474&cid=TW223

Government reading for those so inclined.
The FAA is still at work...

I've posted this on two threads...
If you miss it, I'm sorry.
I know how many of you feel about cross posting....

And as far as "Park" flying...
http://02b954f.netsolhost.com/docs/N...ws_Release.pdf

AMA's response:
http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/F...retiveRule.pdf
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jun 20, 2014 @ 12:35 PM | 1,385 Views
RemE provided this nice image that I thought would be worth saving...
Thanks!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Apr 21, 2014 @ 08:08 AM | 2,132 Views
Took the P2V out to play Easter afternoon.
Just some boring nearly out of LOS aerials...
In case you're wondering, the big lake is an old quarry.
~175' deep!
And the parked trucks are ~50' above the water surface on a bluff overlooking the lake.

Posted by T J Gilbert | Apr 09, 2014 @ 06:53 PM | 2,428 Views
Zbip57 just posted this link that I should have saved long ago...
It's Jumanoc's list of archived Phantom Assistants.
Thanks, Jumanoc & Zbip57!
http://www.pctechsoft.com/downloads/.../DJI-LINKS.htm
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 10, 2014 @ 07:38 AM | 3,167 Views
Here are pictures of the build during bench (or should I say floor) testing...
This thing weighs 16.5 pounds and it is BIG!
Don't know yet whether the pool noodles will cause turbulence under the props.
I plan to do initial flights over grass/mud.
I may not even run the retract for initial flights.

I'm using a 3.25 pound lead shot beanbag for ballast until I can install a 3D gimbal.
Hopefully the H3-3D...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 07, 2014 @ 08:36 AM | 2,789 Views
A federal judge has ruled that the FAA cannot prohibit commercial AP/AV from a model aircraft.
http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/06/us/dro...faa/index.html
http://motherboard.vice.com/read/com...al-judge-ruled
Also, here's the FAA document stating their powers (Feb 2014).
Referred to in the CNN article...
http://www.faa.gov/news/updates/?newsId=76240
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:41 AM | 2,637 Views
I'm putting together an S800 EVO + A2 FC + Futaba 14SG airframe.
Here are some videos that I found helpful...
RFTC: DJI A2 Unboxing, Installation, Configuration and Testing (15 min 0 sec)

...Continue Reading
Posted by T J Gilbert | Feb 19, 2014 @ 02:19 PM | 2,733 Views
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...95&postcount=1
The above link will get you to one of the best build videos posted on RCG for the F450 from DJI.
Thank you, DWA, for taking the time and trouble to do it right!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Dec 15, 2013 @ 11:46 AM | 3,369 Views
AviZ has kindly done a text comparison of the previous and new P2V User Manuals.
For anyone interested in the subtle differences, I'm posting this link before it gets buried in the fast moving P2V thread...
v1.00 to v1.02
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...3&d=1387552103
v1.02 to v1.04
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...4&d=1387552103
v1.04 to v1.06
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...8&d=1387035741
v1.06 to v1.08
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...4&d=1387502556
v1.08 to v1.10
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...2&d=1388475616
v1.10 to v1.12
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...6&d=1390885536
v1.12.to v1.12
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...6&d=1395553784
v1.12 to v1.14
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...8&d=1395835972
v1.14 to v1.16
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...0&d=1396856039
v1.16 to v1.18
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showa...5&d=1398872843
Thanks again, AviZ!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:11 PM | 3,291 Views
With price cuts and Christmas promotions, I can't help but do a little soap boxing.
This had to have happened back in the mid to late sixties...


My friend and I are listening to his father talk about shopping for a new car...

"Whether you want it or need it or both, make the best deal that you can today, and buy the car.
Consider that you got a bargain.
If next week, the car advertises for less than you paid, ignore it, forget it, live with it.
You did your best when you chose to buy.
Such is life."
I think this advice is just as true now in a digital economy...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Dec 08, 2013 @ 07:58 PM | 3,674 Views
Fellow poster, RemE, has kindly supplied a PDF on smart batteries.
This technology is featured in the new Phantom Vision's lipo.
Posted by T J Gilbert | Dec 04, 2013 @ 07:11 PM | 3,524 Views
I have always been a man of lists.
Good memory, but multi-tasking requires multi-brains sometimes...
I believe in a place for everything, and everything in its place.
Consequently, I label almost everything, and stick lists and reminders everywhere...
One of the best investments that I have made is pictured below.
If you are infected with the anal tendency, you'll appreciate its value...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Nov 27, 2013 @ 07:29 AM | 3,998 Views
In order to keep this information from being lost in the threads, I'm posting this link to RemE's good work on P2V gimbal settings...
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=2004
Thanks again, RemE!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Nov 03, 2013 @ 08:31 PM | 3,979 Views
From kallend:
"My GS set-up consists of using a picnic table at the flying field and laying the iPad, GS, BT module and battery on the table.
Is anyone willing to share details (photos) of a nice set up they are using?"


The "tables" at my field are starting stands.
Besides, they are too low for my liking.
And, I plan to use the iOS GS at different locations eventually.
So I procured:
A bar height portable table
An anti-glare hood for the iPad
And I fabricated:
A mounting board for the GS ground link, the BTU, and the power lipo
Here are photos of what I ended up with.
They are in the apartment set up to play with the simulator as I am again experiencing high winds here.
You might notice that the props are secured with velcro straps.
That does not usually keep me grounded, but I am not sure of the iOS GS's control in windy conditions yet...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Sep 24, 2013 @ 08:23 AM | 4,395 Views
JDPG2 is one of the first posters to start testing and posting about the new iOS Ground Station and waypoint flying with NazaM v2.
To keep his work somewhat consolidated to one area, he has started this thread:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2000659
Thanks, JDPG2, for forging ahead into new areas that are vague and relatively unsupported with manuals and pilot experience...

JDPG2 has agreed to try to remember to post his work here as well:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2000208
For ease of searching, the first link may be the most valuable...

Posted by T J Gilbert | Sep 11, 2013 @ 09:50 AM | 4,299 Views
This is going to be one of those blog entries that had to go here for lack of a better place to put it.
So, if you'd rather not listen to an old guy's babbling, skip it...


First Observation:
I've always been a left brain thinker.
Because of it, I've always enjoyed an affinity with things mechanical, electrical, technical.
When a device was malfunctioning, I could put my hands on it, watch it, listen to it and know what to do to fix it.
It was almost like a sixth sense.
As I've gotten older, I've consciously tried to make myself more of a right brain thinker.
I wanted to be a better, more sensitive, sympathetic, and caring individual.
I think I've succeeded, but now I notice that I have lost some of my sixth sense.
Sometimes I have a very hard time figuring out what's wrong with something.
I end up forcing myself to use the logic that used to be habitual.
And my intuition (which should be stronger = right brain) is not as good.
My $.02...

Second Observation:
Now NazaM has waypoint navigation (what a 9/11 present!).
Autonomous, waypoint flight is fascinating, and I'm not saying that I won't try it.
But it's not going to help my FPV flying or my AP/AV flying any way that I can see.
With all the flyaway stuff surfacing, and airframes carrying more and more expensive payloads, I just don't think I'm ready to relinquish control to the robotic pilot.
And you get to experience that helpless feeling of a RTH over and over again several times in one flight...
My $.02
Still not worth a nickel...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 08, 2013 @ 10:15 AM | 4,332 Views
Here's the link to a fine post by Olivier_C:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=12558
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 05, 2013 @ 08:09 AM | 4,884 Views
Here's a comparison of my F550 before and after adding the H3-2D (see attached spreadsheet).
Flight times:
Recon flight in May w/GP2:
8:22
Test flights 8/3/13 w/GP3:
7:41 & 7:08

Update: 8/24/13
Switched to SunnySky 2216 880Kv motors.
All else the same.
Initial flights: 8:00 & 6:45
Got to get some more flights in and get comfortable with entire rig.
It seems the larger motors are not affecting flight times very much.
I think the time differences involve wind experienced, flying style (hovering vs. cruising), and the lipos themselves.
Should be able to easily carry a 6000mA lipo now (we'll see).

BTW, I pull the exact airtime off the video track for accuracy.
Since I'm doing initial testing, you don't want to see more of my boring videos...


Each flight remained airborne until 1st voltage warning LED flash appeared.
My 1st warning setting has proven to use ~80% of the lipo capacity.
My habit has been to fly ~ 6 to 7 min, return to home point, and fiddle around until 1st voltage warning.
I'll have to keep that closer to ~ 6 min now...

I'm satisfied so far...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 04, 2013 @ 11:55 AM | 4,520 Views
First footage with the H3-2D:
It's boring and taken at my club flying field where I always test fly.
I'm sorry if you are growing tired of video of the same old place...
I'll try to get out more...
Besides, I've never claimed to be a Stanley Kubrick!
The sun shot behind the credit roll was an accident!
When I was calibrating things prior to flying, activating the gimbal pointed the GP3 almost directly at the sun, and I was unaware of it...
Fortunately, it was hazy, and no sensor damage seems to have occurred.
I did some research and there are mixed opinions about whether this harms the GP3 or not.
There are dozens of posted GP3 videos with direct at the sun shots on perfectly clear days...

Initial Flight H3 2D GoPro3 (3 min 6 sec)