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Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 21, 2015 @ 02:01 PM | 1,023 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 | 1,167 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 | 2,694 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 | 1,862 Views
The name speaks for itself...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Feb 19, 2015 @ 10:01 AM | 3,598 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 | 2,230 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!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Feb 04, 2015 @ 09:47 AM | 3,068 Views
If you need a quick reference, here's where to go...
Thanks, iancresswell!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jan 19, 2015 @ 06:51 PM | 2,759 Views
With the diverse group we are seeing now on RCG, where do our posters fall?
I think the number of Right Brain thinkers is definitely growing ...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jan 07, 2015 @ 11:01 AM | 2,206 Views
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA)
The Small UAV Coalition
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
Partnering to keep new pilots safe...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jan 06, 2015 @ 02:56 PM | 2,038 Views
In the spirit of keeping everyone informed...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Dec 24, 2014 @ 08:13 AM | 2,488 Views
DJI sent me this link, and I thought I'd share...
DJI's Christmas Surprise – 'Light Up Your Imagination' (1 min 3 sec)

Posted by T J Gilbert | Nov 04, 2014 @ 01:32 PM | 3,242 Views
There is much debate and superstition about just what happens when you see the rapid, double green LED flash during initialization of the DJI NazaM controlled airframes.
Many say that it's Course Lock direction and Home Point being recorded.
The manual says different, but some still believe it to be so.
Per Supreme Balloon 11/4/14:
"Nope, HP is set when the CSC is executed and the motors spool up. You'll see the OSD change when this happens the numbers will appear."
Using OSD, he has proved that the manual is correct...

Jazzboy27 goes on to say:
That is also stated in the manual... "Home-point: Before takeoff, current position of multi-rotor will be saved as home - point by MC automatically when you start the motors for the first time after 6 or more GPS satellites are found (red light blinks once or no blinking) for 10 seconds."
I use this feature to set Home-point, then after home-point is recorded, turn of motors but keep my quad powered up and relocate it to a new position. Now if I initiate a RTH during flight my quad will return to my original location where home-point is set. Of course, I don't put props on my quad until I get to my final destination for safety reasons!

And I'll restate my position that the double flash is merely Course Lock establishing direction twice....
Posted by T J Gilbert | Oct 14, 2014 @ 07:19 AM | 3,187 Views
I almost lost this video, and have needed it to help fellow posters.
I decided to archive it...
Easy & Hard Ways To Remove The LiPo Battery - DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ (Plus) Tutorial (0 min 31 sec)

Posted by T J Gilbert | Oct 05, 2014 @ 08:22 AM | 3,307 Views
Over on the DJI Forum, Fant0mas has posted a link to his very informative guide for Phantom2 pilots.
Obviously, some work went into this document, and it deserves to be saved for future reference...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Sep 28, 2014 @ 09:15 PM | 3,486 Views
This response is worth reading...
I'm glad to be a member of the AMA.

In the meantime...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 25, 2014 @ 03:54 PM | 3,581 Views
Be sure to visit eirlink's blog for dozens of video tutorials...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 19, 2014 @ 06:50 PM | 3,652 Views
I presently don't plan to use the BMPCC as a hand-held piece of equipment.
A tripod, monopod, or handlebars is necessary to get stable footage.
So, if I leave the BMPCC mounted to the Z15 most of the time, I need to keep the two from getting banged around when I carry/transport them on the S800 Evo frame.
Here's what I've come up with.
My company uses large amounts of polyurethane foam padding on upholstered furniture.
I cut this stabilization block out of scrap...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 19, 2014 @ 01:28 PM | 3,496 Views
For future reference, these are dealers that I have purchased from and had satisfactory customer service:
Empire Hobby (supplier to many dealers/a long time DJI distributor)
All e RC
Atlanta Hobby
Century Heli
UAV Products (perhaps the first... was DJI/USA)
Troy Built Models
Aerial Media Pros
Intelligent UAS
FWIW, there are dozens more, but I can't afford to purchase enough to use them all...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 12, 2014 @ 07:28 PM | 3,886 Views
Ed and blade have been helping me set up the Z15 BMPCC gimbal on my S800 Evo.
This can get pretty confusing w.r.t. names and terms that are similar on the various components involved.
At one point, Ed suggested that I use his channel mapping and switch assignments (which were working) until we got my setup's behavior sorted out.
Once this was accomplished, I kept Ed's channel mapping, but changed the switch assignments to my liking (I'm RH and I'll bet Ed is LH...)
Here is a chart that I prepared that lists every setting and assignment...

12/14/14: I'm adding a link to blade's LB channel mapping video...
DJI Lightbridge Channel mapping Demo (9 min 50 sec)