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Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 25, 2014 @ 03:54 PM | 1,383 Views
Be sure to visit eirlink's blog for dozens of video tutorials...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 19, 2014 @ 06:50 PM | 1,459 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 | 1,306 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 | 1,676 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...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Aug 01, 2014 @ 07:14 AM | 1,686 Views
I spotted this tutorial video that explains using mixes to get POI shots.
Have not tried it.
Did not want to misplace it.
So, I put it here...
Quadcopter Hacks - Automatic Circling and Panorama using Futaba T8J (7 min 51 sec)

Posted by T J Gilbert | Jul 23, 2014 @ 03:52 PM | 2,198 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"...

Posted by T J Gilbert | Jun 23, 2014 @ 07:01 PM | 2,548 Views
FPV'ers be sure to read page 8...

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...

AMA's response:
Posted by T J Gilbert | Jun 20, 2014 @ 12:35 PM | 2,348 Views
RemE provided this nice image that I thought would be worth saving...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Apr 21, 2014 @ 08:08 AM | 3,070 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 | 3,367 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!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 10, 2014 @ 07:38 AM | 4,098 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 | 3,711 Views
A federal judge has ruled that the FAA cannot prohibit commercial AP/AV from a model aircraft.
Also, here's the FAA document stating their powers (Feb 2014).
Referred to in the CNN article...
Posted by T J Gilbert | Mar 06, 2014 @ 10:41 AM | 3,574 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 | 3,675 Views
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 | 4,294 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
v1.02 to v1.04
v1.04 to v1.06
v1.06 to v1.08
v1.08 to v1.10
v1.10 to v1.12
v1.12.to v1.12
v1.12 to v1.14
v1.14 to v1.16
v1.16 to v1.18
Thanks again, AviZ!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Dec 12, 2013 @ 07:11 PM | 4,217 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 | 4,610 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 | 4,329 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 | 4,753 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...
Thanks again, RemE!
Posted by T J Gilbert | Nov 03, 2013 @ 08:31 PM | 4,734 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...