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Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 13, 2014 @ 11:21 PM | 1,194 Views
Hovering over a go pro on the ground. It's a great little machine, but I think its time to upgrade. I want stability and a better camera flying to take movies and stills. Not ready to spend multi thousands of dollars however.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 07, 2014 @ 08:23 AM | 1,356 Views
I shot this video with my old F450 and the H3-2D gimbal with yaw axis mod. I'm still seeing some "micro bumps" in the video. The tuning never seems to end.

Sunset Swans (0 min 39 sec)

Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 03, 2014 @ 08:51 PM | 1,712 Views
I live one mile from the beach, but this is the first video I've shot there. It was an amazing morning and the weather was perfect. F450 with H3-2d and Yaw axis mod from www.tppacks.com. This video is un - modified except for some cut and pasting during the edit process, no other stabilization is done to the video. I'm happy with it. Hope you enjoy it too.....

Amazing Sunrise in Monmouth Beach, NJ (1 min 38 sec)


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Posted by Kenpilot | May 16, 2014 @ 06:10 PM | 1,808 Views
And it's new too. Ugh.

Good news is I have the old one. Replaced it due to lost range. Wonder if there is a warranty.
Posted by Kenpilot | Feb 22, 2014 @ 07:55 PM | 1,814 Views
Been a fun Clipped Wing Cub ski flying winter so far. Looks like there will be at least a few more opportunities to do some snow flying before spring in NJ. Dubro Skis and World Models Clipped Wing Cub with O.S. 70 FS.
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 13, 2013 @ 04:27 PM | 2,431 Views
Today I was hoping the winds would be less than on previous days, but they were still 15 knots. QuadShot hovered and flew amazingly well again, albeit a fun little handful of stick and rudder / yaw and roll mixing challenge.

Hovering with the wind on a direct cross from the left, the aircraft had a 45 degree angle into the wind. Makes for some unusual pictures.

I also tried to fly by low and close to the camera while in airplane mode, and got a couple video sequences. Here are some stills, and a shot of the windsock - almost straight out winds from the west. Tomorrow is another day.
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 10, 2013 @ 11:12 AM | 2,228 Views
I hovered the Quadshot over my Gopro that was laying on the ground facing the sky. Got some nice video of the ailerons working to keep it stable.

This picture is a still from video. For me flying it requires a shift in thinking and a healthy respect for the power of onboard stabilization. The most difficult part of flying it is remembering the transition point from Quad to Airplane Mode and when it takes place automatically (pushing the elevator control forward) vs selecting Airplane Mode with a switch.

Next opportunity I'm going to select ACRO mode to see how it will fly with all the onboard help selected off.
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 01, 2013 @ 08:46 PM | 2,453 Views
Maiden flight of the quadshot today. Was actually not the first time it left the ground - that happened during hover practice in the garage. This was the first "on the wing" flight in 15 knots of wind. It is hard to fly in the wind, and those who designed it say "DO NOT FLY in any wind." Sporty, but it can handle it in high sensitivity...

Amazing piece of engineering!!!!!!
Posted by Kenpilot | Feb 26, 2013 @ 12:52 PM | 2,414 Views
Or is it the Cub buzzing the UFO. Anyway, here's a recent picture from a documented flyby of a R/C Cub and an F450.
Posted by Kenpilot | Jan 21, 2013 @ 03:57 PM | 2,539 Views
Here's a picture of my F550 frame with Rabbit controller flying in a midwinter sky. Getting the jitters worked out of it, and it flew (somewhat) more smoothly today.


Posted by Kenpilot | Jun 28, 2012 @ 06:32 PM | 3,029 Views
Saw some hawks and another odd looking bird yesterday at the field. Pictures attached.

DJI F450 GPS with AeroXCraft Gopro gimbal... been flying very well. Wish the gimbal were a bit smoother, using Futaba 3156 MG servos. Perhaps its time for a switch.
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 20, 2012 @ 01:59 PM | 4,233 Views
Second Quadcopter is now airworthy: I-Fly 4 with Rabbit FC with HDG, BARO, and ACC / GYROs and camera STAB running on 3s 2100 batteries. Getting this thing running was quite an adventure. It came in ARF form from China, no instructions. Everything was hooked up, all I had to do was extend the folding frame arms, tighten, hook up that battery and receiver and FLY - RRRRight!

Battery balance cable was hooked up backwards from the factory so when I connected it, POOF - magic blue smoke. Luckily I disconnected as quickly as I could. Thought it was bricked at this point, but with help from the Rabbit thread on RCG I managed to get the thing running. This included downloading software to an old clunky PC and making sure everything was running nominally.

Sonar board is toast, otherwise the thing flies better than my FY 90Q that was retrofitted on my Hobby Lobby Quad.

Safe to say I'm hooked. Next up, Quad in a cross configuration, then maybe a HEX 6. We'll see.

Having way too much fun.
Posted by Kenpilot | Mar 09, 2012 @ 08:53 PM | 3,567 Views
I've been really enjoying my Hobby-Lobby ERC Quadcopter. Being new to the whole quad scene, never having flown an R/C HELI, this has been an adventure.

The HL Quad is a great product. Comes with motors, ESC's, Arduino/Bobs Shield / Multi Wii controller already made and programmed, BlueSkyRC Quad frame and arms. It flies very well, and considering I'm a beginner and its still in one piece - that's saying a lot about the quality of this flying machine.

I've modified it with colored props and other visibility schemes, and some landing gear. Here are a couple screen grabs from video.

I'm HOOKED on Multirotors...
Posted by Kenpilot | Feb 10, 2012 @ 07:06 PM | 3,712 Views
Snow is on the way to NJ. Hopefully will be enough to ski - fly this weekend.

Here's a shot from the last big snowstorm (1.75 inches) this year.
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 30, 2011 @ 01:48 PM | 4,451 Views
After an extensive horizontal stab repair and a Century Jet retract repair, I was itching to fly the Mustang today. Was a little breezy, but she flew very well. The grass is low which helps eliminate the nose over on landing tendency. Was a little too windy to have fun with it, though. Just one takeoff and landing was all we did today. What a great flying aircraft! O.S. 110FSa hauls it around real nice.
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 22, 2011 @ 11:50 PM | 3,580 Views
The Gift Of A Perfect Autumn Sky (2 min 28 sec)


Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 10, 2011 @ 07:47 PM | 3,856 Views
My office is in the background, and the airplane I love the most is in the foreground. Shot at The Dalles, Oregon (KDLS Airport). They give rides and lessons in that beautiful old J3. Too bad we were only there for one night, might have been persuaded to plunk down some cash for a cruise around Mt. Hood in that baby...which I have no business flying without a qualified instructor as it's been a very long time...


Posted by Kenpilot | Nov 10, 2011 @ 05:57 PM | 3,884 Views
Today started out as a "Zero/Zero" day until about 1230 when the sun came out and it was 65 degrees in New Jersey for a short time. Brought out the electric Cub to do some scale flying and landings. Did not want to bother with the video today, just wanted to relax and fly - until the clouds started to roll in and the sky turned into one of the most beautiful scenes I can remember. So I got out the Gopro and the FlyCamOneHD and shot some amazing video.

I was thanking God Almighty for such a beautiful afternoon as I did pattern work. THIS is the kind of day that makes me love not only flying, but LIFE in general.

To all you brave Marines out there, happy birthday and thank you for your dedication and service to us all. God Bless!
Posted by Kenpilot | Jul 01, 2011 @ 09:36 AM | 4,606 Views
I'll be working this holiday weekend flying the full scale ride. Hope everyone enjoys the beautiful weather, especially those lucky enough to attend the JCSF Electric Fly-In at Dorbrook tomorrow. Have fun!