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Old Oct 30, 2011, 01:34 AM
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HoverFly Pro X8 Fire Training

Gave the HoverFly a good test for heat tolerance today at the training burn with the fire department. It passed! I was worried one of the firemen was going to try and knock me out of the air with one of their water canons. Flying around turbulent air and heat was very interesting, I would not have tried this with my quad and definitely not without the HoverFly board. The camera case came down rather warm after each flight, a house fire sure puts out a lot of heat 100 feet away. I suppose I should run the temp calibration for the board next time before flying near fire so I don't crash and burn

Kittitas Valley Fire & Rescue Training Exercise Aerial Video (2 min 26 sec)
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 02:18 AM
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Interesting and risky!
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 02:41 AM
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What kind of camera and what settings?

That was nice and stable.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 10:13 AM
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Very smooth "sounding" craft you got there. No large sound variations like you sometimes hear.

I have seen the siding buckle and windows blow out on a house next to a fire like that. Unbelievable the heat generated. I have a great respect for the firemen who deal with it daily.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 01:09 PM
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What kind of camera and what settings?

That was nice and stable.
This was just using a GoPro set at r5 (1080p) and hard mounted to the X8. Still waiting on gimbals.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 02:43 PM
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That is remarkably smooth considering its a GoPro on r5.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 03:58 PM
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Wow, that was brave! The Gopro in 1080 does a great job. I'm hoping we can pickup the new one so we can get a smaller field of view.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 01:40 AM
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A few shots from the ground
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Old Nov 02, 2011, 12:31 AM
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Wow, that was brave! The Gopro in 1080 does a great job. I'm hoping we can pickup the new one so we can get a smaller field of view.
What is the new one with a smaller fov? New release out?
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Old Nov 02, 2011, 06:06 AM
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Yeah, Gopro just released the GoPro Hero II. It is much more user friendly, has adjustable field of view on all modes and appears to have the ability to remote trigger.
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Old Nov 02, 2011, 07:07 AM
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Yeah, Gopro just released the GoPro Hero II. It is much more user friendly, has adjustable field of view on all modes and appears to have the ability to remote trigger.
Does it get rid of that fisheye distortion? The main reason that I don’t have one is the poor quality lens that causes buildings and utility poles to appear bent?




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Old Nov 02, 2011, 03:14 PM
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Wow, that was brave! The Gopro in 1080 does a great job. I'm hoping we can pickup the new one so we can get a smaller field of view.
I was going to order one of the new GoPro's but figured out that the new one doesn't have live video out, for FPV purposes. So I bought the old version instead along with a Sunex f2.8 lense.

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Old Nov 02, 2011, 04:41 PM
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It must have live video out on the multipin because the lcd back that we already have still works with it.
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It must have live video out on the multipin because the lcd back that we already have still works with it.
Looking at the specs, there is no A/V jack, like on the original. But sounds like there is something there, at least for the LCD.
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Old Nov 16, 2011, 01:22 AM
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X8 Heats Up

Thought some might find this interesting on heat tolerance of the HFP and other components when flying around really hot stuff. Found this when reviewing the last and most intense phase of the burn some time later, never noticed it before until one of the fireman brought it up. At 1:04 you can watch the coax cable sheath melt away from the cable. I was flying almost directly over that cable many times, however the wind shifted slightly toward the lines and brought a LOT of heat with it. I fortunately decided to move outta there before it was too late. At 1:34 you can see the melted coax coating strands hanging from the cable, and then the water comes to cool it off. If I didn't move I would have likely been shot down The cable company replaced the coax the next morning.

If you look at the first video in this post you can see my blue car by the stop sign, I had to move it and set up further back as it was getting really hot.

You likely will need to watch it in full screen and HD to see the cable melt

X8 UAS Fire Fighting Support (1 min 58 sec)
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