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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:06 PM
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New personal Altitude Record for my Trex A/P!

Set a new personal altitude record this morning...1615' !! I'm sure others have gone higher, but for me, this is definately a record and was just on the edge of insanity being that it's a heli.
It involved my Trex 600, a strapped on Garmin 60CsX, and a lounge chair (for my neck!). I could have gone higher of course, but it was only a dot as it was, and didn't want to push the envelope any further. Next attempt I'll have my camera on board.
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:13 PM
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Very cool.

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(who'd be happy just to hover his t-rex)
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:17 PM
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Arhhh you went all that way and don't have photos to prove it?

I assume you used some form of stabilisation? How long did it take to get up to that altitude and come down again?


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Old Jul 10, 2007, 04:30 PM
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Photos of the ground would not prove it, only the GPS would be able to do that (see pics attached). I was able to gain that altitude in less than one minute. Yes, I would never attempt any climb more than 500' without my AP2000i for sure - especially important when decending. To come down, I just dropped the stick all the way and let 'er fall - very cool sound btw...
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 05:04 PM
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How easy is the AP2000i to set up on the T_Rex would you say?

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Old Jul 10, 2007, 05:32 PM
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How easy is the AP2000i to set up on the T_Rex would you say?Will
Pretty straight forward - Mark Webber from Webber Aerial Imaging can walk you throught it. Here's a few photos of my setup...
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 11:43 PM
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Very cool indeed, my personal best is around 500'
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 01:12 AM
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Excellent!

... you don't want to have a boom strike with that little gadget perched on top of the boom... isn't there a better place to put it?
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 03:14 AM
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That's the best place to put it because it has to have an unubstructed view all around. Besides, If my flying results in a blade strike to my IR sensor, then I have no business flying AP.
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 09:15 AM
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I don't want to rain on anyone's picnic, but GPS altitude simply is not to be counted on as reliable. Position, yes; altitude, no!
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 11:31 AM
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I've had this unit for 3 years now and has always been spot on for altitude. That's one of the reasons I purchased the 60 CSX. It has a barometer calibration feature that is extremely accurate when calibrated correctly.

Here's a quote from a techy product review:
"...In addition, this unit features a new, highly sensitive GPS receiver that acquires satellites faster and lets users track their location in challenging conditions, such as heavy foliage or deep canyons. The GPSMAP 60CSx also incorporates a barometric altimeter for extremely accurate elevation data and an electronic compass that displays an accurate heading while standing still."
http://www.summitpostgear.com/gear/2...map-60csx.html
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 12:03 PM
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Tight man.
Would like to get that camera up on her soon or even a vidcam on it.

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Old Jul 11, 2007, 12:29 PM
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Sorry - didn't realise it had a baro altimeter too! A camera would be good next time, if the heli can manage the extra weight.
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Old Jul 11, 2007, 11:59 PM
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Hi QuietRiot,
Nice machine!

I'm designing an AP machine from trex 600 parts:
What is the thickness of the tail rotor blades for the T-rex 600, is it 4mm or 5mm?
Do you know the diameter of the tail rotor shaft?
Also, do you know the diameter of the tail rotor blade bolt? (should I get tail blades with a 2, 3 or 5mm bolt hole)

Thanks,
Matt
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Old Jul 12, 2007, 12:51 PM
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My Trex isn't here for me to measure all that, but if you go to Heliproz.com, they have specific specs on it....
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