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Posted by crteensy | Aug 18, 2019 @ 02:22 PM | 793 Views
Another two-pack session at the RC field, with more power loops (one around a tree!):

FPV progress - flight #4 (4 min 57 sec)

  • 0:00 Betaflight OSD is awesome and tells you what's wrong before you can arm
  • 0:12 Center your trims as part of the pre-flight checks, or disable them completely. Quad constantly pitches backwards right from the start (see 0:12) and I thought it's my FC drifting.
  • 0:25 It's never too late to switch on airmode!
  • 0:38 Previously I was cutting throttle rather early in a power loop. This one looks better than before and actually goes backwards at the top. I figured it makes sense to cut throttle when the horizon comes back into view from the top, and that helped a lot.
  • 0:49 my turns are ugly.
  • 1:00 a power loop with crosswind not ending where it started
  • 1:46 Quad, meet nemesis tree - nemesis tree, this is quad. You'll have an awesome time together. This first attempt went well - again with crosswind having a negative impact on the overall result - but a later one ended with an Rx failsafe, and a somersault at the end of pack #5 was too optimistic. Video breakup wasn't unexpected at 160 m distance, so no reason to panic.
  • 3:01 knife edge - yup! I need a place with a suitable gap to make use of this...
And that's about it for this one.

I forgot to switch on the DVR for most of pack #5, but had an Rx loss under the tree and also hit the tree in a somersault attempt. Here's the footage:

FPV progress - flight #5 (1 min 1 sec)
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Posted by crteensy | Aug 14, 2019 @ 05:07 PM | 477 Views
I forgot to switch on the DVR for flight #2, but here's pack #3 from the same evening:

FPV progress - flight #3 (4 min 17 sec)

Even if I've only flown 3 packs now, I begin to understand why people want a lot of speed.

The power loop at 1:34 seems to be the first remotely decent one because the quad actually flies backwards at the end of the "power stage". I lost my buzzer along the way (there's only a plug left. I should get a battery backed one right now and epoxy it to the frame. Landing close to myself was easier than anticipated. A bit rough maybe, but nothing broke and the battery was still plugged in.
Posted by crteensy | Aug 14, 2019 @ 04:52 PM | 484 Views
Here's a video of my very first flight with an FPV quadcopter. I had about 3 hours of LOS stick time before that, and about 2 hours in the FPV Freerider simulator (which felt kinda awkward compared to the real deal, but that's surely just a matter of settings!).

My very first FPV quadcopter flight (2 min 20 sec)

That last move was just too low for the remaining altitude, and the battery ejected.

Overall FPV seems to be *a lot* simpler to learn than LOS, but with a few quirks:
  • it's harder to estimate the altitude
  • it's harder to estimate speed
  • you need a reliable quad that you trust
  • get a battery-backed buzzer