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Posted by verticalspark | Oct 10, 2015 @ 04:31 PM | 6,494 Views
I remember it like it was yesterday...because it was. I went flying at a new spot about 15 min from my house. The area is closed due to a massive flooding a couple of weeks ago. It was a pretty massive flood as it washed out a complete section of walk way. Well since its pretty much closed and nobody can access it unless you are up for a walk and most people are too lazy to go that far out of their way.

So I set up in the middle of the flood area that was now dry and started to fly. I ran a couple of laps on each battery with zero problems. That was until I was half way through my third lipo. The river runs on along the south side of the open area. I exited the one of the laps and my signal and video all at once and the last thing I saw was the river coming fast.

That was it, never saw it again. I spent about 3 hours searching the river and its banks to no avail.
Posted by verticalspark | Oct 04, 2015 @ 06:43 PM | 6,902 Views
So today I mounted up the motorcycle with all the RC gear and drove to SCORCH. About half way there I hit a fog bank and it was so thick that I couldnt see more than 100' in front of me. So I kept driving hoping for it to turn out nicer. As it turns out, the sun came out and became a beautiful flying day.

I got the 280 in the air and its a blast to fly! Its a handful at the very least but its fun to play with. The camera on the other hand is crappy. Its a 700 line but it cant control the contrast so when you fly anywhere towards the sun everything becomes black and you have to pray you dont crash. Gotta fix that soon.

As for the 550 hex, I just ended up removing the gimbal and hard mounting the GoPro to the front in between the two front arms. While I can no longer get the beautiful sweeping AP shots, I can play with the F550 harder than it was meant to do. So some FFF and a couple of backflips and front flips and I was happy again.

As for the dominators, I have to contact fat shark tomorrow about them. They are less than 6 months, only used a dozen or so times. Never dropped, always taken care of and like I said, only turned on less than a dozen times. The problem is that when you plug them in, all I see is solid colors that shift and end up at a green screen. No static, no changing channels, nothing. The battery is at full charge, the rx is plugged in, the antenna is screwed on solid. Couldn't figure it out by myself so Ill call them tomorrow and hope they can fix it.

Flying the F550 at SCORCH (7 min 41 sec)

Posted by verticalspark | Oct 02, 2015 @ 08:14 PM | 5,647 Views
So the other week I spent a good amount of time with my buddy Tom fitting props for the F550 on a 4s. After a good amount of swapping we found the 9x4.5 is the perfect prop for good camera stabilization and great punch out. So I ordered a few 4s but I havent gotten them yet.

So me being me I decided to fly with a full rig on a 3s. Not that difficult but it lack the punch of a 4s. After a few short laps my GoPro decided to die and I was left LOS. Not that big of a deal as I fly within LOS every time I fly. I was bringing it down from about 60ft and the props started to cavitate in its down wash. Well that coupled with the wind of an incoming storm I managed to flip it upside down at 10ft. It rocketed down into the ground and bounced a couple of times.

I walked over to the hex and found it surprisingly unharmed. No so much as a scratch. But my 4s should arrive shortly and I will be able to fly some decent times.