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Posted by DWA | Oct 12, 2018 @ 07:21 PM | 1,063,700 Views
So I think Iíll start a slope soaring logbook here.

This will only be for my gliders not for my Drones. So Drone flight will not be logged here.
I fly Drones professionally for Real Estate photography & videos.

((started flying RC with gliders January 1996 so this Log Book is far from complete, but might as well start now))

Whenever I go fly Iíll post where Iím flying and what Iím flying.

Today I was Flying the Trinity, the Carbon Bird, the P-51 Mustang, the Momba and the Weasel today at Lilly Shapell Park.
Was there from 1:30 to 4:40

28737 Drakes Bay, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

And it was a good day as far as flying conditions, very windy, I would say 16-18mph gusting to over 20mph straight West.
Straight west is best for this slope.

Got a pumpkin spice latte at Starbucks afterwards.

Had a really good day. And I needed it. This week was very rough, Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday were all spent at the hospital getting IV fluids for my daughter and her ongoing illness. That has been very hard on the whole family.

Lilly Shappel Park is located in the Hillcrest Estates development. The park is within the gated community and access is provided through the visitor entry gate during daylight hours. It is located on the east rim of the Aliso and Wood Canyons Wilderness Park in the City of Laguna Niguel.
Lilly Shapell Park is the home of the Laguna Niguel Slope Soaring Guild and is known for its spectacular views and thermal...Continue Reading
Posted by DWA | Nov 15, 2017 @ 09:25 PM | 1,060,838 Views
quick video flying my carbon fiber Bird glider at world famous Fermin slope
sorry need to repost video
I am switching it from my Vimeo acc to my YouTube acc
Posted by DWA | Nov 15, 2017 @ 09:21 PM | 1,059,956 Views
just a quick video flying my Opus at Mammoth Mountain Ca

Mammoth2017Opus (1 min 12 sec)

Posted by DWA | Oct 10, 2015 @ 01:45 AM | 1,070,233 Views
Just a place to post pictures.

Most are aerial.

Posted by DWA | Jun 01, 2015 @ 06:23 PM | 1,071,792 Views
I am going to start a blog for a reference point of all the frequently asked questions and problems with the Phantom series quads with the best answers I can find or think of myself.
Most of this will just be a copy and paste from the various forums and threads.
I will not be quoting every post of every question and every answer that I find, that would be too much extra work and this is going to be a lot of work as it is.
So if you see a post that looks familiar, now you know why.

Hopefully it will be helpful for all the Phantom pilots.

Also I will put the question and answer in one post. So users do not have to read a question and then go through all the post in-between the question and the answer.

This blog will have info on the P2 and P3.

I would prefer people do not post in this thread, as I want it to be for reference only, not discussion.
If you have a question about the P2 or the P3 please post those questions in the appropriate threads in the multirotor forum.
Myself or someone else will answer your questions there.
Unless of course you find your answer here, and i hope you do.

DJI Wiki: http://wiki.dji.com/en/index.php/Main_Page

DJI Support: http://www.dji.com/support
Posted by DWA | Jan 08, 2014 @ 05:38 PM | 1,096,362 Views
I will add pics/info as I go. I will also add links to videos that I find useful.

Lately I have been finding questions and answers that guys ask and answer on various threads. (Mostly about the Inspire and the Phantom) Then I just copy and paste the questions and answers here so I can find the info easier.

A little background info on me.
I started flying RC with gliders (back in January 1996) Then in (October 2004) I started flying electric airplanes. Then in (April 2013) I started flying Multi-rotors (aka : Drones)

In (March 2007) I took my first aerial photography with an RC airplane. Now I use DJI multirotors to do my aerial photography and aerial videos.

My F550 has T-Motor MN3110-15 kv is 780 Navigator Series. The props are T-Motor 10x4.5
Gains on 550 with T-Motor props. T-Motor props require much lower gains than any other prop I have tried. And I have tried a lot.
Basic, pitch 100%, roll 100%, yaw 100%, vertical 100%.
Attitude, pitch 60%, roll 60%.

My 450 LEDs are : The lights I used were Turnigy. Item TRU8944 white. And TRU8941 red.
Each 1 meter strip has the leads attached!

The Truth is a stubborn thing it does not go away....Continue Reading
Posted by DWA | Nov 14, 2009 @ 11:37 PM | 1,082,278 Views
Most all of these pictures were taken with a RC airplane. I have been doing aerial photography since 2007.

The pics that are at the end of the thread are done with a multirotor....Continue Reading
Posted by DWA | Aug 21, 2009 @ 12:23 AM | 1,087,156 Views
After my family and my faith, I have two passions in life – slope flying and RC aerial photography.
I love all things flying and aviation related and I obtained my private pilots license Or technically Private Pilot Certificate in 1994 at John Wayne Airport, in Orange County California. I have done some skydiving but today, I don’t do either of those as much as I used to. Instead, I’ve found a real passion for slope flying and RC aerial photography. I started flying RC with gliders (back in January 1996) t’s where I was first introduced to RC flying.
I was riding my mountain bike in the canyon below a slope called Lilly Shappel and I saw Wade Kloss flying a Dave Sanders Dave’s Aircraft Works PSS Warbird.
I put my Mountain bike in the back of the truck drove up and around the hill to get to the slope and after Wade explained everything I fell in love with it. That was my first experience seeing anyone,(in person) , fly RC. I went out and bought a Wanderer a bottle of CA and some Accelerator at Gyro Hobbies, oh and some scotch tape and went and taught myself how to fly. I beat the heck out of that Wanderer. And then quickly went out and bought and built a Dave Sanders (DAW) Daves Aircraft Works 48 inch wing span EPP P-51 Mustang. That was my first PSS aircraft.
So I also learned to fly RC at Lilly Shappel. Before the houses were built, of course.

So RC gliders in (January 1996) Then in (October 2004) I started flying electric airplanes....Continue Reading


Posted by DWA | Jul 12, 2007 @ 10:51 AM | 1,083,391 Views
A list of the places I have flown slope.
As I go to new slopes I will edit and add to this list.

1. Mammoth Mountain, Mammoth, CA.
2. Point Fermin, San Pedro, CA.
3. White Point, San Pedro, CA.
4. Cajon Summit, San Bernardino, CA.
5. Little Mountain, San Bernardino, CA.
6. Grass Mountain, Angeles National Forest, CA.
7. Parker Mountain, Action, CA.
8. The Rock, Castaic Lake Area, CA.
9. Lake Hill, Riverside, CA.
10. Temple Hill, Pomona, CA.
11. Glider Point, Yorba Linda, CA.
12. Ortega Hwy., Elsinore Mountains, CA.
13. Salvador, San Clemente, CA.
14. Lilly Shapell, Laguna Niguel, CA.
15. Kite Hill, Laguna Niguel, CA.
16. Gazebos, Laguna Niguel, CA.
17. Dog Beach, Huntington Beach, CA.
18. Dave’s Beach, Carlsbad, CA.
19. Brown Bluff, Banning, CA.
20. White Water, Palm Springs, CA.
21. Bills Hill, Fallbrook, CA.
22. Crestline Soaring Society Slope, Crestline, CA.
23. Bluff Park, Long Beach, CA.
24. Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA
25. Push-Up Point, San Juan Capistrano, CA
26. La Paz, Mission Viejo, CA
27. Bluff Cove, San Pedro, CA
28. Water Tower, San Clemente, CA
29. Ridgeview Park, Laguna Niguel,CA
30. Ellwood, Santa Barbara/Goleta, CA
31. La Sierra, Riverside, CA
32. The Ruins, Santa Barbara, CA
33. Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
34. Blossom Valley, San Diego, CA
35. Los Banos Reservoir, Los Banos, CA
36.Sunset State Beach, Wastonville, CA
37. Horse Canyon, San Diego,CA
38. Lake Hodges, Escondido,CA


Posted by DWA | Jul 12, 2007 @ 02:27 AM | 1,084,045 Views
My method of operation on RC Groups & in life...

1. Share my thoughts with humility.
"Don't try to act important but enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all "
Romans 12:16 (NLV)
"Never let selfishness or pride be your guide. Instead, be humble and give more honor to others than to yourselves. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others "
Philippians 2:3-4 (NCV)
2. Respect others ideas with courtesy.
"We must bear the burden of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others..." Romans 15:2 (LB)
3. Share others problems with sympathy & empathy.
"Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. "
Galatians 6:2 (NIV)
4. Encourage each other with accountability.
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. "
Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
I would say it means that as we encourage each other we encourage with sincerity. Say it if your really mean it. Be nice but be sincere! Also the accountability is that if I say something wrong I am accountable to my peers. If a peer corrects me when I am wrong I will not get upset with the correction or the peer.
5. Always be motivated by love. Not by ego, pride, or materialism.
You must be motivated by love or you will treat people as projects. Treat them as people, as friends.
"Everything you do must be done with love. "
1 Corinthians 16:14 (NLT)
"Let love be your highest goal."
1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)
#5 is a big one. It is all about love, love is the key!



Posted by DWA | Jul 12, 2007 @ 02:05 AM | 1,083,156 Views
One of my older but, biggest aerial photography projects
From Dirt to Done...

over a year of work