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Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Sep 26, 2018 @ 05:52 PM | 4,497 Views
This is "Foxtrot" - He's cranky and he hates having to train every new student coming through the door. He thinks they all have "greasy hands" and "heavy feet". He's flown a million tow miles and even more just getting the new pilots to keep their noses up for gosh sake...

Simple 3-channel guy for teaching a few local heavy handed new bees.
1/2" pink foam with some tape for strength and a few coats of water based polycrylic.
2212 clone and 30 amp esc of choice. 2x servos, almost any size lying around.
3000mAh 3-cell.
36"x11" wing, 29" long.

Haven't seen too many foam LazyBee builds lately. Share yours if you've done one or three.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jun 24, 2017 @ 04:59 PM | 6,604 Views
The first minutes after the bell on the very last day of more lunches!
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jun 23, 2017 @ 06:46 AM | 6,136 Views
Local business interests were getting annoyed by the commotion of the evening meet of hundreds of young enthusiasts of all motoring varieties. The local RCMP decided to block all of the entrances and do a paperwork shakedown.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Apr 18, 2017 @ 07:07 PM | 7,160 Views
In a quest to keep my 1.2GHz video clean even while using 3-cells this is a good idea.

1. Here's the view from my Launchpad on Endor the other morning, April 15th. Always foggy...
2. Another long range modification....again....
3. One from last season near the Launchpad.
4. Bit of fumes..
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Apr 05, 2015 @ 08:31 PM | 9,017 Views
Lite Lift Glider Project, version 0.1
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Dec 18, 2014 @ 09:10 AM | 8,870 Views
What is this? A retirement home for aunts? How can we be expected to care for our loved family members... if they can't even fit inside the building?
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jul 10, 2014 @ 04:00 PM | 9,219 Views
I'm looking for an alternative to Hobbyking for things like LiPos, etc.
Any suggestions?

May 19 2014 - "Thanks for shopping at our store"
May 21 - "Your parcel has been sent from the warehouse!"
July 10, 2014 - Nothing yet. The tracking number has been received and that's it.

50 days later, still no package.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Apr 26, 2014 @ 08:08 AM | 9,464 Views
Sooooo happy to be flying in the sunshine a bit. Such a long winter..
This is Halifax Harbour this week.

FPVNS- Halifax Harbour April 22, 2014 (12 min 30 sec)

Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Apr 10, 2014 @ 06:40 AM | 9,692 Views
Burnside NS, a commercial/industrial area serving Halifax, Dartmouth and places beyond. Soon to be gentrified with expensive waterfront condos. Yay?

Someday the signs will read "No FPV" instead of "No Skateboarding"

FPV-NS Dartmouth Construction Yard (8 min 7 sec)

Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jun 16, 2013 @ 06:27 PM | 10,308 Views
I see the 1986 Disney movie "The Flight of The Navigator" as an inception movie.

To me it places the idea of one boy and one machine together exploring at high speed our countryside and roads. It suggests that a young boy knows better than the established authority and he takes his machine to places that tickle his imagination instead of the old-school view of air travel. He enjoys himself at the cost of stress to the establishment.

One generation later we have that generation of children advancing the way for FPV, UAS and general robotic aviation. Yea right, The Matrix isn't real. Get real.

Use imagination to inspire a generation of robotic/fpv enthusiasts. Nobody is going to jail for FPV...Disney has told us to for 25+ years.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jun 09, 2013 @ 10:14 AM | 10,339 Views
Here's my DOSD screenshot showing 3200m range @498m altitude.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | May 10, 2013 @ 10:57 AM | 10,395 Views
You don't, you make a link budget.

Here's a thread:

Here's a PDF on Link Budgets:

Here's a link to a calculator:

Here's a link to another calculator:

Happy reading.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | May 09, 2013 @ 08:32 AM | 10,650 Views
Here's Halifax Jeff getting some practice in on his homebuilt Tri last night in the winds. Good job Jeff.

FPV-NS Tri Tri Again (6 min 11 sec)

Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Apr 19, 2013 @ 09:16 AM | 11,281 Views
Was out bombing around the neighborhood yesterday by the harbour at Shannon Park in Dartmouth. Out of a few hundred exposures I found a couple that are OK. The Cold War era military housing was a treat with it's abandoned playground.

pic1- Gazing south towards the "New Bridge", Tuft's Cove generating plant and a Dartmouth neighborhood along Windmill Road.

pic2- Shannon Park is an abandoned Cold War era military housing complex. It occupies some of the nicest untouched harbour shorelines and will someday be dug up for very very expensive condos.

pic3- Rusty abandoned playground in the middle of the buildings.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Mar 19, 2013 @ 09:04 AM | 10,858 Views
This is a crop of interest from doing some runs in Beaverbank, NS.
One of the neighbors who shares what his garden produces wanted an overhead shot. No problem.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Mar 12, 2013 @ 10:31 AM | 10,784 Views
Went out to the Darkside to demo a dusk flight. Went out about 1.2km downwind to reach some wilderness. The whole area is abandoned or industrial so there's lots to look at.

Flying FPV on the Dark Side at dusk. March 11, 2013 (17 min 14 sec)

Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Feb 11, 2013 @ 07:14 PM | 11,078 Views
FPV'ing at night in a snowstorm in Nova Scotia. Turned around at one mile because the snow was getting heavy but broke up the air-frame on the way home. Oops for playing. OSD was snaking in the 30+ km/h winds for a while but you can see the gain change in the vid..
Everything found it's way home by the next day. 1130pm, Feb 6 2013.

FPV- 1 Mile to Woodbine. Breakup in snowstorm.. (9 min 12 sec)

Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jan 23, 2013 @ 03:01 PM | 11,278 Views
Your first groundstation, no excuses.
$2 of pink foam and packing tape to protect hundreds of dollars of kit.

One of the first major projects many apprentices take on is the building of their own workbench. Whether it is for wood working or metal working it's the first step towards a commitment to learning and doing the basics properly. It's a foundation. The same can be said for the beginner FPV'er and their first ground station.

The ground station is the foundation to build on and it's the first thing many onlookers will inspect when they walk up to you at the field to see what you're doing. It testifies to many symbolic things about your professionalism but its first priority is to protect that precious kit of yours. Respect your equipment, give it a good home and it will reward you with a much longer service life.

This easy to build groundstation is one of the first things a new FPVer should acquire to help protect and keep their kit neatly stored for transport to and from the flying field. It also makes for easy set up at home for bench testing various airframe and equipment changes. No wire hassles and no stress when it's time to fly. No tripod is needed either as it's designed to slip over a simple broomstick pushed into the ground or snow.

Constructed of hot glue and 1/2 pink foam which can be sourced nearly anywhere it costs virtually nothing but protects everything. After gluing you may paint or decorate as you see fit before covering in clear...Continue Reading