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Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Apr 05, 2015 @ 08:31 PM | 3,011 Views
Lite Lift Glider Project, version 0.1
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Dec 18, 2014 @ 08:10 AM | 2,957 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 | 3,381 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 | 3,390 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 | 3,737 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 | 4,381 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 | 4,451 Views
Here's my DOSD screenshot showing 3200m range @498m altitude.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | May 10, 2013 @ 10:57 AM | 4,442 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 | 4,734 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 | 5,009 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 | 4,874 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 | 4,937 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 @ 06:14 PM | 5,221 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 @ 02:01 PM | 5,353 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
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jan 14, 2013 @ 06:15 AM | 5,013 Views
I've been doing GIS work with my planes for quite a while now and I have yet to share any of my mosaics or the like.

Here is one of the first photos I was happy with from a while back. A sub 1m resolution of ma' house.
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jan 07, 2013 @ 07:09 AM | 5,287 Views
***Redtape Run***
A 1-Mile speed run around the Former CFS Beaverbank RADAR station from the Cold War era. What a great spot.
44:54:18N 63:42:43W
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Jan 02, 2013 @ 04:22 PM | 6,419 Views
66" wing, windy as heck. Greenforest subdivision, Beaverbank.
Wrong antennas giving nasty performance.
FPV- Harold T Barret on Boxing Day. Dusk in Beaverbank, Lower Sackville (27 min 13 sec)

Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Dec 28, 2012 @ 02:39 PM | 5,333 Views
Skew Planar Wheel dimensions as calculated at

31,329/f (Mhz) = element length

1,080 Mhz = 290.1mm
1,120 Mhz = 279.7mm
1,160 Mhz = 270.0mm
1,200 Mhz = 261.1mm
1,240 Mhz = 252.7mm
1,280 Mhz = 244.5mm

Skew Planar Wheel dimensions as calculated by Alex Greve (IBCrazy) at the RCG thread: SPW Tutorial Thread

1,080 Mhz = 278.4mm
1,120 Mhz = 268.5mm
1,160 Mhz = 259.2mm
1,200 Mhz = 250.6mm
1,240 Mhz = 242.5mm
1,280 Mhz = 234.9mm

.030-.045 mig welder wire is great
Posted by Vintabilly_NS | Dec 22, 2012 @ 07:03 PM | 5,214 Views
My new best for night ops..

Farness: 1,203m or 3,947'
Upitude:579m or 1,900'
Chuffing: 98 km/h or 60.9 mph