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Posted by Pancari | Jan 17, 2014 @ 09:33 AM | 3,015 Views
Cable companies have been pushing to end Net Neutrality (NN) for a few years and was struck down in 2009. A few days ago major leeway was made on the subject when a few judges in DC finally put an end to NN.

NN is about major cable providers given the flexibility to begin charging more for premium content that requires more bandwidth as they need to set up new servers to handle the load.

Comcast now owns NBC/Universal and like many entertainment companies is losing revenue from illegal movie downloads and can consider slowing down content from those popular torrent sites.

ISP's can begin to charge for types of content as much of our hobby is based in China, there might be an International charge for Banggood. EBay might come with a Marketplace charge and Google and YouTube could come under a Pathfinder charge.

Below are links on this subject.
Posted by Pancari | Jan 03, 2014 @ 09:10 PM | 2,745 Views
Back in June I was flying my V929 at a local park practicing forward flips. I was rather successful but had no hat cam on to prove my claim and saw a number of dragonfly's keeping pace with the quad.

The video below is not mine but found on the internet and I feel it's worthy or reposting. It shows of a number of blackbirds taking too much interest in a pilot's DJI Phantom Quad. The birds won the engagement.

Birds attack phantom drone quad-copter causing crash landing (1 min 12 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Jan 01, 2014 @ 04:23 PM | 2,395 Views
After a few months of building and screwing around in my back yard full of big things that easily break smaller plastic flying things, it was time fly at my local park and swing for the fences.

It was a few degrees above freezing, the quad was ready, my case was packed so I went for it. The raw footage shows consistently flying the quad left to the point of rolling to on it's side.

I made a big mistake, the quad got out of control, I couldn't correct for it, dropped it to the ground and it rolled a few feet.

I learned a valuable lesson on this day, it's much easier to crash an expensive quad rather than a cheaper quad.

My SMA receiver antenna mount broke off and need to purchase another RX and NOT do an antenna mod.

Clearly I need months of practice before installing my landing skid, Tarot T2D gimbel and a GoPro Hero 2.

450 Quad Maiden Flight - Takeoff and Landing Practice Jan 1 2014 (3 min 6 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Dec 29, 2013 @ 10:41 PM | 2,565 Views
don't know how many people watched Seinfeld's internet series called "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee". For me, the quality of the show is based on how interesting the guest was I've been reading Car and Driver magazine since 8th grade so adding cars to the interview only makes it better.

This season, Seinfeld added a new wrinkle to the Season 2 trailer, I personally thought it was a commercial prior to the trailer.
Posted by Pancari | Dec 17, 2013 @ 03:54 PM | 2,514 Views
I am a few months behind in the project as the weather is below freezing with snow on the ground. It's just too cold here in PA for outdoor flying, only 2 months to go till we are around 40 degrees.

My quad is not complete as a Go Pro Hero 2, a Tarot T-2D gimble and landing skid needs to be installed.

450 Quad and First Hovers (1 min 34 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Dec 14, 2013 @ 08:23 PM | 3,497 Views
Let's think about it, your store and repair shop would be a big hit if drones are used in the agro business take off, literally. As long as you're not involved with milking cows and want to escape the peace and serenity of you own homeland why not?

According to this article, drones are already used in Japan and Brazil. I bet those Brazilian drones fly along the beaches during weekends.
Posted by Pancari | Dec 10, 2013 @ 02:14 PM | 3,620 Views
This is a Turnigy Magnetic Precision Prop Balancer.

I spend significant time on this prop last evening and returned to it the next day.

Changing the balance assembly change results.

Oils from your hand can be transferred to the props and change results.

Static electricity built up from sanding can change results and using an anti-static sheet on the balancing frame and your hands can make a difference.

Not Shown on Video

I've taken apart the assembly a significant number of times, not shown, and received different results.

I have placed the individual grommets on the shaft, spun it and found a consistent heavy side on both. Rotating the shaft will slightly change the grommet balance.

Is Prop Balancing a Myth? (1 min 5 sec)

Smaller props are more difficult to use on this large frame as the rubber grommet mass is too large. Ultimately the balancing equipment must be as small and accurate as possible.

For the record, This is an inexpensive prop balancer and props. I do like the magnetic effect to eliminate friction, full blade clearance and would not recommend it. Next purchase will be a DuBrow 499.

Your comments are appreciated.
Posted by Pancari | Dec 09, 2013 @ 03:52 PM | 2,793 Views
Let's assume the FAA will approve Amazon's delivery drones under the 400' elevation for a 5# package some time in the future. Unfortunately the logistics of this delivery system will never fly.

Fullfillment Centers
I live in Pennsylvania so let's look at the Amazon's current fulfillment center locations. Upon some quick research, I find 7 fulfillment centers in central Pennsylvania close to major roadways for truck delivery. They are Hazeleton, Brenigsville, Harrisburg, Lewisburg, Carlisle, Scranton and West Pittston. If you total up the population of these small towns your get 185,000 people and let's assume the population is within a 20 miles of the centers.

Let's consider opening a new fulfillment center in West Chester, PA for drone delivery. This will encompass 4 counties, Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester and Bucks County for a total of 2.6 million people. Now we're talking delivery.

Drone Range
And for this center to work drones will need a 40 mile range to hit the most easterly geographic points. So much for 5 miles.

Drop Off Point
Let's assume the system is automatic delivery based on address and that in the Amazon database each residence is defined by legal meets and bounds and let's assume can be defined by GPS coordinates. If you interpolate the center of those boundaries you could be dropping the package on top of someone roof, in a stream or into trees. It seems to me that the drop-off point will be manually selected and sent to the drone.

...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Dec 08, 2013 @ 11:33 PM | 2,884 Views
I guess there's nothing worse that having a two grand flying a hundred feet up when a rotor comes off or a bunch of hardhearted birds feel like making you pay for free airspace.

A guy named Mark Mueller is working on the programming to manage this kind of disaster. Below is the link to the article and an interesting video as well.
Posted by Pancari | Dec 02, 2013 @ 07:35 AM | 2,731 Views
All this flying has to pay off sometime, right?

In 4 or 5 years Amazon is hoping to deliver to the public Amazon Prime Air, an autonomous octocopter delivery system for packages under 5 pounds to residences within 10 minutes of a fullfillment center.. Someone has to check those those props, change out a bad motor and manage the quads.

While the delivery system works on the addresses GPS, they need to consider just where the exact coordinates relate to the actual residence. If the AA delivers to your home that is covered with trees you've got a problem. If the coordinates locates the midpoint of your property line along the street with parking you've got a second problem. You would wonder if for each delivery someone using Google Maps or equal would identify a point that delivers to a level, open concrete area removing the automated process. I'm sure there will be an immediate email sent to the customer at dropoff.

The link below goes to a compelling 60 Minutes video on how Amazon works.

Amazon's business also effects my wife who is a postal worker and delivers approximately 60 packages a day from her truck. I'm sure everyone has driven by and seen packages located near doorways and there is theft going on. The PO workers have been told to do their best to hide the package, a challenging and timely effort. Recently the wife needed help placing a massive package to her truck and had to pull her truck back into the driveway and slid the it onto the ground. The homeowner came out and apologized to her as the box was 40 pounds of kitty litter. If the delivery was inner city, such effort cannot be made. There are multiple logistics issues to package delivery security. Fortunately I have a number of bushes and bench at the front of my home to hide my packages from China delivered to my home.

A USPS Sunday package delivery pilot program will begin next year in a few states.

I will admit, I am an EBay guy with a hefty PayPal bill each month.

The Amazon Air segment starts at 11:17.
Posted by Pancari | Nov 30, 2013 @ 08:10 AM | 2,619 Views
I started in engineering in the mid seventies when you drew on paper, had a table that dated back to Columbus and put bricks under the table legs to elevate the back and one of those articulated fluorescent lights hanging above your drawing. The attached photo shows a table on the left resembling the table I used. I would lean on my chest, see attached photo, to get tight control of my pencil and put the light a few inches from the table. I also ruined lots of shirts.After a decade of this kind of ocular abuse I began to hate light.

Before I began in engineering drawings were done with linen and ink and a quill. Ink was an art and one smear could ruin a drawing. Someone used to draw the design in pencil and it would go to the inkers where one guy was drew only horizontal lines, another for vertical lines, text, ect. Somehow things got build and most of that stuff is still standing today.

Flash forward 4 decades and one third of my office is lit where I sit, my chair is a bit low, my desk area is lit and my keyboard is 12" from my nose. Yes, I just grabbed a scale and measured it. And when I solder or work on my 450 quad, long story there, I need to be close. It doesn't help that my next prescription for a pair of glass will call out for a seeing eye dog. I need to be close to the action.

Remember when you were a kid and you sat close to the TV, same thing. You did that because you were unable to filter out side distractions. Now kids have Apple IPad's,...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Nov 23, 2013 @ 06:18 PM | 2,840 Views
I am a car guy by nature since the 8th grade when I began carrying Car and Driver Magazine in my homework binder.

While I was looking at a Road and Track web site I came across an article on a new camera called "Bubl" that has 3 - 190 cameras installed. It's an interesting video and there is a guy with a 450 flying it attached to the underbelly.

While this technology is only WIFI, ha, for the moment, it won't take long till someone cracks it open and adds a 5.8, VTX.

Take a look at the video, it's worth your time.
Posted by Pancari | Oct 26, 2013 @ 05:06 PM | 2,889 Views
I just wish I knew his build list.
Posted by Pancari | Oct 08, 2013 @ 10:52 AM | 3,275 Views
I guess the words "Opps, sorry", really doesn't cover it.

Quadcopter hits groom in the head. // Epic Fail - Seriously (0 min 47 sec)

Posted by Pancari | Oct 03, 2013 @ 06:40 AM | 3,451 Views
Well, it looks like our hobby just took a hit in New York City, and when I say hit I do mean an exterior building wall and concrete.

This is the kind of activity should be flown during weekends when no one is around.

And the kicker is that the pilot had his face on the video. OOPPSSS!!!

Look, not everyone had full command of logic and reasoning. Let's do this simple test together, next time you go into work look at the people around you in a 20' radius and ask yourself if you feel they would pass your complacency test.

How did they do? Not good, huh?

As I am a self employed engineer and work from home I am proud to say that my yorkie Bella, 3, passes that test. Look at that face, who can't love a dog like that?

I live near Philadelphia, you know the O R I G I N A L capital of the United States and I R E A L L Y want to fly my DJI 450 in front of Constitution Hall. And when/if I do, it'll be when everyone is asleep on a cool fall morning when every police officer is still getting their coffee, my spotter is looking for them and I'm flying on the opposite side of the street.

It makes me think we need to pass a Pilot's Drone Test to fly one of these things because you know how such a test keeps incompetent drivers off the road. HAHAHAHAHAAAAA!
Posted by Pancari | Sep 15, 2013 @ 08:37 AM | 3,621 Views
I'm not a big TV guy, do we say TV anymore...and my watching is usually restricted to high action shows on extended cable and can count the number of TV shows I am dedicated to on my left hand while pointing wit my right. And with Burn Notice gone after seven seasons will no longer hear Michael's "When you're a spy" routine, except in reruns or on Netflix.

For the record, BN was cancelled because the production team lost the site that housed their production facility.

TV is for old people, like me, new generations, you now the ones, that have no manners and have a sense of entitlement for no reason consume their viewing from Hulu Plus, the networks on-demand section, Netflix and other sources.

And with every new season of television comes my continued decline of TV viewing. I decided to watch the trailer for ABC's "Agents of SHIELD", looks like an updated and multi-teamed X-Files or Fringe, off the Huffington Post web site and at the time mark of 13, 21 and 27 seconds heli's fly into the picture. First are computer generated nano quads first seen from the University of Pennsylvania's videos and then a matte black QR LB which looks excellent.

Perhaps it's time to go to Home Depot, get a can of flat black paint and do a paint job on your QR LB. Actually I did this to my hated orange-black V911 a year ago and my V929 canopy, I never completed painting my heli's color scheme as color is...Continue Reading
Posted by Pancari | Sep 07, 2013 @ 01:16 PM | 3,368 Views
Now look, there's a lot to read here and a video as well. And who really cares about controlling a cheap toy anyway, I just want the babe in black. Besides, I think it's a trick and she's doing it with her boobs. Quite frankly, they could make me do anything anyway.
Posted by Pancari | Sep 05, 2013 @ 09:23 PM | 3,822 Views

This is such a horrible accident and warns us that life can be taken away from us any time.
Posted by Pancari | Aug 06, 2013 @ 11:36 PM | 3,770 Views
I've had micro quads since the summer of 2012 and never put in significant practice time. It didn't matter if I flew my Walkera QR LB, V939, Hubsan X4 or my Vitality H36, I would fly for a short time, spin it, loose orientation, fly the quad into a tree or begin a slide and crash. Two weeks ago I decided to get serious, solve my errors and try to not make the same foolish mistakes no matter what I flew. The goal was fly a battery with minimal crashes or not get seriously out of control.

I decided on maintaining 6 flight rules

1. Keep the sun at my back.
2. Don't fly over 20' high.
3. Stand no less than 50' from trees.
4. Keep the circuit radius less than 30'.
5. Don't fly behind where I stood.
6. Stop trying to recover quad orientation beyond 75' and just land it.

Beginning with my H36, I hoped the orange color would help, flew whenever I could and needed to

1. Back off the rudder and tell my 60 year old thumbs to stop moving.
2. Control sliding with more aileron, re-orient the quad in the direction of the slide and power out of the drop.
3. Leave the toy controller home and use my dusty Tunigy 9x, turn down the rudder from 70% to 40% and increase rudder as my skill progressed.

I was working on counter-clockwise and Figure 8's but my camera turned off. I need core competence with all my quads before flying my Walkera QR LB and beginning the next project, which is a euphemism for spending more money.

Flying the Vitality H36 Aug 6 2013 (2 min 1 sec)