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Posted by BD Murdock | Jul 19, 2013 @ 02:44 PM | 12,935 Views
This from a town in my home state, Colorado. Really, with a 12 gauge? Good luck.

And just as coincidence would have it...the FAA's response.
Posted by BD Murdock | May 09, 2013 @ 06:17 PM | 13,880 Views
I've taught myself how to fly the V202 more or less in a room that's 8'x10' with a 7' ceiling. I've discovered the more accurate and fast I am with figure 8's and cicuits in that space the better I am outside. Granted I have to be well thumbed to do them and really throw the 202 around but it's progressing.

The best thing about a room is that it's always the same weather, same obstacles, same challenges.

I've always stood in the doorway just to be out of the usable airspace. The doorway is a 3'x2'x7' box at one corner of the room. Tonight I moved to my left about 4' and sat down on a chair. The room flew very diferently than it had before. It was as if I was flying in a bigger space, in all three dimensions. I'm guessing that's simply from adding more airspace above my head but the difference was very noticeable. It just flew bigger and seemed different. All the things I was doing were easier to do.

The weird thing is I have no idea why I didn't try it along time ago. I guess I just get used to things the way they are and don't think to change them up.
Posted by BD Murdock | Feb 26, 2013 @ 07:33 AM | 14,220 Views
I've tried a fixed wing once. Very simple Airhogs Hawkeye plane. It worked for about 10 minutes then just stopped. It was a present from my daughters so it was a bit disappointing, mostly to them. I took it back for a refund and spent it on a V929. Have never looked at any fixed wing seriously since. Just seems too boring to me. I do like the look of some of the scale stuff, WWII fighters especially and some of the jets are pretty cool. Problem is airspace. With my quads, I can fly in a bedroom if I want to or just outside off of the front porch. A plane of any size requires take-off and landing room. I learned to fly on helis then kinda moved to quads. Planes just don't do it for me. Maybe if I tried something small from the Parkzone ultra micro series. The Night Vapor looks kinda interesting, so does the P-51. I dunno, you guys that fly fixed wings chime in and tell me what I'm missing.
Posted by BD Murdock | Feb 08, 2013 @ 07:40 AM | 14,081 Views
I wasn't...I thought I was...but I wasn't.

My favorite flying thing, my V202 with really cool NAV LED's was lost due to pilot error. Plain and simple pilot error
I thought I could 'fly' it back down from the horrific south east gale that catapulted it up, up and away so fast...but I couldn't...not enough weight & not enough thrust.
Also not enough experience to know what to do as I was very rapidly losing contact and perhaps even signal with my 202. Pilots call it 'situational awareness'. Maybe my ego got in the way thinking I was still in control when I wasn't.

Cut the throttle...why didn't I just cut the throttle? I still don't know the answer but the question came to my shocked mind about 10 seconds after I realized the 202 was way up and outta sight.

The only bad thing about learning a lesson the hard way is if you don't remember it. I will remember...and build another =]
Posted by BD Murdock | Jan 24, 2013 @ 08:14 AM | 15,285 Views
I know the Terminator movies were just movies but history teaches us that where we imagine, we go. Modern day technology, what 'they' let us see of it anyway, is only the product of science fiction from years ago. Of course for something like 'Skynet' to happen, self awareness by an artificial intelligence would be required and then it would have to see humankind as a problem, threat etc.

The daily advances in robotics that are being made around the world are impossible to keep track of. Spend 10 - 15 minutes looking at the stuff DARPA is showing off. And as previously stated, this is what 'they' let us see.

DARPA - AlphaDog Legged Squad Support System (LS3) Field Testing [720p] (1 min 30 sec)

I'm not paranoid or scared...but I can only imagine a few 'incidents' down the road.

Also keep in mind with very tiny exception we have no idea what other governments are funding.
Posted by BD Murdock | Jan 20, 2013 @ 08:26 PM | 14,467 Views
I really like indoors flying with my 202, my QRLB, and yes even my 929. I think when you get to the point that you can fly a quad the size of the 929 and smaller inside, you'll have very little difficulty doing the same, better & more outside.

I have two rooms that I fly in living room which is approx. 8' x 14' x 24' and a spare room in my basement that's about 7' x 10' x 12'. What I believe flying in rooms this size does for you is worth it's weight in gold because it's as if your skills are under a microscope due to size of airspace and ground effects / propwash. You'll have to deal with flight anamolies that will simply disappear when you move outside. You trim your quad or heli for absolute best inside flight possible and then when you move outside all of those tiny adjustments and trims and tweeks just melt away...they just don't matter anymore and because you've honed your skills inside they are now that much better outside.

Take it from a guy that's burned hundreds of batteries inside...get good in an inside room then move'll be very happy with the results.