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Posted by Chile Vuela | Dec 31, 2017 @ 07:09 PM | 1,557 Views
I hope your 2018 is epic!

Epic FPV 2017 (4 min 7 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Dec 09, 2017 @ 06:40 PM | 1,601 Views
Recently I've been pushing out my limits of my TBS G2 setup. A couple months ago I managed a 3.8km to the top of a stratovolcano here in Chile. Then last week I managed this flight.. 5.2km to the top of a 4000m peak, Volcán Campanario, located on the Argentine-Chile border. Amazingly, this was all flown with Skyzone goggles and a VAS Crosshair. I tried with my ImmersionRC Duo5800 v2, but that crapped out after 4.4km.

One Battery: TBS G2 - 5.2km to Volcán Campanario and back. (8 min 16 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Aug 20, 2017 @ 01:45 PM | 2,290 Views
I've seen an increase in the number of guys asking about video options for long distances, so I thought I'd take a moment and distill my experience from the last year and a half and give a bit of advice to get out there farther. I hope this helps some of you!

Long Distance Miniquad Fundamentals and Advice (17 min 45 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Mar 10, 2017 @ 07:13 AM | 4,436 Views
Had a chance to do some flying at some cool locations recently. First I took my wife for a Valentine's day relax at NOI Puma Lodge, nestled in the Andes near Rancagua, Chile.

FPV Mountain Surfing at the Puma Lodge (3 min 25 sec)

And then I was invited out to Pichilemu to record some videos by their local chamber of commerce and air club.

Playas de Pichilemu FPV (4 min 11 sec)
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Posted by Chile Vuela | Feb 25, 2017 @ 09:20 AM | 4,215 Views
At the start of February I took a 10 day road trip to the northern section of Patagonia with my trusty Jeep and my drones. It was a great adventure with some good hikes, a flat tire, and a sprained ankle as a result. It was definitely worth it to experience this little section of epicness nestled in the fjords of southern Chile.

First up - the overview video of the whole trip:
Patagonia FPV 2017 (5 min 8 sec)

Next, three parts of pure FPV awesomeness
Patagonia FPV Tour 1: Chaitén, Puerto Cisnes, Parque Pumalín (3 min 1 sec)
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Posted by Chile Vuela | Nov 02, 2016 @ 08:41 AM | 4,825 Views
I've been waiting until I could tell this story correctly, and now I can. This quad was lost on a mountain for 4 months. I couldn't recover it immediately because of a river swollen with snow melt between me and it. I tried crossing the river upstream at the nearest foot bridge and hiking down, but was stymied by washouts along the trail that were too dangerous to cross. When the river finally subsided a couple weeks later, I crossed and searched, but didn't find the quad. I flew a quad with a gimbal over the area, looking for signs of it. I went again and spent 7 hours searching around the base of the mountain, only to realize that it couldn't have been there.

And finally, on Monday, I went and searched in the correct place and found it quite quickly.

Here's the story:
Vlog 009: Flying Cinema x24 Recovery (20 min 50 sec)

and here's the video made from the lost footage:
Flying Cinema x24 - The lost videos (4 min 4 sec)
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Posted by Chile Vuela | Oct 11, 2016 @ 07:51 AM | 4,244 Views
This flight almost ended badly. I was paying more attention to mAh consumed on my OSD and not enough to the voltage. I didn't realize that I was in trouble until the "Low Voltage" alarmed flashed. At that point I was still 1km away from any safe landing zone (i.e. my side of the river).

Raw: 2.25km up and back ravine run with the Alien 6" (4 min 10 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Sep 14, 2016 @ 05:37 AM | 5,287 Views
As I mentioned previously, I lost one of my quads (my freshly built Flying Cinema x24 with 5.8ghz video) in the mountains. Here's a bit of the story - I was flying fairly long range, around 1km, across a river and up the side of a mountain. All was going good until I got a bit cocky, lost video, and ran into some trees. The quad took a long tumble and ended up somewhere on the mountain. I tried to retrieve it that day with one of my buddies that was with me, but the river was too deep and too swift to cross.

About a month ago I managed to cross that river, but after an hour or two of searching turned up nothing.

Anyway, fast forward to last weekend... I used my gimbal quad to reconnoiter the area to see if I could pick up a trace, with no luck. The GoPro just doesn't have enough resolution to be able to see a miniquad.

So I decided to jump back on the horse and fly the same mountain with my Alien 6" kitted out with a TBS microreceiver and a TBS Unify2.4ghz 800mw vtx. Here's the raw flight, with an overlay of the video feed so you can see how well the systems perform. Max distance was around 1.1km horizontal from takeoff point to the top of the mountain. Max distance line of site is obviously greater..

One Battery: Mountain Surfing (3 min 34 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Aug 24, 2016 @ 10:08 PM | 4,488 Views
Do you get tired of the edited videos on youtube? One flip after another until you're dizzy? Sometimes I do.. My favorite type of flight is fast flowing forward motion.. when I keep movement, I feel most happy with my flights.

Here's a series of flights, not all perfect, but ones that make me happy.. One battery each, minimal editing. Hope you enjoy!

One Battery, One Ravine (4 min 11 sec)

Alien 6" Maiden Flight (3 min 26 sec)
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Posted by Chile Vuela | Aug 18, 2016 @ 07:13 AM | 4,616 Views
So here's a few fail videos from me recently. First up.. to celebrate the 2 year anniversary of my Youtube channel, I put together a video of my finest crashes from the past year.
Two years of flying! One year of crashes! (2 min 40 sec)

Next up is the story of how I lost and subsequently recovered my Flying Cinema Tankito30, and the lessons I learned (or not) from that incident.
VLOG 008: The Story of a Fail (10 min 56 sec)
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Posted by Chile Vuela | Jul 28, 2016 @ 02:44 PM | 4,568 Views
This a vlog style 2 part build of my Flying Cinema x24 (currently hibernating under 3ft of snow in the mountains). It's a bit long, but hopefully someone out there can pick up some good tips from it.

VLOG 006: Flying Cinema x24 Build Part 1 (14 min 20 sec)

VLOG 007: Flying Cinema x24 Build Part 2 (16 min 8 sec)
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Posted by Chile Vuela | Jun 12, 2016 @ 08:27 PM | 5,317 Views
Got up to the mountains again for work and managed to sneak in a couple flights and some nice locations along the way.

Feel Good Pehuenche Freestyle (3 min 57 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Jun 03, 2016 @ 03:08 PM | 5,397 Views
I haven't had much time to fly recently during the weekends, due to a rather unfortunate event. I managed to lose one of my quads out in the wilds... but more on that later.

First up, we had a nice little get together last weekend in Teno, about an hour north of my house. Including me, there were 6 pilots that showed up to practice our racing skills. We put together a little course using trees and a few homemade gates and went to town. I mainly raced without a camera, but I did strap a camera to a locally designed frame for a few laps around the course.

Junta de Teno - Drones de Carrera Sur - 28 de Mayo 2016 (4 min 12 sec)

I've also managed to get start getting some stick time in during the week at lunchtime. This next video is from a spot just a couple minutes away from work. I've got a feeling we'll be going there more often for practice!

Nasty FPV Freestylin' (2 min 28 sec)
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Posted by Chile Vuela | May 08, 2016 @ 05:41 PM | 7,433 Views
I've had a spate of problems with the frsky x4r sb receivers. The one in my Tankito30 had a range of 200m, anything more and it'd start complaining about telemetry. Fed up with a 300mm quad that had no range, I decided to trot out my EzUHF system to get some more. However, the KissFC uses different pins for SBUS and PPM, and I didn't want to disassemble the quad to solder them, so I decided to try out the sbus support on the ezuhf introduced in firmware 1.53.

I have to say I'm very impressed. Transmission feels immediate and direct. After just a few moments flying I felt right at home.

This is from the second battery and the first from this location (first battery was to ensure all worked at my house). It's a bit shakey at the beginning because I was adjusting my grip on the transmitter, but smooths out quickly.

Forest Clearing FPV Cruise (4 min 6 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | May 02, 2016 @ 06:41 PM | 5,494 Views
Just a quick blast around a local field.. only notable because it's the first time I've flown standing up and with the "hybrid pinch" method of holding the sticks. Surprisingly I felt pretty comfortable, even though I had to curb my desire to lean from side to side!

Gettin' Funky FPV style at the Cerro de la Virgen (2 min 28 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Apr 30, 2016 @ 09:31 AM | 5,622 Views
Was up in the mountains this past Wednesday for work. During which a local rancher asked me to send one of my quads to check on his worker and cattle stuck in the snow around 2.5km away. Taking it as a challenge, I sent my Cinetank. First battery I reached 1.1km, but turned back because I hadn't turned on the GoPro. Second battery only got around 500m before the Cinetank fell out of the sky.

Recovery took 2hrs of slogging through snow up to 2 meters deep.

Valle de Los Condores - Cinetank battery fail (3 min 28 sec)

Between the logs and the video, I'm guessing that the battery froze. Everything turns on when I plug in a battery. Pixhawk seems to be fine. The logs show the battery voltage and current dropping abruptly at the end of the flight (14.2v to 5.1v and 40A draw to nothing), with the Pixhawk voltage dropping under 4.8v and causing it to reset.

Lessons learned? Come prepared for recovery and keep those batteries warm!
Posted by Chile Vuela | Apr 26, 2016 @ 08:12 PM | 6,103 Views
Usually when I go out to fly, I take at least three quads with me. The Cinetank is one of the constants but I use it for establishing shots, or I'll collect footage and release it all at once.

This is a compilation of my recent (since January) flights with the 'tank. Some shots have appeared in other videos, others not.

Hope you enjoy!

Maule Desconocido (4 min 17 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Apr 08, 2016 @ 11:30 PM | 5,904 Views
After all the exciting dives, I think it's time to relax a bit out by the river with a nice smooth flight!

Cruisin' FPV at the River (3 min 21 sec)

Posted by Chile Vuela | Apr 04, 2016 @ 05:51 AM | 5,331 Views
This spot is hidden away at the end of some dusty logging roads here in Maule Chile. I only chanced upon it while browsing around Google Maps. This is my third return trip, and second video from the spot. Diving the waterfall is insanely high risk -- there's no easy way down into the canyon. A fallen quad is a lost quad.

Greatest FPV spot in the world? Freestyle & Dives! (4 min 29 sec)