Shop our Airplanes Products Drone Products Sales
Thread Tools
Old Oct 06, 2006, 08:20 PM
AKRC is offline
Find More Posts by AKRC
Registered User
Discussion

Advice / insight: Long-range, long-duration heli


Folks,

I'm new to this forum and would appreciate your insight on a long-range control, long-duration flight heli (application: fitting a small long-range wireless cam).

Desired parameters:
* Micro / electric category (no bigger than around 2ft);
* 1000ft or greater range; 15 min or greater flight (the more the better, to be flown by wireless video feed);
* No hard budget limit but $80-$300 for chopper with options not counting camera is probably it, with preference towards $100-$180 range unless there are options outside of it dramatically changing the distance / duration equation;
* 4 channels or more - with forward speed and altitide capability preferred over aerobatics or control sophistication;
* Clear canopy which can fit a small camera looking forward;
* Ability to take on extended LiPo battery;
* Room for a longer range video transmitter desired;
* Should be reasonably stable in reasonably quiet weather, though having to learn to fly anything new/different is something I'll happily invest in.

Sample camera: http://www.amazon.com/Pinhole-Wirele...715208?ie=UTF8
(will ultimately pick a greater range model + use with somewhat directional receiver antenna)

I've been looking at this chopper:
http://www.hobbytron.com/RCTypeXRTFE...elicopter.html
(WALKERA 60B looks interesting to me too, but shorter control range)

Possibly battery ranging from
http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXMDM6&P=FR
to http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXMDN4&P=FR

Any suggestions / insights / resources would be very appreciated.

Thanks

Alex
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Oct 06, 2006, 10:10 PM
xmod heli alloy is offline
Find More Posts by xmod heli alloy
it ain't got no gas in it
xmod heli alloy's Avatar
Well all I can say is that it will take all $300 to get a heli like that.
Old Oct 06, 2006, 10:19 PM
Cobra is offline
Find More Posts by Cobra
MaxiR, Sniper
I doubt those requirements can be met. Remote flight will need more stability than a $300 micro heli. It's also against the safety rules, at least for AMA.
Old Oct 06, 2006, 10:26 PM
funbags is offline
Find More Posts by funbags
Blade CP Pro Newb
funbags's Avatar
How about a used Blade CP Pro?
Old Oct 06, 2006, 11:48 PM
arclite5 is offline
Find More Posts by arclite5
A long range cam needs a strong transmitting unit, which would need its own pack.. You'd need at -least- a 400 size heli, probably greater, and the setup would cost you like $2k or so assuming you don't already have remote equipment..

-Kyle
Old Oct 06, 2006, 11:58 PM
Xptical is offline
Find More Posts by Xptical
Your user title is suggestive,
Xptical's Avatar
Not to mention that the low-end cameras lack the refresh rate to properly fly a heli.
Old Oct 07, 2006, 03:00 AM
thanhTran is offline
Find More Posts by thanhTran
That tree again!!!!
thanhTran's Avatar
A heli that small can't fly well outside in the wind, and being small it can't fly far away unless you fly by video, which might be interesting. 1000 feet is pretty far. A blade CP is probably better than the heli you linked, but still have the above limitation.
Old Oct 07, 2006, 05:36 AM
siryan is offline
Find More Posts by siryan
expert heli pilot wanabee
siryan's Avatar
what are you gonna do with that setup?
Old Oct 07, 2006, 06:26 AM
DarkHorse is offline
Find More Posts by DarkHorse
0 Carbon fp? don't breed!
DarkHorse's Avatar
You looking at tuned T-Rex for stable duration flight (low rpm flat bottom blades etc. $1500+) that will lift camera and might be able to see at 300ft. Probably still too small for the job.

Then you have to learn to fly which might take 6 months/$300-$1500.

1000ft? It would be much easier and practical to get a plane.
Old Oct 07, 2006, 10:15 AM
arclite5 is offline
Find More Posts by arclite5
Quote:
Originally Posted by DarkHorse
You looking at tuned T-Rex for stable duration flight (low rpm flat bottom blades etc. $1500+) that will lift camera and might be able to see at 300ft. Probably still too small for the job.

Then you have to learn to fly which might take 6 months/$300-$1500.

1000ft? It would be much easier and practical to get a plane.

A Corona would probably fit the bill the best.. Not to menton the durability factor it posesses for newbie pilots.

I agree. Get a plane for remote video flying o.O

-Kyle


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Long Range Transmitter Question MTS Radios 3 Dec 21, 2008 09:58 PM
long range transmitter madoc Radios 3 Jun 23, 2004 07:35 PM