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Getting high on QX with a Fat Shark

No.  It’s not what you think.  Well, maybe.  I decided to install a Fat Shark Teleporter FPV system on my 350 QX quadcopter.  I’ve been envious watching YouTube videos about this.  I haven’t seen any how-to videos on installing the system so here is mine and my first time flying FPV.  FPV, by the way, is a term being used in the hobby when a camera, video transmitter and a viewer/receiver station is setup to fly and drive as if you are inside the vehicle.  It’s a great experience.

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First attempt in flying FPV with Fat Shark Teleporter V3

Getting my feet wet in the world of FPV or First Person View while flying an RC plane.  Holy %^&*!  It was an amazing experience.  It changed the way I view flying RC and will probably apply FPV to my quadcopter too.  I put two videos together about my first and second day of FPV.    The Fat Shark Teleporter package is great for newbies like me.  It contained everything I need to get going.  I chose this option because the task of putting an FPV system piece by piece is quite daunting for new comers.

 


Flying and crashing my quadcopter, the 350 QX!

I’ve been sucked into the quadcopter hobby for the past three months. Yes. That means I haven’t played videogames too! I can’t even believe that I’m saying that but I’m having a ton of fun. I could do without the frustrations and expense of crashing and repairing though. But that’s part of the hobby, I guess.

I’ve been posting several videos on YouTube on my BlueFlyerTV channel and will continue to do so. I’ve noticed that this video in particular is getting a lot of views because, I think, people are intrigued about the crash and my experience. All good because my intention is to share that experience.


Flying my AR Drone 2.0 in 15mph winds

Couple things you shouldn’t do: 1. Fly anything in high winds and 2. Fly something in high winds for your very first flight.  Guess what?  I did both.  As you’ll see in the shaky video, I was all over the place BUT the AR Drone 2.0 survived!  I was surprised how hard the drone tried to stabilized itself while getting pounded left and right by the wind.  I kept my height-limit to about 15m to make sure I don’t lose it.

Please don’t follow what I did if you don’t have any RC helicopter or RC plane flying experience.  It helped a lot when it came to orientation and in making crash-saving maneuvers.  I did manage to break the indoor hull after a couple of flips due to both wind and inexperience.  But the actual drone did prove to be durable enough to handle hard landings and ugly flips to the ground.  I’d recommend using the outdoor hull to prolong the propellers, flywheel and motor until you get the hang of flying a quadcopter.  It’s an easy fix but you’d have to fork out at least $60 for a new motor.


UMX Carbon Cub: Next on my RC plane list

ImageThis RC plane should be a good next step for me as a beginner RC flyer.  I think I’ll be able to learn to use the ailerons and not be scared to crash at high speeds.  I know I will hit the ground or fence or tree somewhere.  That’s almost a guarantee.  I’m hoping that it will handle light winds 5-8 mph better than my Champ.  I’m not intimidated by repairs anymore thanks to the experiences learned from my Champ and Super Cub LP.  I have enough glue, tape and tools to fix 10 of these.  I hope I don’t use them all.  For $169+tax, I think I’ll be able to gamble on this.

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Call me a geek or dork but I’ll have fun adding these lights and flying at night.  I can see my wife’s eyes roll now!


Super Cub: Flying High during the Summer Solstice

After long windy days during the Spring, I finally had the chance to fly my Super Cub LP during the first day of Summer. No wind and high visibility allowed me to fly high in Northern California. I was excited to see that the new motor I installed and the key chain camera actually worked to get this video. I was a little apprehensive because I also used a new battery that I’ve soldered. I’ve never soldered before. I’m just glad everything worked as planned.


Flying the Champ RTF: impressions


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