Freitag, 26. September 2014

Black Snapper - smooth flight in the mountains and low over a river

I still have many nice flights recorded before I lost this quad in a crash. First I wanted to throw all these wonderful flights into one best of - but there is so much eyecandy I couldn't cut it so short to fit all in one vid.
So there's more like this to come in the next weeks and month (and this will helps us through the cold and unflyable time.

If you plan to get a decent, foldable copter check this out. They made a 2014 version with some improvments (longer arms, ZenmuseH3 ready, more space)
If you're uncertain about motor setup: I just finished a repaired snapper for a friend and went with the Tiger 4006er and 12x5 Aeronaut props - very quiet, smooth and 11,5mins on 4cell 5000mah - only 3046mah used!

Dienstag, 16. September 2014

FPV Cam review: Runcam Sky and PZ0420H - setup tips, image comparison, DVR footage



I got these two cams and first I thought with this pricetag it wouldn't be useable on a miniquad because image and lighthandling must be "cheap". But 3 flights with the mini in difficult lighting convinced me. So definitivly a recommendation!
I would prefer the silver one - not really sure about the plastic. The pz0420h has infrared filter as accessory - maybe that and black as preference for anyone?
Weight about the same, air drag with silver is less, image quality should be a bit better with silver.
SKY (silver one with 650TVL)
PZ0420H (black plastic, 600TVL)

Samstag, 6. September 2014

Fatshark Dominator HD Review

Update: beim Video unten kann man jetzt deutsche Untertitel einschalten!


I was one of the lucky FPVers that got his hands one the first few Dominator HD goggles that were shipped - so I hurried to review it you. First tests were a bit dissapointing. I compared them against RCV922 and AttitudeSD.
RCV922 has 46° fov and funny: it's sharp without diopter for me (I'm short sighted). AttiSD require diopters for me.
Initially I didn't use diopter glasses and thought the DomHD are no way as sharp as the 5 year old rcv922 ;-)
After putting on the diopter lenses now (the ones from AttiSD fit) - the picture is really good!
Most notably you get blown away by the color quality. Also you get less barrel distortion. These optics sure were hard to design! - See more at: http://flitetest.com/articles/fatshark-dominator-hd-review-rcschim?preview=1#sthash.wOZUWrKD.dpuf



FOV - screensize
For me it was always the most important factor to really get immersed with FPV - big screen! The RCV922 were great regarding this - but you couldnt read OSD info in the edges...
AttiSD were better for OSD - but not so good immersive feeling.
DomHD now delivers both - quite sharp on the edges and huge screen. On the last FPV meet I tried many different models (AIO, Skyzone, Cinemizer). Most of them have around 30° fov - way to little for my taste!

Wearing comfort:
I always preferred the foam from rcv922 over the rubber eyecaps. So old ones are nicer to wear for me.
With AttiSD and now DomHD I get ugly eyerings with fpv sessions ;-)

IPD adjustment:
is fine for me - almost sharp in all corners - much better than with RCV922 for sure.

DVR:
Super option! I tend to fly just with 5.8 nexawave RX without groundstation. Just makes no sense flying miniquads with huge groundstation. Keep it portable here! So DVR is a good safety option if you crash. One wish: please make the DVR autorecord after powerup. May be energy waste and SD card wast - but also use cycle recording!
And: if you crash and panic and tear away your goggles you may be dumb enough to just unplug power and not stop DVR rec first. In that case the DVR recording is lost.
So we have to get used to always stop REC after crashing ;-)
Other than that: rec quality is really good, 720x480 30fps with 8mbit

Verdict:
First I was a bit dissapointed - but now I don't wanna use the other goggles ;-)
Diopters were needed - that was one dissapointment - and I couldnt believe the high price (650€ in germany!) - but now I learned here from Fatshark that the LCDs are making it so expensive.
Funny: altough my shop stated rx module and headtracker is OPTIONAL I got at least a headtracker module preinstalled (now with multicopters I don't really need it - but maybe I can apply it to Zenmuse tilt on my Phantom2). - See more at: http://flitetest.com/articles/fatshark-dominator-hd-review-rcschim?preview=1#sthash.wOZUWrKD.dpuf

Sonntag, 31. August 2014

MiniQuad Poolnoodle Challenge - huge FPV Meet and Crash

Letzte Woche besuchten uns ca. 15-20 FPVler aus Wien und Umgebung (jaja, bis Melk). Das Thema war MiniQuad Poolnudel-Rennen. Das Rennen war nicht so ernst gemeint - es war eigentlich schon schwierig genug überhaupt eine Runde zu "überleben". Aber die meisten Crashes waren mit einem Proptausch wieder repariert.
Mehr als 4 Piloten gleichzeitig auf 5.8 hatte nicht gut funktioniert - zuviele Störungen in den Nachbarkanal. Vielleicht hilfts hier wenn die "Frequenznachbarn" unterschiedlich polarisierte Antennen verwenden (LHCP vs RHCP)...

Wie schon im Video erwähnt geht mein Dank an die Kollegen vom Gloggnitzer Flugplatz. Brav daß Ihr uns für diesen Sonntag das Feld überlassen habt!


Had a lot of FPVers from vienna on my local flightfield and altough windy it was a blast! So much fun with just a few poolnoodles (wood sticks into grass and gaffer tape) - try it out. The noodles are just soft enough to have good crash dampening!

Things learned from the meeting:
- more than 4 pilots on 5.8 are not practical - too much interference if you use every available channel - better to keep one free ch inbetween. It may help if some pilots use left- and the other right polarized antennas...
- bring lots of spare props to such an event ;-)
- even high winds can't stop the miniquad fun
- it's a good idea to define the directions on such a course
- groundcam (in my case Gopro2 with Rode ext. mic) is great to capture the chaos and fun

Montag, 25. August 2014

MiniQuad Treffen in Gloggnitz - Poolnudel Challenge

Lieben Gruß an die Flieger-Kollegen vom Gloggnitzer Flugplatz - unsere Gäste (hauptsächlich aus Wien und Umgebung) waren sehr begeistert vom schönen Platz.
Auch wenn keine Fahrwerksflieger dabei waren, hat es dennoch geholfen, dass wiedermal so schön kurz gemäht war (siehe Bilder unten).

Super Action am Gloggnitz Flugplatz gestern! So viele MiniQuads hab ich noch nie in der Luft gesehen - bzw. am Boden herumkugelnd nachdem Sie gegen eine Poolnudel gecrasht waren Video folgt - sind einige Crashes dabei! Das war übrigens meiner:
Aus MiniQuad Meet and Crash - Poolnoodle Challenge

und hier das ganze Album:
MiniQuad Meet and Crash - Poolnoodle Challenge


Sonntag, 17. August 2014

Best dynamic proximity flight I had with my TrinCopter till now!!!

Dies waren 2 Sessions: die erste eigentlich nur als Test des Copters - die Flüge waren dann aber so toll, dass ich sie hier zeigen wollte (Tree-Surfen,...). Die 2te Session ergab den meinen bisher coolsten durchgängigen proxy Flug. 3-4min schon beim Fliegen sehr genial. Alles hatte hier perfekt gepasst. Natürlich hatte ich hier vorher die "Route" ein wenig überlegt, aber ich hätte nie das Timing so genau planen können, dass dann am Ende auch der Zug noch im richtigen Moment aus dem Tunnel auftaucht ;-)

This vide has two parts. One relaxing, tree surfing session on the Eichberg (actually one of my first flights with this new setup that worked amazingly well). 2nd session also up there but I had the best 3-4mins of continuos flying ever! Even the timing of that train exiting the tunnel just in front of me was perfect. The vid then ends with some very low proximity dives over the treetops.

Samstag, 9. August 2014

Multicopter diving with fatal YAW problem and live commented FPV training

Nach einer recht gefährlichen Situation beim Sturzfliegen bei der Rax hab ich mir einen Vormittag Zeit genommen, den TrinCopter am Flugfeld ordentlich zu testen. Die Übersteuerung um die Hochaches (YAW) ist nun weg. Bin nicht sicher woran es lag (hab YAW Gains erhöht und die Schwimmnudel Landekufen abgenommen).
Das Training hat dann so viel Spaß gemacht dass eine ganze Episode draus wurde. Hoffe es ist nicht zu langweilig, am Ende gibts auch 2 nette Dives!
Und endlich funktionierte auch die Kommentarkamera gut (mit Windschutz).

After the shocking flight (intro) up to the Rax I had to figure out how to get rid of the yaw overshooting here. I'm not sure how I cured it (increased the YAW gains and removed the pool noodle landing gear).
The trainingsession on the flightfield was so much fun that I made an episode out of it. Liked how the commentcam with new microphone worked well this time.
Fell confident now to continue with fast DIVING with this ship - gonna search (and or revisit) some great places for Copter Wingsuite-Style vids.

Freitag, 1. August 2014

Let's fly FPV with Girlfriend (RCSchim Coop FPV, Sheeps)

Nach unserem Treffen mit den Polizisten beim letzten gemeinsamen Fliegen haben wir uns hier ein ruhiges Plätzchen auf dem Eichberg gesucht. Hier stört es niemand (Die Bauern sind sehr freundlich und die Tiere interessierts kaum).
Auch mit dem gut sichtbaren, orange Tape ist es schwierig sich gegenseitig in der Luft zu finden. Der kurze Trip zu den Schafen war spannend.

After the encounter with the cops on the last "Let's fly" we chose a quiet scenery up on that hill (Eichberg) where no one would be disturbed (the farmers are really nice up there and the cows or sheeps don't mind).
Even with my high visibility orange tape it's hard finding each other in the air. The 2nd flight here was over the valley to the sheeps - nice little trip ;-)

Freitag, 18. Juli 2014

Awesome Copter Dives in beautiful Styrian Mountains (RCSchim commented FPV)

Da ich einen Tag frei hatte, konnte ich endlich mal zu diesem Platz fahren (hab den schon lange auf meiner Liste). Die 1 Stunde Fahrzeit hat sich bezahlt gemacht. Großartige Landschaft, geniale Felsentürme!
Der TrinCopter (mehr Infos unten!) ist nun endlich soweit eingestellt, dass ich die Dive-Serie vom letzten Jahr vortführen kann. Mein einem Discovery ginge es auch, aber nicht so schnell. Ausserdem hab ich noch immer keine passende Manual-Mode Einstellung bei der Naza gefunden - KK2 ist hier einfacher - und "fühlt" sich gut an.
Nachteil: mit dem Tincopter hab ich kein Failsafe - RTH - also ist man noch nervöser beim Fliegen! Hier sollte also Video und Steuerung (ezUHF) perfekt funktionieren.
Da ich am Nachmittag dann noch Zeit für den Videoschnitt hatte, kam dieses Video ausnahmsweise sofort dran (normalerweise dauerts of Wochen/Monate).
Schade um die Audiokommentar - sorry wegen der Qualität - hab ein neues Mic aber die Platzierung war nicht gut! Dennoch wollte ich Euch einen Eindruck von der Anspannung vermitteln...
Man müsste echt mal einen Pulsmesser verwenden!

Had a day off and could visit this awesome location (1h drive) that I had in mind now for some time.
The "TrinCopter" is stable enough to continue the dives-series I started last year (also with KK2 and quite powerful motors). Discovery could do similar - but not so fast and manual mode on Naza still feels weird - KK2 manual mode is more comfortable to me.
Downside: no failsafe coming home on this one - so you have to have good video and radio (EzUHF) to make sure no glitch stopps your flight! More info on the TrinCopter in my Hangar (link below).
Normaly it takes some time (weeks to month) to publish an FPV flight (because editing takes time). But I was so happy with the quality of this footage that I had to make this vid asap (had the afternoon for this).
Sorry about the voice comments being so bad quality - the new mic is great - but my placement wasnt. Should do better next time...
But I wanted to rec the emotions and highpulse you're in while flying at such a site...

Samstag, 12. Juli 2014

MiniQuad - Compilation of many great flights, stunts, flythroughs,...

Der MiniQuad ist zwar ein "Spaßgerät" - aber auch irgendwie ein Fluch: ich hab mittlerweile so viel Material - die Flüge kann man nicht alle in normaler Länge zeigen - ein Best-Of mit den Stunts ist aber vielleicht ohnehin besser - hoffe es gefällt euch!
Als Soundtrack gibts hier eine der besten Bands aus Österreich: Bilderbuch - Plansch!

This miniQuad is such a fun machine - but also a "curse". I creates so much footage that I was overwhelmed while cutting this - so I could really take just the best scenes ;-)
Hope you like it - also one of the best austrian bands as soundtrack here: Bilderbuch - Plansch!