Need a 12 volt power supply (or an extra one) to charge your batteries at home from a DC charger? How about recycling one from an out of service computer for next to nothing? And save ewaste from a landfill? Win Win! The few parts needed are available at Orvac Electronics 1120 Shamrock Ave Monrovia (or maybe Radio Shack).
Snapshot: Beautifully made. Like Apple products in design and packaging. White. Clean. Simple. Transmitter is minimalist. No trims. Two flat insect antennae. Two control sticks. The throttle stick is spring centered. A few LEDs, buttons and rollers. And a big smartphone / tablet holder. Setup requires the DJI Pilot app be installed on a suitable I-Phone or Android device - not all devices work so you may have to shell out another $150 or more for a compatible one. [update: old Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 works, as should Tab 3 and 4. These older ones are availalble inexpensively. Make a sun-shade as they are hard to see in daylight. Tab 2 has a unique cable. Be sure to get it] A USB cable connects the device to the transmitter.
Once connected, the aircraft and transmitter / tablet exchange a lot of information. Aircraft flight readiness, distance, speed, alititude, battery state, camera setting, camera image, ground map with aircraft location and route are all there. A few breathy female vocal cues play through the device, such as "takeoff", "landing" and "battery low". Many settings can be changed and pictures and movies can be taken by tapping the screen or pressing a transmitter button. Even the flight path can be selected by drawing a path on the map with your finger (not attempted yet.)
How can you monitor all these things while flying? Easy, because in P (position hold) mode the craft is super steady. On the tablet is an auto take-off button, Tap and slide to confirm and the motors come to life, pulse once, and the craft lifts up to 4 feet, blinking and awaiting your next command. Push the centered throttle to rise, pull to descend. Once in position, the GPS / GLONASS stabilization keeps it in place. Return to home button is on the transmitter and on the screen. Atti and IOC modes can be selected by more experienced pilots for more adventurous flying. The Intelligent Battery claims to give 23 minutes flying time, and seems to deliver in practice, as multiple, multi minute flights are possible without recharging.
SUMMARY: A very capable flying machine with a very good camera that (once set up) is very easy for non-RC pilots to fly. The ease of flying is good and bad.Like any flying machine, once in the air, situations can and will occur that require pilot skills. The Phantom 3 series, advanced and affordable, is attractive those with wanting to try aerial photography. Buyers need to be offered education on flight control, legalities and good sense to keep their experience and public perception positive.
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Float Fly May 2014 video by John De La Cueva, including Ed Villanueva's custom rescue boat.
Aeromodeling Pioneers: The Good Brothers Video Uploaded
When the Cindy Good and Mallory Nelson, daughter and granddaugter of RC pioneer William Good visited, they left a DVD that was a very interesting documentary of about the innovative Good brothers. I have been able to upload this to YouTube for all to enjoy. This is fascinating and inspiring look at RC history, with interviews to preserve the presence of these brothers. As with many modlers, their interest in model aviation was coupled with significant technical achievements in other areas. Let us all be inspired by their work and their enjoyment of this hobby.
Video as approx 26 minutes - thank you to YouTube for permission for the extended length upload, and to Mallory and Cindy.
Meeting Time & Location Information Wednesday at 7:30 PM Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus 376 W Huntington Dr Arcadia , CA 91007 map it 7:30 Second Wednesday each month
Meeting Time & Location Information
Wednesday at 7:30 PM Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus 376 W Huntington Dr Arcadia , CA 91007 map it 7:30 Second Wednesday each month