York flight

2009 cockpit Ground Control Station Yoke Simulator transmitting from a Walkera Devo F12E with CompuFly USB to PPM More »

Explosive Ordnance Disposal

Training modules includes disaster search & rescue, sinkhole inspections, fire command & tactical deployment. Slides @theme options More »

Ranger Plane

Scorecard : Drill that usually involves 3 or more SAR volunteers. The Pilot and Sensor Operator will call out GPS coordinates on scorecards. More »

MultiGP Spec Formula Race May 2016

Peek at the Walkera F210 Spec Formula Race, hosted by Drone Mission and the Orlando RotoRacer More »

Voyager 3 Test Flight

Maiden flight on Walkera 2015 quadcopter the Voyager 3. More »

 

FireFly 6S Camera breakthrough

firefly 6s

Firefly 6S WiFi 4K camera is an excellent entry into action camera sport DV camcorder.  A relative unknown company that had the right ingredients to success. Hawk Eye is known to focus it’s effort on budget FPV action sports camera, has made this 4k version of the camera following the recent 1080p release. Similar to it’s sibling, it carries a Sony CMOS 12.0MP sensor, but with the addition of 4k and GYRO image stabilization.  Since it is a camera, a video is worth a thousand words, here are some videos.

Our initial test tells us this is a keeper, regardless if it shoots at 4K, the 1080P 60 FPS is fantastically vibrant and with GYRO image stabilization. If you do not own a GoPro, this is definitely an alternate Action Sports HD camera designed ready for radio control first person view (FPV) flying. The menu system is simple and easy to use. Hawk Eye has a clear understanding of usability, keeping the functions organized and reachable when needed. We hope to get some personal footage of the 4k soon. We like that the fact everything worked out of the box…

Volantex Ranger 757-4

Ranger 757-4

TODAY I am going to take a look at the Volantax Ranger 757-4 that we purchased online for just over a $100. The 757-4 is a scale down version of the popular 2m Ranger Ex 757-3. It is resized to 1.4m 1380mm, just small enough to fit into a standard size car trunk/boot without taking it apart.

One of the more interesting feature of the plane is that it is designed for GoPro or FPV cameras.. it comes tail heavy, so you can install multiple fpv cameras and large batteries. A weight is even included in the event you are not ready to fly with a camera. We had to fly it with a 3S 5000 mAh LiPo battery without a GoPro weight on the front, to get the correct center of gravity (CG). It is quick, easy to assemble, no glue is required…

GitUp Git1 Action Camera

Git1 gitup

Synopsis: 2015 year of the sports camera.  GitUp series is one of those recent low cost 1080p breakthrough that caught the attention of casual photographers, enthusiasts and critics alike. Weighing only 64g, it successfully fitted a 1.5 inches LCD viewing screen and yet kept within the standard size for use on a GoPro gimbal. The LCD allows you to see what you are filming; at times you only get one chance on a shot, and not seeing what you are filming, can be a bummer if you missed half of it.  Here is our day with this camera on a impossible mission or was that mission impossible…

The Git1 manages to find room to include Wi-Fi capabilities that can be set-up if you have a smartphone or tablet that supports wifi. In addition, you can connect your favorite 3.5mm Stereo external microphone, which means you don’t have to hear your heavy breathing or wind sound on a windy day…

Skyzone SKY-700D FPV Diversity Monitor DVR 32CH

If you are looking for a bright 7 inch perfect size FPV monitor in 2015, look no futher, the Skyzone SKY-700D monitor DVR has a built-in dual receiver that automatically adjust for the best reception aka Automatic Antenna Switching. No blue screen with a folding sunshade.

The AV in and AV out allows you to use additional accessories, such as a second monitor, FPV glasses or a different receiver. With 32 channels, it covers a wide range for video transmitter out in the market…

EKOO S090 vs Mobius Video Camera

ekoo vs mobius

Looks familiar? Our favorite lightweight FPV camera 808 or Mobius faces another match, the new EKOO S090. We will do a side by side comparison and load it up on a plane and take it for a flight.  It cost less than a Mobius and has a time lapse function, photos with delays between images range from 0.25 to 60 sec.  Loop recording the usual, useful for security cameras. Like the Mobius, the Power button has a delay to prevent premature activation while handling.

There are 3 versions of lenses: H 140 degrees, V 102 degrees, D 170 degrees…

JJRC H5C Mini Quadcopter

jjrc h5c

We have test piloted large scale commercial multirotors over the last 2 years and have not tested a new mini quad since our video Hubsan H107D that attracted 401,623 viewers . A lot have changed very quickly, a greater selection, more competitors have entered the market since then. So last week, a friend from GearBest.com sent us a JJRC H5C, a mini quad, a 6-axis, at 23 cm, just the size of a Tali H500 propeller, to show how mini / micro quads have progress today.

FIRST IMPRESSION is the mini quad is really light, and it floats quietly in the air. It was actually so surprisingly light. This is of course the direct outcome of the brushed motor used, old school but it fits the purpose of achieving better flight time and cost of production. The frame has a texture that felt like a recycled egg carton, but made of a strong thin plastic molding. It carries the 3.7V 500mAh rechargeable LiPo battery for 6 minutes of flight time. We tried putting a smaller Ladybird or H107D LiPo, and it worked perfectly fine…

Understanding propellers directions on multicopters

If you find your multi-copter flipping on take-off or just don’t seem to take off, the first thing to check is your propellers or motors. If your propellers are spinning on the wrong direction, the thrust might just be pushing your copter down instead of lifting it up. If you have the propellers in the same orientation next to each other, it may just topple your copter. Propeller are usually marked with the spin direction and they should match the diagram illustrated below…

2-Axis Brushless Camera Gimbal CNC for GoPro

Synopsis: We have been looking for a quality gimbal for aerial filming, to allow us to survey an area with camera stabilization. There are probably over 20 selections of gimbals out in the market in 2014, notably the expensive Dji Zenmus and Tarot gimbals. We wanted a gimbal that has a motion processing unit to stabilize our camera while in flight. Working with Hobbywow.com, we have decided to test this unbranded but quality gimbal to see how it fair.

We selected the FPV 2-Axis Brushless Camera Gimbal w/ Motor & Controller for DJI Phantom Gopro 3. This selection is based on the budget price, it’s stand-alone built ready to use controller that can be installed on any aircraft with any light weight pocket camera, the GUI software SimpleBGC and performance…

Radio Control Terminology and Abbreviations

Synopsis: I have been compiling a list of terminology and abbreviations over the years, some going back a long time ago when I was kid in the 70s. This list keeps getting longer each year, with new buzz words in the RC Drone arena. Hope this helps and thanks to many who contributed over the years.

2.4GHz – a.k.a. Spread Spectrum. The newest radio band available for R/C use. Operates at higher frequencies than noise. See also: FHSS and DMSS…

Freewing F9F Panther 64mm EDF

F9f panther

Flying a Navy EDF Fighter Jet. Synopsis: It is a normal progression at some stage if you are still into this hobby, to begin exploring EDF Jets. So we began our journey to look for a reasonably priced EDF, at least 64mm, moderate speed 60 mph that uses our existing 2200 mAh 3S LiPo we use for our FPV Planes and Quadcopters 350. The F9F Panther met the perfect fit for just under $85 shipped or you can locally pick it up for $70.

Specification
•Wingspan: 27 in (685 mm)
•Length:730 mm (28.7 in)
•Flying Weight: 1.2 lb (552 g)
•EPO foam construction
•64mm EDF
•Motor System: 4300KV outrunner brushless motor
•Speed Control: 30A ESC
•Servo: 9g micro servo (3pcs)
•One 3S 11.1V 1500mAh-2200mAh LiPo at least 20C

Features
•Quick assembly PNP
•Designed landing plates