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 »

 

Walkera iLook+ 1080p FPV Camera

Synopsis: This is the new and improved all-in-one FPV camera with built-in video transmitter – the iLook+. What makes the iLook+ camera different from other action cameras, it is FPV ready! No extra video transmitter to install. Some people call it a FPV backpack, and have been packing them into a box to make it swappable. You can change and reroute the antenna anywhere, but conveniently it has one attached, if you prefer not to have too many wires. It uses the same antenna as a Fatshark, so if you are pleased with a Fatshark setup, it is the same. The iLook and iLook+ are identical in size and shape, other than the lens and resolution.

The iLook+ has a wide angle 1080p lens for FPV, providing a more stabilized recording…

Parkzone Ultra Micro P-51D Mustang AS3X BNF

The Parkzone Ultra Micro P-51D is based on a Realistic 334th Fighter Squadron trim scheme with 4-bladed prop running off a 8.5mm brushed motor. It uses a DSM2/DSMX receiver with Artificial Stabilization 3 aXis (AS3X, giving you smooth flight performance and yet full control authority over your plane.

Specification
Wingspan: 16.2 in.
Overall Length: 14.1 in
Flying Weight: 1.5 oz (43 g)
CG: 1.38 in (35mm) behind the leading edge at wing root
Recommended Battery: 3.7Votes 1S 150-180 milliampere hour LiPo

Feature: The AS3X turns on when throttle is raised and handles turbulence, moderate winds well, allowing you to perform aerobatics comfortably…

Remzibi Poor Man’s OSD for FPV

Synopsis: Remzibi OSD is a very versatile OSD that can be adapted on any FPV system, as it has a GPS integrated into the system! The OSD board uses the GPS module to capture information like heading, speed, altitude and lat/long coordinates. In addition, it uses an ATMEL processor to capture information like battery voltage (video and main/motor) and other functions like Variometer which shows up and down changes in altitude. The configuration software written by HappyKillmore is by far one the best one, complete with all functionality a pilot would need. For our tests, we plan to integrate Remzibi with Walkera QR x350. Even though you have to remember to click the button each time to save the home position, it is definite the easiest OSD to integrate on any FPV setup…

Florida Jets

Florida Jets

Florida Jets takes place at Paradise Field on the Lakeland Airport grounds March each year. With over 150 pilots, this event features a large collection of turbine jets. This year, the jets took off from the new 700 foot long by 50 foot wide blacktop runway which includes a Bahia Grass runway adjacent to the hard surface.

Florida Jets is a “Jet Together”, not a competition. It is a family event with a international group of pilots and vendors brought together to sunshine Florida. Here are a collection of the jets captured by our crew, highlighting some of the biggest and fastest RC Jets in the world.  I start with my favorite video, all about landings…

Learning to fly differences in quadcopters and fixed wings

I tend to just yaw (rudder) for a quadcopter to turn, even though I find myself always using the aileron stick to reduce a skid and create the effect of a turning plane when filming for fun. If you are spending your money on a camera gimbal, than you will probably be keeping your quadcopter as level as possible on all turns.

As for planes, they tend to bank over during a turn, so this changes how you actually use your sticks. The easiest way to understand turns is to visual the elevator as becoming more vertical (so it acts more like a rudder) and the rudder becomes more horizontal (so it acts more like an elevator) during a turn. The results of turns for most RC planes, the rudder really isn’t useful as a rudder except when you’re entering the turn (i.e. plane hasn’t banked over yet) or exiting the turn (i.e. plane is almost back to level). Some trainers actually recommend applying opposite rudder during the turn to keep the nose up for a smoother turn, since the rudder is acting more like an elevator. However in most cases, during the turn the elevator makes a perfectly good rudder and you can therefore just fly with ailerons and elevator with minimum throttle. Hope you got all that, as that was a early lesson I had before taking my first fixed wing flight…

Walkera E-Eyes GPS Plane

Synopsis: Looking to quickly add to our fleet of search planes, we snooped around for some ready-to-fly GPS planes in the market for our volunteer trainers. We contacted Walkera to find out more about their new planes. We have decided to test this new model E-Eyes GPS. This selection is based on it’s FPV readiness, failsafe and the GPS flight controller that is compatible with our 10 channel radios or use your own receiver/radio.

During the test we will see how it handles in turbulence, flight time, payload, GPS accuracy and failsafe. Those nation flags are going to stay, as they match our volunteer list country of origins…

Shaolin Returns Drone

Shaolin drone

A happy Chinese New Year to all those who celebrate it, year of the horse!

“FPV Shaolin Returns” was filmed with a basic 1-axis ArduPilot Camera Gimbal RC10 (A10) which you can see on camera 2. This was a volunteer project featuring original music scores to launch the missing children banners. 新年快乐!

Fun Facts: At marker 1:00 the arducopter dance was filmed to resemble the traditional lion dance that performs in front of a temple during Chinese New Year . The quadcopter lands and casts a shadow with the famous Shaolin’s eagle stance, shown on marker 3:08

Hubsan H107D FPV X4 Quadcopter

Hubsan H107D

Synopsis: Occasionally we have the opportunity to test out some of the new entry level quads in our lab. So this month we have something special, the smallest First Person View (FPV) ready-to-fly quadcopter made by Hubsan, a contender to the popular Ladybird. It is quite amazing how Hubsan is able to pack everything, including a camera and video transmitter into a quad, smaller than a Ladybird, with 6-axis gyro flight controller. The package even comes with a radio transmitter, video receiver and a blight large LCD screen, ready for beginners to start flying first person view and filming.  This may be one of the best seller of all time, this model enters the market at the right time and right place.

Hubsan X4 H107D actually comes with one of the more impressive printed Instruction Manual I have seen for a while, it actually explains everything you need to know in great detail and well written…

FrSky Taranis and APM 2.6 Camera Gimbal Flight Test

Storyline: A clear day on October 2013, out to test a completely new quadcopter we built, along with a fantastic combination of new gears. The first scene starts off with the Taranis and build-in Gimbal test, as that was new and a highlight to this flight (everything is new except the video camera). The gimbal was managed by Ardupilot (a flight controller, basically a computer) that kept the camera level at all times during accelerations and dives. We have never used the gimbal function (A10) before, so that was exciting to see how it handles video. Entering Pirate’s Cove (0:18), that was filmed at 60 frames per second with a Sony DSC-HX30V camera, and frame rate was reduced by 50% (30 fps) giving a smooth slow motion effect. A signature shot of the aircraft added to a moving car scene and then back to the sequence showing a couple taking photos of the big shark. At 0:45, we began the flight in first person view, another classic signature shot with the props spinning and the motors running (got to have that sound of the motors spinning up). The flight scenes were shot with a keychain camera #16 Lens D as that was the lightest and easiest way to video anything.

The control over this new quadcopter was excellent, maybe it was the Taranis or maybe the Opto ESC and DJI motors, or maybe just a combination of everything and the design…

Portable DVR Monitor Blackbox Ausek Dual Lens Car DVR

Angel Eye

Synopsis: We have been looking for a portable, light weight monitor and recorder to go with any transmitter on the field. The Ausek AK-X3L designed for car video recorder is a H.264 Dual Lens Car DVR /G-Sensor HD1920x720P /2.7′ LCD/HDMI/External IR Rear Camera. It is low cost and does just the job. It records all of our flight data with a click of a button, which allows us to airborne within 2 minutes on the scene. It is our favorite choice because is so light and convenient and attaches to our flight goggle.

Ausek DVR

This DVR records at 720p high resolution videos, the purpose is to record all flight data, especially GPS co-ordinates…