First flight testing the night vision tricopter. Still needs some work, we are going to add a second IR illuminator.
This is the edited recording of our live flight. We flew a 4km round trip, test flight using a Hobbyking Bixler. Our aim was to reach the 2km mark, turn back and come home. We actually flew out to about 2.46km (8071ft) before we turned back.
Dragon Link v2
GoPro Hero 3 Silver.
Sony 420TVL board camera.
Cyclops Nova OSD.
Hobbyking 1.2ghz 100mw VTX with an inverted vee antenna.
Biquad on the custom ground station.
We streamed the flight live to YouTube using EyeTV and Wirecast installed on a MacBook Pro.
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Sometimes its just to windy to fly our multi rotors and planes, especially over the last few weeks with gusts of 60mph. So we thought we would make a nice time lapse video instead.
Climb to 1km (3280ft)
Fly 2km out to the railway line
Stream the whole flight live on YouTube
Managed 0.67km (2020ft) climb
1863ft away from start point
Streamed the first few minutes live on YouTube but then we lost our internet link.
We had some issues with our internet connection streaming the video to our YouTube channel. We ended up using a mobile phone data connection for the video stream & this caused some issues with our ground station
We will try again, with a better setup in a few weeks!
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Had some time to fly at the disused RAF Broadwell in Oxfordshire. We tested some new antennas and managed a clean 2km run with the Bixler. We have added in some of the live video from the Bixler along with the Go Pro footage.
We also flew the tricopter to get some nice closeup shots of the old WWII buildings.
We used 5.8Ghz on the the Tricopter and 1.2Ghz on the Bixler for the video links.
A lot of RC hobbyist have been talking about this article on Gigaom, which discusses class G airspace and what it means for non-commercial hobby use.
What’s interesting is that two aviation lawyers contacted by Gigaom state that the 400-foot AGL (above ground level) “rule” that most people quote is just an advisory suggested by the FAA in 1981, and that the FAA has no authority in airspace below 700 feet. The actual advisory states only that the FAA “encourages voluntary compliance” with regards to the content in the advisory.
So it looks like 700 feet AGL is the actual legal ceiling for unmanned hobby flights.
We get loads of feedback about how nice our flying is, lots of people say “I wish I could fly like that”. Well guys ‘n’ gals, we also have our fair share of crashes :)
Checkout our latest video, “Everyone Crashes”