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Watch as we managed to get the Team BlackSheepCaipirinha lost and have to make a landing 2.5km away. Our computer generated friend “Dave” provides some commentary.

Bit windy today for flying, so we made a diversity controller for under £5.

Thanks Bruce!

Mar 8

First flight testing the night vision tricopter. Still needs some work, we are going to add a second IR illuminator.

Mar 7

FPV Night vision for under £10

Mar 7

Commercial Drones Are Completely Legal, a Federal Judge Ruled

skypixel:

This is huge. A federal judge dismissed the FAA’s case against Raphael Pirker, in which the FAA accused Pirker of violating a law banning commercial unmanned aircraft flights. 

The judge, who is with the National Transportation Safety Board, wrote, “It is concluded that, as Complainant: has not issued an enforceable FAR regulatory rule governing model aircraft operation; has historically exempted model aircraft from the statutory FAR definitions of aircraft by relegating model aircraft operations to voluntary compliance with the guidance expressed in AC 91-57, Respondent’s model, aircraft operation was not subject to FAR regulation, and enforcement.”

Read the entire decisional order, if you’re interested in more.

Also, read this response from the Drone Journalism Lab at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Mar 5

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. 

Equipment:-

3000mah LiPo.

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.

Join us on Saturday the 1st of March at 2pm GMT to watch our LIVE FPV broadcast on our YouTube Channel.

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.

Our aims:

Climb to 1km (3280ft)

Fly 2km out to the railway line

Stream the whole flight live on YouTube

Results:

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.