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01-23-2007 04:08 PM  10 years agoPost 21
ELOSSAM

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DJ can you tell me something about the video aerial you are using? (Manufacturer and model ref).

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01-23-2007 05:19 PM  10 years agoPost 22
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You're still selling yourself short DJ--It doesn't hurt to have a couple decades of flying skill under your fingertips either. You're one of the smoothest pilots I know.
That's why I asked. I've seen DJ's videos without the AP2000i installed. On his video, it's hard to tell the difference!

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01-23-2007 09:57 PM  10 years agoPost 23
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Wow DJ, you can really see the Spartan lock in when you start hovering in Video1! It is incredible that the Spartan can even improve on your smooth flying.... gives us mere mortals a lot of encouragement

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01-24-2007 12:33 AM  10 years agoPost 24
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thanks guys. I guess years of scale flying has helped me when it comes to flying AV.
DJ can you tell me something about the video aerial you are using
are you asking about the downlink??

I am using a Black Widow 600mw system. With the Spartan RC AP2000i and downlink I am able to take me eyes from the chopper and fly via video for periods of 5-10 seconds each. Really helps when flying auto dealership jobs and you need to fly right down a row and then take a turn to face the front of the dealer's building. I used to do that just by guessing what the camera was looking at and do multiple takes (I work solo), now with the AP my time onsite has been cut in half. I put her up in the air and immediately begin flying good takes.

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01-24-2007 01:41 AM  10 years agoPost 25
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Smooth

Great Video DJ!!
Some of the smoothest I have seen.
Looking forward to doing some of that myself.

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01-24-2007 02:16 AM  10 years agoPost 26
gjestico

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So have you ever not been able to find the heli right away when looking up after watching the downlink screen ?
That can make you sweat cold instantly.
Man DJ you have got big ballz flying over the neighbourhood like that

Greg

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01-24-2007 05:27 AM  10 years agoPost 27
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I'm still trying to figure out how you see that Logo at 600 feet! I can barely see (and hear) the GSR at 400'. I guess if you're looking at a speck, technically you can still see it. Too high for me. Call me a whimp.

What type of scale stuff did you fly? You been flying since you were about 11?

Overall, pretty darn smooth.


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01-24-2007 05:51 AM  10 years agoPost 28
46Taylorcraft

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have you ever not been able to find the heli right away when looking up after watching the downlink screen ?
It's happened a few times Adding the pool noodles was a tremendous help. It's a scary second or two locking back in visually but like I say I put full faith in the AP. It's a bullet proof unit.
Man DJ you have got big ballz flying over the neighborhood like that
I trust this machine 110%. I was running some numbers the other day. Since I have owned it I have flown over 185 flights with it. 90% of those actually on the job. at average of 8 minutes a flight, that's 25 hours. Zero maintenance and only one forced auto ( I was hovering 20' away from a cell tower antenna)
I'm still trying to figure out how you see that Logo at 600 feet!
It's pretty much a dot. I let the AP fly the machine and I just direct it into position when it's that high. Without the AP forget it!
What type of scale stuff did you fly? You been flying since you were about 11?
I've owned quite a few scalers over the years. 60 sized MD500E, 60 sized Bell 222, 2 A-Stars, Vario H13, 50 sized MD530.

Started flying RC with my dad back in the early 80's. My first solo was with an RCM plans "Big Bird" then moved on to a Sig Kadet and Kougar. By '86 my dad and uncles decided to try helicopters. So we had a Revolution & Mantis. No gyro's back then just mechanical pushrod from collective to tail rotor for "revo" mixing.

A bitch to fly but I managed to hover it in one spot for a tank of fuel. We didn't put them into forward flight..... ahhh the good ol' days!

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01-24-2007 06:03 AM  10 years agoPost 29
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Just curious ... how much difference do the shocks make in softening the heli's pitch movements? Have you flown video without the shocks?

I agree, I love our AP2000i.


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01-24-2007 06:09 AM  10 years agoPost 30
46Taylorcraft

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I'm not going to say much other than if they are not used I end up with video I would not sell to clients. They are a much needed link in the system.

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01-24-2007 06:14 AM  10 years agoPost 31
aambrose

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20 questions!
I'm assuming you have no need for roll compensation or panning (besides TR)?

Looks good!
Thanks!


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01-24-2007 06:33 AM  10 years agoPost 32
46Taylorcraft

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for the types of video/still shots I am doing I've not noticed a need for separate pan and/or roll.

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01-24-2007 07:39 AM  10 years agoPost 33
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thats some great work DJ,are the dampeners safe?i've noticed youre using them at the end of the rods where it screws onto te rear of the frame,i have something similar but im not sure i would trust the dampeners,im working on puting a cameraship together but seems like im going prety slow,

(shame on Me) but in the end this machine is going to be alright,ill be posting some details and some pictures of the whole thing,it is something very simple but will work just fine,it is going to be used on a Trex 600 anyway i just wanted to chime in and congratulate you on the great work with the new cameraship
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Raf

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01-24-2007 12:25 PM  10 years agoPost 34
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Dj, I´m refering to the antena of the downlink only. Which one is it?

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01-24-2007 02:40 PM  10 years agoPost 35
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I think it is from BWAV too..

http://www.blackwidowav.com/astrondisk.html

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01-24-2007 03:38 PM  10 years agoPost 36
46Taylorcraft

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Yes that antenna is from Black Widow. It's not nearly as directional as the standard whip antenna. Works good!

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01-24-2007 05:12 PM  10 years agoPost 37
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Thanks for the antenna info.

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01-24-2007 11:19 PM  10 years agoPost 38
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DJ, what don't you like about the HV10? Form factor?

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01-25-2007 01:41 AM  10 years agoPost 39
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form factor was partially why. the main reason was that it did not seem to like my wide angle converter when the optical stabilization was turned on. Made the video look wavy as if looking through a mirage.

The HC3 will be the better camera, but now I'm thinking of holding off to see what Panasonic's HDV camera will look like.

Here's a few clips from some desert flying today. Altitude of the highest shot was around 600' according to my altimeter.

Video

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01-25-2007 02:16 AM  10 years agoPost 40
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i like the lower stuff...is that an old boat hull there? great stuff dj....

www.skypiximaging.com

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