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01-04-2010 12:47 AM  7 years agoPost 1
tokenpom

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Hi,

I am a novice R/C helicopter pilot, but I realise that technology is rapidly replacing the need for years of flying experience.

Therefore, can anybody recommend a Helicopter/Camera/Avionics combination that will allow me to produce aerial photography of commercial quality, with the minimum of flying ability ?

I would like to be able to simply launch, reach a suitable altitude and location, hold while I take pictures, and then land.

I would like to act more as a 'guide' to the aircraft, than 'pilot'.

I appreciate that there will be those who will raise safety concerns about such an idea, but I live in a sparsely populated area, with enough space to adsorb most potential systems failures.

I hope you can help, and look forward to your replies !

Thanks,

Nick.

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01-04-2010 01:39 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Dr_Doom2

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I think you'll probably get a swarm of replies on this topic. Technology has helped the hobby tremendously and has redefined the skills needed to pilot any r/c vehicle. Gone are the days that you have to "man-handle" the tail because gyros aren't around. One thing that you'll find is that until a computer controls your flight plan or it's programmed into the aircraft itself, piloting skills are a necessity. You are lugging around a lot of expensive electronics up there and need some good "reactions" to handle unexpected situations.

That being said, the closest thing that I've seen is the "dragon flyer" types of aircraft. These are super stable but the cost still puts them out of reach for most!!

Start slowly and you can build piloting proficiency quickly. All it takes is stick time!! Start with an instructor and then put in all the time you can. If you push yourself hard enough to never be really comfortable with your flying, the skills will come quickly. Oh and suppliment real flight time with time on the sim!!

Good luck, you'll get it!!

IF all else fails, hire someone to fly the heli and you can simply direct him where to go so you can get your shot!!

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01-04-2010 02:12 AM  7 years agoPost 3
ErichF

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Your best option is to get a 700 sized helicopter and the DJI Autopilot system. All you have to know how to do is take off and land. Once airborne, flip a switch, and the aircraft is then under control of the autopilot, with the transmitter acting as a position/rate controller.

Do a search on the system and you can find a couple good reviews.

Erich

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01-04-2010 03:59 AM  7 years agoPost 4
tokenpom

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Thanks guys !

I guess I am looking for a package that will allow me to apply the location-hold and stability capabilities of the 'Draganflyer' and 'Microdrone' systems, to a (comparatively) cheap, rugged and readily available conventional Helicopter.
It occurred to me that this must be the next step - $26,000 Draganfly X6's, and $37,000 Microdrone's probably aren't . . .

Has anybody used a Carvec system ?

http://www.carvecsystem.co.uk/

This looks like the sort of thing I have in mind.

Thanks again !

Nick.

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01-04-2010 04:45 AM  7 years agoPost 5
tokenpom

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Thanks Erich,

Is there an Electric equivalent you could recommend ?

Also, could you give me an idea of the carrying capacity (weight) of something that size, and are there any modifications or alterations to its setup that will make such an aircraft more docile and suitable for carrying cameras ?

Nick

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01-04-2010 08:13 PM  7 years agoPost 6
ChopperChild

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Here is one you might want to look at.
But, it may be out of your price range.

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01-04-2010 09:05 PM  7 years agoPost 7
tokenpom

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What ?

Four month delivery ?

Outrageous !

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01-05-2010 10:28 PM  7 years agoPost 8
ChopperChild

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Yeah, I guess that would give you the time to come up with a
$100,000 each month.
That way it would be paid off in four months also.

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01-06-2010 11:14 AM  7 years agoPost 9
tarro

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