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08-22-2008 10:22 PM  12 years ago
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Well everything went GREAT!

So I got there and it was REALLY windy and the day was grey and dark, I actually thought about not flying like that but then I just thought I might aswell test this thing under real working conditions.

So off it went no issues with takeoff, I then switched to FPV mode and flew quite far away then turned around and snaped pics till I was flying over my head. I did this in several angles then lined her up and landed, just PERFECT.

There's a little bit of noise in the shots I had ISO to 400 just to avoid blry pics, I'll have to lower that some more next time, but overall quite happy with the results.
I took off from that yellow patch of sand to the right of the construction site

Juan Crane
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08-23-2008 12:34 AM  12 years ago
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Yeah Baby! Great Job Juan! So I am dying to ask you, what was the stress level like dude? Was it less in your opinion than your heli?
Straight up dude, those are awesome pics and you should be happy and proud. GREAT job!!
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08-23-2008 12:43 AM  12 years ago
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Sure Kevo, WAY less than the heli, What really makes me feel good is that if something goes wrong up there the thing will just glide down and NOT kill someone. I might loose the plane but its far better than loosing the heli AND killing someone.

so as much as possible this thing will be doing the stills from now on, The heli will be a video only ship flying under controlled conditions. I used to shoot this type of pics with my heli sometimes only being able to see a speck in the sky with all my trust placed on the Stabilization system. This is a whole new story.
I'm so relieved
Juan Crane
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08-23-2008 12:51 AM  12 years ago
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Ha! Right on bro! Good for you! You are going through the same feelings I was experiencing about a year and a half ago. Joy, relief, renewed hope, the whole gamut. I am anxiuos to see your continued progress. Be sure to keep us in the new on any new development you come across.

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08-23-2008 01:02 AM  12 years ago
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Sure, I'm not really sure if any mods on the the SS are necessary, it seems perfect for what I need as it is, I have flaperons on it, haven't tested them though, how does the SS behave when you use them? any advantages /disadvantages??Juan Crane
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08-23-2008 01:29 AM  12 years ago
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Well straight up the flaprons on mine when I had them believe it or not made my bird take off and land in even less space. I mean I would drop those flaprons to take off and the thing would just about levitate off the ground. I also had them on a VR adjustable knob so that if I wanted to fly real slow I could drop them say 15 degrees and it would make the stall speed just rediculously slow. Like I say, I would LOVE to have them again on my big SS but I don't want to give up my AP2000i.American by Birth, Alaskan by the grace of God!!
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08-23-2008 01:36 AM  12 years ago
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Nice I'll test those at the field tomorrowJuan Crane
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08-23-2008 01:54 AM  12 years ago
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Hey Juan, you will want to hold on tight when you engage your flaprons! Especially if you put them on a switch. When you engage them they are more than likely going to put your plane into a dive of one degree or another. Get ready on the elevator! When you land you will have a pretty good idea how much elevator you will have to mix in to make them feel right. I had it so when I hit the switch it would put in some "up" elevator at the same time the flaps would lower, but would allow the plane to descend slowly. Man it was awesome.

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08-23-2008 06:14 PM  12 years ago
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Hey Burnt, I flew today but didn't have a chance to test the flaperond because my AXI motor died! fortunately I was way up there an managed to glide back, the only motor aveilable here at the hobby store is this one do you think it will be enough power?

Electrifly 35/30/950

http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bi...?&I=LXLWT9&P=ML

Thanks!
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08-23-2008 07:01 PM  12 years ago
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OK Juan, If I were you this is what I would do. I think the engine you have the link to will suffice FOR NOW. I will give you a little insight into how my mind works. Again if this were me, to be able to stay in the air I would purchase the engine at your local hobby store and use it until you could get this engine ordered.

http://www.horizonhobby.com/Product...ProdID=EFLM1505

I would then put the Eflite on and keep the Great Planes for an emergency spare. I can't say enough about the Eflite Park 480 1020. It is a stupendous engine. Absolutley bullet proof. It will throw that SS of yours around the sky with ease and has TONS of power to get you out of tight places when the circumstances call for it. I am HARD on my equipment. I have never had one of these engines fail. Keep me posted buddy.

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08-24-2008 03:17 AM  12 years ago
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Juan, absolutely fantastic job

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08-26-2008 02:26 PM  12 years ago
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Hey Kevin, remember the high-rise condo building I wanted to take pictures of? Well, I went downtown Sunday morning but there was a strong cross wind at the place that I wanted to land. I’ll take off in any kind of wind, down wind too. Landing down wind is not high on my to do list though.

Picture show the intended target.

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08-26-2008 04:42 PM  12 years ago
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Hey Robby, I am looking at the picture of the building you want to shoot. I am with you on the wind. If you aren't real confident doing a shot like this I would for SURE wait til there is a no wind situation. However, that being said, I see tons of potential take off and landing sites. Of course I can't see what is to the left of the building that might be blocking your flight path, but for starters the lawn in front of the high rise looks like a massive TOL spot. Now you may laugh at what I'm going to say next. But I have gotten confident enough with my Small Stick, heck, I think I could do it with my big one too, that if I HAD to get this shot, meaning I was getting paid and hell or high water I had to produce, I would try to get permission to TOL on the big flat roof of the building next to it. I in fact would PREFER this option to any as it puts me more level with the roof of the high rise and it would feel like I wasn't having to fly so high to get the shot. I know beyond any shadow of a doubt I could do the entire shoot right from that rooftop and it would be a breeze. I see the little white vents sticking up out of the roof, heck just look at those as runway lights. Again, if I HAD to do this shoot, I would dress nice, bring a couple pics with me, march into the building with the flat roof, tell them what you do, ask them nicely if you can use their roof and maybe give them a pic of the building afterwards. The worst thing that could happen is they say no, in wich case you are out nothing but 5 minutes of your time. But thats just me.American by Birth, Alaskan by the grace of God!!
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08-27-2008 02:35 AM  12 years ago
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OK guys, did my shoot yesterday for the devolopment company that was accross from the auction I told you about a few posts back. I delivered 4 18x24 prints, a DVD with 20 aerials of his property, and with all I did for him came to almost $800.00 He was very specific about what he wanted. This guy is the nicest guy I think I have ever dealt with. He was thrilled to death with the job I did. He also knows several engineering and surveying firms and other devleopers that he said he would pass my name on to. Anyway, He wanted the entire property, the lakes in the background with the mountains. So I show up yesterday, take up the Aurora float around for a few minutes, snap some stills and land. For this shoot it was about as easy as it gets. If you see that large gravel lot there, well there was on that was further to the left that you can see part of. That was my airstrip. When I was done I dead sticked her in and yawned. Anyway, here is a pic from that shoot.

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08-27-2008 02:40 AM  12 years ago
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Nice Kevo, very niceJuan Crane
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08-27-2008 02:44 AM  12 years ago
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Thanks Juan. By the way, did you get your plane back in the air? I am curious to know how you came out on you engine purchase.

Kevo
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08-27-2008 03:01 AM  12 years ago
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I installed the motor but I haven't had the chance to actually fly it (I'm also a translator and have had tons of translation work this week), but it feels very similar to the AXI I had before when I hold it in my hand at full throttle.Juan Crane
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08-27-2008 03:31 AM  12 years ago
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Glad to hear it Juan. Hook us all up with some more action photos when you take her back up! American by Birth, Alaskan by the grace of God!!
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08-27-2008 03:44 AM  12 years ago
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Sweet picture Kevin. $800 WOW!! We work all day for $800 and that's just gross sales per person. My best paying AP jobs are for beer. Just a hobby ...drinking the beer too. WOW $800! WOW!

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08-27-2008 04:06 AM  12 years ago
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Hey Kevo,
Wow, pays well and easy to work with, doesn't get much better than that! Nice job.

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