Here in the archives I will keep a copy of all my flights in chronological order with the most current video on the top.




August 11, 2013

I have had a couple of projects lately and have been extremly busy. While I have flown since the last post it was in the same old parks as my earlier videos so I have not posted them. I also have not put the new gimbal on yet I just want some air time before I try that one again. For todays offering I returned to a couple of the places I filmed with my Parrot drone. Nothing fancy about the flying but each and every time you fly the confidence builds.



July 9, 2013

I have not posted anything in a few days, not because I have not flown but because I have been practicing in the same old places and this site will get stale fast if that is all I am posting. So for today's offering, a short flight at Lake Hollywood Park below the hollywood sign in Los Angeles. Not a whole lot of actual flying, had a loose dog barking and a young man wanting to talk while I was flying, well intentioned and friendly chat but the distraction had this rookie pilot a little rattled, so when a slight rain started to fall I called it a day.

Lake Hollywood Park



July 3, 2013

A long time friend of mine invited me down to UCLA"s football training field to fly. His name is Ken Norris and he is in charge of all the game films for UCLa's athletic department. What a great place to fly and work out some of the bugs I am still having. Mainly I just need some flying time and get used to this somewhat top heavy bird. I love flying it But at times it is tricky. Now that I have a decent fell for it I see where it could use some redesign. Maybe I will design my own quad copter and start my own line. I tried another camera mount for this flight but it appears to not be as good as the one I used yesterday, sorry once again for the shaky video but until I get the complete feel for flying it I will not be repairing the gimbal.



July 2, 2013

When we last left off I had told you I was going to do another waypoint test. I took it yesterday to accomplish that but really screwed up. It was all my fault and it cost me big. It was so bad I really do not want to talk about it. I spent all day rebuilding the drone. arms, landing gear, battery attachment. I was not in a good mood having to make such a major rebuild in the first week of operating it. It did however give me a real education on how these things are built.

Sorry about the shaky video but I have not yet rebuilt the gimbal. I guess we are going to have to live with some shakes until that happens. If I cannot do it today our flight down at UCLA tommorrow will just have to live with some shaky video. But we are determined to get all of these things dialed in and then we will rule the skies.

back in the air




While I am working out some of the bugs in my new system I thought I would add my crash compilation. Check it out here.


June 30, 2013 Waypoint Test 1

I took the drone out for the first waypoint test. It flew great except during the flight I once again had the gps glitch. It is something I am going to need to get resolved. Here in this picture it hovers at the last waypoint. I should have been able to get control from the ground station and get a automatic landing button. But for some reason the ground station had no gps connection so I could not get any control and had to wait until the batteries wore out and then it came in for another hard landing, this time it does not look like the gimbal is a simple fix. I still have some bugs to work out and I am getting a real education on working on a gimbal. Sorry I do not have any video of the flight I forgot to turn on the camera, however if you click the picture to the right, Miss Lynn caught a few stills from the ground. And I am going to do another test this evening, without the gimbal, low altitude, gopro hardmounted so the video might be a bit shaky. That is as long as I remember to turn it on.



mountain top

June 29, 2013

I promised after that last training mission I was going to look for somewhere spectacular to film and was heading into the mountains of the north San Fernando Valley, I had a good spot but as you will see things went woncky fast. I have a feeling that the major broadcasting equipment on top of this mountain caused some control interference with the copter. Because it was as if the whole gps went down. It did not crash this time but did land harder than I would have liked and flipped over, damaging another skid and messing up the already damaged gimbal.
You know the old saying, Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. Having a blast learning to fly this thing but I can tell my initial investment is not over yet.


June 27, 2013

Fixed the Drone and I am ready to Fly once again. This video came out quite nice. It is amazing how smooth this thing flies. The minor shakes and imperfections still left in the video show I still have some adjustments to the Gimbal and camera balance. As soon as that is accomplished we will have some real nice video.

This flight went well enough I think I will go to the top of the mountains on the other side of the valley. That should yield some nice clips.




June 26, 2013

Here is the first Video with my new custom made Turbo Ace X830 with the wookong flight controller. My first two flights did not go as smooth as I would have liked. Crashed it twice. Luckily the crashes were not too serious. But as much as this thing cost, I am going to have to be careful.


I started my video services a few months ago by purchasing an AR Parrot drone. A small quadcopter that was perfect to start my training. Here is the little video I uploaded to youtube after my first couple of weeks. I have been flying it for a couple of months and it proved successful enough that I have already upgraded the rig.

Last week I purchased a turbo ace x830 and will be taking delivery of it early next week. That means I should have the first new professionally shot videos sometime in early July. Please come back often and see what I am up to.



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