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Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-24-2014, 08:30 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
Back with the Walkera QRX.

My other GPS quad has dropped an ESC so until the repalcement arrives I am keeping my hand in with an old friend. And I got a quick wake up call.

For the first time in at least six months, after a...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-22-2014, 04:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
A degree in accountancy.....

...... I wish I had done that. :D Pizzano is right on the money with his counting. But my logbook only shows ten days as flyable. And my experience shows that the next 21 will be unflyable, for the...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-22-2014, 02:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Down but not Out

Pizzano sure knows how to hurt a guy. I have had the Nova for ten days. It took months to sort out the Walkera. For thrills I fly Paragliders, Gyros and Ultralights. For relaxation I try to get my...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-21-2014, 01:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Just when I was starting to enjoy myself .......

...... I lost a speedie !!! This has been a bad month for speed controllers in my hangar. In general I have very little trouble with them and I have never had one fail in flight. But I still feel...
Forum: Special Interest Aircraft 10-18-2014, 03:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,587
Posted By Birdmanpete
Super good news !!!

This subject has attracted so little new blood. I too fly the full size version. I have two full size gyros. One Subaru type (two seat) and one Rotax (single seat) Both fly beautifully but due to...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-14-2014, 11:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
There is a Magic in this !

I have now flown four different missions and feel very much in charge of the process. I have always enjoyed my flying with Multi Rotors but there is something strangely different and pleasurable...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-14-2014, 03:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Mission Accomplished on Second Attempt

It was well worth waiting for the weather. It usually is.:D

I went to the launch area with multiple cameras and recorders and a true level launch pad. All the pre-flight checks were good and the...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-13-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
The Night Before the Mission.

The weather has been awful. And that was good. I did some more research and for the first time found a seriously useful video (French origin but English captions.) It shows what appears to be the...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-12-2014, 03:29 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
A special feature I love.

Until I started flying "other breeds" :D I did not realise one of the great features of the QRX 350. It is programmed to turn on the yaw axis during its GPS function return to land. That not only...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-12-2014, 02:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Old Dogs and Wise Words

Many Thanks. You are so right. Until now I have avoided revealing modifications. They are very personal and many people hate them in principle. The pictures tell it all (almost).

The safety skids...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-11-2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
The Real Test is Mission Planning.

Nine days of flying have seen 18 battery changes in my Nova and I have explored the functions, Stabil, Loiter, Alt hold, Acro and Return to Launch. (There are at least ten more) So far there has only...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-10-2014, 08:48 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
Droneman; that is a great...

Droneman; that is a great "trip-to-the-seaside-tale. Mine along similar lines have a much less happy ending. But you have become friends with trees. We have a saying in Australia. "There are two...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-10-2014, 01:20 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
Hi Droneman. You are at a level far beyond mine....

Hi Droneman. You are at a level far beyond mine. I can see that you are frustrated by websites in the same way as I have been, but I am unable to provide any serious help. I wish that I could but I...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-09-2014, 12:16 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
Hi Droneman. If you go to the UAV/FPV...

Hi Droneman.
If you go to the UAV/FPV Department you will find the start of my new exploration, "A Nova start in UAV".

Primarily, the thread hopes to resolve uncertainties in the operation of...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-06-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Quanum Nova. So, What's not to like !

I should have bought ARTF ! Just $30 saved. But as I have not handled the transmitter I should not say that.

My point is that; the transmitter was purpose designed for this model and that puts the...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-06-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Well as Pizzano knows I always explore the...

Well as Pizzano knows I always explore the economy end of the market. I do that because I know I can help others on a tight budget, to feel confident that they are not buying rubbish. It is important...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-05-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Progress waits for no man.

I imagine the downward trend will continue with prices and the features will get better too but at my age I might not wake up tomorrow and I never intend to die wondering.

My Walkera experience...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-05-2014, 05:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
Getting to "nova" you....

..... getting to feel free and easy ....

Eleven Battery changes. About 75 minutes in the air. One solid bump and one strange incident. One new safety check.

The Nova is docile in its "stabil"...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-04-2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
To buy or not to buy.

That is the question.

It certainly flies. In tests to date it has done all the things it claimed to do with the exception of a completed waypoint mission. I am still getting my head around the...
Forum: UAV / FPV 10-02-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 509
Posted By Birdmanpete
A NOVA Start in UAV

I have just taken delivery of the cheap version of the Quanum Nova, known elsewhere as the Cheerson CX20.
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Let's talk about price. I paid $269Aus. and got it freight free. Lets break that...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 10-02-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
Point of Departure.

In the months ahead there will be much less from me and my still uncrashed Walkera.

Today I took delivery of my new workhorse, The Quanum Nova (Cheerson CX 20)

In this thread I will not be...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 09-29-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
Long Term Maintenance.

I have been thinking of the problem Dash 11 had in August when suddenly his QRX 350 started playing dead. :(

That is a problem which all of us may have to face and it is really important to check...
Forum: UAV / FPV 09-23-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Birdmanpete
When is a clone, not a clone.

I'm no ethicist but....

... if in the process of copying something, you fail to make a faithful copy of the cost, value or price; it cannot be regarded as a Clone.

But with respect to your...
Forum: UAV / FPV 09-23-2014, 01:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Birdmanpete
Happy Birthday Dear Panther !!!

:D Let me start by saying how much I admired your frame in your post a couple of days ago. One of my first designs was an H copter and I still like the style. But yours is much prettier than any of...
Forum: UAV / FPV 09-22-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Birdmanpete
Hmmmmm !

That's what I think of as Tiger Country. A thing as small as a quad, four metres below the treetops might be quite a challenge for my old eyes. It occurs to me that Flyaways might be a great subject...
Forum: UAV / FPV 09-22-2014, 02:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Birdmanpete
A most welcome reminder

Panther makes two very good points.

1) There are some fabulous low cost approaches to multicopters
2) The flying is more exciting than the buying.

For a few seconds he had me fooled. I...
Forum: UAV / FPV 09-19-2014, 05:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Birdmanpete
A dead end for now.

For the moment I am turning my back on Arduino based flight controllers for UAV flying.:(

I am sad about this but not grumpy. I have bought four flight controllers. Three came from "regular"...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 09-19-2014, 05:16 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
A change of plans

I have been overseas flying Paragliders for a month and I had decided to delay a decision on advanced GPS flying until my return. My QRX remains in mint condition and my FPV skills are now at a point...
Forum: UAV / FPV 08-17-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 607
Posted By Birdmanpete
Going well in most departments

I now have three of the APM flight Controllers. Two APM 2.5s and a version of the PixHawk) One of the 2.5s was damaged by a friend in a workshop accident. It looks as if it should work (on the...
Forum: Multi-Rotors 08-15-2014, 05:21 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 5,694
Posted By Birdmanpete
I would keep checking the two last checks in the...

I would keep checking the two last checks in the set up sequence. I am flying with a Devo 7 transmitter and it has no preset trims. I fly mode One but I think the controls for those last checks are...
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