I took this photo using my DJI Mavic 2 Zoom & wanted to share this photo of this amazing building, I don’t know if its a house or some sort of lookout facility. Either way its a very cool and interesting building, I’d love to meet the owners!
This is one of my go to spots and I’m gonna be sad when this actually goes from a neighborhood under construction to an actual neighborhood. If anyone knows who owns that house please contact me HERE I’d love to discuss more about this home and possibly fly here once the home is completed and has the owners living in it!!
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This is a short video of my 3DR Solo Flying through the lovely Cibolo Nature Center located in Boerne, Texas and just a short drive from San Antonio. This has got to be one of my most treasured places to visit. I feel like I am in another world, it takes me back to a much simpler time. This place has a couple different “zone” that recreate nature, like the Swap area, or Marsh Zone, even the Prairie Lands.
I took this photo with my GoPro Hero 4 Black attached to my 3DR Solo @ Nani Falcone Park in San Antonio, Texas. We just had a big storm on February 20th, 2017 and I was curious as to what this creek looked like after all that rain and wind! The 3DR Solo has a GPS upgrade by a company named mRo and they sell a few aftermarket parts for the 3DR Solo. There are a lot of other Quadcopters out there hovering around but the 3DR Solo is one of the cheapest with the most range of features that you’ll find on a Hobbyist Drone. Unlike many other Multi rotors on the market this one can be modded quite a bit. You can find all kinds of sensors and cameras to make Land Surveying a breeze.
I like that the 3DR Solo offers a range of what they call “Smart Shots” which allow you to do things like take a Drone Selfie or Orbit your selected target and it does this all automatically. Of course you just have to press one button to return your 3DR Solo back to its default flying mode. Each flight can last up to 20 min which of course is affected by the external conditions such as wind, rain, temperature and how the pilot (YOU) fly your aircraft.
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I just picked up my 3DR Solo this last week and have been flying it whenever I get the time. I also wanted to register with the FAA since it only costs $5 to do so. I am now licensed to fly legally, and will soon be getting my Part 107. You can contact us with questions here.
If you still hurry you might be able to purchase one from Best Buy or another local Computer store, if you already own a GoPro you should definitely pick up while you still can. I will upload some more mods as I do them, so far I plan on upgrading the GPS, HDMI cables, and adding some Moon gel.
You can use your cell phone to view the live video feed that is streamed from the 3DR back to you on the ground, but I decided to upgrade to a tablet instead. I decided I needed one with good battery life and it must have GPS in order for the “Smart Shots” to work. So I went with a Lenovo Tab from Amazon, here’s a link in case your interested http://amzn.to/2kWmQI9 it works really well and its much easier to plan out missions on
Time For some upgrades!
I decided to use my #Flashforge 3D Printer to print out some upgrade parts from Thingiverse. I went with a new Gimbal clips that prevents the GoPro from falling out of the Gimbal while your flying. The clip that comes installed from the factory requires that you remove the GoPro in order to remove your Micro Sd Card.
The picture shown on the bottom right shows a simple upgrade that can be 3D Printed if you know or have your own printer, it allows you access to your Micro Sd card without the need to remove your GoPro.
If your running the 3DR Solo with a Gimbal like I am you might also want to consider some leg extensions, that will help your GoPro & Gimbal clear the Grass or any obstacles low to the ground. They are easily installed, all you need to do is remove the old clips and snap these in their place!
So Father’s day was last week and I decided to build my Dad a new 250mm Quadcopter so we can finally race each other. I wanted to make a build video but went with a Time-lapse of the build and its pretty cool IMO. I still need to test fly it and finishing the PID tuning. So far I have some issues when trying to spool up the motors, I am going to troubleshoot it this week. Click HERE to find out more info on your own custom Quadcopter Build.
Using my Flashforge Creator Pro 3D Printer I was able to make some custom parts for this FPV Quadcopter, one of which is a low profile spacer that allows you to put all of the electronics inside the frame including the ESC’s which makes for a super clean build as show below.
The Flight Controller is running Cleanflight but I might switch it over to Betaflight, I still need to look into the recent changes of both Cleanflight and Betaflight.
Skyline32 Flight Controller
FlySky TH-9 Transmitter
2500mah LiPo Battery
Carbon Fiber 250mm Quadcopter Frame (ZMR250)
Power Distribution Board
Soon I will be posting a test flight video of this aircraft.
Most of you know that the FAA has stated that all multirotors that weigh more than 0.55 pounds must be registered in order to prevent fines upwards of $250,000. So there has been an increase in sub 250g Quadcopters and Tricopters. Well today we are gonna talk a little about my FPV Quadcopter and what they look like.
The frame I chose for this build is an: LHI 210mm Carbon Fiber Frame : Overall I am very pleased with the quality of this frame, very sturdy and lightweight coming in at 70g with all the aluminum hardware. In the future I will be using my Flashforge Creator Pro to 3D print some much lighter spacers to replace the metal spacers that come with the LHI frame.
During this build all of the wiring was done in a minimalistic fashion, I would measure the wire bundles allowing just enough wire to go from A to B then add about an inch to allow for some slack.
I have yet to actually fly FPV… I don’t trust myself with my eyes off the aircraft flying at over 45mph!
Almost all of my 250mm Quadcopter builds use a Naze32 Flight controller which are great boards in my opinion. You can easily update the firmware and make changes using Baseflight or Cleanflight depending on your personal preferences. I personally prefer Cleanflight, it is always getting updates and having things added plus I just like the way my Quads fly when using Cleanflight.
I am using 2200KV motors made by DYS, I have about 4 sets on different Quads and I think they are pretty good. I’m sure you can get much better motors but these work great and I haven’t had any issues with these motors.
For ESC’s I have decided to go with a set of Hobbypower 12amp Esc’s that have been flashed with Simon K firmware. I am able to get pretty good flights from these esc’s, they don’t get hot and seem to work very well.
One of the problems when looking for a Quadcopter frame is finding one that is light, strong and cheap. Which is why I have decided to use 3D printed Quadcopter frames. They are cheap, lightweight, strong and when they break you can just make another one!
Mine is made from PLA which is strong and rigid, comes in many different colors and is much easier to work with that other materials like ABS. A normal frame can be printed in about 8-12 hours depending on the particular settings for that print.
When I comes to R/C Transmitters I prefer Futaba ever since I was little that name has been a common word. Since I have several aircraft like the DJI S900 I needed something with a lot of channels so I decided to go with the Futaba 14sg. It allows you to use up to 14 channels with the correct hardware and settings.
So most of you reading this probably know what FPV is, for those of you reading that don’t know what FPV is, let me explain.
FPV or First Person View allows you to see from the perspective of a pilot sitting in a aircraft. Its like your sitting in the Quadcopter flying, it is quite an experience. In order to fly FPV you need a few things like a mini camera, video transmitter/receiver, batteries to power everything and antennas for your transmitters and receivers.
Most people will have two cameras: one to view FPV and the other to record the flight in HD.
I personally use a Sony CCTV camera with a Fatshark 250mw transmitter.
Well first there are some things you need to check before you try to fly your quad for your first time.
Remember when working with your Quadcopter to always make sure you remove the blades before you do any work.
Number one. You need to make sure all of your wiring is correct. That means checking all your soldering work and crimps to make sure there are no loose connections. Once you have double checked your wiring and are sure you have no loose wires, the next step is to set all of your Gyro Pots to 50%.
Then you will want to power up your quad by plugging in the battery. Once your quad has gone through its startup procedure you can now try to arm you board. When your board is correctly armed a small blue led will turn solid blue indicating that you have successfully armed your KK board. Once your board has been armed you can test the direction of the gyros as well as the rotation of the 4 motors.
The steps to test if your motors are spinning correctly are as follows. (this procedure may vary between different Flight Control Boards)
1. Make sure you have no props mounted (For Safety) 2. Turn on your transmitter first 3. Plug your battery into your Quadcopter 4. Arm the Flight Control Board 5. Apply only 25% throttle and check the rotation of each motor (see diagram for motor direction)
The steps to test your gyro direction are as follows.
1. Make sure you have no props mounted (For Safety) 2. With the throttle at 25% pick up the Quadcopter and check that the gyros are working correctly 3. If you tilt the aircraft forward the front motors should speed up and if you tilt in reverse the back motors should speed up. (you can use tape or a zip tie mounted on the motor shaft to check direction)
4. If you tilt the aircraft to the left the left motors should speed up 5. If you tilt the aircraft to the right the right motors should speed up