Today we’ve got my Dad’s DJI Mavic Pro and My DJI Mavic 2 Zoom getting ready for their flight today. Starting things off by going over our flight plans and safety procedures. In my younger years I’d go flying with my Dad out in Castroville. I never got a chance to fly with him due to my inability even pilot an RC car let alone small aircraft.
Well now we have DJI Drones and don’t need to go to the flying field like we used to be required to do 20+ years ago. The irony in it is now I am teaching him how to fly a drone. Which btw after 35+ years of flying Remote Controlled aircraft he was still flying the Mavic Pro like it was a plane!
RC Planes back then didn’t really have any of the safety devices and or assisted flying modes. If not all of DJI drones have the ability to fly with GPS lock allowing the pilot to focus on getting better video. Or even providing a more stable aircraft for first time pilots to fly.
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, it works really well and its much easier to plan out missions on. However there are many compatible tablets that can be used such as the ever popular iPad lineup
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.