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Remote controlled planes

Yesterday I did my first real FPV flights with my Bixler! It was a blast!

06-Jul-2012 22:23, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, 5.0, 4.8mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100
06-Jul-2012 22:24, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, 5.0, 4.8mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 200
06-Jul-2012 22:45, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, 2.8, 4.8mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
06-Jul-2012 22:52, Panasonic DMC-FZ28, 2.8, 4.8mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 100

A few things I learned:

  • People are right when they say the Gopro isn’t good for FPV. It’s really bad in low light conditions and often the ground is blacked out.
  • These cloverleaf and skew planar wheel antenna’s are great! I never had video interference at all, granted I didn’t go that far in FPV terms…
  • My COG (center of gravity) is way off with all the FPV gear on. I need to trim some weight of the plane. I will have to find a way to remove the gopro case and still be able to mount it.
  • Either I buy a new FPV camera which handles dark better, or I fly when the sun is higher 🙂

Here’s the video. Not sure what happened at the end. Probably not enough speed for the turn. It landed in knee-high grass, so no damage.

Hobby King Bixler Powered Glider

A while back I bought a Bixler powered glider at Hobby King. I bought the kit, so could swap out all the inferior components that come in the ARF (almost ready to fly kit).
It had been laying there, carefully planning how I would build it, but last Sunday it was finally finished!
The maiden flight went perfect!
A few flights later, I almost killed my sister though 🙂

These are the things I did:

* This ESC is too weak! It overheated after a few full throttle loopings and fly-by’s (see below). I will be moving the ESC to the outside of the body to cool it down, or swap it out with a 60A ESC that’s currently underway.
This prop/motor combination gives these results: 412.7 W and 36.69A!

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