Sunday, January 29, 2017

Drone Spirals Out of Control - A grain of sand halts motor in flight


When life gives you lemons... make lemonade.  Can editing save this footage?

Messing around with my PIDs and Rates in high winds before getting a piece of sand stuck in a motor and spiraling out of control 15 seconds into my 3rd pack's flight while performing a forward flip.

I have my 2 position momentary switch tied to the buzzer, which is what I use to locate my drone after a crash (like playing marco polo).

Only damage was a bent (PC + glass fiber) prop after crashing, and instead of my GoPro flinging itself out of its mount, the 3M tape peeled back about 90%, and is what you see at the end.

The crash could have been avoided, as after the landing on the second pack, I noticed the motor was not smooth, and an initial take-off it stuck, but I thought I managed to get it unstuck, as witnessed by the take-off.

Lesson Learned? Sand is evil to a brushless quadcopter motor, and in a situation of this sort, the motor should be disassembled, and the debris removed.

Another great reason to fly in open area's and away from people.

Interesting Fact: According to the Pilots Handbook of Aeronautic Knowledge, 13% of all aviation accidents happen while "Maneuvering".

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Naze32 Rev6
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: BL_Heli_S with Oneshot and Multishot
PropsDal T5045 3-Blade V2
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Spedix 200mw 40 Channel
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
BatteryTurnigy Nano-Tech 35-70c 3S 1500mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargerTurnigy Accucell S60

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
AntennaRP-SMA Aomway 5.8Ghz 4-Leaf Clover (RHCP)
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rotor Riot Edition Runcam Swift Unboxing with Footage


After crashing into high voltage power lines on my maiden flight due to the cheap camera that came with my Spedix Black Knight 250, turning the sky white, and ground pure black when it was pointed towards the sun, I knew it was time to get a new camera, so I placed an order at the Rotor Riot Store for a Runcam Swift Rotor Riot Edition Camera and some Swag.

Watch me unbox my purchase from the Rotor Riot Store, and see the quality of the video.
Edited with Premiere Pro CC. First time dubbing an entire video & dual video overlay / picture in picture.

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Naze32 Rev6
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: BL_Heli_S with Oneshot and Multishot
PropsDal T5045 3-Blade V2
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Spedix 200mw 40 Channel
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
BatteryTurnigy Nano-Tech 35-70c 3S 1500mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargerTurnigy Accucell S60

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
Antenna: Dipole "Rubber Ducky"
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

A Sandy Saltwater Sunset - A FPV Racing Drone Experience


After days of rain and poor weather, I decided to take my Drone to the beach to get some more REAL flight time, and reflect upon on my recent training in the Drone Racing League simulator.  Still working on dialing in rates/settings to get the flight characteristics I'm expecting.

Notes: I was experimenting with different Rates (which are on a toggle switch), which was way too high (twitchy), and lucky I did not crash on takeoff.  Flipped the switch back to the "stockish" settings and continued flying the rest of the pack.

I manage to get about 2.5 to 3.5 minutes out of a 1500mah pack.  After resting they return to 11.4V, and my charge says I am using under 1000mah.  I've also noticed the resistance on these batteries appears to be going down with each cycle.  So these particular could see benefit to cycling them a few times before use.

Happy Flying!

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Naze32 Rev6
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: BL_Heli_S with Oneshot and Multishot
PropsDal T5045 3-Blade V2
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Spedix 200mw 40 Channel
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
BatteryTurnigy Nano-Tech 35-70c 3S 1500mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargerTurnigy Accucell S60

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
Antenna: Dipole "Rubber Ducky"
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Friday, January 20, 2017

New FPV Camera, Propellers & First Stunts


Snuck in a session of flying between bouts of rain as I wanted to test out my T5045 Triple Blade Dal props, and my new Runcam Swift Rotor Riot Edition FPV Camera in Ft. Ord.  Did my first flips and rolls ever (with factory rates).  The new camera meets, if not exceeds my expectations.  With the camera that came with my Spedix Black Knight 250, you might as well pull a black T-Shirt over your head and try to fly, it is that much of a difference!

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Naze32 Rev6
FPV CameraRuncam Swift Rotor Riot Edition
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: BL_Heli_S with Oneshot and Multishot
PropsDal T5045 3-Blade V2
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Spedix 200mw 40 Channel
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
BatteryTurnigy Nano-Tech 35-70c 3S 1500mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargerTurnigy Accucell S60

-- DIY Base / Ground Station --
ScreenGeneric 800x480 5 inch Display
Antenna: Dipole "Rubber Ducky"
Receiver & Screen Power:  Turnigy 3S 1500mah 35C
Video RecorderHMDVR
DVR PowerGeneric 1S 650mah
DC/DC Boost Converter
Plastic Case (Daiso Japan)

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Field Flyer - Still a beginner, first wind exposure


Flying my Spedix Black Knight 250 around the local park with my GoPro Hero 5 Black (and protective case) strapped to it. I wanted to get in some flying time before it potentially rains for the next week.

As of recording, I have had about 15 minutes of flying FPV in Acro ever, but about 25 hours of Simulator time (which does not simulate wind). The GoPro and case add significant weight (and I've never flown it without the GoPro) using the stock 5" (non-bullnose) two blade propellers. Will have to try out some three blade 5045 propellers I got next time I can fly.

Also I'm realizing that I didn't account into my battery purchase the impact the extra weight of the GoPro adds to it, and should have gotten higher C rating than 35/70 as the voltage tends to sag more than I would like, though that may be still because the batteries are new. Eventually I'll upgrade to 4S, but not before I get more practice with my multi rotor aircraft, aka "Drone".

Happy Flying!

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Naze32 Rev6
FPV Camera: Spedix 700TVL Camera (Sucks)
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: BL_Heli_S with Oneshot and Multishot
PropsDal T5045 3-Blade V2
Motors: Spedix 2205 2300KV
Video TX: Spedix 200mw 40 Channel
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
BatteryTurnigy Nano-Tech 35-70c 3S 1500mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargerTurnigy Accucell S60

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Spedix Black Knight 250 Acro FPV Drone Maiden



My first time ever flying a Multi Rotor aircraft in Acro or Rate mode while flying with FPV goggles.  The Maiden flight of my Spedix Black Knight 250 on 3S batteries.

My Thoughts? Very happy I made it through pretty much 2 packs before I killed two props! The camera that came with the Black Knight sucks, the ground goes black when pointed towards the sun.  Will be replacing it with a Runcam Swift Rotor Riot Edition.

Notes: I spent about 20 hours playing "Liftoff" before this Maiden flight through my FrSky Taranis, and it honestly helped tremendously.  As my first time in Acro in the game resulted in a flight time of less than 2 seconds as I forward flipped from takeoff and landed upside down.  Rates on the Black Knight 250 are "Factory" 50/50/60, while in sim my Rates are much higher.

My apologies for incorrectly marking the 2nd flight as being in rate mode when it was in angle.  The third flight was pure rate/acro, and you'll notice my flight is much smoother.

So before picking up this hobby, I highly recommend you play Liftoff first!

Happy Flying!

-- Gear --
SimulatorLiftoff (Steam)
FrameSpedix Black Knight 250
Flight Controller: Naze32 Rev6
FPV Camera: Spedix 700TVL Camera (Sucks)
HD CameraGoPro Hero 5 Black
ESCs: BL_Heli_S with Oneshot and Multishot
PropsDal T5045 3-Blade V2
Motors: Spedix 2204 2300KV
Video TX: Spedix 200mw 40 Channel
ReceiverFrSky X4R-SB SBUS
BatteryTurnigy Nano-Tech 35-70c 3S 1500mah
GooglesQuanum Cyclops
TransmitterFrSky Taranis X9D Plus
ChargerTurnigy Accucell S60

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Welcome to the RC Haven of WhoopTang

Greetings,

My name is Anthony, but you can call me "WhoopTang".  Where did I come up with this name? As you may or may not know, there is a micro quadcopter that has been trademarked under the name "TinyWhoop", which is where the "Whoop" originates from, and is a play on words for the music band name Wu Tang.

I am writing you from beautiful Monterey County, California. The goal of this blog is to document my progress in becoming a FPV Pilot, as I honestly enjoy creating, and editing video's, and consider the footage and editing performed to be "artwork".  I tend to watch my video's over and over, and greatly enjoy my creations, and thought others might enjoy tagging along, and seeing it too, as honestly, a quadcopter in Acro mode is one of the toughest things I've ever learned to control.  I would literally describe it as a "rewiring of the brain" in combination with muscle memory, however, if you push through it, it is in my opinion incredibly rewarding.  I strongly emphasize that if your interested in getting into this hobby, to spend some time in a simulator first.  Before my first flight ever, I spent 20 hours playing Liftoff, which was enough to become confident at the controls in acro mode to be able to fly my 250 sized quadcopter.  Other key thing is, make sure you get a quality camera, as some of the ones that come with BNF or ARF are absolute junk, that if they get pointed towards the sun, the ground turns pure black, so if you can't afford a quality one, fly with the sun overhead, not at sunrise, or sunset, or be prepared to lose all visibility and potentially crash into something (like high voltage power lines).

Now that we have that straightened out, I am a very frugal shopper, thus I research, and weigh the pros and cons of every purchase I make for this hobby, with the key being to get the best bang for the buck, while not sacrificing too much quality, as in this hobby you need to be able to trust your gear.  As such in most of my posts, there will be links to gear, when available through Amazon, I will post the same product, if not an equivalent / or better product.  I am an Amazon Affiliate, thus if you happen to buy anything via Amazon, within a certain time-frame after clicking my a link, I will get commission (eventually), which will help fund towards maintaining this hobby, and providing a better experience for my audience.  As such there will typically be better prices for a lot of these products, so it is your choice on whether or not to buy anything via Amazon, but doing so does help me.  Places I have had a good experience with for various gear (besides Amazon):

China / International Based
BangGood
HobbyKing
Ebay

USA Based
GetFPV
Ebay
Tower Hobbies
AMainHobbies
GotHeliRC
ReadyMadeRC

Tax Law states that if you make less than $400 a year (last time I researched, and unsure whether that is considered "profit"), it is a hobby.  As of writing I've made $0, and I don't foresee making more than that for quite a while.  I have however completed the Part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Online Course (ALC-451) offered by the FAA.  I am also studying the Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautic Knowledge, to better familiarize myself with general Aviation, and take the appropriate test to be able to fly small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Commercial Purposes.  I've also spent $5 and registered with the FAA, and have tagged my aircraft appropriately. 

Thank you for visiting, and Happy and Safe Flying! -WhoopTang
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