A is for Azusa

After seeing these letter on the side of the foothills all over Southern California, I decided to try to fly close to them via FPV. Here is me second attempt (the first one was B is for Burbank, click here to watch that video). Please excuse the excessive jello and vibes; the CC3D controller isn’t perfectly tuned and I’m using very cheap motors that are hard to balance. Other than that, enjoy!

Equipment used:

3D printed Mini H frame, the Mini Crow (click here for more info)
APC 6 x 4 props
Aoxing 2100 kv motors
600mw 5.8 Immersion RC Video TX
PZ0420 Clone board cam for FPV video
Mobius wide lens for video recording

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B is for Burbank – FPV Flight

One of my FPV goals was to fly around and take video of the big letter B in the foothills of Burbank and today I’ve met that goal!

My flight times are about 12-15 minutes on 2 x 2,200 3S lipos, on my scratch-built J-Twin airplane (for more information about it click here). I’m using my FrSky Taranis and and extended range receiver, the new X8R and I had no problems with RC range. I was having some static and at around 1KM on my video feed, as I’m using an ImmersionRC 5.8 ghz 600 mW video transmitter.

 

 

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J-Twin: Scratch-built FPV Platform

Introducing the J-Twin, a twin-motor airplane I designed and built specifically for FPV. I took it for its maiden flight today and I behaved amazingly well, just a click or two of aileron trim and it was all set. The center of gravity is approximately at 1/3 of the wing chord and it didn’t present any negative tendencies.

The plane is built using Adams Readi-board (dollar store foam) and balsa for the ailerons with reinforced packing tape for strength. The wing breaks down into 3 sections and it was built using the Armin Wing technique (from Ed, Experimental Airlines).

Dimensions:

  • Wingspan: 60″
  • Length: 36″
  • Wing chord: 6.5″

Powertrain:

  • 2 x Turnigy D2630-11 1000 KV motors
  • APC 9 X 6 props (counter-rotating)
  • 35A H-King ESCs

RC:

  • FrSky X8R receiver
  • APM 2.5 flight controller
  • MinimOSD

FPV:

  • ImmersionRC 5.8 Ghz 600 mW Video transmitter
  • Fatshark RVC922 video goggles with built-in 5.8 receiver
  • GoPro Hero 2 for recording and video out.

Stay tuned for a flight video.

Photo Gallery

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Ov3rquad – Top of the Mountain

High in the mountains of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California, I present my lastest FPV adventure. Filmed on a GoPro Hero 2 at 720p 120 fps on the always amazing Ov3rquad open-source quadrotor frame.

I found a heliport at the top of the mountain with 3 helipads and I thought it would be fun to use them as my own personal landing pads. I will definetely be flying here more often as there is a lot more to explore, a bunch of hiking trails and a golf course. Stay tuned!

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