I gave away my drones today. I packed up 2 Phantom 1.1s, one with a Futaba controller, six Phantom 2s with each equipped with a Zenmuse gimbal, 2 with dataLinks and FPV, a FW330, an FW440 and an FW550, the 440 equipped with a Datalink and FPV, and I let my 3DRs go as well. …

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New Thanksgiving dinner preparation tools

Happy Thanksgiving to all of those who enjoy and use drones for their hobbies and endeavors. Remember, a drone without prop guards makes a great decapitation device for those delicious thanksgiving birds who soar the fall skies in contempt of ax wielding hungry people. HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL !!!

What a Brick

I have entered the Twilight Zone of batteries. The purchase of my S900 has me using 6S batteries and these are some weighty items. A 16000mAh LiPo is mistakable for a brick, weighing in at a mere 2600 grams. My S900 came with a pair of 6000mAh batteries to use in parallel with the hexacopter …

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Colin Guinn and 3DRobotics

I was pleased to see that Colin Guinn joined joined 3D Robotics. The last many of us heard from him was because of the unfortunate situation at the SpaceX launch when he added a non-American to his guest list and then pocketed a day launch security card to keep as a souvenir. In all of …

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Suspicious

I noticed that a few DJI vendors are having some pretty good sales on their Phantom products. Both single units and combo packages. I also note that the general holiday season is racing our way, what with halloween, thanksgiving, christmas and new years stacked up in a holding pattern. The last time this happened we …

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S900 Awaaaay

I was all excited to get the new S900 from DJI. Looking all over for it, I couldn’t find anyone with it in stock. IntelligentUAS showed a picture of a stack of S900 boxes and celebrated that they were now in, but checking the web page showed them out of stock.  A couple of days …

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3DR Offers Iris Upgrade Last Chance

As a purchaser of the Developer Edition Iris, I got a notice from them that August 31st was the cutoff date to receive a kit that updated developer editions to full fledged consumer editions. The kit is going for $160. Their offer of replacement arms for developer Iris owners is over; they ran out of …

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Setting up iOSD and FPV on a P2

I already had the Zenmuse H3-3D and the wires coming out of the Phantom so I decided to go for the whole enchilada. I ordered a 600mW Tx Rx combo from Amazon for w whopping 80 bucks and picked up an iOSD moduse from 1UAS in Maryland. It wad actually pretty easy to do. I …

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Woo and Hoo!

I’ve been waiting for a good hexacopter to come along with DJI reliability and smoothness. Looks like DJI hit the mark with the s900. I’ve been flying the FW550 and while I like it well ehough, it’s heavy and I can only get about 10 solid minutes of airtime out of it. Not really long …

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Putting a H3-3D on an old style Phantom 2

Deciding I like the Zenmuse H3-3D better than the H3-2D, I decided to retrofit one on my Phantom 2 v1. It doesn’t have the circular cutout in the body that the newer Phantoms do to accommodate the yaw axis gimbal motor. The old ones have a rounded rectangular hole that accommodates the main support pillar. …

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Bummer

I took my daughter and her boyfriend out flying last night. There was still a couple of hours of sunlight before the sun would be fully below the horizon and it was calm and comfortable. My daughter had the Phantom 2 Vision I’d just given her and I’d equipped her boyfriend with a Walkera QR-X350 …

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Phantom New Two

My new P2 arrived today and it took about 20 minutes to set it up. During that time I mounted the Zenmuse H3-3D gimball, put batteries in the transmitter and did a software update through Software Assistant. Of course, I did a compass and IMU calibration. One of the biggest n00b mistakes is to charge …

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