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Any Drone pilots outhere?


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#1 NickAu

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Posted 05 December 2018 - 10:30 PM

Hi
 
A few weeks ago I was at a local park and they had a drone racing competition going on I spoke to a few people and decided I wanted to give it a go.
 
One of the pilots suggested I buy a cheap drone and he would teach me to fly it, He even suggested a nice drone for a novice https://www.kmart.com.au/product/2.4ghz-6-axis-quadcopter/1461304

Video is not my work.

 

 

I figured how hard can it be a 13 year old kid can do it, My first flight lasted less than ten seconds with the drone stuck in a tree, So I phoned the kid up and he sent me some youtube videos on the basics of trimming and flying a drone. I am now at the stage of where I can get it to hover in one place, this thing is a lot of fun.

 

Any racers out here with any tips?
 


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 03:59 AM

Not a drone user myself but recently, I've been interested in them... for drone photography that is ;) To be honest, I haven't heard of "drone racing" until now. Is it a new thing these days?


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 04:19 AM

Yes its kinda new

 

Official 2016 GoPro National Drone Racing Championships ESPN | drones racing national championships

 

 

 

How to build a 110MPH+ FPV Racing DRONE for UNDER $180 Full Build guide

 


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Posted 06 December 2018 - 10:07 AM

I live within two miles of an airport and it is not legal for me to fly a drone.   It is loads of fun, played with a friends toy in another town where there are no restrictions.  Beides using the viewer that came with the unit, I was able to get the video to display on my 10 inch tablet and it really made a difference, the smaller display lacked resolution to really be able to manuever  in close quarters.



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Posted 06 December 2018 - 06:19 PM

What a great topic! I've become more and more curious about Drone technology of late myself so will be interested in seeing where this goes.

 

I figured how hard can it be a 13 year old kid can do it, 

 

 

You should never use kids as a rule of thumb guide to how difficult a task can be imo! Kids often have uncanny abilities that defy belief - just take a look at some young skateboard riders can do and how they don't break their friggin necks learning to perform the stunts they do. My (now adult) son is a big gamer - I have virtually no hope in defeating or even competing on a competent level to what he can do in some games. I just don't have the required dexterity and reflexes needed :)


Edited by achzone, 06 December 2018 - 06:19 PM.


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:20 AM

I used to fly single rotor with tail rotor drones, otherwise known as rc helicopters.

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I am now at the stage of where I can get it to hover in one place...


Now rotate it 180 degrees, so that the 'nose' is pointing towards you. :)

With the 'tail' towards you, you get used to the drone moving forward (relative to you) when you push the stick forward, and to your left when you move the stick left, etc. When you turn the 'nose' towards you though, all those orientations become reversed, so that the drone moves to your right when you push the stick left, etc. For this reason it's advisable to imagine yourself 'in the cockpit,' so that you think of the drone moving to its left when you push the stick left, etc, no matter which way it's pointing relative to you.

Edited by Al1000, 07 December 2018 - 07:22 AM.


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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:01 AM

I used to fly single rotor with tail rotor drones, otherwise known as rc helicopters.

 

That looks suspiciously similar to the one I had several years ago. Dick Smiths?

 

I didn't get too bad at flying it either. Use to scare the birds away from the power lines with it :)

 

The fact that drones carry cams is what's piquing my interest in them.



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 04:44 PM

Well I will no longer be trying to fly the drone indoors, Luckily mt fish tanks have lids on them.



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 05:13 PM

They sound like fun!

Nick, you're welcome to practice here anytime as we have a backyard waterfall/pond feature along with a good sized leaf (or drone) net. Cold beer's on us.

BTW, any mounted camera for voyeur interest isn't practical being we're a 55+ age community. :)
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:17 PM

BTW, any mounted camera for voyeur interest isn't practical being we're a 55+ age community. 

 

What's that got to do with anything? It won't be you lot he'll be interested in filming   :hysterical:



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:24 PM

@achzone,

Ha! That"s for sure.. though younger, nearby neighborhoods abound. :)

Also, there's few trees here to get stuck in, but there are some cactus where Nick might find himself  'on the (t)horns of a dilemma'.

Edited by r.a.d., 07 December 2018 - 06:25 PM.

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Posted 07 December 2018 - 06:41 PM

Also, there's few trees here to get stuck in, but there are some cactus where Nick might find himself  'on the (t)horns of a dilemma'.

 

Excellent way to keep him concentrating on the task at hand.

 

I recall having to use an extension ladder to get my little helicopter out of a tree once and dropped it from some height during the rescue - fortunately it still worked perfectly after that :)



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:20 PM

In case of a drone dunk, white rice is mentioned below like some tech advice here for wet computer parts-

https://shop.spheredrones.com.au/blogs/fixmydrone/14540397-what-to-do-when-your-drone-hits-water
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Posted 07 December 2018 - 07:29 PM

7  Call Us and we can supply and assess any damage!

 

 

Now that's what I call service lol...



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Posted 07 December 2018 - 08:15 PM

I missed that $ervice with a $mile part...


Edit/add: more generically instructive, recommending isopropyl alcohol rinse-

https://fixacrash.com/2017/02/09/recovering-your-drone-from-a-water-landing/

Edited by r.a.d., 07 December 2018 - 09:15 PM.

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