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idata
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Spinning up the RTF

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My RTF came yesterday. No problem seeing where the money went - very high-quality kit especially tuned and ready to fly.

Changed out the connector to a Deans Plug - (old school), powered it up, tested the motors and hooked up to QGroundControl

Flight tests delayed until tomorrow - too much wind today. Reports right after.

Per the specs, using this battery: Gens ace LiPo Battery Pack 4000mAh 11.1V 25C 4S with Deans Plug from Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011QFMISO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011QFMISO/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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idata
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Hi BethanySciences,

 

 

The drone looks great! Let's hope the weather improves so you can test it soon. Feel free to share your experience with the community.

 

 

-Sergio A.

 

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MartyG
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Thanks for sharing your drone build, Bethany! Looking forward to your flight test report.

idata
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Thanks Marty.

idata
Community Manager
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Hi BethanySciences,

 

 

The drone looks great! Let's hope the weather improves so you can test it soon. Feel free to share your experience with the community.

 

 

-Sergio A.

 

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idata
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A few short flight tests today with observations.

  • Make sure switches are where they need to be. Got a bit squirrely so set the rates back and was unable to disarm the motors.
  • Balance is important to stable flight.
  • QGroundControl had mixed success on 3 platforms (iMac, MacBook, iPad)
  • WiFi via Aero AP is pretty slow to connect with the AC radios in the above systems
  • Basic flights went as expected.
  • My UAV is one rev old - planning to flash bios and image in the next few days - hopefully, this will clear up some of these issues.

Keeping notes on:

+ flight procedures

+ updating the software

+ part replacements

+ specifications

prettied them up a bit and started a repository on github with a wiki for updates...

Some folks may find the info useful - happy to take feedback and/or pulls.....

https://github.com/bethanysciences/Intel-Aero https://github.com/bethanysciences/Intel-Aero

A few useful images too.

MartyG
Honored Contributor III
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You're being excellently scientific with your testing and documentation, Bethany. I'm sure it'll be an invaluable reference source for others following in your footsteps!

JElle1
Beginner
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Any chance you could provide more details on:

  • QGroundControl had mixed success on 3 platforms (iMac, MacBook, iPad)
  • WiFi via Aero AP is pretty slow to connect with the AC radios in the above systems

I only have an hour or so experience with this and just did a power up w/o props (flies great ;-) . I am just curious about the downlinking since I live in the land of trees and find the Phantom's stream video pretty invaluable.

I am guessing you are using a wifi signal off the drone to downlink to QGroundControl running on a laptop(?)