Espresso is in the air
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Author:  fusionfrog [ Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:24 am ]
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For a beginner RC pilot, the Quadshot is loads of fun. My biggest challenge was controlling drift during light winds.

Here is my third flight with a bit of acrobatics.
Since then, I had some spectacular crashes.

Big shout out to the Quadshot team!


Author:  jkg [ Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:26 pm ]
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Awesome first flight video, maybe don't turn the motors off while over the head of your cameraman ;)

Can't wait to see more videos!

Author:  esden [ Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:40 pm ]
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Sweet video! Thanks for that!

Looking forward to more videos. :)

Cheers Esden

Author:  webman [ Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:24 pm ]
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Wow, this looks like lots of fun - and very agile!

Can you tell us a little bit more about your crashes? Maybe other can learn by your experience.

Looking forward to more videos!

Thx, webman.

Author:  Chris [ Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:21 am ]
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My very first crash: it didn't hit the ground so much as fly into a tree and then out the other side. I kept going when Pranay told me to shut it off. A once in a lifetime experience. Do not attempt!

The reason this happened was because I ran out of room in forward flight in Mode 2. If I were to have stayed in Mode 1 I could have released the controls and the QS would have reverted to a hover. I do plan ahead by about one step when flying, but I wanted to execute a split s. This is impossible in Mode 1 and 2, as I soon found out. You have to perform a lateral turn when not in Mode 1 or 2.

...unless you pull straight up, roll 180 degrees when going vertical, then let go of pitch, I think. Gotta try that.

So the lesson is that I ran out of room without knowing how to turn the thing. I thought I could handle it when I couldn't. Start slow or pay for a lot of replacement parts.

Author:  Chris [ Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:43 pm ]
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Next lesson learned:

I couldn't figure out if I wanted to fly it with quadscopter or airplane controls. Remember, in Flight Mode 1 and 2 when vertical, the controls are that of a rotary wing. When horizontal, a fixed wing. BUT, in Mode 3, in all orientations the controls are that of a fixed wing. I can barely hover this thing in Mode 3, but I can easily hover a 3D plane. It used to be the other way around.

Author:  Chris [ Fri Sep 07, 2012 6:53 pm ]
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Also, be careful not to reduce the throttle too far in flight. The motors are what control the QS and without them it drops like a rock. It does have the ability to restart in the air but it is risky regardless.

Author:  fusionfrog [ Tue Sep 18, 2012 4:52 pm ]
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I installed an ON/OFF switch and put new motors in place after my last crash.
Here is the first flight in HD.

Things learned:
Stay in MODE 1 for low altitude flights.
Don't do acrobatics near the ground
Have someone else shoot the video.
Drift happens, so go with it and make small adjustments.

I will be installing a GPS module to see if I can make it stay in one place.

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