ArduCopter 2 Tri and FPV.... Enjoying the hobby again!

 

I started in RC ages ago but i did not really get serious with the  hobby till about 15 years ago. I started out with traditional heli's and then moved to fixed wing aircraft as well. I became very proficient in both, flew IMAC and was a known regular at our field. I truly enjoyed the hobby and spent a great deal of time and money to support it as well.

 

About 5 years ago due to personal reasons involving my then spouse, work and other things i decided to give up flying. It was probably one of the biggest mistakes i made over the years, it truly was one of the few things i enjoyed doing and was good at.

 

Not to long ago I discovered Diydrones and was hooked again. These multicopters  truly fascinated me. Off to the storage i went to dig out radios, receivers and other things i needed and my first quad was purchased.

 

Shortly before i could maiden my quad I suffered another life changing event.. I had multiple strokes. The strokes left me walking like a 100 yr old man, no balance. My hands suffered from loss of precision, it was hard for me to do things i used to. And worse, my vision was damaged. I had diplopia and saw double vision as well as my distance vision was very bad. I have to wear an eye patch until i can get proper glasses to repair the vision(if it can be).

 

This really limited how much i can enjoy flying, as it is, i can only hover visually fairly close as i loose orientation very easily and have problems seeing things at a distance.

 

Then.. I discovered FPV. Several months back i saw videos by David Windestål and YTchim on YouTube, I researched this area of RC and began buying equipment needed and gaining the knowledge i would need to successfully FPV.

 

Now i am the proud owner two FPV tri-copters (both ArduCopter powered) and an FPV Sky Surfer. It has taken me many months worth of investment (both time and money) and i believe i finally found a way i can really enjoy the hobby  once again.

 

After getting used to and not scared to death when wearing the goggles i realized that i did not feel limited in what i can do based on my vision. Don't get me wrong, i am not blind by any means and could successfully land the craft visually thanks stabilize mode.. but this has opened a new set of doors for me into this great hobby.

 

I am mainly writing this blog post as a big thank you to the ArduPilotMega team and everyone involved. If it were not for your efforts and this site I probably would have never got back into the hobby and fully enjoy it as i do today.

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Comment by simonl on September 23, 2011 at 12:08am
It's posts like these that make all the effort worthwhile. Glad you're enjoying flying again, and I second your appreciation of the APM team & all other contributors to DIYDrones.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on September 23, 2011 at 6:10am

What a wonderful post! Many thanks for sharing that, Don. It's posts like this that make all the hard work worthwhile.

Comment by Jose Angel on September 23, 2011 at 6:51am

Don, your willpower is amazing! There are no limits... just your imagination.

My admiration also for all the developer's and people involved in the project. 

 

Comment by Jeff E on September 23, 2011 at 7:04am

Truly an inspirational blog....Thanks for sharing

I second about this great community and awesome devs...

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