Alan and Sam, from 3DR, cool and confident in the Colorado sun.

Dave C. this years aerial challenge winner, cracking good times and smoking hot motors.

Justin and Joe, of 3DR, doing work.

APM swept the top five spots in aerial, and took first place in two of the rover categories: Tom Coyle in the middle-weight category and Jason Short in the exotic category with his APM Segway two-wheeler.

There is a ton of pictures and video to go through and edit, but I'll start posting things here as soon as they are ready. 

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Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 9, 2013 at 5:13pm

Oh, I actually did a cool pano picture of the site with my camera, I'll check it out and figure out how to post it (it's super wide).

Comment by Joshua Ott on June 9, 2013 at 5:14pm

Thanks Robert!

Comment by John C. on June 9, 2013 at 5:27pm

Here's a few more of just my pics.

From left: Pat Hickey, Brandon Basso and Brandon Jones tuning an entry in the fixed-wing competition.

Jordi checking out a Y6 entry with Oscar looking on.

From left: Josh Ott, Michael Oborne and Joe Aletky "hot washing" (for you Brandon) a recent rover/fixed-wing auto launch run with Chris.

Our Y6 entry (with a spare) and Launch Rover Alpha.  I can't wait for the videos we've got on this one.

From left: Brandon Jones, Alex Paskulin, Lorenzo Lopez, Orlando Gastelum, Jordi and Guillermo Romero checking out the action.

A sweet chopper.

Chris Miser from http://www.falcon-uav.com/ doing a demo of his UAV powered by APM

Comment by Joshua Ott on June 9, 2013 at 5:31pm

Robert Lefebvre was the sole competitor running a traditional heli. I'm now really inspired to put an APM on the 400 that I've let gather dust. He's proven that even those squirrely smaller copters can be tamed with the APM. 

Comment by Joshua Ott on June 9, 2013 at 5:40pm

Randy was as intelligent and nice in person as he is on DIY.

In the background right is Leonard Hall spraying something on his head.

Comment by Joshua Ott on June 9, 2013 at 5:47pm

Randy, Earl, Leonard, and Dave C.


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Comment by Chris Anderson on June 9, 2013 at 5:59pm

Robert says that once you've got an APM on a smaller heli, it's as easy to fly as one of those coax toys. Can't wait to try (I'm a trad heli noob)

Comment by Joshua Ott on June 9, 2013 at 6:02pm

Chris Anderson and Tom Coyle.

Tom is a really cool dude, it was a pleasure to get to know him.

Have a safe trip back across the country to Florida, Tom. Congratulations on your win!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 9, 2013 at 6:18pm

Robert says that once you've got an APM on a smaller heli, it's as easy to fly as one of those coax toys. Can't wait to try (I'm a trad heli noob)

Once you get it tuned, yes.  The trick is getting it tuned.  You really need an expert to do that, unfortunately. It's much harder than tuning a quad.

Whats the best starter heli of the little heli's Robert? One I can use with APM.

As I said in my presentation, the 450 is sort of nice because it's small, and safer, and cheaper. But it's hard to get all the stuff on it.  Obviously I did it, but you have to work at it.  A 500 is just big enough I think.  If I ever lost the 450, I'd probably replace it with a 500 as my "beater".

Obviously the Align Trex 450 is the standard.  But I'd really recommend starting with a Tarot 450 clone instead.

These guys have the Tarot 450 and 500, and I've had great service from them and they're in the US.

http://tarot-rc-heli.com/index.php?route=common/home

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on June 9, 2013 at 6:49pm

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