Quading Vacation (no wheels included)


Quading Vacation (no wheels included)
I recently had a 5 day vacation in the foothills of Alberta Canada and took advantage of the great weather to fly my quad. I was able to make 20 flights in 4 different locations. All locations were very remote. The video includes a failsafe RTL when I try to go to far and loose my radio signal. With winter around the corner it was great to have such an opportunity. 
I hope you enjoy
jDrones X1 Frame
JDrones AC2830-358, 850Kv
jDrones 20 Amp ESCs
10"/45 propellers
Turnigy nano-tech 3300mah
ArduPilot Mega 2.25 ????(read)
Arducopter 2.7.3
Xbee 900 Telemetry
jDrones MiniOSD
5.8Ghz Video Transmitter with  circularly polarized antenna  3 lobe
Gopro Hero2
Diversity Duo receiver with circularly polarized antenna 4 lobe and a 3 Turn Helical Antenna
Spectrum DX7s radio
APM 2.25
Since new I have had continuing problems with the data flash card not being recognized. I final remounted the daughter board and permanently soldered the interconnection, then I removed the SD card slot and permanently soldered the SD card in place. I kept the SD insertion switch and soldered it closed. Since this mod I have never had any problems with the card. I was forced to repair the USB connector that became intermittent a month ago. I did this by using an old Blackberry charging station to add the female pigtail USB cable that is permanently mounted to the CCT.
Thanks to the development team for their work on Arducopter project. My quad (with all its modifications) operated flawlessly during this trip. 
Emile L.


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    This is the mount I started with.


    I reduced it to only use up/down.

  • Wiki Ninja

    Emile, The camera mount looks simple & sturdy. Did you design & fabricate it or did you purchase it? Is it possible to see some close-up pictures of it?

  • My spotter was briefed on the procedures that we would follow in the event of a aircraft.

  • Emile, thank you for taking the time to collect, edit and upload your video.  I enjoyed it immensely!

    I especially liked the long continual flight sequences - choppy vids to rawkous muzik does nothing for me.

    Keep up the great work!!!!!

  • Wiki Ninja

    excellent video!

    thanks for including the details 

  • i get about 6 to 7 min flight time. I always have 1/4 capacity in researve. The floats reduced flight time by about a min. They added 150gr. over the old gear.

  • The blue foam is from a kids floater toy. I just sliced a hole and stuck in the landing gear strut. I have never tried to land on water with it. it will float but just. I like to think that it won't sink.

  • Nice :)

    How long can you stay up?

    Did you check how the floats impact you airtime?

  • Nice.  Can you detail what you've done with those "floats"?  Does it float?

  • Very Nice!

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