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March 2009 Blog Posts (17)

Stunning Sunday, flying too fast? Anyone got any ideas?

What a difference light winds make, flew from my parents backgarden, bit tight get around the trees but what the hey.

I think I might have just had a light bulb moment, that would have been obvious to a cleverer person.

But I will standby for expert opinion from the crowd.

I have noticed before that sometimes when throttling back I keep climbing pretty well.

Flying around in calmer air I could observe the aircraft a little more closely and try and… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 29, 2009 at 10:09 — No Comments

End of week two.

Not quite so much flying this week, weather got in the way.

Total time in the air now 25 hours and 20 minutes.

I've just come in from a little trip out and my feet are like blokes of ice.

My newphew had a go today and put the aircraft firmly into the ground, trying to loop it one foot too low.

Thankfully it was level when it it the deck, but it did snap the end of a servo horn.

The very first proper damage.

It is beginning to… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 27, 2009 at 18:59 — No Comments

I was nervous

After yesterdays spin into a big tree, which eventually gave up Airframe 1 in high winds

I was a little more cautious about flying today

But fly I did, in quite brisk winds again, 10 to 15 knots.

I gave Airframe one a bit of an overhaul this morning and made sure everything was secure, including resetting one servo which seemed to have wandered, blimey what a difference.

Must have nailed the first set up as it flew no problems at all immediately,… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 24, 2009 at 10:31 — No Comments

Interesting stuff from Chris of DIYdrones maybe.

Have a look here

A podcast with Chris Anderson,I'm listening to it now and awaiting his bit.

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 24, 2009 at 1:32 — No Comments

First Post by me on this site

Hello. I have an Atto v1.8. I have been a beta tester and am also involved in the assembly of it with Dean

Added by Brian Carpenter on March 22, 2009 at 4:14 — 1 Comment

A brother or sister is born

Guess its a sister ship.

Airframe 2 is built.

I seem to have MAV insomnia.

Keep thinking of things to do and woke up at 0530 to get the first flight of the day in yesterday.

This is just testing an airframe, not even adding the Attopilot yet.

But I think it will be worth putting the time in.

Already on the second one I have changed things ever so slightly based on the first twenty hours of Airframe 1's life.

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 22, 2009 at 0:57 — No Comments


Due to an error of maths I had to pop out just after sunset to finish that.

Time for a 20 hour airframe check, the method of keeping the wings on has loosened up so I think I need to sort that.

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 21, 2009 at 18:29 — No Comments

Second airframe in construction.

Red one this time, its heading off overseas for a while on Monday.

The Yellow one, or Airframe 1 has just over 18 hours on it one week after its maiden.

Its destruction testing gone mad!!

I wonder what the first component to fail will be?

I am hoping that I will get upto at least 150 hours before anything happens.

No point in having a fine autopilot in the airframe if every 5 hours you need major surgery to keep the thing… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 21, 2009 at 13:17 — No Comments

Red Kite

A very pleasant few minutes spend soaring with a red kite.

That made time go by

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 17, 2009 at 12:59 — No Comments

10 hours !!!

Its a lot of standing around over 4 days, to be honest I have taken to sitting the the car.

At least I can put the radio on and the heater!

So 10 hours and 8 minutes of airtime over 15 flights so thats an average of 40 minutes a flight, I'm well pleased with that.

The Optio, I think is dead!!

So an excuse to go out to the camera shop.

I have given the airframe a Twitter, if only to be the first MAV with one!

The airframe has… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 16, 2009 at 14:32 — No Comments

Sunday night

More test flying and the death of my Optio camera today.

A total time in the air of 7 hours 43 minutes.

Should crack 10 hours tommorrow.

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 15, 2009 at 22:30 — No Comments

Another hour, 3 hours 14 minutes.

Well I wised up and sat in the car to avoid getting cold.

Very weird really but quite pleasant reclining the seat and listening to the radio.

So with another hour and two minutes flown Friday the 13th's total is 3 hours and 14 minutes

By far the most I have ever flown with a brand new airframe, very very impressed with it.

Looks like the wind will be a little much in the morning so I might just try grab 15 or 30 minute slots.

It was so dark… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 13, 2009 at 22:02 — No Comments

A podcast from another life,

Patrick Egan got a mention for a podcast he was in so I shall blow my trumpet with one I made. Its RC related as well!

Attaching it here will give me a place to point people to for it.

I forgot about it and pulled down the site it was hosted on, whoops.


Safari Cast Show 4.mp3

From my… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 13, 2009 at 16:30 — No Comments

Another 38 minutes

Why 38 minutes, well because my hands and feet gave up before the aircraft.

Having come back from Africa, barmy Bedfordshire is not quite cutting it at the minute.

So thats 2 hours 10 minutes so far today.

Should be able to crack three hours today and get, weather permitting the 5 sorted by tommorrow so I can get on and strap a camera to the… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 13, 2009 at 15:30 — No Comments

Airframe testing

Built up an airframe in my hotel bedroom last night, passes the time.

Was very pleased with the first 31 minute hop, had some things do do this morning so took it out again at work.

1 hours and 3 minutes, a bit dull actually flying around for that time but, wow.

So charging it up and getting ready to go out again, must not break my don't put any toys on until I've flown 5 hours rule!!

Fishing out my camera cable to put some photos… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 13, 2009 at 13:22 — No Comments

Attopilots taking flight

Two threads to follow over on RC Groups



Added by Gary Mortimer on March 10, 2009 at 7:00 — No Comments

Those flying wing things

Dean seems to love them.

I completed one yesterday for my Nephews, blowing hard today so I tested it on a slope.

According to the local met, 22knots at the time.

Handled it.

To my mind a Zagi is too small, but I might yet be convinced of the benefit of flying wings, I certainly had forgotten how tough they were!!

Alex is holding it. He has joined DIYdrones, better get him… Continue

Added by Gary Mortimer on March 8, 2009 at 19:30 — No Comments

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