F550 Y6 Tricopter conversion

03 F550 Y6 Tricopter

Over the last week, I’ve been converting my F550 Hex into a Y6 Tricopter!
It’s coming together nicely with some wiring to be completed before getting airbourne with a Sony RX100M3 controlled remotely by a gentles GentWIRE-MULIT mounted on a G40 gimbal – which I plan to modify and lighten down the track. I’ve used lighter Aimdroix extended aluminium arms and have some 1145 (11 inch) props on the way.

Further details and photos can be found on the updated F550 page.

Major overhaul for Tasview website

To simplify navigation the theme has been changed for the entire website, there is now a menu to pages along the top and footer of all pages. Nesting of pages in navigation has also changed due to space restrictiond of the menu.
The header photo has been updated to reflect our current operational craft and many small modifications have been made on almost every page.
I hope you find it easier to get around and enjoy the fresh look.

We’ve currently had 28,357 hits to the site! We are still currently non-commercial operators but looking forward to CASA’s proposed rule changes to enable us to recoupe our investment in this great hobby. Onward and upward!

Aerial highlights around Hobart

Some amazing scenery above Hobart, the Derwent Estuary and kunanyi – Mt Wellington from the F550 with iLook.
Highlights from flights 30-60.

Flights include:
Waterworks
Peirsons Point – Bruny Island
Queens Domain
Montagu Bay
Chimney Pot Hill
Montrose Bay – MONA
Huntingfield – Northwest Bay
Carlton Rivermouth
Blackman’s Bay
Hobart Cenotaph (with respect, Lest We Forget.)

Photos from the F550

The F550 is flying great! Getting more adventurous as I gain more confidence in the craft – and myself. It’s a pleasure to fly and we’ve had some lovely weather windows providing oportunity to get creative. Can’t wait to get a better camera and gimbal on the hexacopter. Leaning towards the Gopro4 Black because of weight and price, also considering the Sony RX100 III for better  image quality for post proccessing. These are edited stills from the iLook+, you work with what you have 🙂

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Dru Point, Mike’s Phantom V2 Vision+ from the F550
MtWellington
Mt Wellington, over the edge.
Hobart Sunrise TF2sml
Dawn over Hobart.

 

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Hobart sunrise

 

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kunanyi from the Waterworks.

 

 

Eye in the sky …

We’ve been researching, and evaluating  “drones” or UAV’s  for quite some time which can offer a suitable platform for scenic aerial photography and a possible step to getting a Remote Pilot Certificate for commercial work.

We dismissed helicopters as a serious platform years ago as they’re expensive and fragile. It wasn’t until the development of quad-copters that we started to seriously consider our options.

The DJI Phantom V2+ was the first UAV that came close to suiting our needs and budget.  The Walkera Tali H500 was released in mid 2014 and we’ve been watching it’s development with much interest. Now the Walkera Scout X4 has just become available on the market (October 2014).

Tone had no intention to purchase a big drone until early 2015 when there would be more user reviews and settling in on the very new Scout, … but despite my better judgement, his finger slipped on the BUY NOW button and it’s on it’s way … woops

He was impressed by the previews posted by Matt & Bo – and is hoping it can only get better!

The fact it’s smaller (for carrying while bushwalking) and seems to have better build quality than the Tali while having more features than the Phantom (Michael just bought one – so we can make a fair comparison) as well as it’s suggested upgradability was Tone’s main reason for the purchase.

Here’s some footage from a much cheaper little “practice” drone – the Hubsan X4 H107D with FPV we each bought recently (a great way to learn). Tone’s getting in lots of practice – crashing!

Tone – It’s been a wee bit windy but no damage done. I’m learning lots about it’s behaviour under different conditions and what NOT to do which will make me a better pilot and more restrained when things get serious – and expensive.

After a much bigger learning curve, the Scout should be easier to fly with GPS stabilisation – I expect I’ll be reading the manual for WEEKS!!  I intend to be much more sensible – with much more to lose – I’ll let you know how I get on here

I’ll try to be honest and not justify my purchase by just heaping undue praise on it – unless it’s deserved – or bag it out when things are my fault. It’s sometimes difficult to sort through the bullshyte, wingers and trolls while researching

As well as using YouTube for much of our research, Tone has found http://www.rcgroups.com/forums very helpful and signed up on a few Facebook groups too for actual user reviews.

The Scout or the Phantom might not suit you, so don’t take our word for it, do your own research and judge for yourself, it’s half the fun – but he can’t deny we’re excited. 😀