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Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

Airwheel 600 – A Year-in Review

Airwheel 600 – A Year-in Review

Who’s counting the hours ? I am. Thought it was about time I did another Airwheel blog as I have finally crossed the ‘600 hours on it’ mark, a relatively landmark moment, because it means that my time on the machine has cost just £1 an hour and every hour I spend on it now just makes that even cheaper and better value for money. It has to be said I am truly impressed with the reliability and the lack of ongoing costs in the year and a bit since I’ve had mine. Indeed, my Airwheel X5 has moved me over 3500 miles, saved me an incredible amount on petrol, and made all my journeys much more enjoyable than walking or driving into the bargain. She looks a bit worn round the edges now, but she’s still motoring along… The Joy of the Ride You can train yourself to do some pretty amazing things on an Airwheel, but I have found all my efforts focused on practical riding skills rather than...

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Posted by on Aug 17, 2015

A New Era of Flight Control

A New Era of Flight Control

Goodbye DJI Having had my second flyaway, and as usual no response from DJI, my trust in them and their flight controllers is just not there anymore. So I won’t be using anything made by them again. Ok, maybe their high density plastic multirotor arms but nothing else. But what else is there, Flight Controller-wise ? Quite a bit of choice, as it goes… After some exhaustively lengthy research, I have narrowed my choice of flight controller for my TBS Discovery Pro rebuild to either a 3DRobotics Pixhawk, or an Eagletree Vector. I also looked at the APM 2.6, CC3D, Naze32, Hobbyking’s KK2.0,The Unmanned Tech All-in-One and a few more besides, but decided that the cheaper acro boards were not really for me, given that my main focus is smooth, slow, sail-plane style aerial video, not screaming it round a forest with high-speed mini-quad action, to which the smaller, cheaper boards, without GPS seem more suited. The Semi-final Eagletree Vector I really like the Vector, and Eagletree in general, and the Vector’s in-built...

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