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Posted by on Aug 1, 2018 in Blog, Video

Halls Hill

Drive-By Flyings

Today, me and today’s spotter, Special Assistant Andy were off to fly secret hidden towers, but our plans were thwarted because there were loads of sheep in the field we didn’t want to worry. So back in the car we got, and drove about a bit, mainly around the Buriton area, until we found ourselves at the Halls Hill Car Park, one of the many entrances to the South Downs Way. Handy car park next to a lot of public fields that we had entirely to ourselves for the whole session.

Site Assessment

Looking greener after the recent rain…

Even though it’s mostly open fields and whatnot, there are enough hazards about, and the contour of the landscape itself makes this a Level 2 fly-site. So, careful not to directly overfly the one minor road, or the houses at the end of the field, and ever aware of the low-level power lines, and the slope of the land, we were good to go for two 15 minute flights. Could have gone longer on both, but I tend to bring her back nice and early on windy days…

Down below…

Not much to see on the ground (unless you count 2 middle aged geeks throwing terrible rock shapes in Orbit mode) in the failing light, but the sun, which was just behind the crest of the large hill to our left is still illuminating a lot of the countryside as we go up higher. Didn’t crest the hill myself this time (highest pan at 265 ft), although I had the available range and legality to do it, as I was slightly worried about wind speeds higher up, but the Typhoon H certainly did a brilliant job holding fast under the 20 mph winds as we got to around the 100 ft mark… I think on a less windy day I might try getting above that hill to see what’s behind it…

Flight Performance

In all the manual flight modes I tried today, the H behaved flawlessly, and, as mentioned before, did a startlingly good impression of position hold even when in relatively turbulent air, and moving at speed through it. No problems with drift or landings, though hand caught the second landing anyway, just for the practice… Spotter Andy got nice and close at the end while taking photos of the H in the air, but that is fine because a) he is a person under my control and b) knows what he’s doing, and will move if anything goes wrong, (which it didn’t) and c) after 40 flights I have enough trust and confidence in the craft to trust the occasional brief, close hover.  For anyone concerned, that section of footage is reversed in the video – I wasn’t dropping down on top of him, rather moving up and away !

Over Buriton Way…

Auto Modes Testing

Testing 2 of the special features today – Orbit mode again, as mentioned above, in which the H orbits the controller, and for the first time, Point-of-interest Mode too, which does much the same but on an object you choose. I have done 3 of these orbital tests so far, and they are almost perfect :) But I am getting some centre point deviation / inaccuracy in both modes. I notice that the gimbal isn’t keeping the target right in the center of the screen. It’s not bad enough that the subject ever leaves the screen, but I’d say it’s pretty much never exactly centered. This was particularly evident on the hay-bale spin-round (PoI), where I was quite careful to set my centre point directly over the object and half way along it, although I admit to not pointing the camera directly down to check this. But it was right visually. So, why is the orbit from that off-center ? Might have to forum that one…

Last Light

Because we skipped our original fly site, we were delayed getting to our next one, so we lost a bit of light there – I have been hoping to do some more daytime shoots, but it just isn’t working out like that at the moment ! Will keep trying, and hopefully when my ND filters arrive I will have no more excuses to get out there in the morning !

See you next time…

Aero J