Test Day 2 – Petersfield Cricket Ground
…Everything was better in today’s tests – by adjusting some bolts on the isolation mount, and making sure each flight was properly balanced, I was able to mostly get rid of the shakes that were plaguing me yesterday, but for some reason chose to video at 30 FPS, so my turns didn’t come out as smooth as they were. Balancing the craft appears to make all the difference. Had I filmed at 60 FPS I would have produced some really solid footage.
Took 4 batteries, but discovered a fault with the power connection on one Zippy 5800, so retired that before take-off. Gains are now on Aux 5 rotary, and this was useful in that I was able to turn them down when my newly raised settings (P/R/A centered round 150) proved a little twitchy.
GPS lock was flawless except once when it drifted a good 5 m before sorting itself out. There did seem to be a list to the left at points, but I was able to easily counter that and have a mainly very enjoyable flight session. I did limit my height, and moved very gently everywhere, and was ready to take evasive action should GPS or things on the ground give me problems.
So, we’ll call that a win, and step up to something a wee bit more adventurous when it’s next not raining…
Today’s pics are here…
Will I make a video, though ? Probably a little one, just for reference in the ongoing shakes battle.