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Posted by on Jul 5, 2013 in Blog, Video

South Downs Sky Rise

To the hills once more…

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Right, you’re here now. Well done. Action stations.

Just never the ones I’m trying to see… Today’s flyings took me back to the site I found a couple of weeks ago, in the foothills of the South Downs, close to Bepton and Didling. Last time you didn’t see the flights because gimbal settings were awful, and this time you’re not going to see it because my take-off area was full of sheep ! I like sheep, and have no wish to worry them.

So back in the car I got, and after a bit of random driving about, eventually found myself heading steeply upwards, and then down the sort of road that might have stopped being a road a couple of miles back…

The sun goes down over the hills...

The sun goes down over the hills…

By the time I realised I was actually driving the South Downs Way, I had come dangerously close to grounding my car twice, and the track in front of me seemed to go on ad infinitum into the distance with no turning places, or ways to get back. So onward I went.

Fortunately, I arrived at the ‘summit’ of the hill, and found a small place to turn round, so resolved to do my flyings here, where I was fairly confident I could retreat at the end of the session.

Jet Stream

The wind today was absolutely colossal. I mean the sort of shit that blows tents down and old ladies over. If I hadn’t been in the middle of nowhere with zero obstacles in the ground of sky for miles around, I wouldn’t have deemed it safe to fly.

It's a pretty spectacular view, no matter where you look...

It’s a pretty spectacular view, no matter where you look…

But I needn’t have feared. DJI’s Naza V2 stands up to its claim to better handling in high wind, and although there were definitely some scary moments with wind-induced speed, on the whole, my craft behaved impeccably, although I could tell its motors, props, gimbal and flight controller really had their work cut out from the second I left the ground to the moment I landed.

No crashings, and excellent, rewarding, exciting flights. That’ll be me happy then, whatever we’ve got on video…

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I can’t really think of any better way to spend my free time.

Video Vaults

This Aeroxcraft gimbal is causing me problems. It generates too much usable footage. It’s now really hard to narrow it all down to fit into a 5 minute video. Today I flew for 27 minutes, and 21 of those were usable footage – that’s a great ratio right there… well done Aeroxcraft and the GoPro3.

Yes, we certainly have some shakes, but to be honest, in winds like this it would be a miracle to not┬áhave, and it is a miracle that the shakes I’ve got are as minimal as they are ! I don’t find they detract much from the overall smoothness, so I’ve left it in where it’s not too bad.

Sweeping forested drop-offs...

Sweeping forested drop-offs…

Mountainous strings

You guessed – if it’s epic hills, it’s Trevor Morris – this time with his Execution Ballet from The Tudors Season 4.

Too many pictures.

Here’s an enormous gallery. You can click ’em, you know…