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Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Blog, Video

South Downs Wind Riding

Drive-by Flyings in the Winter sun.

I had sort of decided the night before that today was going to be too windy for flyings, but when it actually got here, the sun was so resplendent and something of a novelty after the last 2 weeks of mainly grey, that not to fly would have just been the wrong thing to do.

To the hills !

Whenever it’s a weekend and windy, I head for big open high spaces where people aren’t.

The Winter sun. Too much for a GoPro2 Lens apparently.

The Winter sun. Too much for a GoPro2 Lens apparently.

Today’s big high open space was, as I later discovered, just outside Funtingdon, and I had spied from the road an interesting tower that I now know (cheers Richard Graham) is part of Racton Folly.

Oh look at the tiny tower ! Oh wait, it’s massive, and miles away.

From the road this looked very much like a small tower reasonably close, but as soon as I got in the air transpired to be a large tower a lot further away. It was within my flyable range, but I had cause to distrust the longevity of my batteries, so didn’t want to fly more than 400 ft away from me, and I would have needed to triple that to get to the tower, something I wasn’t comfortable doing. The first rule of successful flying near that sort of thing is that you do it from right next to it and not from half a Kilometer away.

See that tiny tower in the distance ? No, neither could I.

See that tiny tower in the distance ? No, neither could I.

If in doubt, call it a scout…

… just have a quick look round and resolve to do it properly next time. So I’m going to go back, and get the folly by flying from right next to it if I possibly can. Meanwhile today’s rather short video is mainly about the South Downs views we can see in the area surrounding the folly, and almost nothing of the folly itself ! Saving that for next time then.

Also met Ranger Keith from the local farm who stayed to watch a flight, and gave me his blessing to fly around the area. He also explained that the regular gunfire I could hear was just a bird scarer in the next field. Always nice to know you’re not being shot at.

A very bright sun in a very blue sky. Still bum-flappingly cold though.

A very bright sun in a very blue sky. Still bum-flappingly cold though.

Flagging Batteries ?

Well, today I burned through 2 x 8000 mAH and 4 x 5000 mAH Li-Po packs and got an average of 5 mins per flight, which I thought extraordinarily good considering the amount of wind fighting that was having to go on.

Who knows why yesterday’s flights were so short when there was virtually no wind at all ? I will keep an eye on them all. Forums tell me if I look after them properly, which I do, then they should last at least a year.

The other possibility is that the flashing red light on the Naza just after take-off isn’t a power warning – it’s another unspecified error. DJI are most unhelpful like that with all errors displaying essentially the same lights.

Onward and upward.

By which I mean closer to that folly ;) More from me…soon.

Thanks for watchin’…

JW