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Posted by on Jul 11, 2013 in Blog, Video

Town Flyers – Petersfield High Meadow

Out of the countryside, into the fire…

OK, I mean into the wind, but fire sounded more impressive. There was no fire, unless you’re counting the sun, which I’m not. Due to lack of clouds, incidentally, the sunset was rubbish, except on the ground through the trees, so we won’t be looking at that today. On the ground there are trains ! Much more exciting.

Lucky Finds…

There’s been a lot of hills and greenery in my videos recently, and feeling like a change, I went on a Google satellite mission to try and find somewhere more ‘towny’, where I can continue to provide us all with interesting things to see on the ground, that don’t necessarily have to have leaves. There will be leaves, but also a big town.

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An interestingly shaped hospital, and a church in the distance – we must be in Petersfield…

Today, there is grass in the field to whose boundaries I am strictly adhering, and I am surrounded by buildings. We’ll get into that later…

Despite living in Petersfield for at least 7 years now, I had failed to notice this field, prime for a spot of urban flying, and a damn site less populated than my other local fly-sites.

Difficult but possible

It is a level 4 fly-site – especially in wind like I was to encounter today, but I had constant eyes-on contact with my craft, was careful to not overfly anything important and stay over the field, so that nothing will get damaged should I fall from the sky…

And I am pleased to report I didn’t.

Armed and ready for battle…

And what wind it is I’m battling. Very much falsely advertised as being 10-11 mph on the ground, it was more like 20 mph on the ground, and 40 in the air.

A real wind battles ensues... the trees are better at it than I am.

A real wind battles ensues… the trees are better at it than I am.

So it’s a real test for the equipment. DJI claim much better wind resistance for the V2 upgrade, so I’m going to be testing that to the max, and also really giving my Aeroxcraft brushless gimbal something to worry about.

I restricted myself to 4 flights, and the wind got progressively less throughout the session, so the rest of these was much less stressy in the control department, and I could begin to actually enjoy the view a bit…

Video crazy…

2 vids today – the first a narrated flight, so you can laugh along with my inane whitterings and my attempts to not fall out of the air, and more importantly, see the frankly miraculous job that the camera gimbal does in extremely adverse practical conditions… I think we can all agree – it does OK.

The second video, to be added later will be a nice edit of all the best shots from today’s flights as normal…

Once again, in staggeringly difficult conditions, out of only 25 mins in the air, I had 20 mins of minimally shaky footage, and 14 mins of that was rock steady. Unbelievable. well done Aeroxcraft again. Without a brushless gimbal not one second of that footage would have been watchable or usable.

Musicals…

In the narrated flight video, it’s John Williams footling along in the background adding suitable drama with his soundtrack from Harry Potter 3. For the proper video it’s Brian Tyler adding a wind-based sense of menace with his soundtrack from The Killing Room.

And here’s a gallery…