Winter Flying – RCT800

Flying around in the fresh winter air!! I am getting good performance from this setup in the winter however on a recent flight I came down pretty hard and broke some landing gear on my rct800. I am sure this would have been fine in the summer but in the cold they snapped… extreme cold definitely will affect your battery performance! I came down early when I broke my landing gear after draining my battery at least 3-4 minutes early (it was -7).

Back to making videos…

The RCT800 is back up and flying after crashing into a river a few weeks ago. After rebuilding almost the entire aircraft it was finally time to strap on a camera and go make a video of a nearby nature conservancy.

It was a nice day and the area was completely deserted but I was taking it nice and easy too! I lost a little confidence after the crash and I am slowly working back to feeling like the aircraft is an extension of my arm again.

Looks like I am on track since the video shows almost no vibration:

DJI Naza-M return to home

One of the great features of the DJI Naza-M with GPS is the “Return to home” failsafe. With this feature enabled, its possible to setup a TX so that you flip a switch and your aircraft comes home. In practice this works really well and the RCT800 always lands within ~3m of its takeoff point. It seems to reliably land ~3m North of takeoff. Its also possible to setup the RX (certain receivers) so that the failsafe triggers this function. I’m scared to test it (turn of my transmitter while flying) but the RCT800 has this feature enabled too.

What “Return to home” does:

  • Craft stops moving
  • Craft climbs to 20m (above most obstacles and trees)
  • Craft turns towards “home” and flies there (scared the hell out of me the first time!)
  • After a brief pause 20m above “home” the Craft slowly lands and disarms

I took the following pictures while using the “return to home” switch on my TX (obviously no hands on the controls).

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About 3m north of takeoff (not sure if I’ve got a config problem)… still very good!

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DJI 30amp ESCs

Here are some shots of the 30amp DJI ESCs I bought for the RCT800 build… They’re all hooked up to the Naza-M w GPS in this shot. I’ve used these problem free and without updating the software/firmware or settings at all. Nicely packaged, seem to wok great, absolutely no instructions provided!!

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