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Hi! Just thought I'd share another interest of mine. Aerial photography using RC helicopters.


The rig.







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cool!:cool:

how would you like to join us in one of our matches, have your chopper film us, then incorporate the footage on mco's next mtv:beer:
 

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Nice!!!!

Assuming the RC helo is reasonably robust and durable, dude,
if you can succeed in strapping radar onto that thing,
you could help the Philippine Navy extend the sensory range on
its ships. Right now they're limited by mast height, and UAV's
are the easiest way to massively raise a (virtual) radar mast.

Maski pang favorable-weather man lang, right?
Shouldn't be too hard to keep one of those on PN ships.



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Sure! Just not sure about the noise the engine makes. It can be distracting to the shooter.

I'm currently building an industrial grade rc helicopter. It's a 100cc twin engine and has a payload capacity of 45 lbs. Enough to carry heavier high definition cameras. It will also be complete with a GPS guidance system for better stability in air. The kit is with me. I'm just trying to find time to assemble and test it.

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i like your hobby. btw, are you able to view the images remotely?
 

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Hi! It's a two-man system. One pilots the helicopter, the other one controls the camera. It has a separate tilt and pan , shutter control, and a live video downlink for accurate framing. I used a powershot S70 for the pictures above.

I also used a minidv to shoot some videos. We flew it to a height of 2000 ft above ground(based on onboard barometer, well above visual range. The only way to control it was thru the video downlink system. I'm assisted by gyros and gps to stabilized the heli, but video was not as good because of strong winds at that altitude.
 

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arnold,

if you don't mind, how much would it cost build that kind of a chopper? sans the camera
 

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Hi!

Basic helicopter and radio setup would set you back around 120k. Navigation electronics like GPS and UAV conversions is another story. I've attempted to fly fully autonomous flight twice and almost lost the helicopter! GPS signal sometimes become unreliable. I've researched a much better post paid GPS service but its $3000 a year!!

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Napinap!

Hi! You need a whole lot of training to fly the helicopter. The manual doesn't cover it. I went thru a couple of crashes before becoming a safe rc pilot. My new system however, will allow almost anybody to fly it virtually without crashing. With GPS guidance and gyros, even my seven year old son can fly it.

There's also one time that I tried combining my interest in firearms and aviation. I hooked up an airsoft pistol and a simple camera to the same rig. May tilt and pan siya plus a servo para sa trigger. Instant weaponized UAV heheh! Pinanghabol namin ng baka dito sa Laguna. But I know it will raise too many issues kaya scrap project.



Thanks for responding!
 

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Originally posted by arnoldb74
Napinap!

Hi! You need a whole lot of training to fly the helicopter. The manual doesn't cover it. I went thru a couple of crashes before becoming a safe rc pilot. My new system however, will allow almost anybody to fly it virtually without crashing. With GPS guidance and gyros, even my seven year old son can fly it.

There's also one time that I tried combining my interest in firearms and aviation. I hooked up an airsoft pistol and a simple camera to the same rig. May tilt and pan siya plus a servo para sa trigger. Instant weaponized UAV heheh! Pinanghabol namin ng baka dito sa Laguna. But I know it will raise too many issues kaya scrap project.



Thanks for responding!


why scrap the project? ganda nga eh
everytime you shoot someone yu say...Time to die mr Bond
 

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Checkout this video. Airplane gamit namin with telemetry and some GPS guidance for stablity. Try to guess where I'm flying over. BTW, at 3000 feet, we have no visuals of the aircraft.
We're just relying on the video downlink its sending back to the ground.
 

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wow! mas maganda yatang hobby yan kesa beng-beng!

sa sta. rosa ba yung field ninyo? i know several eye doctors who also fly rc helos. sila Hector D. Kilala mo sila?
 

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Originally posted by Eye Cutter
wow! mas maganda yatang hobby yan kesa beng-beng!

sa sta. rosa ba yung field ninyo? i know several eye doctors who also fly rc helos. sila Hector D. Kilala mo sila?

Doc do yuo know Dr Hufana or a Dr Ona?
 

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Hi! The doctor I know is Doctor Estrada. That's from way back circa 80s sa Mambog, Cavite pa kami.

Here's another one at 15000 ft. Clouds na lang.

 

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Originally posted by arnoldb74

Here's another one at 15000 ft. Clouds na lang.

:shocked: whew..that was way higher than our real chopper cruising altitude @6500ft. Ang tindi pala ng RC heli..Ang cool ng hobby mo sir.
 

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Originally posted by Allegra
Doc do yuo know Dr Hufana or a Dr Ona?
si dr. ona ba na general surgeon na taga UDMC and NKI?

ang galing talaga! Yung boss ko, si Dr. Chuanico also flies RC helos. Dati dun sila sa Ateneo and Capitol Hills nagpapalipad. Sabi niya mas mahirap helicopters than airplanes paliparin
 

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Originally posted by Eye Cutter
si dr. ona ba na general surgeon na taga UDMC and NKI?

ang galing talaga! Yung boss ko, si Dr. Chuanico also flies RC helos. Dati dun sila sa Ateneo and Capitol Hills nagpapalipad. Sabi niya mas mahirap helicopters than airplanes paliparin


Baka thta's his uncle , pero he's also a gen surgeon
I though baka kaklase mo sa med school :)
Kaklase ko sila nung pre-med
 
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