Welcome to PhantomPilots.com

Sign up for a weekly email of the latest drone news & information

  1. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    Sorry for duplicating this post but I know many only read specific boards:

    I am wondering if any P3/P4 pilots in the Baltimore area would be interested in meeting up for a coordinated Litchi flight? You would need a P3 (any model) or P4, a good battery, & the Litchi app. You could probably do this with a P2 as well as long as you have a good battery. The planned mission is to load all participants with the same Litchi flight then all the birds would fly the mission in unison within 5-10 seconds of each other. Altitudes & launch points would be slightly staggered to avoid conflict. There would also be a few seconds between each aircraft engaging to space the birds out. This should provide for some incredible footage as more birds join the chain.

    The planned flight is similar to the flight below. Launch from Port Covington, around Fort McHenry, up the harbor past Fell's Point & Harbor East, into the Inner Harbor, over Federal Hill, then a dramatic follow-the-leader circling of the Ritz-Carlton tower before passing Domino Sugars factor, McHenry Row, before returning to Port Covington. The vast majority of the mission is over water & never exceeds 400'. Still tweaking things but right now the mission is roughly 39,000' & runs 19 minutes @ 30 mph (hence the need for a reliable battery). My P3 Standard makes it back with ~ 22%.

    Some craft will be set to track POIs while others will just face the next waypoint so there will be some great footage of other Phantoms in flight along the mission, particularly as they spiral around the Ritz.

    If you don't want to fly the mission we could still use a few spotters at strategic locations like Harbor East, HarborPlace, Federal Hill, & near the Ritz. A video cam & tripod would be a great asset for spotters to catch foortage of the Phantoms passing by. If you might be interested in participating let me know.

    Baltimore P3/P4 Squadron Run -

     
    jogforfitness and dirkclod like this.
  2. dirkclod

    dirkclod Moderator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 9, 2014
    Messages:
    10,681
    Likes Received:
    5,712
    Location:
    Amory Mississippi
    Great plan and hope you can pull it off DB .
    And yes
    And that's a shame .
    Good luck :)
     
  3. JWarren

    Joined:
    Jun 19, 2014
    Messages:
    773
    Likes Received:
    119
    DB, how are you managing that kind of range?
     
  4. Fallguy

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2014
    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    140
    Location:
    Right above you.
    I would be there in a heartbeat if I was in the Baltimore area . If these are long missions I would probably spread them out to at least 10 seconds . IMO
    Good luck
     
  5. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    It's a Litchi flight so it's autonomous. No need for an RC connection. 39,000' is under 8 miles. I've done almost 45,000' on a battery but it was down to 7% (P3 Advanced).

     
  6. Start Visit

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2016
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    13
    how many "birds" do you think may fail to complete this run?
     
  7. With The Birds

    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2016
    Messages:
    2,616
    Likes Received:
    748
    Location:
    Australia
    Awesome suggestion, i hope you get takers DB- im excited about seeing the footage.
     
  8. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    I don't expect any birds to fail to complete the mission as I've already flown the route half a dozen times.

     
    #8 Dirty Bird, Jun 12, 2016
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2016
  9. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    I'm going to do a few tests with two of my birds to determine best spacing & how accurate the birds perform over the duration of a long flight. Launch points are staggered by 20-25', each successive aircraft is +20' in altitude, & RTH is also +20'. RTH shouldn't come into play but just in case that's to avoid any issues. Launch timing will depend on how far ahead the cameras can spot another Phantom.

    Funny thing is I have enough Phantoms that I could fly a six-flight run alone. Unfortunately the logistics of managing six birds alone would be a bit much. :cool:

     
  10. Fallguy

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2014
    Messages:
    401
    Likes Received:
    140
    Location:
    Right above you.
    Sounds like a cool project. I would probably not attempt more than 2 birds at once.
     
  11. jogforfitness

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    16
    I wish I lived closer to participate. It sounds like a ton of fun. On a curiosity note, have you flown your P4 on this mission? If so, how much battery (if you recall) was left? I just started flying my P4 and don't know I could trust it to go that far, etc. Keep in mind, this is a new hobby for me.


    Sent from my iPad using PhantomPilots mobile app
     
  12. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    Lol I can see it now. 6 remotes on the tailgate of the pickup & 6 Phantoms lined up on the parking lot. Litchi missions loaded pressing "Go" at 6 second intervals. :cool:

    Would definitely be a handful when they came back! o_O

     
    Fallguy likes this.
  13. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    I haven't sent the P4 yet only the P3S & P3A. They come back around 20-22% battery remaining with the current mission layout of ~39,000'. I've been tweaking the flight & have a version just under 38,000' but haven't been able to test it yet due to high winds the last few days. Definitely want a calm day with winds under 8 mph for this.

     
  14. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    Here are mission details. Currently 37,834'. My aircraft was making this when it was over 39,000' with 20-22% battery remaining upon return.

    Overall Mission: Port Covington to Inner Harbor via Fort McHenry

    [​IMG]

    Outbound & Return Legs:

    [​IMG]

    Fort McHenry Transit:

    [​IMG]

    Inner Harbor Leg:

    [​IMG]

    Ring-Around-the-Ritz:

    [​IMG]
     
  15. Dirty Bird

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2014
    Messages:
    0
    Likes Received:
    9
    Location:
    Glen Burnie, MD - USA
    Latest mission test. ~37,500'. Made it back with 26% battery remaining:

     
    jogforfitness likes this.
  16. jogforfitness

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2016
    Messages:
    93
    Likes Received:
    16
    Nice adjustments.


    Sent from my iPad using PhantomPilots mobile app