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Flew an Inspire 1 today

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Geoelectro, Apr 30, 2015.

  1. Geoelectro

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    i have a P3P on order. I've been flying a P2V w/RP gimbal for more than a year. So today my friend Eric, who works for our city's television department flew in one of our parks and invited me along. He and his partner both had controllers. Eric was the pilot and Keith was the camera man. The Inspire is pretty awesome in person! Once they had satellites they took off and it was gone. Wow! What power! Even seemed quieter than mine. I lost visual and looked at Eric and Keith. Both were focused on their monitors. Neither one was watching the bird! Now this seemed odd to me as I have always felt it necessary to maintain visual contact with my P2V. At least to the degree that when I looked up from the monitor I pretty much knew where it was. These guys sent it off on a mission and just flew it FPV. I guess I thought it was like a child and I was the parent. As long as I kept an eye on it, it would behave. Letting it go off on its own might result in it getting into trouble, or worse, starting trouble. Besides, doesn't watching it help it to stay aloft?

    They flew around the lake, ball fields etc. I peeked over Eric's shoulder to look at the monitor. OMG! His FPV was as clear as my finished video. No wonder they were so confident with that kind of detail. Some brief conversation between them to determine what they wanted and how best to capture it. I was amazed to see that bird fly so well and fast. They hit 50mph at one point. When they stopped, it sat in the air as though it was somehow anchored.

    A funny part was when Eric said, you want to fly it? I had no idea where it even was!?! I said I would when it was closer. He brought it back and handed it over. It flew like butter! Fast butter!! I brought it down, lowered the landing arms and Eric hand caught it.

    So, I'm excited that the P3P will have the updated monitor system. I'm also considering giving more trust to the bird and focusing a bit more on the actual video.

    We have to eventually trust our children more as they grow up, right?

    Geo :)
     
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  2. eseckinger

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    Once you get used to flying without maintaining eye contact you get much more comfortable and relaxed as a pilot.
     
  3. gfo315

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    Indeed, Lightbridge is amazing.
    The thing with our Vision+ is that Wifi is not reliable and won't allow us to maintain a decent flight with 100% FPV because it simply ain't exactly an fpv. When I used to have it, I just couldn't make a flight without looking at it every single second.
    I worked around it with my 1.2GHz vtx which I've already explained here. But indeed, lightbridge brings no delay flight and hd quality!


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  4. Jimmykjimmy

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    I have the same problem not wanting to get out of site. I need to overcome that fear with my new P3
     
  5. gunslinger

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    I'd love to fly one of them. I've only seen one, up close and personal, in a LHS. What a beautiful aircraft!!! The pictures are impressive, but examining the thing in person was an incredible experience. Lucky man, Geo!!!

    -slinger
     
  6. Mikee

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    I'm so impressed with my Phantom 3... that I bought a second hand inspire 1... I collect it tomorrow

    Everything looks so effortless in its flying and the quality of video.. and batteries are readily available lol

    Its amazing, that the quality of video's on youtube is so high now... this can only reflect the products out there ....
     
  7. edonovanl

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    Definitely, I have the same problem!
     
  8. delirious

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    I fly mine first person. I actually feel that I have better control watching it. At first, it was high up. Now, I'm getting closer and closer to the ground. I like the phantom so much, I'm going to start saving for the next inspire. Inspire 2???
     
  9. edonovanl

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    I also will probably buy an Inspire 2 when it comes out....already waiting for it!