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Discussion in 'Photos and Video' started by zitrojj, Jan 25, 2016.
First video. Lots to learn but wanted to share.
Pretty neat, if not "risky" flying and video there man (and your first video to boot) - what a mess of snow, yikes! I see you had a spectator staring and waving out of the upstairs window at the 1:00 mark of the vid - lol. You are a lot braver than I as to flying around that densely populated area and in those temps - luckily all went well as to flying (looks like you stayed pretty close to where your home point was - so that was smart).
What was your "ground level" air temperature and how did the batteries handle it?
Actually a great way for cities to plan snow plowing routes after a storm like that. Best of luck as to digging out and stay safe!
It was about 31F when I got out and the batteries handle like champs. I only flew each one until 50% being my first time flying in the cold weather. Yes and luckily all went well. I am in Queens and they didn't plow until today. So the streets were not crowded. The spectator is my tenant so he was cool with it. Wanted me to take a picture of him for his FB - lol.
I tried keeping the bird close to home. Not sure if because of the cold it would act erratic. Again it handed like a champ. I kept it the batteries and the bird warm in my car before flying.
As for digging out. I had to miss work because all the shoveling I did yesterday was in vein. Plows came and covered my drive way back up.
Thanks for the feedback - good info as to the batteries and how the bird handled! I watched your vid again and since I've never seen NYC or Queens for that matter in person your vid gives one a pretty good perspective on how many people live in just that area alone (pretty fascinated with that).
Quick question for you - at the beginning of your vid (12 seconds in or so) out towards the horizon - is that the skyline of the "Big Apple" (as in downtown etc). Looks pretty neat - how far a drive is that for you? Snow day for you then?
Yes, that is the "Big Apple". It's about 7 miles from where I live. It's a 15 min subway ride or about 30 minutes in car due to traffic.
Snow day it is. If I can get my car out. I might go to Flushing Meadow Corona Park to fly. That is the site for the 69 worlds fair.
Nice video, btw. I am a new p3p owner also(12/24). Here in northern Indiana the temp hasn't been above freezing but for one day. All of my 12 hours are in these frigid conditions. UPDATE, I am flying in conditions that I shouldn't be!? 10F to 30F(-12C through -2C) I am very attentive to the humidity as icing will bring this thing down like a brick since it can't glide. I have my battery voltage displayed on my main flight screen so I have a constant monitor I can view. I also CALIBRATE every flight! Even if you are flying from the exact same point. I have witnessed discrepancies in the altitutde. I'll come in and hover at 4 feet or so and it will say I'm at 0.0ft in elevation and when landing continued to go 4 feet underground. Mind you, I calibated the bird before I took off. The extreme cold effects EVERY system from what I can tell. I don't fly at full throttle in any direction at any time. I move very deliberately and slowly. Battery life(of course), is barely over 15 minutes, although I am conservative and hover very close for the last 4 -5 minutes after I return home at the low battery warning(30%). The batteries (I have 2 extras) are kept on my defrost vent in my running vehicle to stay warm.The cold will kill this thing quickly and I am probably over protective. Even if it doesn't seem necessary, or is overkill. I will do it based on my 50 or so flights. Just my 2 cents.