26. May 2014 17:10 by outbackuav
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This is one project I can't wait to see finished. Melanie Vermeulen is building a EDF version of the F-35 VTOL fighter complete with the weird but ingenious jet nozzle which redirects thrust rearwards or downwards as shown in this video:
Closeup of the nozzle:
Here it is hovering with an impressive amount of control.
Here is the real thing doing a vertical takeoff although I wonder if, like the Harrier, it won't be doing many vertical takeoffs in operational use because lifting a full fuel load off the ground ends up using a large proportion of that fuel.
22. May 2014 10:24 by outbackuav
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Amazing, an American report on "drones" that is actually positive - it has a very nice showreel video and a basic how to get started blurb with no mentions of Yemen, drones killing US citizens, the FAA or privacy - all that stuff is in the comments of course.
7. May 2014 21:39 by outbackuav
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I got interested in the whole FPV thing about 4 years ago when I stumbled on a video of a guy sitting on the roof of a classic northern New South Wales hippy shack. It was shot from what I now know to be a multicopter and it blew me away. I've lost the link sadly.
Since it was a home grown vid that got me into this I thought I'd do a post of some of the prominent locals in the scene.
In no particular order:
Thomas and his Dad Paul live in Melbourne and do a great job of showing off FPV flying. The frequency of new videos has slowed a bit but I think Thomas' school work might be the reason. Either way quality before quantity!
If Jamie Oliver was reviewing Monjon's videos he'd say "blummin' Gorgeous!" - super scenery in the Kimberly region of Western Australia. Living in inner-inner-Sydney I'm very jealous of all that flying space.
From what I can tell Juz is a ranger in Victoria who is a tester with the Revo or Revolution flight controller. He really puts his copters under pressure. I'm not a copter enthusiast (not rich enough!) but his videos are great and non-Aussies seem to love that he often gets a mob or 'roos into shot.
A keen slope soarer from my old home state of South Australia who makes all sorts of vids.
And the The Russell Crowe Honorary Strayan Award goes to:
OK OK he's a proud Kiwi but we have a long history of passing off clever Kiwis as our own!
and now, as Bruce says, it's time for me to go "beck to the binch"!