It’s been a while, but I’m back in the air again. The heatwave continues though.
That’s how hot the sun feels, but it’s apparently 31 degrees in the shade. There were a few people around today and the drones didn’t make an appearance until later on. There was the Nigerian guy with his son there when I arrived, but he claims he hasn’t seen me for the whole of this year, which I can’t believe. They had a mini super 60 type model, a Bixler which his son flew around really well, an F35 foam model, an F16 and a drone. I just had the RS352, but managed to get in 4 flights once I had figured out which battery was which and what state of charge they all had.
Here’s the F16 going overhead:
Anyway, we then had a new guy with a drone come and hang out with us, plus a husband and wife who walked right through the middle past us and went to fly 200 metres away under a tree, then the other guy with his wife who I often see flying a Mavic (mainly her actually). I waved to them, but they still don’t want to talk to us, but they always fly from the same spot about 10 metres away, which is really handy if that’s the direction the wind is in. I don’t think he knows why we launch the way we do.
So, the guy with the drone hanging out with us in the middle turned out to be absolutely lethal and a complete moron. He’s a really nice guy and I like him a lot, but we ended up talking about insurance. Yes, it’s a condition that you must have insurance to fly here. No, claiming that you didn’t know is not a defence. The responsibility is always with the pilot to know what the regulations are. Also, it’s £35 a year, so you would be stupid not to. That part was OK as he was a really great guy, so could see the sense in what we were saying. The problem then came with the flying part. I got a bit worried when he said that he was actually frightened of flying his drone. Surely you would fly something a lot less powerful if you were a beginner and unsure as to what you were doing? Learn on something simple and move up as your expertise increases. Anyway, when he tried to fly it he nearly took our heads off. His first mistake was trying to fly with the goggles. He seemed to go to full power immediately, the drone spun completely out of control and tumbled in our direction, hitting the grass and coming to a stop right in front of us. He had no idea what it just did because he had the goggles on. So, here’s the moronic bit. When he took the 3 bladed props out of the packet, there were no markings on them so he assumed they were all the same. He couldn’t understand why his other drone had A and B props and this one didn’t, but never questioned it any further. Of course, when we looked at the props we could see left and right handed ones immediately, which we pointed out to him. The other slightly strange thing is that all his motors are counter-clockwise ones. The only difference between clockwise and counter clockwise motors is actually the thread on the prop adapter, so that’s fine as he was using nyloc bolts to hold the props on. Anyway, it all got put back together correctly, but I left him to it at this point and went home, so I’ve no idea whether he managed to fly it or not. He was still frightened of it, though, which is not a good way to fly a 100mph drone. In the good old days, Darwinian natural selection was the dominant force. Beginners would get a Spitfire, crash it and not come back. Once you remove the skill element people can just press a button and fly without ever knowing what they’re doing, so they do really dangerous things and the drones survive as they’re carbon fibre.
After that I’ve got a picture of a glider flying to the moon to calm me down a bit.