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Posted on 2010.11.13 at 07:05
Current Location: 75070
Current Music: Wagner - The Ring Cycle

No, I'm not a surveillance nut. Yes, I am somewhat of a geek. So despite knowing I wouldn't be able to immediately fly this 'expert' level helicopter, and having researched ahead of time the shitty quality of its 320x240 video (the 60MB on-board flash memory holds about 5-minutes of usable video or "100's" (according to the advert) of 640x480 still photos), I couldn't turn down the opportunity to pick up the AirHog HAWKEYE when I saw it on sale at Toys 'R Us.

Trimming the bastard took nearly a full day of my time with its 5-minutes of flight time for every 45-minute charge, and 15-minutes required after flight and prior to charge for battery cool-down. Needless to say, I haven't had much time to train and its been a bit dodgy flying outside with the unusual amount of wind we've had the last couple of days.

Nonetheless, I was able to cobble together about 180 seconds of video shot over three days to bring you my first compilation. The first two minutes twenty seconds are picture-in-picture of two simultaneous cameras - my Canon capturing the HAWKEYE (and at times, vice-versa). At 2:22 you get a brief aerial shot of my neighborhood. This is followed by a mostly jerky fly-through of my house slaloming around the columns, skimming the top of the Bowflex, and "running the canyon" before a glorious crash into the side of the refrigerator on a turn I couldn't make.

This morning I achieved 69-seconds of stable, sustained flight.


Still too windy to fly outside :(

Aeriel view of my neighborhood at 2:22


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-13 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
Awesome, good job!!! Now can you navigate that into the caves in Pakistan and find Osama Bin Laden? Somehow our military can't find him.
panacea42 at 2010-11-13 20:41 (UTC) (Link)
Cool! And the Wagner was very appropriate, imo ;-)
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-11-14 03:57 (UTC) (Link)
Do you know the actual track Adam uses as pre-roll? I want a copy of the fat lady singing!
panacea42 at 2010-11-14 15:30 (UTC) (Link)
I believe it's from "Ride of the Valkyries", but not sure which recording: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ride_of_the_Valkyries
ehowton at 2010-11-14 18:25 (UTC) (Link)
I have several iterations, from the 1952 Toscanini recording, to the recent (1990) Maazel commission from Telarc "Without Words." But even the 1976 Decca Records recording doesn't have a vocalist. Now there are probably lots of versions I don't have, but my favorite, as always, remains the Karajan/DG/Berlin Philharmonic production. This one, recorded in 1967 is the only one I have with 8 female "Valkyries" singing the operatic role.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2010-11-14 03:56 (UTC) (Link)
Have you seen the professional RV helicopters? I was out at an airfield this summer where they were showing off doing loops, flying backwards, etc. It was pretty impressive.
michelle1963 at 2010-11-14 04:57 (UTC) (Link)
:-) :-) I really enjoyed the accompanying music. Perfect!
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