Finally went out and flew the IRIS, absolutely fan bloody tastic
Was nice and calm with just the slightest breeze when I set off for the playing fields, by the time I got there it had turned a bit stronger but I thought sod it, after walking there I was going to try it anyway.
Hooked up the Nexus 7 with the radio, turned on bluetooth and turned on headphones, started Droidplanner…
Fired it up in Stabilise, Armed, Switched to Loiter all with verbal confirmation in the headphones, stuck the throttle forward and up it went. Quite scary for almost 10 seconds then I was hooked, left, right, forward, back, up to I guess about 20 meters, cut throttle and dropped it down flat out and hit throttle about 3 foot up and back to hover…
A blind man with no arms could fly this thing, its just brilliant, absolutely brilliant!
Anyway nexus whispers in my ear battery level 90%, 80%… 20%, 10%… Then “Loading Land” and down comes IRIS as gentle as a butterfly. A guy stood watching says “Nice landing, that was a real gentle touchdown” I nearly took the credit but decided honesty is the best option and told him it landed its self because the battery was low.
So stuck in a 3s 4AH battery, I bought a medium sized boat full of them, and up again. The wind picking up all the time and now getting gusty enough that I would not have attempted to fly it had it been 20 minutes earlier. IRIS held position really well, letting go of the controls it did not move above 600mm with the gusts, pretty impressed I have to say.
Tried flying in Stabilise mode for a short while, managed perfectly well although of course needed much more concentration to counter the wind so went back to Loiter
After 4 batteries I decided to time a flight, with the 4000ma 3s I got 17 minutes which was not bad I don’t think given that it was quite breezy now so it had to work to hold position.
All in all I am really, really chuffed, I can’t wait to get the gopro bolted on now - I was not going to risk the go pro as well as IRIS on the first flight LOL
Only thing I am a little bit concerned about is the YAW… In loiter when I rotate in Yaw it seems to rotate around a point about 2 foot in front of the copter rather than the centre of the cross - a bit like circle mode but a tiny circle? Not sure why that is but will have a play when its nice and calm and see if it still does it, but I did turn on simple mode with loiter and set IRIS spinning in yaw while moving left and right (looked really impressive I have to say) and it appeared to track left and right correctly - I will try it again next time I go out but spin slowly instead of flat out and see what that does.
So, that was my first ever flight, bitchin