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X8+ Pilot Roll Call

Discussion in 'X8+ Discussion' started by Ron Houde, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Ron Houde

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    Who are the X8+ pilots in this forum?
    Were are you from? I live in Montreal, Canada
    How long have you had your X8+? I just got mine in January 2016
    Do you fly a camera on your X8+? Which one? Which gimbal? I fly a GoPro Hero3 on the Tarot 2 DOF gimbal
    Do you FPV? Yes, with the 3DR Liveview kit.
    Why did you by the X8+? It is an Open Source project and provides pretty decent payload and performance characteristics.
     
  2. stew

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    Were are you from? I live in Kelowna, BC, Canada
    How long have you had your X8+? October, 2016
    Do you fly a camera on your X8+? Which one? Which gimbal? Fixed mount Sony A6000 for mapping
    Do you FPV? Custom FPV setup on 5.8 Ghz
    Why did you by the X8+? Ease of use for mapping with pixhawk in a mid size UAV package. Use it as a backup to my larger mapping platforms.
     
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  3. Lorenzo R

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    Were are you from? Santa Cruz, California, USA
    How long have you had your X8+? December 2015
    Do you fly a camera on your X8+? Which one? Which gimbal? GoPro 3 Black with 3DR Tarot 2D gimbal but I may change to the Feiyu 3D gimbal.
    Do you FPV? Yes, with the 3DR Liveview kit.
    Why did you by the X8+? Had a Phantom but wanted to learn Pixhawk and Mission Planner for mapping applications such as DroneDeploy and Pix4D. The clearance price was crazy($750 including gimbal, LiveView FPV and taxes) so I couldnt resist buying two of them. :)
     
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  4. NightStorm

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    Were are you from? Windham, New Hampshire USA
    How long have you had your X8+? I received mine in early January 2016
    Do you fly a camera on your X8+? Which one? Which gimbal? I fly a GoPro Hero3+ Black on a Zhiyun Z1 Tiny2 gimbal
    Do you FPV? I use a Blackperl monitor to watch the view through the GoPro
    Why did you by the X8+: Multiple factors:
    - I wanted something more failsafe than a quad. Single motor or prop. failure won't bring down the X8
    - I liked the fact that it is based around an open source controller
    - It struck me as well built
    - There was a great sale going on just prior to Christmas (I got the X8+ with monitor, video transmitter, spare frame kit, and an extra battery for somewhere between $800 and $900 US).
     
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  5. Ron Houde

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    I ran out of luck and 3D Robotics were out-of-stock on the X8+ when I came around to order mine. But I was impressed enough that I decided to get all the accessories at the discounted price and paid full price for the X8+ from a retailer.
     
  6. JCFlippen

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    I bought my X8+ RTF in the December sale with FPV kit and a spare frame. Very pleased with it. Have just fitted Tiny 2 gimbal/GoPro 4 - now waiting for weather to fly. I'm based in Wales Uk.
     
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  7. rsimcox

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    Who are the X8+ pilots in this forum?
    Were are you from? I live in Somerville, TN
    How long have you had your X8+? I purchased mine in November of 2015
    Do you fly a camera on your X8+? Which one? Which gimbal? I use the Mapir Cameras with their flexible dual camera mount.
    Do you FPV? Yes, 3Dr Liveview Kit, but removed it because range was only 80 yards. No FPV now
    Why did you by the X8+? Higher payload ability and perfect for autonomy flight.

    I use mine primarily for mapping missions using Tower with the 10000mah battery which gives me 30 minute flight time at 71 meters altitude and speed of 5m/s. I can handle and operate in high winds up to 30 miles per hour with no noticeable effects.
     
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  8. stew

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    No way your getting 30 minutes of flight time on an X8+. Especially with a payload. Sorry to call you our but simply not true
     
  9. rsimcox

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    Actually it no very difficult if you strip down the extra weight on the X8 and do not have FPV or powering a gimbal or camera. I have 6 batteries and all will give me 25 to 30 minute flight time depending on the wind conditions. I agree that if you are flying in 30 mph winds you will not get these results, but the biggest difference was in removing FPV weight and not having to power a gimbal and camera. My cameras run off of the internal battery. I am also only flying at 400 ft elevation and 40% to 60% humidity levels in 70 to 85 degree temperatures. Sorry this sounds so unlike to you, but sometime the true hurts!
     
  10. stew

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    Well good for you then. You are the only person in the world with a 25-30min flight time with an X8+. Especially while carrying a payload. What voltage do you land at?
     
  11. Douggieboy

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    I bought an x8+ with Pixhawk controller. My first drone was a Tali H500 which I've never flown, due to the myriad firmware problems, unreliable performance, and a broken gimbal (I bought it used, at a discounted price.) This one is now headed to eBay, or will sell to any pilot here who wants it, sans gimbal/camera, but with 4 lipo flight packs (one brand new in the box,) Devo f12e fpv transmitter with new 2200 mah battery, extra set of props, a spare motor, esc speed controller, compete screw set, six propeller guards, extra landing gear tubes, mounting sockets, shock absorbers, led arm covers-- $700 and I pay shipping.

    A few weeks ago I bought a Phantom 3 Pro that had been involved in a little mishap, and rebuilt it. It flies beautifully, and I love the dji Lightbridge fpv so much I got an air module, and plan to use it on the x8+. I really wish it could be possible to switch the dji 4K gimbal back and forth between the two drones, but it isn't a job that can be done in the field. This way, I can use the Phantom transmitter with both drones running Lightbridge. I have an extra camera but have to buy another gimbal and real landing gear-- 3dr's factory gear is a joke! Tarot makes some excellent retracts.

    I bought the x8+ back in May, was working hard on the Tali at that time-- which I decided not to keep. The Phantom 3 just came along a few weeks ago, and the rebuild was 3 days of intensely frustrating microsurgery, then the software nightmares began.
    I'm not sure how the Pixhawk controller will interface with dji Lightbridge. Any ideas are most welcome.
    Have a nice drone and a good night
    Douggieboy

    Adding location, Providence, RI
     
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  12. kkitchen

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    Who are the X8+ pilots in this forum?
    Were are you from? USA
    How long have you had your X8+? Jan 2016
    Do you fly a camera on your X8+? Which one? Which gimbal? Just a mobius
    Do you FPV? nope
    Why did you by the X8+? It is an Open Source project and provides pretty decent payload to deliver whiskey.
     
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  13. rmills72

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    3dr x8m pilot here part 107.
    Grand Rapids, MI USA
    Purchased X8m in November 2015.
    Fly a Canon SX110, no gimbal
    No FPV (took it off as I rarely used it, and wanted the extra flight time from the reduced mass and draw on the flight battery)

    Purchased for aerial mapping and topography. Does a great job at it, though a little short in flight time. Average about 9-10 minutes tops on a calm day. Rock solid flight though! 3 flights today in 10mph winds. 8 minutes into the flight, voltages under load were about 14.5V. Turnigy Multistar 4s 10000mah 10c.

    My software of choice is Mission Planner and Pix4d. I like to be in total control of the flight parameters, estimation of flight time, and production of the final products. Everything I do is on a site coordinate base (arbitrary).
     
  14. NightStorm

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    An update on my earlier post (I bought mine during the sell off 3DR was having a year ago just prior to Christmas 2015) ..

    Initially I was very uncomfortable flying the X8+, it just did not "feel right". It surged a lot (enough to create shakes in the video), would take off randomly when switched to loiter mode, crashed more than landed when "land" was activated (many lost props this way: every single one of my crashes occurred when activating "land"), and once went nose up and butt to the ground when I switched from one mode to another.

    I am not blaming the machine, a lot of this was my own inexperience esp. with the Pixhawk.

    Meanwhile I've done some reading over the summer, some experimenting, and a bit of upgrading. I built a better mount for the Tiny2 gimbal, upgraded the firmware, installed larger props for the uppers (these at reduced pitch), changed the receiver to the Frsky X4R, bound it to my Taranis transmitter and setup with the Craft And Theory Telemetry (am now running their 3.4-rc5 firmware). Some fun tinkering.

    Aside from these small hardware changes the biggest difference for me was learning about the Pixhawk "Autotune". After auto-tune it was night-n-day in feel of the craft, this went a long way toward making me more comfortable flying it.

    RMills72 mentioned some wind in the post above. Today it was very windy here in New Hampshire, gusts sufficient to make for a fun bit of practice in Stabilize mode. The gimbal does a pretty decent job keeping up up and down down and so that video hides a lot of what the craft was doing above it (however there is a brief section where I put the gimbal into heading lock and turned the craft around above it).