Understood . Your response adds clarity and some calm to my reactions. In general, except maybe on the portability topic, the H+ has way more capability than I have proficiency and it will likely stay this way for a long time, especially if FW updates occur that add features.My musings are easily misunderstood. The H and H Plus ate both great systems, but they could easily be a lot better, and with a little advertising do much better dales numbers than they do. The “nannyware” you would have to deal with in DJI stuff comes close to offsetting Yuneec’s deficiencies, and those “deficiencies” could be easily remedied to place the Plus at the head of the pack. Also necessary is to factor in is the H and H Plus are intended for pilots where a lot of other stuff is designed in order to allow monkeys to operate them. Note I did not say fly.
After a few setbacks not of their doing Yuneec appears to be trying to find a new path. The questions is whether they are “rudderless” or thinking a room full of various level engineers think they know the direction the customer base want’s to go, without benefit from a marketing or advertising plan.
It also needs to be understood I’m picky and demanding. Whatever I buy has to fulfill all the needs I have, today. Not tomorrow or the next day, unless a firm communication is presented with a date for fulfillment. It also has to work reliably out of the box. That assurance was part of what I did did for a living, along with listening to customer needs. Quality, reliability, versatility, feature improvement, and service sell.
Being competitive requires innovation. Innovation requires ideas or needs to fulfill. Customers are real good at telling companies what they want or need. Listen to the customers and you can establish a path. Engineers are usually too busy trying to finesse minutiae and get lost in diversions. Creativity is not their general strong suit. What they do best is find solutions to problems often resolved through adaptation after they were informed of them.
So if you want more customers, listen to the one’s you have and make them happy. Their peers will quickly become aware of customer satisfaction.
BTW, have you checked range again after removing the recorder from the -16? For VLOS purposes, 2000’ is plenty. Beyond that lies monsters
Thanks,...I think In one portion of it had the landing gear been down the H would have been in the water. The H was lower than it needed to be and a kite control line zipped by, missing the H by only a couple inches as the kite flew past over head. It's how I learned to keep upwind of those things.That's one surreal, hypnotic, discombobulating video. And so sharp, it could be CGI.
How those kite Surfers don't run into each other and get all tangled up is a mystery.Regarding Bonaire’s no drone policies. Pick a day with wind forecasts between 12 and 30 knots for Hood River and spend the day between the main beach, the adjacent river, and the sand spit on the east side of the river. Join the AMA before you go for whatever insurance coverage they might extend in the event something happens.
Up until I left there in in May 2017 the Port was wide open legal for drones. I’d even read the opinions of their legal team confirming that. They have one grounds guy that hates drones and will try telling you it’s not legal but if you call him out he backs down. Even if they’ve changed their ways the sand spit is outside of their area of authority as it lies in the middle of a navigable waterway and is seasonal. You can walk out on dry ground and have kite boarders and wind surfers on three sides of you. The east side has a bunch of jump ramps. Just stay upwind of the kite shrouds. Take a few batteries. You can shoot the harbor while you’re there. Hood River and Bingen WA on the other side is the home of a very large and successful UAV outfit. The area is used to them. As the day's crowd grows the spit works out as a lot safer place to fly as you won't have as many people under you. The main beach gets pretty crowded on a good wind day.
The H-480 handled the wind just fine
BTW, it sounds like you’ve worked on some programs of record.
The Spit from a couple years ago.
Happy to read this as stability in windy conditions was on the list of desired features. While I may not do a lot of flying at the Gorge, I wanted to have that capability. Thanks for posting.I know Insitu well having spent over 11 years with them.
The capability of your Plus is greater than what is available with the H. The Plus is faster and stability in high wind has been demonstrated better as well, although the H is no slouch in that department. The attached video link (you’ll recognize the location) was one of the test flights to establish what the 480 could handle on a day another brand had problems dealing with it. The 480 was rock solid and experienced no issues with stability, controllability, take off and landing, or flying back against the wind. The end result of the the flight established total confidence for flying in wind speeds higher than other systems could deal with. The Plus has even greater ability.
Although I grouse much about Yuneec’s management there’s no denying their hexacopters are extremely capable machines and will serve well those operators having the flight skills necessary to fly them in conditions too severe for other systems to deal with. For people used to systems where they pushed a button to land or take off, or tapped the screen to go hither and yon, they'll need to develop their personal flight skills before attempting windy days. As you would expect the battery is depleted faster under such conditions but effective flight time is still good. You can fly the Plus in windy conditions with confidence once. Those that have their flight control skills down should be able to explore boundaries they never thought could be achieved.
Hello, EdK/ hiflyer1 hr. I’m in the process of collection components for a S900/S1000 build. So far, picked up a new used Lightbidge2 and just had to order wiring harness kit for it. Also joint Lenmuse GH4 gimble used once and like new, more than reasonable. Now looking for a S900 S1000 frame. I’ve built a number of drones and have the q500 and Typhoon H with mod antenna systems. Work great and friend has improved battery mod for Hugh savings on mods. This is a Great hobby, young and old. Hope you find what you are looking for too. Good luck and safe flying. Like your postTo add to this scheme to produce the H920Max! If this was a DIY Kit Upgrade in the range of $2000 it would probably be a sought after kit and you'd see the sales of H920's climb!
Not to disturb the thought with a "Mix" Gene pool... but I've pondered a wrecked or retired S900, S1000 or M600 transfer. The works, including the A2 and Lightbridge 3. The M600 various gimbal mount frame(s) would resolve any issues mounting up various gimbals & cameras. Could even swap the carbon arms for longer arms to use the M600's 21" props. Visually, it'd be a Beast!
I've been watching the H520's. I'm mainly interested in the Grid, Map, Tower Inspection type of tasks. But even with a "used" H520 it's more than a new H Plus, the Orange isn't worth that much.