It was my birthday three and a half weeks ago. My little boy, with the help of my wife’s money (!), presented me with a Syma XC5 quadcopter/drone as my present. I have been wanting a quad for the longest time, ever since I saw the Parrot AR.Drone come on the market. After several indoor flights to work out trim adjustments, and to sort out how the camera worked, I decided it was time to take my first flight outdoors. My youngest son, Ben, had rugby league training on and I had to be at the field for the whole time so I packed the Quad, all the batteries, and set out. The conditions were accidentally perfect for flying – almost no breeze, good light – with the only negative being a car park with some vehicles, and two football fields with kids and parents.
With the four batteries, I managed about 50 minutes flying time. The video below is a 1 minute-ish fragment of my first flight outdoors. As you can see, I’ve got a fair way to go with gentle yaw rotations, but in general I was really happy with this session. Managed to fluke that shot of the kid kicking the ball – an absolute fluke, but it definitely shows that the XC5’s camera is not too shabby.
In the later flights that evening, I got a little too brave too soon, putting the XC5 up to its top vertical range, and out to its horizontal range as well. After scaring myself, I spent the rest of the time doing circuits, slalom around some conveniently placed trees, and practicing hovering and landing on a precision point.