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Thread: The Techpod!!!

  1. #1891
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    Nice job you guys. Great video. Nice place to fly. That T-Pod is sure a great looking airplane.

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    Just as rdstarwalt said, out at the Keystone ferry landing, just down the spit to Admirals cove. The antidrone fans call this a no drone zone but that's due to the Navy's Outlying Field just over the rise to the south. It's the Wircs club flying site when the Navy isn't bouncing jets off the runway for practice and the area is relatively quiet, I just call into the base to find when the training schedule starts back up. As time goes, the group of fpvers up here is growing and find flying at this site becoming a favorite, being able to fly as far North and south 5 miles each way, great place to try endurance flights. Look for more videos to come from this area as Summer progresses.
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    Hey guys,

    How long can the techpod stay up for with just FPV gears, maybe even a flir tau 2? Loitering an area?

    I have a project coming up and im looking for a platform. Its surveillance over a piece property.

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    Yappy,
    When and if you decide to go Techpod, I have one still in the box. Never got around to build it and I think I will never do.

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    Yappy's question does pose the general one of what is the max wing loading of a TP?
    I don't recall seeing where Wayne posted that or I missed it.

    Gonna have to go looking for that now...

    On his site it is listed as


    • Wing loading = 1.191 lbs per sq ft @ 5 lbs

    Wayne did a lot of work early on with this bird. The battery, ESC, and motor tech have improved for sure since the ink dried on the Techpod. All that is good for longer flights.

    -=Doug
    Last edited by rdstarwalt; 24th July 2016 at 07:31 PM.

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    Andy Lennon's design parameters call for sailplane wing loading range to be 6.5 to 12 oz/sq ft.
    The Tech Pod is above this loading range (at 5 pounds) with ~19 oz/sq ft.
    TP's wing area is in the sailplane range of 500 to 1000 Sq in (per Lennon) at a published 605 sq in.

    No wonder she flies so long. Nice work Wayne!

    -=Doug

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    Liking the wingtip idea... Tried to re test fly yesterday when I realized the HK speed control didn't like the 4s lipos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaufen View Post
    Liking the wingtip idea... Tried to re test fly yesterday when I realized the HK speed control didn't like the 4s lipos.
    Didnt know if you were referring to the wing tips on my Techpod, definitely helped with certain issues of tip stalls and performance in the turns.

    Hope the problem with the 4s lipo and speed control can be worked around, flies with plenty of climb authority.
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    Airtruksrus, did I miss a photo of these wingtips back thread somewhere?

    I've collected, I think, all the other parts for my Techpod, but am repairing a DG-1000 (that was a long day - took 4 planes to the field, took 1 in still-flying condition home).

    Were they 3D printed like Wayne's pic in thread HERE?

    -=Doug

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    Man, I forgot all about Wayne posting those. All I did on mine was bend the tips on both planes up just enough to notice a significant change in handling when making turns, less tip stalls. Somehow it also translated to better efficiency somewhat but can't confirm it unless I can document flying the same conditions between the two styles.

    Looking forward to seeing your Techpod up and flying sometime in the future.
    KF7TSE

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