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First flight with homebuilt octocopter (in gusty winds)

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Published on Sep 15, 2013

MultiWii Pro 3. SunnySky 800KV motors, Afro 30A ESCs. FLIP FPV bottom plates sandwiched within four 30" aluminum bars (for the frame). Using stock MWC settings, no tuning has been done yet.

Wind gusts in the area is 10-25 mph (based on weather website), not sure exactly how fast it was when I was outside though.

I had a bunch of random issues with this copter. Had issues with getting multiwii to upload the octo sketch properly, and another issue with multiwii not activating 2 motors. Then yaw was terrible, turns out one of the motors had the prop holder loose. When that was fixed, yaw was still terrible. Felt like it was steering a boat. Swapped from plastic gemfan 9" to 10" carbon fiber props. Yaw is perfect now. Weird. I never had yaw issues from different props. All blades looked fine..

Needless to say, I'm glad it's working now. Need to tune it so it's stable, but it seemed to handle the wind really well.

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