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Old 05-01-2017, 08:55 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Default Towing the Flag

Trying to work in time and good weather for filming this project of mine with the mighty Velos 880 as the star.
I have never "long lined" anything from a model helicopter before so I figured it would be smart to start out with something light.
Built up a 12 foot braided steel cable long line (fishing leader material) and attached it to my cargo hook and flag which had a lead weight at the bottom and a round piece of carbon fiber tube in the seam of the flag to give it a backbone which keeps the leading edge straight in flight.

Picking up of the flag was no issue. The only thing I found I had to be careful of was acceleration into forward flight. Not too fast, as the flag has a lot of drag and can swing back far enough to get the long line in the tail rotor.

Other than that it was a piece of cake. Looking forward to lifting other things of greater weight and I also have the ability to control two loads now as I added a second controllable hook.

Working on a worthy video, but for now, here is a still shot of the long line and flag in flight.
Its fun!

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