POINTS OF INTEREST IN THE VIDEO BELOW.
Flamingo UAV monitoring a small scrub fire.
This video shows the Flamingo UAV monitoring a small scrub fire. It clearly demonstrates the effectiveness of spotting smoke from a UAV. Even the low resolution camera used in this video had no trouble locating the original thin wisp of smoke. From there each successive pass shows the fire growing progressively worse and creating a much larger volume of smoke. A UAV fitted with an Infra-Red camera would have spotted the original embers long before the smoke became visible and perhaps preventing a large fire from ever developing.
Mark 2 Flamingo, full flap landing.
The video immediately below this text shows the second day out and flight number 6 on the Mark 2. This Mark 2 Flamingo is fitted with the new all composite wing and the Option "B" nosecone. Payload fitted on this flight is 5kg. Peak ground speed recorded on the Mark 2 in level flight to date, 95kts.
First Flight of the Flamingo
The third in-Flight video below, is a clip of the first ever flight of Flamingo 01. During the high speed pass shown at the end of the clip the peak airspeed was recorded at 153mph (245kph). The lead in to the run was a shallow falling turn. Motor used was a Moki 135 with a 16 x 8 prop.
Red Flamingo in the Outback Challenge 2007
In the Outback Challenge video clip there are several interesting points. Firstly take note of the length of the take-off run on very rough sandy ground and loaded with 600ml of water, 6.5kg of video and nav payload and 1kg of fuel. Secondly the GPS video overlay shows the aircraft throttling back to 39mph for the bottle drop and then after the drop the Flamingo accelerates to 55mph. Those speeds are all in miles per hour. Lastly take note of the landing speed which was a point of stall landing done to show off the very low landing speed capability of the Flamingo. Note the length of the landing run.
The last video simply shows routine take offs and landings featuring Flamingo 04.