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HAL - Heavy Aerial Lifter v1

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I have been fascinated with multirotors and drones for many years.  A year ago I decided to take the risk and start building drones as a hobby.  I started with the very popular APM 2.0 flying a Quadcopter.  I chose a very robust frame the Turnigy HAL (Heavy Aerial Lifter).  It is made mainly of aluminum pieces and weights about 800 grams without electronics.  Once my build was done the copter would range from 2.2 Kg to 2.5 Kg depending on the payload and battery used.  Flying time only about 4 minutes tops.

Here is a list of the parts used to accomplish the build.

  • APM 2.0 with GPS
  • Xbee telemetry radio
  • 4x Turnigy 3530 1100kv brushless motors
  • 4x Turnigy Superbrain ESC
  • Turnigy HAL Quadcopter frame
  • Lots of wire
  • 3.5mm bullet connects (lots)
  • 1047SF propellers (1047SF & R1047SF)

The FPV equipment I first used

  • Boscam 5.8G 500mW 8 Channel AV Transmitter FPV
  • Turnigy Micro FPV Camera 600TVL (NTSC)
  • Boscam 5.8G Pocket FPV Ground Station with DVR (for recording)
  • Boscam RC805 - 5.8Ghz 8 Channel AV Receiver