In the beginning of this year, 2014, we completed the assembly of our latest filming platform, the new AX8 octocopter. For the first time we used T-Motor powerplants as well as T-Motor full carbon props. The products shout "quality" even at...first glance. It is easy to see the extensive attention to detail and the design of the boxes. The motors are neatly packed including all the necessary prop mounts, while the props came in luxurious black velvet bags.
It was time to start with a balance test of the props. In the past we used several other carbon props from various manufacturers, which claimed to be perfectly balanced, but unfortunately they were not even close to that.
When we placed the first T-motor prop on a highly accurate magnetic prop balancer, we were surprised with the
perfect balance. However, the final wow came after testing all 24 props and finding them all to be perfectly balanced
100%. That is truly impressive! The motors were perfectly finished, the bearings were really smooth and tight, and
without any slack at all while we noticed the tight motor "steps" too. We installed the motors onto our custom coaxial
carbon mounts and we were ready for the first take off. The motors spun for the first time, and the props cut the air like
blades with a wonderful deep sound. The throttle reached the hover point and the octocopter took off. Wow! What a
feeling! Smooth, linear power curve, torque and an amazing efficiency! For the first time we saw high efficiency
resulting in the amps going down more than 30% for the same AUW! That immediately translated into more than 30%
longer flight time, cooler speed controllers, cooler motors, and cooler LiPos too! Shortly after the test flight and fine
tuning of the platform, we traveled to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, for the first project with the AX8. We were honored
to shoot aerial scenes for the amazing Royal Wedding of Sheikha Lateefa. A few weeks later we travelled and shot in
Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and then in Greece for a National Television Network documentary. Overseas to
Brazil and then back to Europe and Italy for the International Moto Cross Grant Prix - MXGP Championship with LIVE
Full HD broadcasting!! We travelled and flew in 3 continents and 7 countries, in only the first 4 months of 2014. In all
those great international events, our new AX8 performed like a charm powered by T-motors and proved great
reliability as well as efficiency. In the near future we are going to announce more international projects, more
technology and more multirotor platforms! Stay tuned and let your vision take off!