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Old 01-23-2009, 05:25 AM
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I tried something new (to me) today. I mounted a cheap 2.4 gHz video camera on the nose of my homebrew pusher and used a friend's First Person Video glasses to fly it. THAT was FUN!

We chose to play tag team using a buddy box. One would fly while the other manned the buddy box just in case. It was great sport right up to the point when he said, "Uh, it's not responding. You take it!" At that point the plane was about 250 yards away over dense pines. Unfortunately it didn't respond for me, either, and wound up clipping a tree before falling from sight.

After a long walk in the pines, we found the plane lying at the base of a big oak tree minus the camera and mount. The rubber bands had allowed the wing to separate from the fuselage on impact, so damage to the airplane was minimal. A brief search located the camera, but we had to return with a metal detector to find the mount.

All's well that ends well. A little Gorilla Glue and packing tape, and we'll be ready to do it again.

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Old 01-23-2009, 05:49 AM
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That does sound like fun. I hope to try that someday, when I can afford the glasses.
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Old 02-12-2009, 06:06 AM
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Nice John. I'm signing you up for Predator Duty so you can patrol around looking for bad guys.

It does sound like fun. The flying part.

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Old 02-12-2009, 02:30 PM
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It was fun, but UAV might be a stretch. The range is seriously limited.

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Old 02-13-2009, 12:02 AM
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I agree with you John, it's a blast. First time I had to sit down in a chair until I got the feel for it. Then it was loops and roll. Did a takeoff and landing with the goggles on and had a blast doing it. It's funny how in just a few minutes you can fly the plane without any problems with orientation using the horizon as a focal point. Really neat stuff can't wait till the kid get back here in the spring so I can try it again. We do the same as you. One person on the controls and the other on a buddy box, a lot safer that way.
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Old 02-13-2009, 12:56 AM
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Using a buddy box is the only way the AMA is sanctioning the use of FPV. Which makes a lot of sense, so you can have someone paying attention to airspace while the other person gets to have fun!

I hope to try it someday soon.
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Old 02-13-2009, 01:57 AM
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I'll take ya flying Kev. Maybe I can get you motion sick.
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