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Old 11-22-2004, 01:51 PM
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Greetings Yb2normal -
I wanted to tell you I got some great (RPV) Vid Cam flights
over the weekend, two on Saturday and three on Sunday. The weather
was pretty still air, with an intermittent light breeze from the
southeast which was very steady. I was listening to the Airline
pilots on the scanner, and they were having all kinds of trouble
with turbulence at all flight levels, so I was concerned, but it
turned out okay. The plane was flying really steady, the cam, tx,
and rx were working very well. It was overcast and I'm now waiting
for a sunny day, it will be more fun. There are two sets of high
voltage power lines to one side of this big grassy field. One issue is,
I don't think I have enough resolution to see the power lines, I just
sort of see the towers. (I may have more luck with this on a sunny day).
I have put a small (1&1/2") airplane model on the end of a coffee stirring
straw, and the little airplane is viewable in the upper right hand corner
of the monitor. You do not know how much this has helped me to fly RPV!! On
straight and level flight the wings are even with the horizon. All of a sudden
I can tell whether I'm climbing or descending (gliding), I can tell a wings-level situation,
I can tell that I'm not falling out of the sky, and I now have a comfortable
frame of reference. It makes a huge difference!! I even dared to RPV in for a
landing without damaging the plane. (It helps to have a steady light breeze).
I'm having fun now!
Anyway, that’s my story.
Talk to you later,
-John

P.S. you can share my story with friends if you like. And I would like to hear
others VidCam experiences. Do you think I should post this on RC universe?

Equipment: Wingo, permanently mounted Black-Widow 600mw A/V cam system, patch antenna,
Monitor: 7" DVD player (TFT), mounted on foam-board above my transmitter, with
a small enclosure (hood?) made out of foam-board, to get better outdoor viewing.
Antenna on the ground. For the most part, great reception at all distances.

Caution: I think for safety this works best with a very lightweight (foamy) with the (rubber, nylon?)
propeller on back, and with a Very Large open field with nothing or no-one else nearby.
Old 11-22-2004, 02:03 PM
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got any photos of your setup?
Old 11-22-2004, 06:15 PM
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Hi - I don't have photos right now, I should be able to get photos soon. Also, I don't record videos yet, because I'm primarily interested in RPV right now. Landing RPV was a little scary, but the Wingo is very stable in still air, and also the stall is very forgiving, and I was in a huge grass field, so I could come down anywhere, didn't have a runway to hit. If I would have had to land on a runway, I don't think I could have done it. When any kind of wind blows, that makes it kind of wobbly.

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