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Posted by scrtsqrl | Dec 29, 2006 @ 06:35 PM | 53,347 Views
Video Piloting: Controlling model aircraft by radio, where the primary pilot view is via live video imagery originated from the aircraft.


The Basics

Flight Rules

Flight Rules...some more

Know and stay in your "box"...Turn every 10 to 12 Seconds

Some advice on the size of your plane and the number of Servos on an ESC w/ BEC

Flight Plan

Intro to ORM
Posted by scrtsqrl | Dec 29, 2006 @ 06:05 AM | 53,645 Views
Posted by scrtsqrl | Dec 26, 2006 @ 03:11 AM | 54,287 Views
Flight Rules <---Following these keep me out of trouble.

Normal Procedures

Emergency Procedures
Posted by scrtsqrl | Dec 22, 2006 @ 09:31 AM | 55,130 Views
Here's what it looked like...

Here's video of my first EasyStar and how the set up works.My first Easystar

It was an awesome start and not that expensive...

Easystar RTF & MicroWireless VideoPod, which is now out of stock, but you can get a Booster Vision "Gear Cam"...It's cheap and will keep you out of trouble when you are learning because the video will drop out before the plane leaves visual flying range. Once you're comfy flying FPV, then you can move on to the other gear.


Eventually upgraded with Futaba 6 Ch radio.
Posted by scrtsqrl | Dec 22, 2006 @ 08:53 AM | 58,687 Views
Here's the set-up that I flew with for nearly a year. I learned and got proficeint FPV. with it. It was an excellent starter set-up. You can see how it evolved over time. Also proves the versatility of the EasyStar w/ a humble Stock Motor.

I decided to go simple and light...

I don't claim that this is the best set-up...All I'm saying is that this is it worked really well for me.



Airplane: EZ*
Motor: Stock Speed 400
Esc: Stock Multiplex 8 Amp ESC
Flight Battery: 1800 or 2300 mAH 2 Cell LiPo from Micro Wireless
Rx: Electron 6 from Hobby Lobby
Flight Control Radio: Futaba 6EXAS from Tower Hobbies
Altimeter: Zlog Altimeter
LiPo Shield from Dimension Eng.
LiPo Saver
Position Lights for night flying.

Notes: The Rx is located in the cavity just under the motor. I installed it using by cutting a "keyed" section in the belly of the aircraft as others have done to separate it from the video Tx. The rudder is enlarged. An APC 6 X 4 Propeller is installed. I fly it for around 20-25 minutes per pack, though 40 minute flights are not uncommon. Lipo Shield provides low voltage cut-off protection. LiPo Saver provides visual cue that the battery volatage is below 6V.

Channel Assignment:
1 - Rudder
2 - Elevator
3 - Throttle
4 - Pan
6 - Tilt


Airborne Video:
Camera: KX-131 from Range Video
Tx: 500 mW 2.4 GHz from Range Video
Battery Pack: Homemade with 4 AAA 900 mAH NiMH Eveready Batteries
Pan & Tilt Set-up.
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