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Old Apr 17, 2015, 11:10 PM
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Nerve racked!

Finally after quite some time of collecting bits and pieces I have an FPV quadcopter. I have flown the quad line of site and I must say it flies quite nice, however when it comes time to throw my goggles on I am really struggling to do it, in fact I have not flown FPV yet I just struggle to loose line of site and go goggles. I hadn't even considered this aspect of the hobby until it was time, I am hoping my anxiety with this will ease with time.
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Old Apr 17, 2015, 11:24 PM
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It's hard to trust the video system to the point where you do put the goggles on and go for it.

While I fly fixed wing fpv I had the same anxiety about it as you. In the beginning I had friends look thru the goggles for quite a few flights with me asking about every 5 seconds how the video was. Eventually I would put the goggles on and do a circle well withing LoS and the rip them off to regain LoS, spotter pointing out where plane was.

After 10-20 fpv flights with rock solid video performance I just went for it. One thing that is hard in the beginning is the interference you will encounter, your instinct is to remove the goggles but it only lasts for a split second.

If you have a dvr watch your flights later at home and ask yourself if anything happened that would of freaked you out or if the whole entire flight would of been ok thru goggles.

It's not easy to trust a expensive piece of equipment to a small video transmitter, osd and antennas!
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 12:55 AM
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Personally I found flying a multirotor FPV much easier than LoS. I've had
some horrible crashes due to losing visual orientation LoS.
Anyway, my advice is launch under the goggles with a fairly
quick burst of throttle to get it away from the ground, and then
immediately start into forward flight. Fly it more like an airplane
initially. Hovering in place FPV is hard. When it comes time to land,
just put it on a slow but relatively steep descent without going into a hover,
and fly it right to a spot on the ground you can see in front of you, with a
little flare and blip of the throttle at the end.

I was flying over a foot of snow today and had to transition from FPV goggles to LoS
so I could hand catch it (multis don't like snow), and transition was as dreadful as ever.
Totally blinded. Much easier to land FPV most of the time.
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 12:57 AM
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I eased into fpv with my quad by putting it into an altitude/gps hold and then putting on the goggles. Made it a lot less nerve racking knowing that it wasn't going anywhere.

Doing fpv with a plane is a whole different story since it constantly moves. Just gotta slap on the goggles and hope for the best with that one.
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 01:48 AM
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Ya, that's fine if your quad has altitude/GPS hold. None of mine
ever have had it, in maybe 300 hours of multirotor FPV piloting.
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 05:04 AM
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nothing easy is worth doing. It's why I wouldn't buy a phantom 3rd best thrill I had in the last decade was my first FPV flight. (#1 was first time I landed a real Cessna, 2nd was first weeklong wilderness hike). Dam right it is stressful - it is the good-for-you kind of stress, reward is the subsequent sense of self-efficacy (sums up what I learned in my psych degree). http://psychology.about.com/od/theor...f_efficacy.htm
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 05:43 AM
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 08:30 AM
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I'm the opposite, when I fly LOS I can do flips and fly in acro but only if the quad is facing backwards to me. Other wise I flip out and drive it into the ground. (I did the other day and busted 3 motors) When I'm flying FPV it's a whole different story. Feels like an extension of a limb or something. Just feels natural. When you get static just
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 10:20 AM
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Awesome advise everybody thank you so much! Last week flying line of site I managed to zig when I should have zagged... Right into the side of my house lol... so until some new props arrive I am grounded BUT as soon as they arrive I am going to commit to the goggles and just give it a shot!
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 01:54 PM
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I have purposely not flown FPV yet. I have been forcing myself to fly my quad LOS since December (It's my first quad).

I expect to be going through the same jitters next weekend when I get my FPV gear installed...
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Old Apr 18, 2015, 07:32 PM
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Budvar, go to a large open area to fly. Once you get used to the depth perception you will do fine.
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Old Apr 19, 2015, 05:11 AM
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Yeah I think the depth perception will be the biggest hurdle.

Can't wait to experience it.
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The more you fly FPV it becomes less of an issue.

Daemon offed up a great tip " Fly it more like an airplane
initially. Hovering in place FPV is hard. When it comes time to land,
just put it on a slow but relatively steep descent without going into a hover,
and fly it right to a spot on the ground you can see in front of you, with a
little flare and blip of the throttle at the end."

Same tip applies when descending from altitude (you climbed to a couple hundred feet to look around and you're amazed at the view) forward flight makes it so much easier to judge you're sink rate.
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Take careful note of the topography and landmarks to find your way back. My first FPV flight, I almost couldn't find the starting point to land. I'd probably have lost the plane if my wife hadn't been there to direct me home. Things look really different from above!
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Old Apr 21, 2015, 05:45 AM
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Take careful note of the topography and landmarks to find your way back. Things look really different from above!
I fly on my own property and know it like the back of my hand, but like you said, things look very different from above and I found myself getting disoriented.

The solution was to get a Skylark Tiny OSD from BG for $79. Best money I spent.

It has an icon in the middle of the screen that shows my take off point and a little pipper representing my helicopter's position in flight making it easy to return to home.
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