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Old Dec 23, 2010, 07:45 PM
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the last one is from princess julianna i soo wanna go there and

Ride The Fence!!!

St Maarten airport - Riding the fence (3 min 25 sec)
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 07:49 PM
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How gay. Ha ha... and I quote "ummm - I'll think I'll be riding that guy... he's a big boy, but I think I can handle him."

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????? do you realize what you just said on international TV? FAIL
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 09:03 PM
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Haha didn't really notice that before...
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Old Dec 24, 2010, 12:36 AM
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for sure windfinder and local forcasts
but main thing is to use google earth flight sim and fly that area till there is no tommorrow and get to know it very well

it will become second nature after useing the goggle earth flight sim

just do pass over pass back and forth all around
over and over again and then go fly at a new site

even when you have flown many times before at an old site the google earth sim is the best thing since sliced bread or pizza

you will not need osd or rth, you will know that area inside out and all around

of course all your set ups for fpv have to be set up properly

i use the small slow aircraft to start and fly around with then the jet to make large swoops way further than you would ever go with a fpv plane

actually found other sites doing this trick

lines can be made on gogle earth to fly the flight plan so you do that flight plan over and over agian, many times

come in from behind the launch area low as you would take off and then do the flight plan, follow the line, and then turn around and follow the line back, look for landmarks and remember them as best you can

after that the wind and time of day is your only hold backs

windfinder for long range forcasts and then local ones for more acurate forcasts work very well

if you time it right you can fly out with a tail wind and return to home with a tail wind
but that is more for long range flying

evenings work well for that because the wind goes to almost zero in the evening, so you can return to home with zero wind but go far away with a tail wind

It works
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Old Dec 24, 2010, 12:47 AM
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google earth sim is the best thing since sliced bread or pizza
Totally agree with this.
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Old Dec 24, 2010, 01:37 AM
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I would try to fly LOS at that new site for 1 flight so that I'm familiar with the landing approaches and wind direction.

2nd flight would be FPV.
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Old Dec 24, 2010, 02:44 AM
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some new sites are no good for regular rc because of trees or obstructions

the only "safe" option is to actually take off, be above obstructions and then land

one bennifit of fpv is it allows you to go further than LOS and fly around safely, well above trees, while regular rc does not

with my little mutiplex fox as an example I feel and am actualy way more safe with non los in tight areas

height is your friend with regular rc and fpv

I tried the regular rc before fpv theory but found a constant battle trying to stay away from trees as an example, it much easier being above them

My new theory is flying a helli for the third time will be easier fpv rather than regular rc
hovering around the first two times don't count, hehehe

once you know your plane as an example fpv is easier than regular rc



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I would try to fly LOS at that new site for 1 flight so that I'm familiar with the landing approaches and wind direction.

2nd flight would be FPV.
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Old Dec 24, 2010, 03:14 AM
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I always do a quick lap of the sky LOS just to make sure everything is working, listening to the recorder speaker for dropouts (makes a distorted sort of white noise when the AV goes poor).
Then on with the goggles and away !
Certainly won't go far in an unfamiliar spot, unless I can follow a road or head for a landmark and head back to a landmark. Depends on the terrain I guess.
Weather is very important, early morning is best, before the wind gets up.
Fly safe within your abilities and have fun.
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Old Dec 27, 2010, 09:09 PM
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Just found a cell phone tower map database :

http://www.cellreception.com/towers/
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 06:13 PM
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Is there an RC style tx to use w/ Google Earth??
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 07:29 PM
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Haha didn't really notice that before...
bet you didn't notice "it hurt at first" either...

but then I guess this is the "Virgin Flying Site Checklist" post



Hey Sentry... youza gonna get me in trouble again


happy new year y'all - it turned 2011 here a good 10 or so hours ago
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 09:01 PM
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Is there an RC style tx to use w/ Google Earth??
I've tried that with no luck so far, any JS works fine but a common RC controller type no worky.
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Old Jan 01, 2011, 07:19 AM
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I've tried that with no luck so far, any JS works fine but a common RC controller type no worky.
how about this?
(I hook my Futaba 10C with module removed up to the sound card but don't short pins 4-5)

and this
(probably not what you're looking for but usefull to know)
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Old Jan 01, 2011, 07:47 PM
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1. Check for RF noise floor. Disconnect your RX antenna and move the aircraft away until the video feed goes out. The distance is proporional to the amount of noise. Then turn of your airplaned, reconnect your antenna and see if you have any competing video feed (doubtful, but possible).


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Alex sorry if this seems a dumb question but I'm asumming you are talking about taking the video tx antenna off here for range testing! The reason I ask is I believed it would or could damage your video tx if powered and antenna removed? I know we do Rc link range checks either with lowered power cycle or on UHF systems with the antenna off. I've asked before about how to propey range test our video gear but the only answer I've had is to go fly Los and then land and check your video, if no drop outs then go fly. Sorry for hi jacking thread.
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Old Jan 02, 2011, 02:40 PM
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Alex sorry if this seems a dumb question but I'm asumming you are talking about taking the video tx antenna off here for range testing! The reason I ask is I believed it would or could damage your video tx if powered and antenna removed? I know we do Rc link range checks either with lowered power cycle or on UHF systems with the antenna off. I've asked before about how to propey range test our video gear but the only answer I've had is to go fly Los and then land and check your video, if no drop outs then go fly. Sorry for hi jacking thread.
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Liam,

NEVER disconnect your TX antenna if you are putting out more than 10mW.
It doesn't matter if its video, RC, whatever... if it transmits RF then you can damage the output stage of your device.

What the OP means is you disconnect your RX antenna, thereby reducing sensitivity (and in turn range) in order to see if the local area RF noise floor is competing with your setup.

You can and should do this kind of testing on all of your RF gear.

cheers,

Ren
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