T-Rex 500 Pan/Tilt Version 1
Old T-Rex 500 Pan/Tilt FPV setup. This old 500 has long been upgraded to a shock spring suspension boom pan/tilt camera mount for a much improved flight view. But keeping this blog posting around for historical purposes.
I have flown regular fixed view on a heli for about a year -- fixed view heli is actually not too difficult to fly. But add head tracking to high performance 3D heli is something to be experienced! Looking straight down with nothing obstructing your view is exhilerating. The ability to hover and look around gives you a greater appreciation for the landscape you fly over and a greater appreciation for flight. An RVP helicopter with head tracking lets you give the finger to gravity -- if only for a few exhilerating minutes. I love doing a power vertical takeoff peaking at around 900 watts of power output.
But it is a challenge to fly with head tracking. Its the diametric opposite of what most people fly RVP wise -- which is usually a beginner's plane with lots of dihedral stability. This heli RVP flying is definitely not meant to be an "easy flyer". But that's not to say this heli is out of control. Not at all. This helicopter goes exactly where I want it to go and responds quickly with power and authority -- its just that, like all helis, you need to control both transmitter sticks simultaneously and with more frequency of adjustments depending on how stable the heli setup is. I am seriously considering my first flybarless setup may be on this RVP heli. Not for 3D performance but actually to get that rock solid attitude hold the 3-axis gyros of a flybarless system gives. This would be perfect for looking around at the ground for an extended period of time while hovering or during fast forward flight. I have the the CoPilot-II onboard but it hasn't worked so well. Its always a bit off no matter how much I calibrate it and so I've haven't flown with enabled at all really.
I have not seen any heli videos uploaded with full pan/tilt on a head tracker and I can see why now. But its been worth it to learn this unexplored area of RVP flying. When I close my eyes at night, I see myself flying the video on this helicopter. Is that normal?
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