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Old May 07, 2012, 07:37 AM
Dave Highland Scotia
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Slow flying wing and RC 'remote' controller.

Since the internet became 'googlized' a lot of interesting sites that displayed slow flying and long endurance models very suitable for surveillance appear to have been 'dissappeared'.
Can anyone point me to threads or sites with descriptions of such aircraft?

I am sure that there must be RC'ers who have dispensed with the standard controls preferred by equip. manufacturers and opted for customised layouts more suited to their own needs perhaps connecting these controls to a TX through the 'buddy box' input. Is there a thread I could search for tips and ideas?

Thanks
Dave B
Scotland
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Old May 07, 2012, 07:44 AM
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I'm intrigued, what "custom controls"?
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Old May 07, 2012, 10:23 AM
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Perhaps you're thinking of something like UHF Chainlink systems, yagi antennas, remote controls designed to manage planes at long distances?

http://fpvlab.com/forums/forum.php

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Old May 07, 2012, 01:28 PM
An itch?. Scratch build.
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Try the - UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicles forum - for long distance capability. (Autonomous flight).

The - Video Piloting (FPV/RPV) forum - for flying with a video down-link.

The - Aerial Photography forum - for general purpose aerial photography.

The FAA and the BMFA for general rules and regulations regarding flying those types of models in the UK. There are also tougher restrictions regarding video transmitting power in the UK
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Old May 08, 2012, 06:43 AM
Dave Highland Scotia
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...... & Custom Controls

Thanks for the replies and links. I note the comment re Video TX power. I'll look into this, I've seen a remark indicating that possession of an Amateur Radio License can be an advantage.
After I posted the enquiry I found one link myself.
http://mikeysrc.com/
Mikey builds scratch models for FPV from foam board. Some are slow flying.
Re Custom Controls. These may exist already.
The sort of thing would be similar to the panels available to Flight Simulator users and provide all the controls in a layout that resembles aircraft controls.
Basically; Yoke, pedals and throttle in a lifesize format with the sensors, potentiometers, whatever linked to a TX.
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