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Old Jan 04, 2007, 04:17 AM
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What to buy for video piloting. Updated November 20th 2010.

Everything in the attached PDF document.
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On next update I will ad these links:

http://videoaerialsystems.com/
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Old Jan 04, 2007, 05:14 AM
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Maybe we can have a sticky put up with URL's of all the better sites. It seems to me I just posted something like this, each category with at least a couple of choices.

http://www.blackwidowav.com/
http://www.rangevideo.com/
http://www.futurehobbies.com/

These are a good place to start. Basically I think you should read as many threads as you can and get a feel for what people like and don't like.

I haven't personally dealt with all of them.

As far as goggles and head tracking, it changes daily. If I say. "Buy this," by tomorrow it will be obsolete. Get something and plan to get something new by summer!

BTW, it seems that getting head tracking to work with tx's other than Futaba can be tricky so I will definitely leave that for someone with experience with non-Futaba gear.

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Old Jan 04, 2007, 08:08 AM
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I don´t know for sure because I haven´t one but, do you think (experienced fpv flyiers with HT) that starting with HT might be more confusing?


As Pete says, this is evolving almost each day, and if maybe could do the first steps into fpv harder I think would be a good idea waiting a little for the HT



But as I´ve said, I don´t have any HT so I don´t know for sure...
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Old Jan 04, 2007, 08:51 AM
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I don´t know for sure because I haven´t one but, do you think (experienced fpv flyiers with HT) that starting with HT might be more confusing?


As Pete says, this is evolving almost each day, and if maybe could do the first steps into fpv harder I think would be a good idea waiting a little for the HT



But as I´ve said, I don´t have any HT so I don´t know for sure...
Personal belief. Head tracking should make it easier. Look first then turn and things like that. If you are not familiar with an area you probably will not be able to do something simple like a 90 degree turn without a bit of practice. I probably did two full circles on my first turn in an unfamiliar area under overcast skies. It took that long to orient myself. Hmm... That flight is on video, maybe I should review it.

If you look out at your wing tip and turn to that heading you have done a 90 degree turn effortlessly. Even if you have only 45 degrees each side of center, as long as your horizontal FOV is 90 degrees you should be able to see your wing tip.

No, I haven't actually done it. I managed to fly head up and locked listening to both of my safety pilots. Next try with head tracking I will make a point of looking around. I think it should make things easier.

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Old Jan 04, 2007, 09:49 AM
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Thanx guys for your info.
I normally fly formation flight with Lock On simulator ( www.iat-aerobatic.com )using the TrackIR (www.naturalpoint.com ) head movement tracking system so for me it should be very natural becouse the only difference is the real aircraft and real enviroment. I remember I took about 20 / 30 hours to get used to head tracking but now i can't fly without it...

Any goggles link from the many?


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Old Jan 04, 2007, 09:53 AM
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another good website I found is this www.rc-tech.ch (french and english). They got complete system but they'r a bit expensive...
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Old Jan 04, 2007, 10:20 AM
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Intuitive Circuits has a few OSD's that work off of GPS. These update every 2 sentences. The problem is size. I run 3" ribs and usually put the OSD in the wing between two ribs...

Mighty GPS has a few OEM GPS units you can use to tie into the OSD.
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Old Jan 04, 2007, 11:16 AM
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another good website I found is this www.rc-tech.ch (french and english). They got complete system but they'r a bit expensive...
Check with AnthonyRC. I think he makes a head tracking device. I don't know if he has a business on the web yet.

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Old Jan 04, 2007, 11:27 AM
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I'm adding a lot of links in my first post.. if some user needs them..
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Old Jan 06, 2007, 07:47 PM
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ok thanx for the links, but now I'm a lot more confused... eheh
from your experience, what products do you think are the best available to date from these manufacturers??
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Old Jan 06, 2007, 08:57 PM
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Check with AnthonyRC. I think he makes a head tracking device. I don't know if he has a business on the web yet.

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Anthony's site is http://www.aeropix.ch/store/ but he is sold out of everything at the moment.

ZaGuru,

What are your goals for the plane? There is a very nice predator in the Show Us Your Planes thread with equipment listed. Since the pred is pretty light, I'd order a 500mw 2.4ghz tx/rx set and panasonic kx131 from rangevideo. Goggles, I'd probably go with the red set at futurehobbies. Pan, tilt, headtracker from the above link (anthonyRC) with a Futaba 9CAP Super radio. Diversity receiver (futurehobbies) with two 14db flat patch antennas (or antenna of your choosing). On Screen Display (w/GPS) - Inspire from www.dpcav.com is a really good one (I have one ordered and use the lower Vizion OSD now). www.u-nav.com has a $350 Return to Launch GPS rudder-steerer, and a $200 altitude hold board (ALT3). www.fmadirect.com for a Co-Pilot system (I use FS8) that acts as a wing leveler.

After a good 300 watt motor, ESC, rcvr, servos, I'd say most of that $2500 is wrecked.

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Old Jan 07, 2007, 02:15 AM
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Hey can you break your links down into categories? Maybe like Video Downlink, Flight stabilization, head trackers?
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Old Jan 07, 2007, 04:30 AM
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The TrackR1s should be in stock shortly, and this time there should be plenty to go around (I greatly underestimated their popularity!)

www.aeropix.ch/store
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Old Jan 07, 2007, 08:36 AM
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Hey can you break your links down into categories? Maybe like Video Downlink, Flight stabilization, head trackers?
Can we get a sticky for this? It would be nice to point people at sources without having to retype the same info again and again.

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Old Jan 07, 2007, 12:02 PM
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Hey can you break your links down into categories? Maybe like Video Downlink, Flight stabilization, head trackers?
done.
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