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Posted by turbinefancy | Nov 29, 2019 @ 07:52 PM | 2,673 Views
Oof! Don’t land like this...

FPV Crash Landing - RC Plane (1 min 21 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Nov 16, 2019 @ 05:31 PM | 3,235 Views
I have always loved flying formation with buddies at the field. But with limitations of depth perception from ground station, one can never gauge the exact relative position of the different planes resulting in planes being too far apart or mid-air collision. With head-tracking FPV, one can judge relative position as well as full scale guys. It's much easier than LOS to tighten up formation flying. Just takes a little practice and a smooth lead pilot to make it possible. I want to eventually fly warbird formation like the Horseman display team. For now just starting out with barrel rolls and other simple maneuvers. Not bad for only about a handful of flights training together. Enjoy!

FPV RC Plane Dogfight & Formation Aerobatics (4 min 40 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Nov 05, 2019 @ 10:50 AM | 765 Views
Inspired by airshow demo of corkscrewing jet around main formation with smoke. I wanted to try it out with my FPV FMS PC-21. Video shows 4th & 5th flight I flew with my friend Doug for tight formation and barrel rolls. Enjoy!

FPV Barrel Rolls & Tight Formation (2 min 36 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Oct 22, 2019 @ 10:41 PM | 3,551 Views
Video showing first FPV close formation training session with my friend Doug Kott - flying T-28/ line of sight, with real time pilot conversation to coordinate the flight (on station at 2:00):

FPV Formation with Doug's T-28 and Pilot Comms (8 min 36 sec)

and looking back at wingman from lead plane's perspective (continuous shot from 1:52):

FPV (3 min 49 sec)
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Posted by turbinefancy | Oct 13, 2019 @ 10:12 AM | 4,112 Views
Showing some high and low views around Orange County Modelers Association Field - Bob Swenson Memorial Field aka Black Star at Silverado, CA. Matched with iconic music and some smooth precision acro down low. Enjoy!

OCMA FPV Dusk Tour Low & High (3 min 56 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Sep 27, 2019 @ 02:12 PM | 2,705 Views
Both were flying HD FPV to allow smooth close formation. Shoutout to CGReload for hand crafting the awesome scale looking instrument panel!

Smooth FPV Formation with Stephen's FPV T-34 (3 min 4 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Sep 27, 2019 @ 03:14 AM | 986 Views
Compare FPV greaser landing with ground view of FMS PC-21 at dusk - picture in picture. Quite interesting...

FPV Dusk Landings Picture in Picture (1 min 58 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jul 31, 2019 @ 11:43 PM | 2,656 Views
Flying close FPV formation with a PC-21 in a FMS PC-21. Video with commentary:

FPV Formation of Two PC-21's (8 min 50 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jul 02, 2019 @ 09:52 AM | 2,957 Views
Two wheelie greasers so smooth, I have trouble telling when the wheels touch from the cockpit. The landings were flown LOS to show son how it looks under goggles (he was wearing them during the flight). He later soloed and landed under FPV in the same plane. Hooked for life!

Headtracking FPV 2 Wheelie Landings FMS PC-21 (1 min 9 sec)

Many thanks to Anthony Barreras for building the scale instrument panels!
Posted by turbinefancy | Jun 25, 2019 @ 01:51 AM | 6,971 Views
I miss my FMS PC -21 that crashed last year, just as I was starting to fly fixed-wing FPV. So I set another one up with head-tracking FPV and it really flies and lands well. It’s much easier to ground handle compared with my Spitfire. Here’s a short aerobatic video with landing. Enjoy!

Scale FPV PC-21 Acrobatics at Trabuco Cayon - Short (2 min 3 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jun 13, 2019 @ 10:59 PM | 2,058 Views
Practice close formation with a T-34 and a German biplane flying from the cockpit of Avios Spitfire using head-tracking FPV. A few near misses. Enjoy!

Spitfire FPV Formation with Head-tracking (5 min 19 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jun 03, 2019 @ 11:01 PM | 2,149 Views
I have always love the look of BF-109F. Though many favor the desert scheme. I still love this winter scheme for its high contrast against the background where I fly and resistance to “gatoring” from exposure to the sun.

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Posted by turbinefancy | Jun 03, 2019 @ 09:56 AM | 2,110 Views
Scale FPV aerobatic training flight with head-tracking at beautiful Orange County Modelers Association (OCMA) Field with newly paved 600’x30’ runway!

Avios Spitfire FPV Aerobatics PIP at OCMA New Runway (5 min 30 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | May 14, 2019 @ 12:20 AM | 2,249 Views
Finally, credible scale FPV dogfight footage from cockpit of Avios Spitfire with fully functional reflector gun sight. It takes some work to maneuver the Spitfire in position to place the reticle on a fast moving target for a few seconds. Enjoy!

Short clip of the kill shot:

Spitfire Scale FPV Dogfight/ Gunnery Training Short Clip (1 min 1 sec)

Full flight including a couple of bouncy landings

Avios Spitfire Scale FPV Dogfight/Gunnery Practice (7 min 45 sec)
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Posted by turbinefancy | Apr 25, 2019 @ 07:29 AM | 2,687 Views
I love flying formation and mock dog fight under FPV. But without an effective aiming device, one just can not be sure how well he can stay on a bogie's tail. So I persuaded a master scale builder, Tim Noack, to build a 1:7.5 working reflector sight with collimating optics that focus at infinity and corrects for parallax.

The result is absolutely stunning...

FPV Avios Spitfire with Reflector Gun Sight (6 min 53 sec)

functional Mk VIII reflector gunsight for RC warbirds FPV part 2 (1 min 52 sec)
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Posted by turbinefancy | Apr 12, 2019 @ 01:54 PM | 6,028 Views
Son chased my Spitfire using a Armattan Chameleon Ti quad Found the camouflage works great at blending in with the green hills. Will be hard for the Hun to jump on this Spitfire from afar

Avios Spitfire Mk Vb Chase Teaser (1 min 31 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Mar 29, 2019 @ 09:33 AM | 6,457 Views
Integration of headtracking FPV system in the Spitfire works without a glitch - "passenger" tested and approved. On to flying from the Spitfire cockpit, going to be a challenge with long nose obstructing runway view on takeoff and such - better spend some time taxing first....

Avios Spitfire Head Tracking FPV Test (8 min 13 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Mar 19, 2019 @ 01:39 PM | 6,412 Views
Short maiden flight of new Avios Spitfire in butterfly filled sky. She is one sweet bird!

My findings:
1. Requires surprisingly little right rudder on takeoff run to keep straight. Much better than all Warbirds in my collection.

2. Excellent low speed handling: for a heavily loaded plane (I fly with 6S 4000mAh 60C bats) she can land very slowly, even without flaps.

3. Unlimited climb!

4. With canopy open, the Avios Spitfire makes a very satisfying howling sound in high speed dive.

5. Control throws in the manual feels a bit unbalanced. Aileron high rates feels too soft compared to elevator low rates. Rudder throws feel excessive and tail wheel overly sensitive. I put aileron linkage to the inner most hole on servo horn and still have to reduce rate to 50% just to hit high rate of manual specified throws.

6. She will drag a wing tip when landing on hard surface. Narrow wheel track with notable positive camber combined with overly sensitive tail wheel makes ground handling very touchy. But I guess that's part of the scale Spitfire appeal.

All in all, an excellent warbird with great handling qualities in the air. Gratitude to Mr. Tom Hunt, Steward Warne and HK for making such a scale Spitfire accessible.

Howling Avios Spitfire (5 min 32 sec)

Avios Spitfire Maiden - In Butterfly Filled Sky (2 min 45 sec)
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Posted by turbinefancy | Feb 20, 2019 @ 09:52 AM | 6,553 Views
Beautiful sky, mountains, creek and woods with music from “Wings” theme song by Schubert.
FPV Scale Aerobatics & Tree Arch Pass at Sunset (7 min 58 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Feb 10, 2019 @ 09:09 PM | 7,360 Views
I have invested a lot of time learning RC plane chase/formation flying using visual line-of-sight, FPV aerial photography drone, FPV with head tracking in fixed-wing pattern plane; each one better than previous at keeping formation while maintaining safe separation to prevent mid-air collision. Recently, I let my son loose and told him to chase my 1400mm Freewing P-51D Mustang with his race quad copter. In a handful of flights, his props were practically chewing at the plane's tail constantly. This leads me to believe that race quads are the best tool to use for making dynamic chase shots for RC airplanes. Here's the video:

"Too Close for Comfort"
FPV Chase RC P-51 Mustang - Too Close for Comfort (2 min 31 sec)