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Posted by turbinefancy | Jun 24, 2020 @ 10:59 AM | 2,927 Views
We tried something new again, flying FPV formation with 3 planes this time. Well, lead T-34 flew line off sight carrying a 360į camera, while 2x T-33 flew head-tracking FPV in echelon formation.
FPV view:
Head-tracking FPV 3 RC Plane Formation - 2x T-33 and 1x T-34 (5 min 6 sec)


360į cam view from lead looking back:
T34 Formation with T-33 (6 min 35 sec)
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Posted by turbinefancy | Jun 21, 2020 @ 12:02 PM | 9,946 Views
Like working out, itís better to have a partner to urge one along skill advancement. Same with formation flying. I love formation practice with my buddy Alex. Itís early yet in our training. We will get tighter as we progress...

Freewing T-33 Jet FPV Formation Training with Headtracker (5 min 17 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jun 05, 2020 @ 03:39 AM | 5,003 Views
I just setup a new DJI Digital FPV system on my old Taft Cobra Jet. Also improved looks of the instrument panel using pictures from a real F-5E cockpit. Hereís A training flight showcasing how well the DJI FPV camera handle low light situations.

Cobra RC Jet FPV Training (4 min 5 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Feb 06, 2020 @ 11:05 AM | 8,864 Views
Landing practice in a friends L-39 EDF jet using DJI FPV w/ head tracker The visuals are absolutely stunning. Best viewed on large screen:

Perfecting DJI FPV Jet Landings (5 min 53 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jan 28, 2020 @ 02:41 PM | 17,582 Views
My friend Alex invited me to fly his FW L-39 setup with DJI HD FPV system as chase plane as he flies a FW F-14. It was an eye opening experience, since I am not used to the speed flying FPV in jets. And the DJI FPV visuals are gorgeous. My fingers could not stop shaking the whole flight, so exhilarating! I will need to setup one for my own.

Feast your eyes in 1080P on large screen. The visuals are stunning. Near miss at 2:00....

DJI FPV F-14 Tomcat Jet Chase (4 min 38 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jan 14, 2020 @ 03:52 PM | 8,202 Views
Even when starting from an advantageous position at the Tomcat's six o'clock. Trying to keep the reticle steady on target for a couple of seconds is not easy. The outcome is all but certain. Or is it?

FPV Dogfight: Spitfire vs F-14 Tomcat (7 min 5 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Jan 07, 2020 @ 12:25 PM | 7,107 Views
A close look around Freewing / Motion RC T-33 Shooting Star (German Scheme) static display at OCMA / Black Star field. Shot using DJI Mavic Pro.

Freewing T-33 Shooting Star (German Scheme) in the Wild (1 min 9 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Dec 31, 2019 @ 12:28 PM | 4,061 Views
Need a little help guys landing a Spitfire. How does one keep from dragging a wingtip after the tail settles during landing? I have yet to come to a stop without dipping a wing after landing. Any tips?

My video practicing landings, skip to the end to see the wing dragging. I handle the touch and go’s ok. But after the tail settles, I can only hold on for the ride. Very frustrating...

Mastering Scale FPV Spitfire Landings (3 min 14 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Dec 14, 2019 @ 06:19 AM | 9,611 Views
Turning & burning with a Freewing F-14 Tomcat via head-tracking FPV in a FMS PC-21. I could barely keep pace pegging full power from the start while the Tomcat was only at half power. Still, it was a lot of fun and seeing the Tomcat in the air is like recreating TOP GUN.

FPV F-14 Tomcat Chase (4 min 5 sec)

Posted by turbinefancy | Nov 29, 2019 @ 07:52 PM | 6,160 Views
Oof! Donít land like this...

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

Posted by turbinefancy | Nov 16, 2019 @ 05:31 PM | 6,751 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 | 4,178 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 | 7,007 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 | 7,509 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 | 6,112 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 | 4,363 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 | 6,035 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 | 6,365 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 | 10,340 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)