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Posted by roybob | Jul 07, 2010 @ 10:09 AM | 2,434 Views
Ok -- so I'm not the most prolific person when it comes to writing, but I thought I would put something on this page to help explain myself and why I'm on this website.

My interest in radio control flight goes back to when I was a kid and I dreamed about being able to remotely control a small model aircraft which could be flown manually or by a small computer based autopilot with a video downlink so I could "see" from the cockpit. The year was about 1970 and I was 13 years old. I already had a couple of years experience with model trains (HO scale) and dabbled in electronics. But other than daydreaming about it, I didn't pursue RC at the time.

In the early 1990s, I was the chief engineer for a mid-market television station in Central New York. I came across an article from a broadcast engineer in California who had taken a radio controlled helicopter and mounted a small video camera (small at that time) along with a small microwave transmitter. His station didn't have a full scale news helicopter so he was trying to use the RC version to capture some aerial shots. Again, I was intrigued so I when to my LHS and talked with the owner. He explained to me that after I put the kit together, if I took my helicopter out on the driveway on a Saturday morning and spent the next 8 hours just trying to learn, I might, might, be able to hover it about two feet off the ground. Clearly, this was not going to be a small effort. I tried to convince the station to buy...Continue Reading