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Posted by smoothvirus | Jul 24, 2018 @ 12:53 PM | 1,058 Views
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The Phantom is the newest addition to our range of First Person View (FPV) models. It is a great flyer with very predictable handling qualities, excellent stability and lots of wing area to cope with additional loads for FPV use.

The Phantom features tough EPO construction with moulded in camera bays - one forward looking just under the nose and another mount in the top of the canopy with a plywood support pre-installed. This updated version features premium 3K wrapped carbon tube spars, and now breaks down into three pieces for easy transport.

Assembly of the airframe is very simple, literally four glue joints required - foam glue is also included!

This being the kit version you will require your own choice of 9gram servos, motor and speed controller - we suggest a low current power system not exceeding 30 amps, this will provide you with flights in excess of 30 minutes on a 3s 4500mAh lipo.

FPV pilots will appreciate the space under the canopy - it's cavernous! There is plenty of space for your choice FPV gear.

Features:
• Kit Version - Assemble and install your choice of electronics
• Ultra though EPO construction
• Ultra stable flight performance
• Excellent FPV platform
• 30 minute plus flight duration on 4500mAh 3s lipo
• Easy to Hand Launch, Easy to Land
• Stable Handling at Low and High Speeds
• Updated with 3K wrapped carbon tube spars
• Updated with removable outer wing panels for easy transport

Specs:
Wingspan: 1550mm
Length: 683mm
Flying Weight: 900g

Requires:
4 Channel Radio (with delta mixing)
3S 11.1V 4500mAh Lipoly battery
2 x 9g servos
30amp Esc
900kv Brushless Outrunner Motor
Parts List:

Zeta FX-61 Phantom FPV Flying Wing EPO 1550mm Wingspan RC Airplane Kit
https://www.banggood.com/Zeta-FX-6I-...r_warehouse=CN

RVOSD 6 Autopilot
https://www.rangevideo.com/collections/rvosd

EZUHF 8 Channel Diversity Receiver
https://www.readymaderc.com/products...rsity-receiver

RunCam Night Eagle 2
https://www.readymaderc.com/products...ro-cmos-camera

FX-61 Phantom Aluminum Motor Mount
http://smallpartscnc.com/index.php?r...product_id=189

Reference:
RCG Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...1550mm-61-inch

FX-61 Phantom build.
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-Phantom-build

Zeta FX-61 Phantom Wing
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t...1_Phantom_Wing

Zeta FX-61 Phantom Wing Number 2
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t..._Wing_Number_2

FX-61 Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...98w-PlqQ6c7DAl

Compare to:
Skywalker X6
https://www.fpvmodel.com/new-skywalk...wing_g392.html
Posted by smoothvirus | Jul 02, 2018 @ 03:51 PM | 4,765 Views
Once again thanks to Mark and Judy for hosting such a great even and thanks to Bob for being the "Rogue Squadron Official Photographer". ...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Jun 10, 2018 @ 08:22 PM | 1,841 Views
No I don't mean the popular soft drink, or some kind of supernatural entity, but a type of upper atmospheric lightning. Here's how the Wikipedia article for upper atmospheric lightning begins:

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Upper-atmospheric lightning or ionospheric lightning are terms sometimes used by researchers to refer to a family of short-lived electrical-breakdown phenomena that occur well above the altitudes of normal lightning and storm clouds. Upper-atmospheric lightning is believed to be electrically induced forms of luminous plasma. The preferred usage is transient luminous event (TLE), because the various types of electrical-discharge phenomena in the upper atmosphere lack several characteristics of the more familiar tropospheric lightning.
Being a science enthusiast, since I first heard about the discovery of Sprites in the mid 1990's, I've been fascinated by the subject and have tried to find as much information as I could on this mysterious phenomenon. Red Sprites are the most common type of TLE, and appear above powerful thunderstorms, shooting up towards space. Some of them have been observed to go up 60 miles, all the way to the air glow layer at the edge of space!

Now I'm wondering if some of the starlight cameras we are putting on our model planes and multirotors could be used to capture video images of Red Sprites. I already have a Runcam Night Eagle 2 and I'm planning on building a night flying FPV wing with it using a Zeta FX-61 kit....Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Oct 16, 2017 @ 12:09 PM | 4,042 Views
I watched Matthew Ogbourne's videos on the new Sonicmodell F1 Wing and decided to order one. I'd like to do some more low level high speed flying and I'll need a tough EPP plane for that kind of mission. The EPP in the F1 Wing is supposed to be the toughest a lot of FPV pilots have ever seen.



Parts List:

Sonicmodell F1 Wing 833mm Wingspan Super High Speed FPV EPP Racing Wing RC Airplane PNP
https://www.banggood.com/Sonicmodell...l?rmmds=search


Reference:


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Posted by smoothvirus | May 16, 2017 @ 04:56 PM | 6,863 Views
There was a lot of buzz in 2015 when this glider first came out, a full house 3.7 meter e-glider for under $300! In 2016 Hobby King released the version 2 of this glider but had to raise the price to about $350. However I got a deal and was able to get an Aether kit for 30% off.

We're going to FPV this sucker up!

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The HobbyKing Aether is back and better than ever!

The fuselage is now fully fabricated from epoxy and where possible carbon fiber has been used for some parts providing exceptional strength without a weight penalty. The fiberglass firewall now comes pre-drilled ready to accept a motor of your choosing.

The large size and low cost make this a perfect entry level ALES model.

The Aether arrives as an almost ready to fly model, allowing you to customize it how you choose. Though it is a large model it disassembles easily. The wing breaks down into 4 pieces with a rugged carbon tube joiner for the center two wing panels and the tail assembly bolts to the fuselage and that means it will fit it all but the smallest of vehicles.

The large volume pod gives plenty of space for your battery and other equipment with access through the large carbon fiber canopy hatch being a breeze. The large wing, along with a generous amount of wing dihedral makes the Aether 3700 ultra stable. so its relaxing to fly and with large flaps to slow the model down, landings are feather light.

If you have never flown a large model, the Ather is confidence
...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Apr 17, 2017 @ 12:15 PM | 11,473 Views
I grabbed a Wing Wing Z84 kit during a Black Friday sale last year and since then have been deciding what to do with it. Since then I've become intrigued with the iNav firmware and the low cost flight controllers that use it.

Parts List:

Zeta Wing Wing Z-84 Z84 EPO 845mm Wingspan Racer Flying Wing KIT Green
http://www.banggood.com/Wing-Wing-Z-...l?rmmds=search

30.5*30.5mm Betaflight Omnibus STM32F3 F3 Pro Flight Controller Built-in OSD BEC Current sensor
https://www.banggood.com/30_530_5mm-...p-1156615.html

7M/8M Ublox M8N GPS Module for APM Pixhawk CC3D Naze32 F3 Flight Control
http://www.banggood.com/7M8M-Ublox-M...91010204130240

RunCam Micro Swift - NTSC
https://shop.runcam.com/runcam-micro-swift/

SunnySky 2208 1500kv
http://www.buddyrc.com/sunnysky-x2208-11-1500kv-ii.html

Suleve™ M3NH1 M3 Nylon Screw Black Hex Screw Nut Nylon PCB Standoff Assortment Kit 300pcs
https://www.banggood.com/300pcs-M3-N...-p-984310.html

APC 6x4EP Pusher Prop
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...roducts_id=946

Excellway® 20Pcs Mini Micro JST 1.0mm SH 6-Pin Connector Plug With Wires Cables 150mm
https://www.banggood.com/20Pcs-Mini-..._warehouse=USA

Hobbywing FlyFun 30A ESC Build-in BEC 5V/2A (2-4S)
https://www.fpvmodel.com/hobbywing-f...-esc_g279.html



Reference:
Marbelo build log
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...-cruise-flight

Wing Wing Z84 and INAV
https://www.justinfielding.uk/wing-w...-1-components/

The Basics of Getting iNav Working on an Airplane
https://github....Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Mar 27, 2017 @ 05:24 PM | 7,538 Views
I've been impressed with the Pitlab OSD/Autopilot for a long time now and I finally got one this spring. I was originally going to install it in my Finwing Sabre but I feel like the Sabre is so well tuned that I don't want to spoil a good thing. So I will be installing the Pitlab OSD into a brand new XUAV Mini Talon.

Parts List:

OSD and Autopilot FPV kit
https://www.pitlab.com/pitlabshop/fp...it-detail.html

X-UAV Mini Talon
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=5129

CXN - Mini Talon FPV Pod
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=5490

CXN - FPV Camera Pan/Tilt (32x32mm)
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=4484

RunCam HD2 - Orange
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=4962

Dragonlink - Rx Antenna with 12" (30cm) Cable
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3514

1.3 GHZ Video Transmitter Antenna - 3 CM Extension
http://www.fpvpro.com/store/13-ghz-v...3-cm-extension

RMRC - 1.3GHz 400mW Transmitter - US VERSION
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...roducts_id=915

Airspeed MicroSensor V3
http://www.eagletreesystems.com/inde...&product_id=63

Cobra C-2221/16 Brushless Motor
http://innov8tivedesigns.com/c-2221-16

Cobra 40A ESC BEC
http://www.stoneblueairlines.com/mot...a-40a-esc.html

Dragon Link V3 ADVANCED Large Complete System
http://www.fpvpro.com/store/dragon-l...omplete-system

RMRC - LC Power Filter - 1.7A
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=4081

Turnigy Multistar Twin Output 5/10 Amp (6-50V) SBEC for Lipoly
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/turnigy-...or-lipoly.html

Xoar PJN Electric 9x6 pusher prop
http://www.xoarintl.com/rc-propeller...Propeller/#des

StarTech.com 1m Mini USB Cable Cord - A to Up Angle Mini B - Black (USBAMB1MU)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Reference:

Main Page
https://www.pitlab.com/fpv-system.html

Download Page
http://www.bigaj.com.pl/fpvsystem/

RCGroups Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...big-FPV-System

V Tail Config
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=2969

Pitlab OSD Playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...zhqJ_FwRfclmeY

Micro Receiver with Telemetry
http://fpvpro.com/dragonlink/support...icro-receiver/

V3 Quick Setup
http://dragonlinkrc.com/dragonlink/s...minitialsetup/

HOW TO CONNECT ET V.3 AIRSPEED SENSOR
http://www.bigaj.com.pl/fpvsystem/?page_id=374

How to change OSD layout in flight
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=3707

Autopilot tuning questions
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=3792
Posted by smoothvirus | Mar 24, 2017 @ 08:36 AM | 9,016 Views
Parts List:

C1 Chaser 1200mm Wingspan EPO Flying Wing FPV Racer Aircraft RC Airplane KIT
http://www.banggood.com/C1-Chaser-12...p-1102080.html

Eagle Tree - Vector FPV Controller Package - XT60
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=2306

CP Laminating Film - 3 Mil x 18"
http://www.alofthobbies.com/new-stuf...ing-films.html

SunnySky X2212 KV1250 II Brushless Motor
http://www.buddyrc.com/sunnysky-x221...ess-motor.html

Cobra 40A ESC BEC
http://www.stoneblueairlines.com/mot...a-40a-esc.html

Aeronaut CAM Folding Propeller 8 x 5
http://www.espritmodel.com/aeronaut-...denthaler.aspx

Aeronaut Yoke for Turbo and Black 2-Blade Spinners 38/8mm
http://www.espritmodel.com/aeronaut-...-spinners.aspx

8mm x 5mm Bushing
http://www.getfpv.com/graupner-prop-...-5mm-4pcs.html

EMAX - ES08MA II - Metal Gear Servo (x2)
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=4035

RunCam Swift Mini
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=6583

EzUHF Nano Reciever
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=5866

Dragonlink - Receiver Antenna For Dragon Link - SMA Mount
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...oducts_id=3519

Reference:

mark_q build
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t...C1_Chaser_Wing

markqv C1 Chaser Parts
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2047019

How To - Set-Up a Pusher Style Folding Prop
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t...e_Folding_Prop

New model C-1 chaser1200mm flying wing EPO foam RC airplane KIT w/HD camera Big wing wing Z84 (4 min 50 sec)


Compare to:

Skywalker X5
https://hobbyking.com/en_us/skywalke...ng-1180mm.html

Skywalker Falcon
https://www.banggood.com/Skywalker-F...p-1137082.html

Sonicmodell HD Wing
https://www.banggood.com/Sonicmodell...r_warehouse=CN
Posted by smoothvirus | May 17, 2016 @ 11:51 AM | 9,098 Views
Here's the third installment of my Budget FPV Build article. Prices for FPV components continue to fall and you can now get a really nice full setup for just over $500. If you decide not to buy a high res video camera that brings it down to only about $437! Two years ago I struggled to keep the cost under $1000. The build is also getting simpler as you can now buy the full video setup as one package deal for about $100.

This year I really wanted to recommend Stone Blue Airlines Phoenix 56" but the kit is $134.99 and that does not include the electronics like servos, motor, or ESC. Made out of EPP foam, it's a more durable plane than the Bix3, but the goal here is to keep the costs as low as possible, while avoiding cheap junk.

I am still a fan of the RMRC Surfer but the price has climbed slightly so I left it out this year. However if you are in the USA and the Bix3 is sold out, then the Surfer is a perfectly acceptable alternative for only a few dollars more.

The components I'm selecting here might not be something I'm flying but are well regarded in the FPV community.

Like my other blog posts this will be a work in progress and your input is welcome!

* - A word of caution, a lot of these items are very popular and can become hard to find during flying season in the northern hemisphere (April-November).

Airframe

HobbyKing™ Bix3 Trainer/FPV EPO 1550mm (PNF) $89.74
http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...50mm_PNF_.html

Main Battery + Charger

Turnigy...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Apr 21, 2016 @ 03:03 PM | 9,942 Views
Copied from Reddit but I'll redact the user's name:

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Hey there - I picked up your name from a reply to a post 9 months ago.
I've recently put together a decent quadcopter build with FPV gear. I've been thinking how nice it would be to have a plane to tool around using some of the gear that is easy to borrow from the quad (mainly just the Tx, the "goggles", etc).
Is there a major difference between the Skywalker / Bixler / Skysurfer? Wondering if they are basically different badges put on very similar products. Also there are at least 3 versions of the Bixler - is one the "best"?
At the moment I was thinking of just having the standard gear (2 servos and esc) and FPV equipment. I'm seeing some other gear for flight stabilization, GPS for "return to home", etc. Is any of that gear pretty much a must have? I've seen a few setups that are just ridiculously complicated, and am interested in getting the best bang for the buck.
I'd like to buy whichever plane in a kit. I'd love to get the servos and motor, etc, but do not want the Rx/Tx because I feel they would be weak-ish and I'd rather use my Turnigy with the FrSky module - upgraded to ErSky9x.
I'd appreciate any direction you might have the time to provide.
The Skywalker, Bix, and Skysurfer are all on a similar layout but the Skywalker is a little different.

Skywalker - a venerable and proven FPV platform. There are several different models available....Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Mar 05, 2016 @ 12:07 PM | 11,211 Views
So I have been flying FPV for going on three years now, and thought I understood what the Fresnel zone was, but as it turns out, I was completely wrong. I thought the FZ was something you "flew into", as in, flying behind a building on 5.8 would be "flying into the Fresnel zone." Alas, this is completely incorrect.

I was doing some web surfing on the FZ and stumbled across this illustration:



..and BANG! I realized I have been wrong all along about what the Fresnel zone is.

The definition from that site is this:
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The Fresnel zone is a football-shaped space between two transceivers – the longer the distance and the lower the frequency, the further across the Fresnel zone is.
Of course, for our application, the FZ would be a football-shaped space between a transmitter and a receiver.

I found this site useful as well, for visualizing what is going on.

Since I tend to be a very visual person, I made a quick illustration of what I think it might look like if you could actually see the FZ from the point of view of your video receiving antenna. Please forgive the MS Paint cartoon version of my flying site, and I can't claim that it's completely scientifically accurate.



So, in my illustration there are two FPV aircraft flying at the same distance away from the receiver. One has a 1.3ghz VTX and the other has a 5.8ghz VTX. The FZ would probably look a bit more "swirly" if I was using CP...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Oct 08, 2015 @ 05:38 PM | 15,630 Views
Specifications:
Wingspan: 1300mm
Length: 830mm
Flying Weight: 1000~2000g
Wing Area: 30 sq. dm.

Parts List:
X-UAV Mini Talon
http://team-legit.com/X-Uav-Mini-Talon_p_361.html

Mini Talon Power Package
(no longer available! This came with a SunnySky X2216-1250, a 30A ESC, Emax servos, and a 8x4 and a 8x6 prop)

Eagle Tree - Vector FPV Controller
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2307

Vector Airspeed Expander with Pitot
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2991

CXN - Mini Talon FPV Pod
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=5490

Runcam Swift - IR Block - Orange
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=5441

CXN - FPV Camera Pan/Tilt (32x32mm)
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=4484

RunCam HD2 - Orange
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=4962

EZUHF 8 Channel Lite Receiver
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=715

Dragonlink - Rx Antenna with 12" (30cm) Cable
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3514

Graupner E-Prop 8x5
http://www.getfpv.com/graupner-e-prop-8x5.html

1.3 GHZ Video Transmitter Antenna - 3 CM Extension
http://www.fpvpro.com/store/13-ghz-v...3-cm-extension

RMRC - 1.3GHz 400mW Transmitter - US VERSION
https://www.readymaderc.com/store/in...roducts_id=915

HENGE MD260 260 Degrees Metal Digital Servo ( for camera pan)
http://www.fpvmodel.com/henge-md260-...180-_g369.html

Reference:
RCGroups Thread
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2043439

Rangler's Blog
http://rangler.co.uk/

UAV Experiment
http://vogtland.ws/narobotics/2015/0...le-hd-cameras/

X-UAV Mini Talon Build
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2656613

X-UAV mini TALON FPV
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2057561

Mini Talon X-UAV Build Number 2
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t...Build_Number_2

Mini Talon EAGLETREE Vector Config
http://www.efpv.co.uk/2016/09/19/min...vector-config/

Mini-Review X-UAV Mini Talon
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show....php?t=2700489

YouTube Mini Talon playlist
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...RFFgoG6o7Cac72

Four Props for the Mini Talon
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t...the_Mini_Talon

Cobra 2221/12-1250kv vs. SunnySky 2216-1250kv
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=7686

Overpropping the SS 2216-1250kv
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=8384

An important note about the CG
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=9257

Control Surface Throws
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=8616

MarkQ Stuff
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...postcount=9595

Mini Talon Parts Compilation
http://www.itsqv.com/QVM/index.php?t...ts_Compilation

Compare To:

Mini Sky Hunter
Posted by smoothvirus | Aug 19, 2015 @ 11:51 AM | 16,079 Views
http://fpvlab.com/forums/showthread....g-range-flying
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1) Make incremental increases in flight distance, 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles

2) Do 360 degree turns intermittently to check your video and control link against changes in polarization

3) Fly into the wind on the way out, glide back with the wind

4) Maintain a 10:1 altitude ratio (500ft to 1 mile away) to avoid Fresnel Zone violations

5) Plan your flight on google maps beforehand to get a feeling for the area

6) Set a clear goal and fly to it and back, don’t detour, stick to the plan

7) Fly in a place where you can recover your aircraft should it go down

8) Get comfortable! Be prepared for anything including a bathroom break

9) Don’t push through interference, better to come back and refine your setup instead of losing an aircraft

10) Static happens, keep calm and don’t jerk the controls

11) Stay level in the turns to maintain polarization

12) Long range is in your head. A trusted aircraft will go as far as your control/video

13) Turn around when you start to see snow, get control glitches, hit your battery limit, or hit your goal

14) Record your flights with a DVR. Even if you don’t lose your plane it can be helpful for diagnosing problems in the air

15) If possible, fly along a long stretch of road. Use it as a reference, and use it to drive to your aircraft should it go down

16) When testing battery constraints fly out ½ mile and back until the
...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | Jul 12, 2015 @ 03:31 PM | 15,735 Views
The Sabre will soon be the newest model of FPV aircraft from Finwing, known for their excellent Penguin FPV plane. Finwing graciously sent a pre production sample of this new plane for me to review. I only received the airframe kit so all the electronics I am installing in it are my own. I'll be using the Eflite Power 25 for a motor since I have a spare one in the shop.

Parts List:

Finwing Sabre 1900 FPV/UAV Elite - Basic
http://www.finwing.cn/goods.php?id=53

Finwing 390 Mini Pan & Tilt
http://www.finwing.cn/goods.php?id=64

RMRC - 1.3GHz 800mW* Transmitter - US VERSION
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=914

VAS - 1.3 GHz Airscrew Ultra Antenna RHCP
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=3611

Transmitter Cable (Large Plug)
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=357

EZUHF 8 Channel Lite Receiver
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...roducts_id=715

Eagle Tree - Vector FPV Controller Package
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2307

Vector Airspeed Expander with Pitot
http://www.readymaderc.com/store/ind...oducts_id=2991

Scorpion SII-3020-890 V2 Brushless Motor
http://www.rcdude.com/Scorpion-SII-3...i-3020-890.htm

60-Amp Pro Switch-Mode BEC Brushless ESC
http://www.e-fliterc.com/Products/De...rodID=EFLA1060

Xoar 11x5 PJN Electric Series Beechwood Propeller
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXAPTK&P=SM

RunCam 600TVL Plastic Housing FPV Camera - US
-note: the...Continue Reading
Posted by smoothvirus | May 11, 2015 @ 10:09 AM | 12,815 Views
This is a quick .kmz file I whipped up for planning any kind of long range or high altitude FPV flying. In this case, long range is anything more than 3000' range and anything over 400' AGL altitude.



The blue areas are places where any kind of long range flying is not recommended. Keep in mind this is not a comprehensive map and the only consideration is to keep clear of airports and manned aviation traffic. There are sensitive areas like military bases, nuclear power plants, and prisons that aren't marked here (with the exception of Camp David) but I would recommend staying away from them as well. I also did not mark small private airstrips.

If you're planning any kind of long range FPV operations I would also strongly recommend checking SkyVector and consulting the aeronautical charts before attempting any flights.

As you can see, most of Northern Virginia is blocked out so I actually have to drive quite a long way if I want to do any kind of long range flying.