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02-16-2011 02:41 AM  6 years agoPost 1
JOLT

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I bought another Trex 450 Sport kit with the sole intention of setting it up FPV. I have 0 experience with FPV, but want to take my Hobby Addiction to a new level and I think this is the way to do it.

My plan is to set up for FPV and more than likely sell my larger helis to counter the equipment cost. What does a full setup run? and what was your first flight like? how do you crawl before you walk here?

I have this vision of looking down at a monitor and watching--in FPV-- as all my expensive electronics eat the turf...

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02-16-2011 05:17 AM  6 years agoPost 2
mbrewer

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I wouldn't worry about eating turf. The biggest problem I had was figuring out where the plane was in relation to me. It helps a little if you have an aerial photo of your flying site and pick out landmarks before you fly. As far as the cost, it can range from a few hundred to a few thousand. So far I have about a thousand in mine.

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02-16-2011 10:42 AM  6 years agoPost 3
wrongler

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I cant wait to read about pilots first FPV flight, I just put one togeather from ReadymadeRC, (Tim is a great guy to deal with), I think that the first flights should be without pan and tilt, just stationary camera mounted forward to get acclamated to FPV flight. I am not using a heli for the first few flights, I decided to go with a Radian pro glider, Its slower and eaiser to control, I have the Fatshark goggles, Im told the monitor is eaiser because you can just look away from it to find the bird. So I may start with a laptop. Im just waiting for some good weather to try it out. Should be soon.

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02-16-2011 04:41 PM  6 years agoPost 4
aaronredbaron

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using a easy to fly glider and a monitor while starting isn't a bad idea. I use a Vizio M190MV 19 inch TV which works great and shows full static if you get some interference. If you're not careful you can end up with a monitor which goes blue on the slightest loss of signal! My first FPV flights were on a slow stick in 07, and I used a headtracker. I hardly ever even use my headtracker anymore, for a heli I only use the tilt anyway, and I've gotten used to using a slider for that... If you fly with a fixed camera it helps to have a widish field of view lens on your camera, at least 90 degrees, and I like up to about 130 (like the r5 mode on the gopro) that helps eliminate the need for a headtracker.

Using a headtracker can get to be kind of discombobulating anyway unless you have enough of the plane to see in view, and both pan and tilt is just too much on a heli if you have no reference! One thing I do for simple 3 channel planes (either just rudder elevator or elevator aileron) is use the right stick for flying, and use what would be the rudder stick to control pan. On an airplane having just pan is all you need to get a great perspective on where you are going, and is very natural with it on the rudder stick. On a heli, using a slider for tilt gives you all the perspective you need, you can just piro the heli to look around. I do like having both pan and tilt sometimes, but most of my setups are either fixed or only have one or the other ...

sorry if I went off on a tangent and didn't really answer the question about what my first flight was like!

two kids? how'd that happen? time to zip'm up!!!

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02-24-2011 03:32 AM  6 years agoPost 5
JOLT

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I have put together the utility bird for this and set it up with a maiden flight and additional trimming flights. Trex 450 Sport I chose this heli because I have built so many and there are no surprises in my understanding of the design.

Thanks for the input. I never thought to try this on something that might be more manageable like a glider- to get the feel. I just have this nagging suspicion that eventually there is a trial by fire.

There must have came a moment when you looked down at the monitor and it was all or nothing, and the shakes set in as if it was your first hover all over again.

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03-05-2011 01:35 AM  6 years agoPost 6
Navigator53

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Canby Oregon USA

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"There must have came a moment when you looked down at the monitor and it was all or nothing, and the shakes set in as if it was your first hover all over again."

Exactly Jolt!

I can only fly by the monitor for a short time then I'd have to "cheat" and look up at the heli to make sure I wasn't flying it into the ground.

Small steps just like anything in this hobby.

I do have a Radian on order with the LHS, thinking about putting the GoPro on that and see how it goes.

Mel

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