Aircraft modeling - FPV or feel like a bird

    This is another post from my festive (and, as it turned out, for many nostalgic) series of articles about aircraft modeling:
    Air modeling - the beginning of a long journey. Air modeling
    - the first model.
    In this article I want to talk about such an exciting lesson, like flying on an airplane on a camera, installed on board.

    I must say right away that I have little experience in FPV, only two pancake flights around the airport, so comments and corrections from more experienced pilots are welcome.

    So, flights on the camera begin, of course, from an airplane. In principle, the camera can be put on almost any aircraft. Typically, aircraft with an electric motor are used to fly around the camera, because the internal combustion engine vibrates quite a lot and it’s not very convenient to control the plane in a constantly shaking picture. Cameras are usually placed on trainer-airplanes or gliders - simpler to operate and more stable in flight. In addition to the cameras themselves, telemetry kits are sometimes installed on planes, which transmit to the pilot all the necessary information about the flight: altitude, speed, direction (compass), charge of the on-board battery, and the position of the plane relative to the horizon.
    Telemetry data is superimposed on the picture and in the end it looks something like this:

    Generally speaking, the appearance depends on the trick of the kit and the hands of the person who installed / tuned / programmed it.
    Usually one of the transmitter channels is programmed to turn the camera left and right, or the camera rotation is mixed, for example, with a rudder.

    On the ground, the pilot controls the aircraft in this image. Usually they fly in video glasses:

    A small screen is installed in each eye, which shows a picture from the camera.
    It turns out to be almost complete immersion in flight - that's why they fly a plane with glasses usually sitting - if you stand motion sickness begins.

    Also sometimes they fly around the screen, for example like this:


    For video transmission, transmitters are used mainly 0.9, 1.2 or 2.4Ghz. Depending on the range of the radio control equipment (so that there is no mutual interference) and the required range.

    That's basically all I know about FPV.
    And now the video:
    Flights over a dam in France.


    Pair flight:


    Flying in the clouds:


    By the way, while I was picking up a video for the topic, I came across such an interesting thing: the
    telemetry tracker for iPhone, displays on the map the current position of the aircraft and telemetric information:

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