Saturday, October 07, 2006


Gonna Fly Now

I recently saw this video of a man who built a video camera into an RC airplane and flew it around while looking at the live feed from his camera, transmitted via wireless. He also installed gyros on his video goggles which control the pan and tilt of the camera. This gives him the ability to "look around" while flying, greatly enhancing the experience.

Of course I had to build one for myself. And, I decided to photo-document the process.

Update: I've replaced the original video with a different one, as the old one seems to have been removed. Also, I've not had much time to fly my plane. I've had two flights, one without the video equipment, and one with it, but the video recorder's battery flaked on me and I could not make a recording. Funny how having kids takes aways from one's hobbies :-)

Awesome page on your RC plane project! I saw the same video, it's very interesting to see your approach to re-creating the "world's coolest toy". Good luck!
Reminds me of the new company in Chicago that can show views from future buildings. They use remote controlled helicopters.

Here is the company's page:

Very cool toy on your end also!
The video has been removed. Do you have another link? It looks cool. Will you update photos once airborne?
I've replaced the video with another by the same author. I shows him doing some pretty low level flying.
Awesome video, Eric. How is your plane coming along?
I have not touched it in a couple of years :-) However, it is essentially ready to fly.
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