Buddy Flight™ for FPV flying in a group


The Buddy Flight™ is a extension of Pitlab FPV System supporting flying in a group. On the radar view in the OSD, pilot can see position of up to 6 other planes. If you fly with camera and goggle you know how hard is to locate other plane in space. Pilot can see planes in front of it's plane on similar altitude and short distance. With Buddy Flight™ you can see other planes up to several kilometers around you on all altitudes, even in a clouds.

Other planes are presented on radar screen as markers with user defined letter (A-Z). If the buddy plane is higher (20-100m) then our, it's marker is combined with triangle symbol pointing up. If difference of altitude is bigger, the double triangle is presented. Similar when buddy plane is below us - like on above video - we can see it as a single or double triangle pointing down.

Flying with a friend it is great fun, but the system has also other important safety features. First is anti-collision, because you can see planes flying on you even from back side. Other feature is searching a lost or crashed model. System remember last position of the all planes and if one of them will stop transmitting it's position, other planes will see it's last position alternating with "X" letter and can fly to this point.

There is thread about Buddy Flight ™ on RC Groups.

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Comment by Greg Dronsky on May 14, 2014 at 11:16am

O Zbig leci ;). Zbig is very well known in Poland. He is a great pilot and the person standing behind wonderful autopilot, ground stations, etc. mostly known in Poland. Pitlab, I hope you will be integrating with APM more in future :).

Comment by Rhysan on May 14, 2014 at 4:23pm

This is a very nice looking OSD.  This with an APM or Pixhawks would be amazing.

Comment by Dave Wicks on May 14, 2014 at 9:01pm
Aren't you guys flying way too high? Is that even legal?
Comment by johnkowalsky on May 14, 2014 at 9:37pm

What video TX did you use??

Comment by Pitlab on May 14, 2014 at 11:25pm

This OSD can work with other systems like APM or Pixhawk. It has open protocol, so if you supply the data from autopilot (artificial horizon, altitude, speed, variometer, compass, GPS pos etc), it will display it. Just you need one free UART and possibility to add some code.

The protocol is published in document API external UART commands

johnkowalsky: TX AV as I know it is no name 700mW 1,2GHz

Dave Wicks: The left bank ofthe Vistula near Warsaw has no special zones. There is GND-5000 what is about 1666m above ground, so this flight is OK. See B, C, E and F zones on this map.

Comment by John Wiseman on May 15, 2014 at 9:55am

This is great. Excellent job of making multi-vehicle operation safer and more fun with enhanced situational awareness.


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