I've been building a Bixler/Sky Surfer for a few months now, and had ardupilot mega and all in hand, yet no pilot experience. So i've joined a local AMA club and learned to fly. Last week i flew with the APM for the first time, and this week (after waiting to get the pan/tilt mount in) flew with the camera, so figured I'd show the results of video recorded with the APM planner :)
I'm using AirScapeRC's EasyGear (designed for Easy Star's, but easily working on the bixler, i posted a blog on it a month back) for takeoffs/landings, as i don't like hand launching something thats worth $1000 :P
Full APM with xbee900mhz
Turnigy9x with ER9x radio (stock receiver, going to upgrade to UHF tx/rx)
Stock outrunner motor the bixler comes with, with a 6.4e prop
5.8ghz video tx/rx, and DIYDrones Store cheap-o CMOS camera
thinking i need some better wiring, for one (its cramped in there!) and some filters, possibly ferrite ring on the camera feed and/or shielded cables. Let me know if anyone has suggestions for improving video as i'd /eventually/ like to fly fpv, with the current quality that's a definite no.