FPV flight video Johannesburg - ArduPilot stabilized with RTL safety option


FPV (first person view) flying from a park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Aircraft stabilized with ArduPilot (+ thermopiles) with GPS "return to launch" safety switch. Camera has fisheye lens so height appears magnified, max height achieved during flight around 120m.

Video transmitted to ground via BOB Fox 700mW system and viewed/flown with video goggles, camera is Sony 420 line with tilt. Plane is twin boom pusher 148cm span, 1500mAh 3S LiPo, motor: EMax EF2812, 8x6 prop.



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Comment by Graham Dyer on February 8, 2011 at 11:55am
LOL thanks Johann.

Comment by Rory Paul on February 8, 2011 at 12:39pm
Wow I cannot get over how green things are. Home sick...

Comment by Jason Short on February 8, 2011 at 1:30pm
I love flying this setup. My plan is to convert to APM and a Skywalker and a Gopro to record the flights in a month or two.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on February 8, 2011 at 2:05pm
@Rory, that would be all the flooding we have been having!

Comment by Rory Paul on February 8, 2011 at 5:12pm

My dad mentioned the duck pond had overflowed...he lives in Blairgowrie..


I grew up just down the road from the field where he is flying in Montgomery Park. I actually flew a bungee launched foamy from that park...back in the bad old days.

Comment by Ron Jacobs on February 8, 2011 at 6:36pm

Nice images Graham.


Keep in mind the safety concerns when flying over populated areas, though (something we shouldn't be doing).


Is that a scratchbuilt twin boom?


Comment by Graham Dyer on February 8, 2011 at 10:22pm

Safety was a primary concern hence the ArduPilot stabilized platform with RTL. There were also spotters watching the plane all the time, the flight stayed within 50m of the flying field "box" and not higher than 120m.


RCTx is a Hitec Aurora 9, one of the most robust AHFSS (frequency hopping spread spectrum) systems there is, previously tested to have a range of at least 2.65km at ground level! Plane is scratchbuilt twinboom.


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