Video Piloting using a RC electric glider with an on-board HD camera and live downlink to video goggles.
This beach is called Porto das Dunas (CE-Brazil) and I am flying near the Pacoti river, which unfortunately had a brown coloration this day, due to the recent rain.
Wind was the usual 30kph, so it barely moves forward when gliding headwind.
Notice the (non-intended) "touch and go" on the rocks... On my first attempt to land fpv, I started too low/far, gave it a little thrust and ended up too high. On my second attempt, I removed the video goggles and got nearly blind by the sun reflection on the sand, so I thought the glider was a little closer than it really was. When I realized it was over the rocks, I gave it full power to recover. It still touched its belly and wing tip on the rocks, but was able to climb again to land safely on the sand. :-)
Hope you enjoy. Comments/suggestions are welcome.
Sometimes people ask me questions about my FPV plane setup so I made this video to show what it looks like.
My plane setup is a homemade foam board airplane with a big undercambered wing (just curved foam board) and a tall fuselage so the camera can look out under the prop. I have an Axi 2826/12 motor on it with a 70 amp Jeti ESC (I went overboard for robustness). The batteries are FMA's 3 cell 3200 mah lipos and I love their chargers. I use three 401 gyro's to stabilize the plane. The ailerons and rudder stay in the heading hold mode and the elevator stays in the rate mode of the gyro. The FPV is through a KX 191 and 500 mw 900 mhz transmitter to a DVD player I keep in my truck on the seat. The camera that records the video is a Sanyo HDA1 720p HD camcorder that records directly to SD card. I use a Spektrum 2.4 DX7 Tx and an AR9000 Rx.
If you still have questions about the setup please post a comment below and I will reply.