FPV Video GoPro
I've been flying a Skywalker as my FPV platform for about a year now and have had a blast. It was a work in progress over that time as I didn't have the money or the knowledge. This is a video over and under the Neches River near the Texas Louisiana border near the Gulf of Mexico. It was also my first time using Windows Movie Maker and I was pleased for a beginner. I highly recommend you watch it in at least 720p.
pat,you should go to Austria where that pilot came from and visited us here in the good ol USA and flew around the statue of liberty and Brooklyn bridge. while your there....stay!
just kidding brother!!!:D I'm not bugging out on you. i actually did enjoy the video and only recently tried on a goggle head set for a quad fpv and am totally hooked on getting the fatshark setup to start with.
pat,we're all getting tons of exposure on the tv news because folks are buying the gps/gyro/quads for a few hundred bucks[$800] and flying as beginners where as you put it in your final credits"we shouldn't probably be there...nanny,nanny..boo boo" here in the tristate area [Conn/NY/NJ] folks are edgy about rc flyers and imagine we can blow up something or invade personal airspace[like a swimming pool] with our cameras....:D,truth is ..we could do those things if we want to ruin our hobby for others.
listen,I'm not bashing you bro,you flew nice and controlled. your flight went very well.fpv is without a doubt the coolest thing going and I've yet to make the jump with my gopro mounted to my bird of time. since I'm miles away from any airport i can fly past the 400ft limit allowed by AMA rules. from where i fly ,newyork should be seen on a clear day if I'm around 2000ft or higher pointing south.
again ,I'm just a bit wary of folks flying around bridges,over barges and sail boats.....also malls,houses,buildings,highways,in between neighbor house's and people..ect..ect..:roll:.
this isn't related to fpv,but sadly and fresh on the minds of a lot of Brooklyn folks is the recent death of a 19 year old heli pilot who accidentally cut off his head with a 700 size heli while flying tricks. these same folks will think your little fpv flying could be as dangerous even though we know different.
so maybe you could do some mountain side skimming fpv flying,or someplace less populated...but if you have to fly around bridges,please do consider the unexpected exposure via local news when your on tv with the local authorities. after all,your clearly not concealing your identity[popcorn]. take care,have fun,and shoot more vids! your good at it. stu
tobydogs, Hey, I agree with a lot of what you say and I do think it will be a beginner that will do something to possibly draw our hobby into a negative light. But, no offense to your part of the country, but Texas is WAYYYYYY different than the Conn/NY/NJ part of the U.S. Last time I was in New Jersey they wouldn't even let me pump my own gas!!!! We are treated less like children by our state governments down here, we are less taxed, less regulated, less AFRAID! I'm not saying this just because I live here, but Texas is the freest state in the Union, hand's down. It isn't perfect but it is a far cry from the over taxed, over babied area in the Northeast. The whole comment at the end was a joke. We were on the Orange County Texas side of the Neches river and were on perfectly legal land to be on. The only danger is there are a lot of bulls over there and the owner is very friendly about letting people access that side as long as they shut the gate and don't leave trash on the property.
I have a lot of confidence in my equipment. I'm not saying something couldn't go wrong but if my foam plane hit that bridge or one of those barges they probably wouldn't even know it. The plane would merely disintegrate and the bridge would go on being there just like it has for almost 80 years and steel of the barge wouldn't give much and I'd be out a lot of cash. Now the sail boats? That may have been pushing it a bit I'll agree. But there were plenty of Coast Guard guys out that day that waved at us as we flew buy and even the guys in the sailboats were waving. FPV has an incredible safety record and my comments were all meant to be humorous. I also don't think the guy who did NYC was in danger of harming anyone. Crossing a street in NYC is much more dangerous.
Now the guy with the copter? I'm assuming he was flying line of sight. We had a similar instance here in Texas years ago where a guy was training a pilot on a buddy box. He was hovering, accidentally hit a gimble and the gas powered heli turned towards him and completely decapitated the guy. A small piece of flesh was all that was holding his head on. Very sad. But, I refuse to live like Obama wants me to: curled up under a blanket worried about terrorists watching reality TV and getting fat. Nope, I ride motocross and fly RC/FPV and I'm going to enjoy my life because I only have one. Come on down to Texas sometimes and see what it feels like to pump your own gas. Pretty cool!
pat,no offense taken at all,in fact i agree with your assessment of this area....:tc:,folks are way to tense and high strung. i sometimes forget how great a country we really are once we get away from the rat race. Texas is way bigger than all the 3 states i spoke off combined.
sadly we have to leave this area to experience the real lives of most americans who know how to relax and enjoy life and not give themselfs heartattacks running a rat race., if you drive a few hours away from this area people are so much more laid back,friendly,in no rush to get anywhere....takes some getting used to when your used to working downtown Manhattan for 21 years.:blah:
i remember driving through Texas and thought the landscape reminded me of the ocean....huge open space and maybe a break in the horizon of a farm house with a few trees. awesome! but the desert was a long drive hugging the bumper of a truck because the winds were kicking my vans a.. around .i stayed in his draft for hr's doing 70+mph and chatted a little via CB.we were the only ones driving down the highway.
your right about the northeast being over burdened by scared people who write tons of laws to take away our freedom.if they have their way they'd take all our guns away...thats not going to happen with out a fight:cool:.
oh well,the wife and i have 6 or so years more here for my kids college and our jobs to pay for it.......then it's definitly off to warmer climate:D.[most likely not Texas warm...lol:rolleyes:]. post some more vids pat. i wasn't kidding when i said you did some nice flying. stu
tobydogs, Thanks for the compliments on my flying. I will never claim to be anywhere near those guys that fly 3D, but I started in 1990 at the tender age of 22 and have been flying on and off ever since so I can get around but am certainly far from the best. I don' think I'll ever get down flying inverted so I quit trying!
A couple of other valid points you made:
I agree about flying over peoples swimming pools, spying in their windows and all of that kind of thing. I'd fully support a bill that allowed homeowners to shoot down UAVs that were doing that. People should be able to hang out as they wish on their own property and not have their privacy invaded. You certainly won't see me doing it.
My thing is structures. I love beautiful structures. I got married (to a girl) in San Francisco and I could stand at Fort Point and look at that Golden Gate Bridge for hours. It is a beautiful sight. The same guys that did the NYC (Team Black Sheep) video made one of the Golden Gate and it is impressive- there is no other way to see that bridge like that without a UAV. You can check it out here:
Besides over editing them a bit for my taste this is an awesome video. But, you are also correct about mountains and other natural structures. I'd love to launch in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee or the Grand Canyon but I've got to get much better.
I'm sorry about the kid who was killed by the copter. That is a sad tale but the reality of it is that any hobby can hurt, maim or kill. I ride motocross because I love it but I'm don't sit around worrying about getting hurt nor do I ride above my abilities and I do take every safety precaution I can. That said, I'm 45 years-old and the years are going by faster and faster so I try to enjoy life while I still can!!!:D:D
Take care and perhaps one day when you retire we can get together and do some flying down here. It'd be a blast!
yeah black sheep really did over edit that vid. the fog over the bridge was incredible shots. my main critique of his vid is the dive down the tower...very close to the side of the bridge and one stupid driver who can't watch the road and RC plane at he same time could be the accident that doesn't even involve the plane. i won't harp on it though.:ws:
Tennessee mountain range was one of my favorite stops ,being a onetime hangglider pilot i flew lookout mountain and parked the van in the landing field. again,people are so much more trusting and friendly down south.i used the flight parks lz,camped there for 3 days and playing volley ball with the locals every night. to bad i only got 3 flights off the mountain top on 0 wind days. run off the ramp and headed straight too the lz[landing zone].
continued west then cut north thru Utah,flew their dunes...good people but serious winds flying off dunes:blah:.[35mph steady into the dune]
continued west a stayed a week at Dunlap flight park in a California forest...best flying ever!!!launch was 3800ft above the valley floor off a mountain side ramp[just like lookout mountains road side launch was also a short wood ramp]several times soared over 7000ft as the thermals in the forest were incredible:D:D:D. and again,the owners of the hanggliding park were very friendly.very welcoming.
i learned to fly in ellenville NY,pilots not the friendliest even though i got along with everyone and the 2 glider stores/schools very were cool people and good teachers.
i think it has something to do with the areas where populations are in the millions in such small areas. that cause's stress...lol:Q,just can't let it get to ya or ya won't survive.
great bunch of folks here at wattflyer,some day I'd like to visit areas some of these guys fly and do the seff thing one year.....gotta keep plugging away as my family is #1 and my kids are 22,24,25. it's been nice seeing the vids and talking to you pat. do stop in often and share your fpv and piloting experience with us...i have a lot i want to learn before hitting the dreaded buy button for a few more toys.
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