Low Flight Over Random Person Creates New FPV Pilot!




This video is from a flight from over a year ago. The interesting thing about this flight is that it triggered the FPV bug in one of the random people that I was doing low passes around. In this video you will see two people near a red car parked in the field. They are out there shooting arrows into targets. One of those guys is Alex, who I did not know at the time. He admitted to me over a year later when we did finally meet that when he saw my Skywalker doing circles around him so long ago, he thought about shooting my plane down with a well-aimed arrow! What actually happened is that he became intrigued with FPV because of that flight of mine, and he set out on a mission to build his own FPV plane! So now Alex and I fly FPV together as regularly as we can! He contacted me only a few weeks ago through my youtube channel, and we have been FPVing ever since! Alex is the guy piloting the FPV Cub in my video entitled "FPV Grumpy Cat meets FPV Cub" which is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03a5tERVtwQ

FPV Setup:

------ In the AIR: -----
Aircraft:
Skywalker with 1900mm Wing (bevrc.com $130)

Propulsion System:
TURNIGY TRUST 70A SBEC Brushless Speed Controller ($30)
Rimfire .25 42-40-1000 Outrunner Brushless Motor ($75)
APC 10x7e Prop ($4)

Onboard Servos:
1 GWS S125-1T/2BB/JR (Sail Winch Servo) (from ebay seller WATADEEEL - for panning GoPro) ($29)
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=161011658598&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT
4 Hitech HS-65HB Karbonite Gear servos for rud, elev, and 2 ailerons (ebay $88)
1 Hextronic HXT500 servo for payload release (HobbyKing $4)

RC Receiver:
DragonLink UHF RC System Tx ($100 of $269 Tx and Rx combo)

Electronics Battery and UBEC:
Parkzone 3s 1300mAh 15C LiPo (local hobby shop $30)
(powers Hornet OSD, Video TX, Futaba RX, FY31-AP)
HobbyWing 5-6V UBEC 7.5A Max 3-10s Switch-mode (ebay $16)

Motor Battery:
Turnigy 5000mAh 4S 25C Lipo Pack Lipo battery pack (hobby king $37)
(powers esc and Himax Brushless Motor above)
http://stores.ebay.com/watadeeel/Batteries-LiPo-/_i.html?_fsub=4884009012

Video Tx and Antenna:
1.3G 800mW tx for 12V system ($50 bevrc.com)
Omni: 1.3 GHz Bluebeam Ultra Antenna Set (RHCP) IBCrazy (Half of $65, or $33 readymaderc.com)

Feiyu Tech FY31-AP Flight Stabilizer trade edition with
GPS, Current Sensor and
Hornet OSD ($290 bevrc.com)

GoPro Hero HD cam for HD Recording of flights ($200 ebay)
16GB SDHC Flash Card for GoPro ($15 ebay)
BEV-KX181H-NTSC (Made by Sony - Live video Feed Cam) ($82 bevrc.com)
Mobius ActionCam Full HD Sports Camera 1080P ($69 eBay)
8GB MicroSD card for Keychain Camera ($12 eBay)

3-Way Cam Switcher ($30 eBay)
http://stores.ebay.com/watadeeel/R-C-Hobby-Parts-/_i.html?_fsub=4316340012

Navigation Lighting:
LED Strips ($30 Hobby King)
RX Multi-Switch for Controlling LED Lights ($21 ebay)
http://stores.ebay.com/watadeeel/R-C-Hobby-Parts-/_i.html?_fsub=4316340012
Whelen Strobe Light (http://www.whelen.com/auto/index $60)
Piezo Alarm Noisemaker 12v (eBay $12)

Misc parts and glues (carbon fiber, ply, etc.) $100

FLYING WEIGHT 6lb 5.3oz

=TOTAL COST IN AIR: $1296

----- On the GROUND: -----
RC Radio:
FrSky Taranis (Came with X8R Receiver but I am not using the X8R) ($214)

Long Range UHF System:
DragonLink UHF RC System (attached to Taranis radio $169 of $269 combo)

RC Tx Aftermarket Battery Pack:
8 cell 9.6V 2500mAh high capacity battery pack for Futaba tx ($28 ebay)

Tripod:
Manfrotto MKC3-H01 (Target $50)

Rx Antennas (2):
Directional: Helical 1.3GHz 9.5dBi RHCP (urbandrones.com $70)
Directional: 1.3 GHz IBCrazy Pepperbox 13dBic Antenna (readymaderc $122)
Omni: 1.3 GHz Skew-Planar Wheel Whip Antenna (RHCP) ($33 readymaderc.com)

Video Receivers (2):
1.3GHz Receiver w/SAW Upgrade (V3 with 1258 MHz!)($80 ea. x2 ReadyMadeRC.com)

Diversity:
Eagle Eyes FPV Station with Plastic Case (readymaderc.com $90)

Ground Station Battery:
Zippy 3s 5000mAh 20C LiPo
(powers video goggles, both 1.3gHz video RXs, Eagle Eyes - ebay $25)

Video Goggles:
FatShark Dominator video goggles ($300 bevrc.com)

Flight Camera Video Capturing:
Black Box VR1500 FPV Recorder with built-in LCD (Hobby Wireless LLC $120)

Misc parts, tripod, wires, connectors, solder, velcro, servo programmer, etc. ($150 easily)

=TOTAL COST ON GROUND: $1531

=TOTAL COST: $3097 (Yikes!)

FPV Flying Experience: Priceless!

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