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I took my Hobbyking Sky Eye out first its first flight with the pan/tilt gimbal and quanum headtracker unit installed on my goggles; it was great!
Like with my other videos, this was done largely on the cheap; $30 DIY goggles and $10 headtracker from Quanum, and a cheap pan/tilt gimbal from Amazon. The 'immersive' experience of flying your model plane from the cockpit with a headtracker setup is very fun, and easy and relatively cheap to setup, as I showed how in my previous video, here:
Some learning lessons to carry forward and improve on:
- The DragonOSD has a great feature where you tell it which channels your pan/tilt gimbal are running on, and it will display how far you have panned/tilted on your screen, which you can see in this video. Unfortunately, I had the channels swapped, so I'll fix that for future flights. Aside from that feature, though, it's a little difficult to tell where exactly you're looking in relation to the aircraft's nose, especially on a windy day (like in this video). In the future, I might try moving the camera and gimbal further aft so that you can see more of the plane and wings and get a better sense of where you're looking.
- An OSD with an artificial horizon and/or a climb ladder would really help with maintaining level flight or a smooth turn when you're looking off to the side or at something on the ground. I might need to upgrade to that at some point.
- Sometimes, when turning my head, the video signal quality would degrade because the video wires going into my goggles would be moving around a bit. Setting up a remote 5.8 relay from my video rx to my goggles would probably help reduce/eliminate this.