Realtime video goggles put R/C plane pilots in the cockpit
By Loz Blain
May 15, 2008
May 16, 2008 Radio-controlled planes are all about vicariously experiencing the freedom of flight - and with this little device, you move one step closer to feeling like it's you up there soaring between the trees. Pilot View's FPV 2400 is a US$550 add-on that sends video back from the plane in real-time to a set of video goggles so you can fly your plane (or drive your R/C car, or watch your buddy's hang gliding experience) from a first-person view.
The Pilot View FPV 2400 isn't the first time a video camera's been mounted on an R/C plane, but it's an all-in one kit comprising the mini camera, video goggles, 2.4 GHz transmitters, receivers, power supplies and USB chargers - everything you need to put yourself in the cockpit of your R/C plane as you fly it. Apparently it takes a bit of getting used to, so this is probably not something you trial with your best or most expensive plane.
Of course its use isn't limited to aeroplanes - the FPV system would also be a great way to experience an R/C car or dune buggy race. Or you could put it on top of a pole and find out what's under the house or over the fence. Or mount it on the dog's collar for an authentic Fidocam experience. The Pilot View FPV is available through Hobby Lobby.