Our latest construction article for Electric Flight is a real combo of old and new. The SkyEye is a lightweight, easy to build 3-channel sport flyer pusher design that’s designed for not one but two cameras in its nose! A GoPro Hero video camera or similar, and a FPV camera and transmitter to send images back to the ground station. Designed by contributor Clark Salisbury, the model is very easy to build and fly and will be featured in our upcoming March 2015 issue.
Be sure to keep an eye open for this one, it’s a great project even for beginner pilots and builders.
Wingspan: 69 in.
Length: 53 in.
Weight: 4 lbs., 5oz.
Power req’d: 25-size brushless motor
Radio req’d: 3-channel (rudder, elevator, Throttle)
Clark comments: ” I was inspired to carry a second camera, because my friend Guy, from our local Ham radio club, described his project for recovering model rockets using an RC plane and an FPV camera. The FPV (First Person View) systems, transmits images from the plane, to a monitor on the ground. Wow! I thought this would be a great way to improve my aerial video photography. SkyEye carries both a very small FPV camera, and a GoPro Hero video camera recording at 1080P in high definition. Both cameras are mounted and tilt together. The photo shows my easy to make mechanism which is servo operated. You can custom design a similar setup to suit whatever camera you decide to use.”
“While shooting FPV video, I have Guy monitor the flight with the small 7-inch screen that comes with the FPV setup. He tells me which direction to turn to get the best shots. This way I am always watching the plane itself. In general, for the best FPV views, you will want to tilt the camera down on takeoffs, and tilt it up on landings.”