R/C MODEL HELICOPTER CAMERA SYSTEM
Chapter 4: Blast Off!
First some history
about my eye-in-the-sky endeavors. This site came about because of a prototype
airborne camera system I put together in the late 1990's. I had mounted
a miniature Black & White (B/W) camera with a wireless video transmitter
on my model helicopter and I recorded a short flight while my model was flying
about six feet off the ground.
I transmitted the
helicopter based video to a receiver that was about 100' away and everything
was recorded on a VCR tape. Although the video was poor (due to the transmitter
I used), everyone that heard about it demanded to see the AVI video file
that I created.
Within a few days several hundred interested
folks had downloaded the rather primitive video clip. The excitement was
almost like Apollo landing on the moon back in 1969. I knew that I needed
a better camera system and I realized that others would like to know what
I did. So naturally this site was born. Click the link to see it for
The above photo shows
my camera equipped Concept 30 R/C heli during its 1999 maiden voyage. The
RC-CAM is the white box mounted to the landing skids (far left). You may
notice that I have training gear on too since I was new to the hobby. In
the background is my backyard that doubles as a world-class heli training
grounds (or so I would like to think).