them to fly the field with me. I flew
though my HeadPlay goggles and had
an extra set of Skyzone FPV goggles. I
also had a video monitor that picked
up the FPV feed.
Each family member experienced
RC from the cockpit of my airplane.
The reaction to actually being in the
sky was positive from everyone whom I
put the goggles on. The only complaint
I heard was when I did some low
inverted flight. One person had to take
the goggles off!
I continued to give FPV rides for
the next four days. From the youngest
child, to the oldest adult, everyone
enjoyed it. It allowed them to “fly”
without having to be at the controls.
Many see FPV as a threat to the
hobby. I agree that we need to get it
under control so we can continue to
enjoy the hobby, and that is one of
the roles of AMA officials. They put in
the long hours so you and I can go out
and enjoy aeromodeling. If we fly FPV
responsibly, we might also win over
some future pilots in the process.
Soaring through the air via FPV
might be something an 8 year old will
remember forever. My thirst for flight
started at roughly that age at an air
show in Texas. An FPV ride could be
the spark that rekindles the flame for
flight in a whole generation!
If you haven’t taken a ride via FPV,
I strongly urge that you do so. I have
yet to put anyone in the goggles who
didn’t laugh with glee at being in
the sky. While some feel FPV has the
potential to hurt the hobby, it might
also be the thing that takes it into the
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