I made a montage to show simultaneously all the available views from my recent FPV formation flight with my SU-35 chasing a friend’s 3D printed P-38.
This increases the viewer’s ‘situational awareness’ and allows to better understand the flight, IMO.
It’s also useful for me as a reference to later analyze my performance and check how can I do things better.
Thus, the video mixes or combines footage from the ground, from the FPV chase plane (Su-35) and from the leading one (P-38).
I have also made a slowmotion version of this (with music) which you can check in my secondary channel:
And here’s my friend’s edit of the flight:
The front-view video was shot with a Firefly camera attached with duct tape to the P-38 and using a custom foam mount block to get the downards view angle.
This time I am flying FPV while my friend pilots VLOS. It is the first time ever we try to fly formation like this so I am truly happy about the outcome! 😀
These were flights 43 to 45 on this SU-35 airframe.
SU-35 pilot: Alejandro Ibáñez
P-38 pilot: Xavier Just
Ground video: Luis Ibáñez
Airfield: Club Aeromodelisme Ciutat de Reus
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Regarding my SU-35 setup:
This is a highly modded Freewing SU-35S. It includes an autopilot controller and an FPV headtracking visual system that makes the plane effectively a UAV/RPA. (Stabilizing functions not active in the flights shown).
The ‘autopilot’ is a FeiYu-Tech FY-41AP and it also provides the OSD seen on the FPV window.
Just as virtual reality ‘VR’ goggles are used to play videogames, here a similar technique is used to watch what the plane sees in real time just like if you were sitting in the plane’s cockpit, and the camera will follow your head movements!
This is kind of ‘reality virtualized’ as opposed to ‘virtual reality’ … what do you think about it? I encourage you to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!
As for the jet itself, the SU-35S is well known for its supermaneuverability features, that are a result of a good aerodynamic design coupled with the use of thrust vectoring nozzless.
The pilot displays a few post-stall maneuvers using the TV nozzles that would be otherwise impossible to perform with a normal jet aircraft.
Airplane: Freewing SU-35S dual 70mm EDF
Motors: 2x RC Lander 6S DPS
Fans: 2x Wemotec Mini (low blade count)
ESCs: 2x YEP 100A
Servos: Corona DS-939MG
Taileron servos: Turnigy TGY 306-HV
Redundant systems: FrSky Redundancy Bus
Receivers: 2x FrSky X8R working in D16 mode, one with telemetry.
External BECs: 2x Turnigy 8-15A UBEC
Rx Battery: Rhino 2S 650mAh
Main Battery: Revolectrix 6S 5000/5800mAh Blend 420/435
Video Tx: Boscam 5.8G 32ch 600mW Wireless AV Transmitter
FPV cam: Eachine OKKAN EK1119
Autopilot/OSD: FeiyuTech FY-41AP
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