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Old 07-19-2012, 07:21 AM   #1
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My friend Dave had his plane go down in the tall grass on the weekend.

He searched for it for a while before he gave up in frustration. He came to see me to see if I can spot is plane using my FPV quadcopter.

I found it in seconds. Then I just held my hover between the plane and Dave, keeping it between us until he eventually found it.

2 things to note:
Notice how deep the grass was and exactly how close he had to be to see it.

Its no wonder he couldn't find it before. He had to be practically on top of it before he could spot it from the ground.

FPV quadcopters will change how you search for lost planes!!!

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:42 AM   #2
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Nice....way to go Max

You can fly Hitec or use the other "low tech" stuff!!

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Old 07-19-2012, 07:50 AM   #3
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Nice.... wish I had one.

I had my Stryker go nose first into a bean patch that was only knee high. I would have walked right past (or over) it if I didn't luck out and have the motor/ESC beeping because the Throttle line to the ESC had come off _and_ the battery still connected to the ESC! I have one of those lost plane alarms sitting on my shelf at home.... man I got lucky this time!

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Cheers... and glad you found your plane too. Next time I lose one without a beep I'll call you .

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Old 07-19-2012, 08:23 AM   #4
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Re: How to find a lost plane Locator lite costs about $80 and works up to 600 feet. Not as dramatic as the fpv quadcopter but costs a hell of a lot less.
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Old 07-19-2012, 08:34 AM   #5
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Re: How to find a lost plane

I have a couple of those lost plane alarms. This kind will not work on my Hitec radios, but work fine on the Futaba radios.

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Old 07-19-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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Really enjoyed that video. Thanks for that!

notice when you're hovering over it, the trail in the grass before the owner comes out for it. someone had been mighty close to it earlier it would appear.
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I see these are in stock again. I usually buy up 2 or 3 at a time. Been using them in my gliders for years now. Once you have them, they go from airframe to airframe.
I have been known to install them in smaller power airframes aswell. Usually install in the rudder circuit, seems to get the most frequent use (on my airframes!).

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Nicely done!!!
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