To the FliteTest Community;
We got the "New Plane Anxiety" with the latest purchase of the Apprentice 15e, you all know what I am talking about, you don't want to fly it, modify it, change it, scratch it, etc. The plane is beautiful and duty calls to gather video for data submission on a project, so can we engineer something that will prevent us from ruining the plane. Accomodating FPV gear on any aircraft takes a little TLC, some modification, and possible destruction in order to make the system fit and perform correctly. Ashton took upon himself to engineer and design a rig that can house all of our FPV gear to safely be mounted on the Apprentice without any cutting or modification to the plane. It took him roughly a period to whip up some concept design ideas, transfer over to CAD, and fabrication.
Below is the rig mounted cleanly on the main wing using the rubber bands already present with the main wing, no additional mounting necessary.
Ashton was kind enough to make the plans available for you guys to download and tryout too.
Once the design and fabrication stages were complete, it was time to test the rig out, and it was a lot of fun. A new experience for Ashton and now others that are using his system in the class. We made sure we used the FCC regulated FPV gear, Ashton had a spotter to help out and take over just incase he lost video feed.
Doing it right, making sure the plane flies great with no errors prior to throwing on the goggles.
Throw the goggles on and have some fun!
Make sure your spotter is present, I mean present!
Oh and have fun, lots of it! Nice work Ashton.