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DIY RC Airplanes from Scratch by Breck Baldwin

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CHAPTER 12Simulators, Autopilots, Video, and Buddy Boxing

This chapter discusses additional equipment that can be fun or helpful in your plane-building experiences. Some areas, such as autopilots and live video feeds from the aircraft, are beyond the scope of this chapter, but the current state of the art is discussed as well as where to get more information.

Flight Simulators

An excellent way to learn to fly is with a flight simulator. There is a broad range of remote-control (RC) flight simulators available at price points from free to hundreds of dollars. The free ones are perfectly adequate for getting the basics of flying sorted out. I strongly recommend getting a USB RC transmitter emulator to drive the software. The USB controllers interface ...

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