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The plane is quite hard to even see due to traveling at a high speed in a tight loop. Is it actually being actively controlled around that loop, or is it just a question of getting the control surfaces to the right attitude then watching the wind accelerate it it round and round the loop?

I can see the wings have been painted in contrasting black and white against a bright orange body, but are there any other techniques or "tricks" to giving the pilot feedback from the plane's position and attitude?

(I'm aware that FPV exists, but it doesn't seem to be used for planes very much compared to drones, is that correct?)

  • $\begingroup$ The plane is definitely being actively piloted-- but I'll let someone else make a more complete answer here-- $\endgroup$ Feb 4, 2021 at 13:33
  • $\begingroup$ I wonder how much those cost? the web site for TransonicDP is so cool, they don't even mention a price! $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    Feb 5, 2021 at 19:14
  • $\begingroup$ @Fattie A hollow molded full composite glider sailplane that? I would expect to start run between 2k-2.5k USD for just the airframe. $\endgroup$
    – DKNguyen
    Feb 7, 2021 at 6:36
  • $\begingroup$ I think the fact the camera keeps moving with the plane makes it appear a lot faster than how it actually appears in person because it stops you from being able to track the plane with your own eyes. $\endgroup$
    – DKNguyen
    Feb 7, 2021 at 6:43
  • $\begingroup$ Unless you can determine the field of view, it's difficult to evaluate what you would see with naked eyes. Modern cameras have very small sensors, and short focal lengths, so large fields of view. That's why the moon is so small in movies and on photos. Even with a "normal" ratio, you don't see any details you would see with eyes. You can check with your smartphone next night, it will be even smaller. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Aug 14, 2021 at 21:32


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