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2015/11/01 RC Flying over Laguna Seca, 6 years later
π 2015-11-01 00:00 in Cars, Rc
It also had been ages since I took some RC shots from Laguna Seca in 2009. Back then, I took my small minimag with a heavy gopro hanging from it, and flew it line of sight from a few corners of the track. As a result, it was impossible to fly the whole track.
I was back for an Unlimited sound day with Trackmasters, so I figured I'd do a nice overflight with my big powered glider. Sadly, because we still think that not having daylight savings time all year is a good idea, we had just switched back to the time where it gets dark way too early for no good reason, and I was only able to start flying when driving was over and the sun was already setting, first giving me sun glare, and then flying in dusk where lighting was questionable.
Due to the conditions which included heavy winds and poor lighting, I put a fairly high altitude floor on my autopilot, and as a result all the shots are from a bit higher than they should have been for better views, so sorry about that.

Little climb up
Little climb up

My gear, ready to go
My gear, ready to go

rear cam on 1st flight takeoff
rear cam on 1st flight takeoff

climbing up the hill, gave me a reasonable vantage point on the entire track
climbing up the hill, gave me a reasonable vantage point on the entire track

By the time I started, everyone had driven out or was driving out already. As a result, the paddocks were a bit bare already:




And here is a list of Laguna Seca's turns from a few different angles:

T1
T1

T1-T2-T3-T4
T1-T2-T3-T4

T2-T3
T2-T3

T4-T5
T4-T5

T4 seen from the rear
T4 seen from the rear

T5
T5

T5 from the rear
T5 from the rear

T6
T6

T6
T6

T7
T7

nice little hill on the side of T7
nice little hill on the side of T7

T8-T9-T10-T11
T8-T9-T10-T11

T8
T8

T8-T9
T8-T9

Cool to see where the bridge before T9, goes
Cool to see where the bridge before T9, goes

T9 from the rear
T9 from the rear

T10 from the rear
T10 from the rear

T10-T11
T10-T11

T11, definitely sharp... Never noticed you could drive off the track to an access road on the right
T11, definitely sharp... Never noticed you could drive off the track to an access road on the right

I then went flying a bit away from the track towards the fog that was rolling in. That was my first time flying VFR on top without actually being very high. I'm glad I was flying with instruments (IFR-like) though.



The flight videos aren't great due to video quality, and my rear camera that was acting up (I replaced the mobius with another one since then), but here they are if you'd like them. The viewsync composite (front/rear) are a bit more interesting:

  • Flight 1: You can try the Viewsync Flight #1 with both front/rear views. Sadly the rear video was skipping due to a camera problem. Otherwise, you can try the front camera only below:
  • The 2nd flight had both cameras work better, here is the viewsync front/rear version:
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