360-degree VR short video: Zenith Aircraft demo and factory visit

Kit manufacturer Zenith Aircraft Company has released a new 360-degree VR (virtual reality) short video to showcase its kit aircraft and to promote the rewarding hobby of kit aircraft building and flying light-sport aircraft.

The immersive 360-degree video (produced using a cluster of six GoPro cameras) gives the viewer a true virtual experience of flying in a light aircraft and of being inside the Zenith kit aircraft factory (based in Mexico, Missouri).

Video viewers, such as Google Cardboard, allow you to immerse yourself in the 360-degree video to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way using your smart phone.
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RV12 Action Camera Interface

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Van's Aircraft has a new VIRB action camera interface in the RV12 that works with the newly introduced Garmin G3X Touch avionics suite. In this video, KITPLANES magazine's Larry Anglisano took the system flying at the 2015 U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, for a closer look. Continue reading "RV12 Action Camera Interface"

Garmin Announces Aviation-Specific Accessories for VIRB Camera

VIRB ND Filter2With the introduction of several new accessories, Garmin has made its VIRB Elite HD 1080p action camera especially useful for pilots who want to capture in-flight video footage. The VIRB Elite features a 1.4-inch Chroma color display, which makes setup and playback simple. It can record up to three hours of HD video on a single charge, and offers built-in GPS, WiFi and ANT+ connectivity for added functionality with a variety of Garmin products.

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NFlightcam Captures More Than Video

The NFlightcam with optional mount set to record approach and landing.

For the Experimental aircraft builder/pilot who has completed a project and is now in the flight-test phase, there is nothing more valuable than performance data--all kinds of performance data. Yet nothing is more challenging in the aircraft during test flying than recording it.

The NFlightcam, a 4.3 ounce lipstick-style 1080p high definition wide angle (135°) audio/video camera is ideal for recording in the cockpit during flight, but there is more.

The NFlightcam, an adaptation of the popular Contour HD camera, is different in that it jacks straight into the aircraft's radio/intercom system to record all audio, and it comes with its own integral GPS mapping chip. That chip allows the user to map a flight on Google Maps, and determine performance across the track depicted (speed and altitude). A fully charged battery and a 16-GB SDHC card can provide the user with up to three hours of recording. The touch of one button begins and ends the recording process.

The NFlightcam with GPS is available from Sporty's Pilot Shop.