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SpyHawk FPV Plane

SpyHawk FPV Plane
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Normally, I don't like the idea of a Big Brother entity invading citizens' privacy and monitoring their every move. But I can go for it on occasion. Like on the occasion that Big Brother is me. Like on the occasion that I get my hands on a SpyHawk FPV. The first person view, 3-channel mini glider soars over private homes and public gatherings, snooping on crushes, nemeses, the popo, and creepy dudes the neighborhood is pretty sure are up to no good, and sending back recon via a 5 megapixel live video feed that streams across a 3.5" LCD screen on the pilot's remote control.

OK, I guess less devious RC fans can also just use the SpyHawk to joyride and check out panoramic scenery and record sunsets and shit from high in the air.

According to SpyHawk's manufacturer, this particular first-person-flying RC endeavor trumps others because it is (relatively speaking) less costly, complex, and time consuming to assemble and use. Pre-flight prep consists merely of gluing on the tail pieces and charging the plane's 7.4v lithium-ion battery for around 40 minutes. Once in the air, flight time runs approximately 15 minutes, with a range of up to 400m for live feed viewing, and 600m for video recording. EPO crash-resistant foam comprises SpyHawk's body, and a video system, 4GB SD card, and gyro make up its innards. The built-in gyro kicks into action with the autopilot function, keeping the plane level through gusts of wind and physical altercations with cantankerous bald eagles.

Intelligent automatic control and video signal binding provisions allow for multiple SpyHawks to glide through the same air space, so races and espionage missions with friends are possible in full, high-quality video and sound. Wing span measures 33" and overall length is 24".

Purchase Details: $334.99 from SpyHawk »
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