RFTC: NEXT RC Flight Simulator Includes Two-Operator Aerial Cinema Multirotor

In this episode, the Roswell Flight Test Crew catches up with Robert Rodriguez and Tony Wilson from the Society Of Aerial Cinematography (SOAC) to learn about the NEXT RC flight simulator. Broadly similar to other simulators (such as RealFlight and Phoenix), NEXT focuses exclusively on single rotor and multirotor helicopters. Of particular interest to professional aerial cinematographers, however, is its ability to simulate a two-operator system, with the aircraft flown by a pilot while the camera is controlled by a dedicated operator using a second transmitter. In addition, the user can add three-dimensional models of real-world locations into the simulation, allowing pilots and operators to rehearse complex moves the will later perform on a live set.

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