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Racing at Reno in a FASA AT-6 in Virtual Reality with the HTC Vive

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Published on Nov 13, 2016

Air racing in virtual reality in the AT-6 class using the FASA (FSX Air Sports Association) Texan (http://www.fsxairsports.com/air_racin...). (Now under construction and unavailable.) This is a free set of Texans in race liveries from the FASA guys. Scenery is an amazing Reno package by Alan/8055 from FASA.

If you are interested, check on TeamSpeak (ts3.digitalthemepark.com) and Zoolander or anyone with [STAFF] prefixing their name, or Alan can get you fixed up.

Preacher is working on getting the FASA web site fully functional but as of this writing, the sign-up page is not working. Hopefully you can see just how cool air racing is though, and start practicing up! Keep checking the page if you are interested in this stuff. I recorded this using Peter Memmott's JoinFS (http://pmem.uk/joinfs/development.html) v.1.0.14 (Test). The views from the ground are using ORBX's "BOB" first person mode viewer (https://orbxdirect.com/freeware). It's free too.

This is the Steam edition of Microsoft Flight Simulator and virtual reality is using the HTC Vive (https://www.vive.com/us/) and Dan Church's FlyInside (https://flyinside-fsx.com/) plug-in.

I hope this gets some of the excitement across. In VR it gets scary at times when other planes get close to you but if you can stay close, it's just nuts. In VR it all looks full scale and the planes are right there. Passing other planes is very wild and when they pass you, it's even more so. Using Lorby-SI's AITrackerX (http://lorby-si.weebly.com/) you can give VR "rides" or just let people watch a race in BOB if they would rather be ground-bound. It's all just amazing technology. As always, sorry about all the head movements but it was a race and there was a lot to see and avoid.

Great fun! Check out the FASA web site (http://fsxairsports.com/) and see if air racing might not be something for you! It is quite the treat in VR!

Here are the actual Reno courses and guys at FASA race in most of the classes: http://airrace.org/wp-content/uploads...

If you don't have a VR headset to view this video with, get a Google Cardboard, Google Pixel, Zeiss VR One, or similar and see it in stereo with pretty faithful appearance to what we see in VR. It's not exact but better than the split screen monitor view. The split screen view is a set of stereo images - right and left eye views - but also suffers from a fair amount of wide angle distortion. It gets most apparent as planes near the edges of the screen. Stuff in the center of the view is magnified for us in VR and even stuff at the edges all looks normal. Worst case is you just watch one side of the screen with all the distortion but it's two images for a reason. Enjoy!

FSX:SE, FlyInside, JoinFS, and the HTC Vive. Recorded using OBS. Edited using Kdenlive. Woot!

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