Brett, thanks, I will try reinstalling the software package.
Kurtnelle, tough call. A glider isn’t going to do it for you I suspect as it will only fly for a few minutes. Unless you are very skilled at catching thermals. If you are looking at an aerial platform for a camera I assume you are going to be using it in an urban area where thermals are not likely to be found. If that’s what you are looking to do I would suggest an electric powered glider. These are easy to get, easy to fly, and can remain airborne for up to half an hour with careful use of the throttle. They are also relatively cheap. A reasonable size one (2m span) can be bought for a few hundred dollars (AUD) and the radio for about $AUD250. Cameras are also cheap. I have a “keychain” camera I bought for $29. It’s about half the size of a matchbox, and can record quite a lot of video, at least half an hour’s worth I would think. I’ve never filled it up. If you are going more sophisticated again and looking at a live video downlink from the plane, the gear to do this is also readily available, but we are now talking not much change out of a thousand dollars, depending on the range you need. Try Googling FPV or “first person view”. The technology is out there and is readily available.
You could also look at a quadcopter (four rotors) or hexa- or octocopter (six or eight rotors). There are many of these available althought they are expensive. Many are designed specifically for aerial photography and FPV and have “steadycam” mounts built in. They are more difficult to fly but are very maneuvarable and can go pretty much anywhere as long as the radio link and video downlink can be maintained. Here in Australia there are already strict guidelines (but no legislation, yet…) controlling the use of quadcopters with FPV, mainly related to privacy (you could fly one into anyone’s back yard and look in through their windows), and terrorism. It is theoretically possible to attach a bomb to one, then fly it to your target from 20km away… Scary stuff.