Human history is filled with great engineering and more specifically aviation achievements. From the ancient times Daedalus and Icarus attempted their first flight while trying to use a design of wings based on bird wings that they would hold in their hands. From then until the modern days of aviation we got several flying contraptions:
Kites, Hot air balloons, Rotor wings, Gliders and fixed wing powered and controlled flight.
The Wright brothers were the first that managed a sustained flight with a powered controlled aircraft and from then on it was a case of perfecting and start making them more practical and reliable (i.e. being a bit more comfortable, carrying passengers, build for war etc..) and the history of evolving aircrafts continues.
However it’s that moment where ambitious people wanted to see the world from above like birds that associate with the same people today going into Radio Controlled FPV (firs-person-view) piloting.
First Person View (FPV) is a type of radio control flying which has really taken off in the last few years. Even though a lot of remote control enthusiasts have been trying it for much longer it has now became mainstream and very approachable to consumers to buy even on high street stores.
A couple of good examples being:
- the famous Hubsan H107D FPV micro quadcopter for under £100
- and the not as famous but loved one from those that owned one, Blade Nano QX FPV quadcopter for just over £300 including a pair of FPV Fatshark Head Tracking goggles .
- You can even buy a pair of Fatshark Headtracking Goggles from Maplin’s if you are in the UK.
But what is it?
Radio controlled FPV (First Person View) flying involves 4 basic components on top of an already flying aircraft. A small video camera a video transmitter and an LCD Screen or video goggles streaming a low latency live video down-link. On top of that, more advanced setups have other components such as OSD (on screen displays), GPS, Flight controllers, Stabilisation systems collision avoidance sensors and more as the technology advances.
The small camera is mounted on the front of the aircraft either statically or on a gimbal which combined with a head tracking device the pilot could rotate using the movement of their head. The video feed then is passed through the OSD that overlays information from all the different sensors and then the radio control pilot sits in-front of a screen filled with information like a fighter jet pilot, all in-front of their eyes in a truly immersive fashion.
- Build your own 250 size quadcopter FPV racer finding all the detailed parts required
- Browse through hundreds of ready to fly quadcopters
- Browse through FPV equipment
- Browse through FPV aircrafts
For a lot more details of FPV, what it is, the frequencies that are allowed, the legality of it etc… I recommend visiting FPVUK.org.
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