First Person View (FPV)¶
First Person View provides you with a true pilot’s eye view while flying by placing a video camera and transmitter on your vehicle paired with a receiver and either an LCD or goggles on the ground. An optional OSD (On Screen Display) helps maintain orientation by providing aircraft instrument overlay on your FPV monitor.
To set up an FPV system on your Copter/Plane equipped vehicle you will need:
- Sony CCD camera
- MinimOSD for On Screen Display of aircraft data
- 5.8Ghz 200mw video transmitter/receiver pair
- Two 900mAh LiPo batteries (one for the air, one for the ground) to power the transmitter, receiver and camera
In addition you will need a monitor like the Black Pearl or goggles.
- Fat Shark has a wide range of goggles including the “Attitude” and “Dominator” that have been proven to work. Note that some models come with a built in transmitter & receiver that would replace the 3DR video kits 5.8 Ghz transmitter/receiver pair mentioned above.
- Low cost 320x240 resolution goggles (example video) are not recommended because the higher resolution 640x480 (example video) or SVGA goggles provide a much better flying experience.
In addition you may wish to set-up a separate camera gimbal(perhaps with Go-Pro attached) to record the flight in HD.
Here is a wiring diagram created by IVC for a TBS Discovery Quadcopter that includes an APM2 and MinimOSD:
FPV equipment on the vehicle should be placed as far away as possible from GPS and RC receiver to reduce the chance of interference.
User Videos / Blogs¶
Richard Evan’s FPV flight footage (recorded from the ground station) of his Copter based quadcopter including MinimOSD
Stefan Cenkov’s FPV flight footage (recoded from the ground station) of his Plane running on VrBrain including MinimOSD.
Robert Mcintosh’s in Lone Pine California FPV Flight with HD video footage from GoPro camera
Euan Ramsey’s APM2 powered TBS Discovery. Note the TBS frame spreads the 2 front arms apart so the blades don’t interfere with the FPV and allow the camera to easily be mounted in front
Safety Warnings Relating Specifically to FPV Flight¶
- Because of the limited field-of-view of the FPV camera you may not be able to easily see obstacles near the vehicle which may be why the Academy of Model Aeronautics requires that there be a second person acting as spotter for all FPV flights.
- Be ready for loss of FPV video caused by flying beyond your FPV systems limits or interference from structures between you and the vehicle.
- Know and recognise the FPV signal loss warning signs and be ready to shed the FPV equipment and retake line-of-sight control at all times.
- FPV equipment can interfere with the vehicle’s radio or GPS if placed too close