What is FPV?

First Person View (FPV) flying is the hobby/ sport of flying a radio controlled aircraft from the pilot’s perspective, using a small camera and video goggles.

Flying by FPV adds a new exciting perspective to the existing 60+ year old hobby of radio control model flying and is an entirely new skill set to learn and enjoy.  In addition to the new skills gained actually flying like a real pilot FPV also offers a great opportunity to learn about basic electronics and radio theory  – antenna gain, radiation patterns, transmitter gain, pros and cons of different frequencies, wavelengths, antenna polarisation, attenuation, propagation, line of sight, multipath, diversity, etc. are all terms that an FPVer quickly becomes familiar with in a fun and informal way.

FPV flying also offers a viewpoint which is superior to traditional line of sight model flying in terms of both fantastic aspirational views (not everyone gets the opportunity to fly with the birds) but also from a safety point of view.  With FPV there is no need to “reverse think” your controls when flying towards yourself and there is no danger of disorientation, which is a common cause of model accidents whereby the operator cannot tell which way around his model is facing, or which side of an obstacle, his model is from the ground.  From the cockpit view these are not issues at all, just as they are not for full size pilots.

FPV makes FPV drone racing possible.  This exciting new sport is exhilarating, technical, sociable and amazing for spectators to watch.  Speeds of over 60mph are often achieved with 250 sized FPV racing quadcopters which sound like super-bikes as the race around courses of flags and air gates.  FPV drone racing can be done outside or indoors making it the ideal all weather sport.  Spectators can also see the live video from on board the aircraft making for exciting viewing.

You can find out more about First Person View and watch some videos here

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