You’ve just arrived at a beginner-friendly site that will teach you how to get started in the world of RC FPV flying. FPV stands for ‘First Person View’. The term refers to the control of an RC aircraft or vehicle while using an onboard camera that sends real-time video to either a video monitor or video goggles.
Why Choose FPV?
Are you totally new at RC? Did you like RC as a kid but then forgot about it for 20 years? Maybe you have plenty of hobbies but are looking for something new?
The good news is that anyone can learn and enjoy the RC FPV hobby.
Many Reasons to Try
Flying by FPV, and RC in general, is a great way to teach kids (and yourself) about physical principles and have fun at the same time. Just think of all the positives:
- Get to be outside and experience nature
- Learn how aircraft fly
- Understand how weather affects flight and signal propagation
- Become proficient in basic construction methods and soldering
- Apply simple electrical engineering concepts to circuit design
And the list goes on.
Of course you can always just buy a ready-to-fly (RTF) system, but soon you’ll want to research and make your own aircraft and FPV setup. You may also wonder just how that RTF system works.
It’s Never Been Easier
With the introduction of low cost electronics, improved lithium polymer batteries, and a vast amount of information available via the internet, the time to join the RC FPV community has never been better.
Steps to Your First FPV Flight
Although anyone can learn and enjoy RC FPV, a certain amount of preparation is required. Below are three steps to get you pointed in the right direction:
The most common regret among veteran FPV pilots is that they wished they spent more time reading before attempting to fly. Message boards can be great places to start, but the information may be scattered and incomplete. The reason I created this site is to help the beginner learn what he or she needs to know to get started in the hobby. While some of the blog posts contain information more suited to those who have some experience in FPV, you’ll find a great deal of information dedicated to the beginner. If you’re new to RC airplanes, learn about the basics of radio control for aircraft.
The second most common regret is getting too complex, too fast. Building and flying FPV aircraft need not be expensive – or frustratingly complex. Sure, you can decide that you want the best of everything, the most powerful transmitter, the highest number of channels on your radio, the largest plane with the highest discharge batteries. But this won’t necessarily increase your happiness. The frustration associated with too complex of a design may also cause you to quit the hobby before ever having a successful FPV flight.
After reading and researching for a while, the desire to roll up the sleeves and start building can be intense. This article will walk you through your first FPV system setup. Once you become familiar with simple three and four channel flight under FPV control, you may want to design your own airplane or optimize your FPV system to make your aircraft lighter or video feed clearer.
Where exactly you start in the process will depend on a few variables. Those that are already competent in flying RC aircraft can jump right into learning about how to setup an FPV system, while new RC pilots should take some time to learn about the basics of RC aircraft and control. But don’t worry, the learning process is fun, too.
The Learning Process
If you ask someone who’s been flying RC FPV for a while, they will tell you that the fun of this hobby is not only in the flying. It’s also in the discovery of new aircraft designs, reducing interference problems on current setups, or finding a better way to accomplish goals with less money or weight. How you go about the learning process is up to you, but by coming to this site and reading online, you’re already well on your way to your first successful RC FPV flight.
P.S. I’ve created a list of some of the most helpful resources for a beginner or intermediate FPV pilot, and this annotated FPV resource list will save you time and money when purchasing your next FPV component or aircraft.
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