First Person View
First Person View provides you with a true pilot's eye view while flying your airplane or copter.
A video camera and transmitter are placed in your plane or copter and a receiTBSDiscoveryver and video display are used on the ground.
An OSD (On Screen Display) can be connected to your flight controller to provide an aircraft instrument overlay on your FPV monitor.
The video display can be either an LCD screen display or a head mounted display (video goggles).
This system is smaller, lighter and less expensive than you would think and can provide a wonderful true pilot flying experience.
All the FPV copters described on this page are small providing increased agility, performance, pilot experience, survivability and safety.
Blusky1 FPV piloting his TBS Discovery using a Fatshark Attitude HMD
GoPro HD video recording while FPV flying over an abandoned Renaissance Festival grounds
The location is outside of Fredericksburg Virginia on land once owned by George Washington’s mother
Richard Evans video showing actual First Person View with OSD
Actual FPV video recorded on ground station during flight of 3DR Arducopter FPV quadcopter.
Stefan Cenkov piloting an Airplane with First Person View showing OSD
Actual FPV video recorded on ground station during flight of an FPV Airplane.
FPV Quadcopter Time Lapse Build
A really great video by BluSky1 of the complete construction of a TBS Discovery FPV Quadcopter.
BluSky1’s parts list for his TBS Discovery FPV copter and system:
- TBS Discovery Frame [No Core] - $74.99
- DJI 450 Arms x4 [Black] - $20.00
- 900Kv RC Timer Motors x4 & 30 Amp Speed Controls [Simonk] x4 - $155.00
- 5.8Ghz 600Mw Immersion transmitter [4km Range] - 69.99
- SpirotNet clover leaf antenna Set - $40.00
- Flight controller Naza-M V1/V2 PMU +GPS+IOSD Mini - $459.99
- FPV Camera SecurityCamera2000 700tv line - 50.00
- Naza GPS Holder - $13.00
- GoPro Hero White Edition - $199.99
- Props 9 x 5 Graupner E-Props [Carbon Fiber] x4 - $30.00
- Battery System Venom 35C 11.1V 5000mAh 3S LiPo - $100.00
- Radio System Turnigy 9x With Frsky upgrade [1.5-2.5km Range] - $125.00
- Video goggles Fatshark Attitude SD [No Battery] - $389.99
- Video goggle battery 1000mAh 2s 7.4v - $20.00
- Turnigy balance lipo battery charger - $54.99
- Pocket DVR or Netbook for recording real-time video - $114.99
The minimum for this system - $1917.93
- Spare batteries I generally have 3 spares - $300.00
- Spare Props I generally have 2 spare sets [8pc] - $60.00
- Spare DJI arms I generally have 1 spare set [4pc] -$20.00
- 5-12 Turn Helical Antenna - $50.00
Total for this system with recommend spare batteries and parts - $2347.93
A few thoughts by BluSky1 regarding this system.
- Anyone can buy these parts but that does not mean you have the technical knowledge to assemble them.
- Nor the piloting skills required to fly this kit properly.
- If you have never piloted a multirotor or FPV multirotor craft do not start here get a nice cheap KK2 and DJI 450 clone.
- You will wreck ALOT as a newb! and the price of a new pilot system can be as cheap as $300 dollars.
- I have spent over 400 hours on a simulator and have about 200 hours of real life FPV multirotor piloting exp.
- **This price also does not include the tools needed to build it**
- The price of this system should be a good indicator of the skill level required to build and pilot it.
And a few additional thoughts by me regarding this system.
- The Fat Shark Attitude video goggles come with a transmitter but the 600mw transmitter can nearly double the maximum FPV range.
- The DJI F450 Flamewheel ARF kit including motors and ESCs provides high quality and is less expensive than separate purchases.
- 10 or 11 inch Gemfan carbon filled propellers are strong and are cheaper and more efficient than 9 inch razor edged Graupner’s .
- Personally I would choose the Pixhawk over the more expensive Naza because it permits more flight modes and choices for operation.
- The Naza controller has an excellent record of reliability, but the newer Pixhawk has more capability and should prove reliable as well.
- You really shouldn’t even incorporate the GoPro or FPV recording parts until you have spent some time flying FPV.
- A great way to start is to get a DJI F450 Flamewheel Quadcopter ARF kit and add a Pixhawk (or Naza) and learn to fly it.
- Then get a set of TBS discovery center plates and add Fat Shark Attitude Goggles, FPV camera and OSD and learn to fly FPV.
- Finally you can add a GoPro Camera to record your adventures in high quality HD video.
A popular option for immersive FPV flying is video goggles such as the Fat Shark series:
Fat Shark Attitude goggles have a 640 x 480 screen which is satisfactory for piloting.
The Attitude goggles have a built in receiver and come with the necessary transmitter.
Fat Shark 640 x 480 Dominator goggles work well but require a separate receiver and transmitter.
There are also 320 x 240 pixel goggles but the 640 x 480 ones provide a better flying experience.
High Resolution Video Performance
Video by BlueSky1 showing the quality of a 640 x 480 FPV vision system, see his BLOG
Low Resolution Video Performance
Video by BlueSky1 showing the quality of a 320 x 240 FPV vision system.
And Finally, One More Fantastic FPV Video by Robert Mcintosh
Don’t try this at home: Robert Mcintosh at the beach with his Copter Control Quadrixette 30 see his Blog.