First Person View , a term make popular by the RC fraternity , a new
way to pilot your air craft, literally from the pilot's seat thru' the
lens of an on-board video camera. This is in contrast to the more conventional
Line-of-Sight (LOS) flying where control is via feedback of your RC machine
movements, to your eyes and hence to your brain for further actions.
In both instances this feedback loop must not only be precise but cannot be broken ,
otherwise a loss of control will definitely follows.
After a long period of gestation , the time have come to learn FPV
flying ... at least for me.Thanks to all the Taikos and sifus that provided help and encouragement
along the way .All the right hardware is ready . I have a
simple quad and this lovely thing can be flown in the small compound
outside my house , thus saving me long trips to faraway flying sites.
Decided to start from scratch and learns how to hover fpv within this
small restricted area. Have to be careful though otherwise family
cars can get scratched.. . And if I can teach myself to hover a
couple of feet here I would consider lessons done!Anything more than
this should be at a proper flying field.Target is to complete this 'foundation course' in
3 - 4 months ..hehe ... 4-8 packs per weekend ... about 4 minutes per pack .. too ambitious ?
First thing I did was to install training/ping pong sticks on the
quad but this proved impractical because this obstructed the
main lipo in my installation so the next thing I can think of was to
tie some air-con insulation tubing at the 4 corners of the arms.
This would hopefully prevent minor bumps from becoming disastrous.
CCd camera in front and 100mW vtx at the back with a V-antenna is
adequate at present and the first few hops was exhilarating.Remember
this is thru' the ccd camera video , a quality very much less and
definitely not like most of the 'gopro's fpv video' posted online.You
get noises , interferences , static and 4:3 aspect ratio. Yah , no
music too.Only problem is the !@#$% goggles which kept falling off my
nose and view.
Initially I was peeking at the quad to 'see' whether it's
flying but gave up on that and ran a few packs of battery without
knowing whether she really flew.Next time I would record on video
what actually happened.Most of the time , I think , the quad was
sliding on the ground and it's a different experience
altogether.Knowing how to fly LOS does not helps much when all your
reference points are gone and judging altitude and attitude becomes
paramount to any sucess here.
This is what I learned so far so would you want to share yours , my
friends? Yeap , pure flying fpv stories , sifu tips , dream flights ,
stumbles and crashes , FPV flight videos , guides ...
Fly safe ,
Source : Malaysia-rc.com
Author : KCLeong18