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Wiki / FPV / What is FPV

What is FPV

FPV consists on piloting a RC model by means of a video system that allows the pilot to see the same perspective as if he was flying inside the model.

That is, a lightweight video camera is installed in the model, and on ground the video image is received and displayed on a monitor or on virtual reality video goggles, this way the pilot has the same view as from the cockpit.

With the movement of his head, and a device called head tracker connected to the transmitter, the pilot can move the camera to look around. A GPS is also installed in the model, and the data received (ground speed, altitude, heading battery voltage, etc.) is presented on the screen. Even the return home heading can be displayed.

FPV Camera

The FPV camera in AeroSIMRC is called On-board Camera. This camera can be panned and tilted with the mouse, with the transmitter or even with a head tracker (in this case, a special adapter is required to connect the transmitter, the head tracker and the USB interface)

GPS

All models in AeroSIMRC are equipped with a GPS, providing the following information: ground speed, heading, altitude, vertical speed, lat/long and navigation aids with an editable waypoint list and, bearing, distance and estimated time to selected waypoint.

Waypoints

Waypoints are coordinates which specify reference points. For instance, the coordinates of the Flying Site define the waypoint called 'HOME'. Up to other 4 waypoints can be defined anywhere on the scenario in AeroSIMRC using the Waypoint Editor

OSD (On Screen Display)

OSD relates to the presentation on screen of data, for instance, the data received by the GPS. The meaning of each presented datum is explained in Wiki / FPV / OSD

OSD with GPS information

Wiki / FPV / OSD

OSD

The FPV Mode of the Instrument Panel (OSD) can be selected by pressing at the Function Bar, or from Main Menu / View

There are two OSD modes: Basic and Navigation, which can be customised.

OSD Basic Mode

In this mode, the following data is presented:

Heading (240º)
The circle shows the direction to the selected waypoint

 

Ground Speed
(36km/h)

Altitude (273m)

 

Vertical Velocity
(5km/h)

 

Vertical Velocity arrow

Battery Voltage (11.6V)
Current (4.9A)
Consumed Charge (0.08Ah)

Latitude - Longitude

Flight Timer (3min:04sec)

 

Selected WayPoint (HOME), heading to WP (19º), distance to WP (194m) and estimated time to WP (0:19)
The next WP is selected by left mouse button click over the name of the WP (e.g. over 'HOME')

 

OSD Navigation Mode

OSD Navigation Mode

The OSD Navigation Mode shows the position of the flying site, and the defined waypoints (A, B and C)

Triangle

Shows the heading and position of model

Circumferences

Show the distance to the flying Site. Numbers 1, 2 and 3 represent distance in kilometres or the unit selected. The scale is automatically adjusted to keep the triangle inside the circumferences.

A, B, C, D

Represent the position of the active Waypoints. The pink colour means that 'C' is currently the selected waypoint.

Alarms

The OSD alarms will flash the altitude, range and flight time indications on the OSD when values are exceeded. The alarms can be configured from FPV Options panel described below.

Customise OSD

The OSD can be customised. From Main Menu / Camera FPV Options, at the OSD tab, you can:

OSD options

Wiki / FPV / Waypoints

Waypoints

Waypoints are coordinates which specify positions on the scenario. For instance, the coordinates of the flying field define the waypoint HOME. In AeroSIMRC there are 4 waypoints (A, B, C and D) that can be positioned anywhere on the scenario from the Waypoint Editor. The Waypoint Editor is opened from Main Menu / Camera / FPV Options, tab Waypoints.

Waypoint Editor Panel

Position of the Waypoints on a scenario generated from a satellite image with the Scenario Generator

Positioning the Waypoints

To Move a Waypoint, press the mouse right button over the waypoint and drag the mouse to the new position.

To Pan the Scenario with the mouse, press CONTROL and the right mouse button.

To Zoom In/Out, press CPAS and the right mouse button.

Enable / Disable Waypoints

The waypoints not in use can be disabled unchecking the box Waypoint X is in use in the Waypoint Editor Panel. Waypoints not in use are displayed in gray.

Navigation with Waypoints

The Navigation Mode of the Instrument Panel OSD, show the active waypoints.

To change the selected waypoint, press the left mouse button over the waypoint name (bottom left). For example, in the screenshot below, pressing on "WP C" would change selected waypoint to HOME.

Navigation with Waypoints.