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Wiki / FPV / What is FPV

What is FPV

FPV stands for 'First Person View'. FPV consists on piloting a RC aircraft by looking at a screen that displays the live video captured by a camera onboard the aircraft.

A small video camera and a video transmitter are installed on the aircraft, and the view from the cockpit is received and presented to the pilot on a monitor or virtual reality goggles.

On airplanes, the FPV camera is usually mounted on a gimbal with servos that allow to pan left and right and tilt up and down.

FPV Camera

The FPV camera in AeroSIMRC can be panned and tilted with the mouse, with the Remote Controller.

OSD (On Screen Display)

When a GPS is installed in the aircraft, the GPS data (ground speed, altitude, heading battery voltage, etc.) can be represented over the video image. This is called OSD On-Screen-Display, and can include text and some simple graphics, such as the horizon line.

All aircraft 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.

See Wiki / FPV / OSD for more information on the data represented on the OSD.

OSD with GPS information

Wiki / FPV / 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

Altitude (273m)


Vertical Velocity


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)


Shows the heading and position of the aircraft


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.


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 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.