FPV Drones have endless amounts of use cases and people of every age group find it very fascinating and extensively entertaining to look at not just the drones but also the FPV pilots flying them! For all those enthusiasts who find drones appealing keep reading and find out how to be an FPV pilot yourself! As fancy as it sounds, it is definitely a job of high responsibility while being extra-ordinarily fun!
To be an FPV drone pilot, there are majorly 3 simple skills required; Taking off, staying on the course and landing safely! There are a few steps in being able to acquire all of the previously mentioned skills. The first step is Simulation.
Simulation is one of the most important steps as it gives you hands-on experience. Like any aviation simulator, simulation takes place in a virtual environment, and it is necessary to prevent crashes and make instant and important decisions when in any kind of expected or unexpected situation. Simulation provides enough time of flight to give aspiring pilots the confidence to take that leap of faith and move to the next step. It is recommended for an aspiring pilot to practice as much as possible and under different situations and circumstances before taking off on an actual drone. Pilots have to practice every part of the flight including taking off, hovering and landing to perfect it.
The amount of concentration required while flying FPV is tremendous, and the speed and dexterity of an FPV drone make every flight a genuinely amazing experience. Traditionally, we fly RC models by gazing at them directly without using any FPV technology, a technique known as “line of sight” (LOS) which is the next step towards taking over the air!
Flying line of sight involves controlling the drone by directly looking at it (not through the FPV goggles or display). Before diving headfirst into FPV, it’s essential to have some LOS experience first. This is useful if you lose visual signal but still want to operate and land your drone securely. You don’t need to master any clever skills; simply know how to balance the drone and navigate it across the field without becoming disoriented.
After mastering and developing confidence in the previously mentioned steps, one can finally get to wear those FPV goggles and take that drone out! FPV is an abbreviation for First Person View. You’re flying like a bird by broadcasting real-time footage from the drone’s camera! It’s as if you’re sitting in the cockpit of the plane, yet your feet are firmly planted on the ground.