Flying FPV is a thrilling experience – it’s almost as good as sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft itself! If you have flown any kind of RC before, you have a decent idea of the flying experience you have from the ground. However, when you are flying from a small screen in your hands, things get more interesting – and difficult, too!
FPV Airplanes Can be Tough to Control for Beginners
RC airplanes – even beginner models – tend to fly very fast and are usually very unforgiving if you over-correct. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve crashed my first plane – it wasn’t pretty at all. So if you are getting into FPV planes, it’s best to have some experience before you do so.
If you are in more of a hurry to get flying, then an RC quadcopter is a better option. There are plenty of beginner level RC quadcopters out there, and one or two models have FPV flying as well. If you are a DIY guy, you can attach a camera to a decently sized quadcopter, set up transmission and a screen, and be on your way!
Quadcopters are great for beginners because they are a lot easier to fly than other RC aircraft – planes and helicopters. They have four rotors which provide lift, roll, and pitch, and a whole lot of technology built in that makes sure you don’t over-correct when you fly.
Beginner Quadcopters Can be the Easiest FPV Aircraft to Fly
Blade makes quadcopters that have “speed-limiters” so to speak. Effectively, you can use a switch on your remote to increase the angle and sharpness of your movements. These work with a built in gyroscope that always maintains the angle and position of the aircraft. In fact, in the case of most quadcopters, you can just let go of the control sticks and it should start hovering stably!
Because they are so stable and easy to fly, quadcopters are very rewarding FPV experiences – you don’t have to worry about crashing and destroying your very expensive new toy. They aren’t indestructible, though, so if you do manage to crash into a wall or some other object, you can expect some damage.
The trouble with these aircraft is that you can’t really add too much weight by padding the camera underside, since any extra weight will drain a lot more power and make it much more difficult for the aircraft to fly. Some of these models are less than 100 grams.
So if you want to get into flying FPV, quadcopters are a good place to start. Check out this resource on choosing the best quadcopter to have a look at some models.
The Hubsan X4 is a great aircraft to start your FPV experience with.