FPV Flying

I’ve planned to get my PPL (private pilot license) after I start working because it’s just so fun to be able to fly around. Just take a look at Austin Meyer’s blog, one of X-Plane’s developers. He flies around in his Columbia 400 to meet customers or to have lunch at his friend’s place! How cool is that! Read his blog entries, they are highly interesting and very adventurous!

But of course here in Malaysia it’s not the same. How many of our friends have landing strips at their place? And we’re more connected by roads than airports. Furthermore, the cost of owning a private plane is high because of our currency. So the next best thing for now is FPV.

FPV stands for First Person View and it is a new way of piloting RC (remote control) planes. Instead of controlling your aircraft from the ground and watching a speck in the sky, video headsets of the FPV will put you right in the cockpit, giving you the feeling that you’re flying the plane in the cockpit and not from the ground. The advantage of using FPV is that if you crash your plane, you don’t die. Reminds me of the movie Surrogates. Watch the videos below and you’ll get the idea.

FPV allows you to fly to places out of your normal line of sight. You can fly behind buildings and still know where you are. That means you can fly to places where you normally won’t. With FPV we can also fly better formations because you can accurately judge the distance between you and the other plane. And dogfights will become a whole lot more interesting! Continue reading