Basic FPV setup

by AG Pro | May 8, 2014 | (0) Posted in Projects

Basic FPV setup on a plane


A small and light-weight camera is mounted to the aircraft in order to have the FPV (First-Person-View) flight experince. This introduce a new experience in pilot control; in such a way that you are in the cockpit of the aircraft. The live aerial feed of the FPV camera is transmitted to the ground monitoring station. An AV transmitter which is connected to the FPV camera, sends the video signal from the FPV camera to the ground station. An AV receiver at the ground station will receive the video signal and the live aerial feed can be viewed from a monitor. To enhanced the system, implement a DVR recorder to record the video; in this case the AV receiver has a built-in DVR. To enhance the FPV experience, an OSD (On Screen Display) board can be introduced to the system. The OSD will overlay the aerial view with various parameters; such as compass / GPS heading, altitude, airspeed, distance from HOME position, travelled distance, current draws, power consumption, battery voltage, etc.



Please be aware that the antenna of both the transmitter and the receiver must be connected properly before powering up the system. DO NOT swap the antenna; use proper spec antenna for transmitter and receiver respectively. Make sure the frequency of the FPV system does not conflict with your radio transmitter system to minimize noise.

The ground monitoring station consists of the monitor, AV receiver, and a Li-Po batt as the power supply. These devices are mounted on a standard camera tripod for your convenience. FPV goggles can be used to substitute the monitor.




  • Live Aerial View can be monitored from ground. You are able to see what you are recording.
  • Provide a real pilot control, FPV (First Person View). This enables you to pilot your aircraft at further distance and height beyond you viewing capability from the ground (providing the AV transmitter and receiver is high-power spec and LRS (Long Range System) for the radio transmitter is being implemented).


  • The Aerial video is being recorded in a low SD quality; unless FULL HD camera, such as GoPro HERO camera is implemented as a substitute to the FPV camera and the GoPro HERO camera functions as the FPV camera and recording camera (using memory card in the camera) simultaneously.


Here are some of the videos:



UAV/FPV Aircraft Platform : DLE-TR01

Tested Drive system :
- Revox 2808-1900kv
- Emax ESC 30A
- Emax UBEC 3A
- Revox 8x4E Prop
- Emax ES08MD Digital, Metal Gear servo
- Revox 3S-2200mAh (30C) Nano Tech

Tx/Rx system:
- JR Propo XG-7, 2.4 GHz transmitter
- JR Propo RG831B, 8ch 2.4 GHz receiver

FPV Gear (
- 1/3 " Sony CCD camera, 700VTL
- Aomway AV Transmitter, 5.8GHz, 1000mW, clover-leaf antenna
- Aomway AV Receiver, 5.8GHz, built-in DVR, clover-leaf antenna
- Feelworld 7 Inch FPV ground monitor
- Revox 3S-900mAh (20C) Nano Tech [ For AV transmitter ]
- Turnigy 3S-2200mAh (45C) [ For AV Receiver ]

Design review :
- Flaperons mixing is implemented, along with 3 position switch for take-off (overhead hand-launch), level flight, and landing.
- Wing loading is sufficient for carrying the FPV camera, the AV Transmitter and the extra Li-Po Batt for the transmitter.
- Recording Aerial feed by using the built-in DVR in the AV receiver of the ground station.

D.L. ENGINEERING - The Sky is Home


sailorJohn on May 31, 2014
Great visual aid for those of us who are over whelmed by the constant variables presented to us. I liked the split screen presentation as I am more interested in the how rather than the what when it comes to fpv videos. More content and less vacation films!
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AG Pro on June 3, 2014
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steelman on June 2, 2014
As much I don't want to spoil anybody's party, I need to ask if 1 W at 5.8 GHz is legal? For example, in Poland (which probably means whole E.U.) it is illegal[1] to use anything more powerful than 25 mW e.i.r.p.[2] (this means after antenna gain).

[1] (page. 4, row 14)

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AG Pro on June 3, 2014
Hi steelman. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It is highly recommended to study the regulation for using FPV devices with the particular specs on your each respective country and the regulations on your flying field where you intend to fly your model with the FPV setup. Be aware that different regulations may apply at every country and every flying field. Be wise and follow the rules to support and maintain the reputation of this community. Cheers!
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Basic FPV setup