Orqa released a mobile version of my favourite free FPV simulator – FPV.Skydive on Android and iOS! It might not have as much content as the Steam version, but it’s really convenient as it means you can play it on your smartphone and practice flying everywhere you go!
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Using your radio
You can connect your radio transmitter to the simulator via a USB OTG cable. I have tested the Radiomaster Zorro and TX16S MKII on my Android phone and both work flawlessly. However it didn’t work on my Jumper t-lite (V2 ELRS version) my phone simply didn’t detect it.
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In my case, I simply connect the radio to my phone using an OTG cable, and the radio is detected right away in the app and I was able to calibrate it. Really straight-forward.
Alternatively you can also use the virtual joysticks displayed on the screen (mode 2). It works but it’s not as efficient as a real radio for practising flying.
I have been told you can connect to the FPV.Ctrl radio from Orqa via Bluetooth wirelessly. However when I tried the Bluetooth (BLE Joystick) on ExpressLRS TX module, unfortunately it didn’t work as the sim doesn’t detect the joystick. So maybe Bluetooth only works on the Orqa radio.
For iPhones, since OTG doesn’t work, you are probably only left with the option to use the FPV.Ctrl radio via Bluetooth I supposed (though I haven’t tested it), or just use the screen virtual joysticks to control.
If nothing works for you, here’s another solution. With Orqa Bluetooth JR Module, any radio with a JR module bay can use Bluetooth and let you connect your radio with your phone. Get it here: https://oscarliang.com/product-5xgn
Like the Steam version, FPV.Skydive is completely free! Just search for it in Google Play or Apple App Store to install.
Currently there are 3 maps – a stadium, a construction site, a canyon.
When using a radio to control the drone, there’s almost no latency, similar to how it feels on a PC.
The physics is pretty good to be honest, good enough for training and build up muscle memory and flying skills.
Really love this app, it doesn’t require the latest and most powerful hardware to run, allows more people to be able to practice in simulators.
A little Demo
Here I will show you how I connected my radio to my phone, and how to calibrate the controls.
Using Your FPV Goggles as Screen
Your phone’s OTG-USB-C can output video to other display devices, however it’s occupied by the radio if you are flying with it. So Orqa has an FPV.Play dongle that does breaks out the USB connection for the radio as well as an HDMI connector to connect glasses or other screens at the same time. Get it here: https://oscarliang.com/product-kd7a