WHAT IS FPV DRONE RACING?
Drone Racing is a new supercharged competitive racing sport. Pilots fly quad-copter drones through three-dimensional courses at speeds up to 120mph. drones are RTF (ready to fly) or custom built for speed, agility, and performance. Pilots steer from the point of view of the drone by wearing First Person View (FPV) goggles that display a live image transmitted by an on board camera. Flying a drone competitively at high speed in FPV is an intense, immersive experience
WHAT MAKES A GREAT PILOT?
With heart-pounding speed flying through lines with mathematical precision, pulling a roll or a flip next to unforgiving objects or through small gaps. floating with soft lines and graceful curves, and split second seat-of-the-pants line creation and lightning fast acrobatic moves.
HOW HARD IS IT TO RACE A DRONE?
Most camera drones use on board sensors to continually stabilise flight and keep the craft balanced. These components by definition prevent the drone from rolling or flipping too aggressively. Racing drones require aggressive manoeuvrability, so they function in an unassisted mode known as rate mode. This makes them incredibly fast and agile – but also more difficult to control. While it can take months of practice to master, rate mode allows skilled pilots complete freedom to perform aerobatic moves and tricks.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
If you’re just getting started, we recommend hitting a simulator or starting with a ‘micro’ class FPV drone setup such as the Makerfire BNF (Bind and fly) or RTF (ready to fly) Micro FPV . They are relatively inexpensive, can be flown indoors, and are able to withstand crashes. As you get more into the sport you will want to buy or start building your own more powerful drone with higher performance components and join us on our bigger tracks…
There are various products as a starting point. Some have a small screen on the transmitter that displays the view from the on board camera, but can be upgraded to work with true FPV goggles.