Ever tried flying a drone in first-person-view or (FPV)? We’re not biased or anything, but we think every one in the world should try it – at least once.
While it may not be for everyone, it’s a totally unique feeling and as most would describe – a kick ass adrenalin rush!
See what your drone sees in real-time when you have an FPV system in place. You can use either FPV goggles or an FPV monitor. This system has lots of applications, from farming to aerial photography and even for FPV racing.
This is a growing sport and if your interested but not yet that confident, here are a few tips to help you with FPV racing:
Begin With Research
Well, your here so that just means your starting to do your research. Beyond blog posts like this, there are also forums such as Flite Test and YouTube channels that can help beginner FPV flyers.
Besides the internet, there may also be a local flying field near you. Go there and ask questions because the community is more than happy to share their knowledge, experiences, and stories about FPV.
Do you have friends who are also into FPV racing? Then you can get some of their tips too. Listening to pros in this field will help you become better at FPV flying in no time.
If there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget to research, it would be about flying safely. Sure, it’s an exciting and fun experience but don’t forget that you can’t just fly anywhere. It’s not just about your safety but also the safety of the other people or structures that are near you.
Practice Through A Simulator
If you still don’t have an FPV system, you can practice by using simulators. An FPV system is expensive but there are other ways to still enjoy and get to practice without spending too much.
With simulators like FPV Freerider, you won’t need to worry about the weather or other environmental challenges. It’s very easy to train and practice because all you need is to plug in the transmitter into a computer.
Simulators are very fun to use and you might even find yourself getting hooked to it. It is also possible to fly a drone that’s connected not only to you but also a more experienced friend. In this way, your friend can take over if anything unwanted happens.
DIY VS RTF
Many professionals have built their own FPV drone racers. They know their systems inside and out that’s why they can tweak them as needed. The parts of their custom-built drones may be interchanged or replaced in between flights.
Although that seems cool and impressive, it is also perfectly fine to use ready-to-fly (RTF) systems. Many advice beginners to select RTFs because they won’t have to think so much about building their drone. They can better focus on practicing how to fly.
Simulators are great for practice but eventually, you have to fly the real thing. You won’t automatically know how to fly a drone at first try. It takes some getting used to but the simulator does help a lot.
For practice, choose an outdoor area with lots of open space. The first thing you’re going to work on would be the basic multirotor flight proficiency as well as flying patterns, turns, and flying through tight spaces. Don’t worry about not making sharp curves, you’ll eventually learn them.
Move On To Obstacles
After being adept at FPV orientation, you can move on to training yourself through various obstacles. You can set up your course by using flags and hoops plus other obstacles.
Nature provides a great background for your obstacle course. It’s even a great obstacle course itself. Aside from trees and rocks from nature, man-made, abandoned buildings and structures can also be used.