Drones are the new high in the world of technology and development. It is not just a game, but a sort of sport that has been setting its feet in the western culture over the years. It is a sport wherein high-tech drones and high-speed racing are both combined. Usually done in closed spaces, it is rather fun and thrilling experience to watch an FPV racing. If you haven’t already seen a drone racing contest, you might be wondering how it actually takes place. Of course, you cannot follow your drone all around the fixed course to keep it in your line-of-sight. Then how do you monitor its location, change directions or altitude, and find out where you stand in the race? Well, drone racing takes place through FPV or First Person View systems. This kind of drone handling is also known as FPV flying because the person who is flying a drone sees it through a screen as if he is actually sitting inside the drone. Exciting, isn’t it?
Well, that’s exactly what makes this sport even more enjoyable and worth being a part of. Since the sport of drone racing is increasing in popularity all over the world, the latest drones come equipped with specialized goggles that allow the user to experience the entire flight through his or her eyes
How to start
The basic FPV racers need to know how to fly a quadcopter since this allows them to practice a lot of flight maneuvers before they move on to the FPV racing. Therefore, start with a basic copter and you will crash a number of times before finally becoming a pro at it.
There are classes held for training for FPV racing, wherein you are taught what to focus at and what not to. There are spec classes for the beginners and open classes, where the learned racers are allowed to use any quadcopter for the race and it is more of an open competition.
Make a team
FPV racing also has teams, just like the F1 races. The team basically handles the equipment. For example, the team Blackout is the person who uses the Blackout for the pilot (or racer).
There are chances of people getting hurt when you are practicing or even in a competition. Therefore, it is better to take precautions. When you are a beginner, start with a micro quad rather than a mega machine racer. It is important to check that the video channel is not being used before you start using it. Also, just like real life flying and racing, never fly when you are drunk or intoxicated.
Types of races
• Rotor-cross race
In such races, two or more multi-copters are made to race through an arena and the one who crosses the finish line first wins.
• Drag Race
It is just a test of acceleration and top speed, wherein the multi-copters are made to race in short distance of 100 meters and the one who accelerates best wins.
• Time Trial
It is a speed test for the multi-copters wherein theme of finishing the race is recorded. It is much like rotor-cross racing.
It is a fun sport as long as one takes all the measures to ensure safety of another person as well as their own.