FPV drone racing started out hot and is still one of the
fastest-growing sports in the drone community. We can
now watch races on sport channels and online. FPV racing
seems to be everywhere! ;e good news is that, for the
budding racer, it is easier than ever to get into drone racing
and the quads
easier to fly.
When I first
drones more than
three years ago,
I was, to say the
least, less than
successful. Racing drones then were not as stable
as what we have now, and while the goggles
were good, the video signal transmission wasn’t
even close to what we have today. We had
constant interference and static, and we exper-
ienced complete blackouts at times when flying
between buildings until the drone came out on
the other side.
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On my first flight with goggles, I found it di;cult to
get oriented while flying, and I crashed almost every
flight. I was ready to give up, but fortunately for me,
some good friends encouraged me and helped me with
any issues I had with my quad. I progressed feeling
more comfortable flying the drone with line of sight to
being very comfortable flying with first-person view.
In fact, I now feel more at ease flying drones using
first-person view that I do line of sight. I have to say
that drone racing is the most fun I have had in my many
years of RC flying, and it has not yet lost its appeal or
;at is why I am excited to share this issue of
RotorDrone magazine with you. To start, we follow
some hard-core racers out to the desert to see
how they go about preparing and setting up a
racecourse in and around some abandoned buildings.
We even got them to o;er up some tips on flying and
building your own racecourse. I was also fortunate
to review the brand-new Connex Falcore, which is
probably one of the best racers for new FPV pilots.
;ose of you who enjoy building (or would like to
save some cash by buying a kit!) will appreciate our
contributor Jim Ryan’s step-by-step guide to building
your own quad racer. And last but not least, we have
a review of the Vusion House Racer, which is perfect
for indoor racing fun.
Drones are not just about racing, of course, so we
also have some insightful information for all you video
and photography shooters. Our Australian buddy
George Suresh shares how he shoots outstanding
drone images, and our own Matt Boyd gives us a
peek at some of the winning videos from this year’s
New York City Drone Film Festival (be sure to stop by
RotorDrone.com to see all the winning videos!). I hope
you enjoy this issue, and I look forward to seeing some
of you at the races.
Off to the Races!
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Our group of guys putting it all together
for a race in the desert. (Photo by
Cheryl Vomacka Maltby)