Want to start racing drones? Watch this… | Drone Racing Report | Vol 4

Welcome to the Dronucopia Drone Racing Report where we talk about all things FPV Today we are talking about getting started in drone racing Drone racing is a fast, fun, and competitive new sport If this new phenomenon has not been on your radar It likely will be in the near future

Racing quadcopters pack the thrill of a white-knuckle challenge minus the danger of traditional racing sports Racing drones are typically customized machines built to be fast enough to beat the competition around a challenging obstacle course

Because they need to be agile, racing machines do not have the same balancing mechanisms as camera drones They fly in "rate mode", which gives them the speed and maneuverability for acrobatic moves, but also makes them harder to control and operate Racing events are held in cities across the United States and around the world The thoroughbred racing quadcopters that win races don't typically come out of a box Part of the thrill of being a drone pilot is learning how to tweak and modify your machine to get it to fly better and faster

Those who are new to flying probably will not want to jump in at the highest level Learning to operate a racing quad will take some time and crashes are part of the game It's best to start out small with a less-expensive, "ready to fly" racing drone After you've gained experience, talked with other pilots, and done your research you should have a better idea of exactly what type of FPV racer you want to fly Beginner packages can range in price from $70 to $250 with intermediate models going up to about $500(US)

High-end RTF racing drones can go up to and exceed $1,000 (US) You can learn more about "Ready to fly" racing kits in Volume 2 of the Drone Racing Report (click link above) Once you've purchased your racing quad You'll need to decide whether you want to fly in a casual environment or whether you're looking to eventually join a competitive drone-racing league There are meetup groups and informal gatherings across the country which you can find by looking at many online resources This is a great way to get to know other pilots who share your interest and learn from their expertise Meetup groups generally don't place restrictions on the type of aircraft or equipment that you need to join

Flying either indoors or outside is an option If there isn't a group in your area, you might decide to form one of your own Online forums and communities are also great ways to connect Getting to know other enthusiasts is an essential aspect of becoming involved in the sport of competitive quad-racing Racing leagues are a more formal option for those wishing to test their skills

Leagues have specific rules and regulations about equipment and races Flying is typically done indoors to avoid issues with the weather and ensure that the aircraft operate on a level playing field Leagues are forming across the country One of the most prominent is the Drone Racing League, which categorizes itself is both a sporting and media company You can even watch some of its races on ESPN About 28 million viewers watched season one, and the winner walked away with a $100,000 contract

The second season began in June 2017 Pilots in the Drone Racing League must be top-flight drone-racing pilots Only 16 were accepted for the 2017 season If your skills aren't ready for primetime, no worries You can still compete! There are many small leagues and events that welcome amateurs If you decide to join a league, make sure that your aircraft and equipment meet the group's specifications Multi GP Drone Racing is the world's largest drone racing league, with over 500 chapters and 20,000 pilots worldwide Local and regional events are held regularly with standardized courses that allow pilots to compete with one another on a global level Drone races rarely last longer than five minutes, and they offer lots of options for competitive spirit and skill building So what does it take to make a winner? Well, as in most other sports winning starts with YOU! You need to master the flying skills to be a terrific drone pilot

That means practicing flight patterns and navigating obstacles If you are new to the sport or can't get outside, purchasing or downloading simulator software is an effective way to train for drone racing Simulators allow you to practice your technique without the worry or embarrassment of crashing an expensive machine And your practice routine can't be interrupted by bad weather As mentioned earlier, the mechanics are as much a part of drone racing as piloting

When you understand how a quadcopter works, you can better be prepared to turn yours into a strong competitor As you gain experience, you become knowledgeable enough to select the separate components to create a vehicle that meets your flight specifications As in most sports, a theoretical understanding of what makes your equipment work can increase your proficiency and your enjoyment The more you understand about why your drone can fly, the better racer you can be It's always exciting to be in on the ground floor of a breakthrough movement

Drone-racing is a wave that is about to crest Get on board now, and enjoy the ride into an unlimited future Join us next time as we continue to dive into the world of FPV and drone-racing

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