What is FPV racing?
Well, simply put, it’s a new exciting new sport that has been growing by leaps and bounds over the last few years and shows no signs of slowing down. Imagine yourself in the pilots seat while sending your aircraft hurtling through obstacles and other aircraft all from the safety and comfort of a chair on the sidelines. These tiny aircraft called quadcopters, multirotors, FPV racers, or more commonly known as drones, race against each other and perform death-defying stunts giving their operators and observers the rides of their lives and the opportunity to experience flying where others can only dream of it.
Here are some basics to understand what’s happening. There are a couple of components to make all this happen. First, you need the quadcopter, or drone. Next, you need the pilot with the FPV gear and preferably a spotter or someone that can watch in a visual line of sight or LOS. The quad has some specialized equipment on board that sends signals back to a set of goggles that the pilot wears that allows him or her to view the flight from the perspective of a pilot. This is called “First Person View” or “FPV”.
FPV Quad Copter (Drone)
Typically FPV Racing is located at some place where there is enough room to set up flags and gates to create an obstacle course. Just like car racing, the quads will zip around these obstacles and maneuver to gain that first place position. The competition is fierce and can certainly bring a lot of excitement to the pilots and observers alike! Being set up at local parks is a common practice but it’s always best to check into city ordnance and see what’s legal or not. When watching these races, it’s best to never enter the flight path until the race is completed and all pilots have finished flying. Usually there is a short break between heats and pilots recover their race craft and prepare for their next run.
CommunityThe far majority of this hobby includes very relaxed, fun-loving, competitive individuals who love this hobby and are eager to see it grow. There are thousands of websites and tons of information available for those who would like to get involved in this great hobby. Be sure to talk to your local groups or start one! Your local hobby store can help you get your first quad and start flying. Other articles listed on this site can help you get started as well! Starting out!
If you want an idea of what FPV looks like, here’s a couple of videos of line of site and FPV