Drone Racing is just as it sounds. A race between drones. As we discussed in the article: Lets Define the Word “Drone”. “A drone can be any object that is controlled by someone, however it is piloted outside of the object its self”. So when we race drones, its just is two or more RC devices going head to head, in an effort to see who the most skilled pilot is.
What started out as a small community has quickly evolved into a sport which is gaining more and more popularity each year. This is because drone races are as exciting to participate in as they are to watch! A drone may not be much bigger then a modern day tablet (in some cases they are even smaller) but they can travel at over 80 MPH. This leads to some very exciting results! Check out this video for example!
What do I Need to Get Started?
Drone RacesSo first and foremost you need a drone. Like most hobbies you can spend as much or as little as you want. If you want to take it far you can get something made specifically for drone racing, which can run you close to a thousand dollars. Or if you just want to race with friends around the living room you could get something simple like the Hubsan Q4.
Secondly you need a friend or group of people. (You wont be able to race much on your own!) Remember though, the more people you have in your race the more room you are going to need. The last thing you would want is to break expensive objects around the home.
Thirdly you need a track! Without something to race around you will have no way to judge the chaos. The track can be something as simple as some pylons around a yard or as extravagant as the abandoned parking lot like the one in the video above.
Finally you need patience! Its easy to fly when you are on your own and taking your time. But when you add the pressure of a race to the mix, it can be easy to let your emotions go off the rails.
Do I Need an FPV (First Person View) Device?
Fat Shark Drone Racing GogglesThat is entirely up to you! An FPV device certainly will add LOTS of fun to your racing experience. However they can be quite costly. My advice would be to practice with your drones first. Get to learn the way your drone works and its strengths and weaknesses in a racing environment.
If you do get a FPV device you must chose between either a screen on your remote similar to the Hubsan H107d or a pair of goggles. Goggles are recommended for self made drones because they often have extra chip-boards that need to be added to your unit in order for them to function properly.
Drone Racing Tips for Beginners
Here are a few simple tips to help make your first drone racing experience a success:
Be courteous to your fellow racers – No one likes sore winners or losers. Lose with grace and win with humbleness. This will help you build long lasting relationships in the community.
Always check your batteries before take off – Nothing sucks more then being ready for a race only to find out your batteries die half way through.
Arrive early and practice – Every track is different. I recommend trying out the track before the race starts if possible. This will help you avoid hazards more effectively and will allow you to race with a calmer mind.
Make sure you bring a spare set of wings – If you decide to practice before the race starts and you lose one of your wings you wont be going very far once the race begins.
Have Fun! – Whats the point of racing if you arn’t enjoying your self. Remember you are there to have fun, not to win!
So there you have it! We hope you enjoyed this article and if you decide to enter a race, please make sure to stay safe and have fun!