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This months insideFPV podcast, check out the video description for a list of topics discussed and their times.
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This month we sit down with Gary “JusticeFPV” Kent, Brett “CollisionFPV” Collis and Tom “StantonFPV” Stanton to discuss drone racing in 2016 and looking forward to 2017.
If you would like to subscribe to the iFPV drone racing calendar so you receive emails of new events added then please follow the instructions below.
First CLICK HERE to open the calendar in google.
Then click on the “+Google calendar” link in the bottom right hand corner to add the iFPV drone racing calendar to your google calendar as pictured below.
Once you have the iFPV calendar added to yours. Click on the little drop down arrow on the right of “UK FPV Drone Racing Calendar” and go to “Edit Notifications” as pictured below.
Or if you are a mobile user click the drop down menu to the right of “other calendars” and then select “settings”. Once the settings page opens click “edit notifications” for the UK Drone Racing calendar. As pictured below.
Then finally turn on all the notifications you would like to receive in the section pictured below.
You should now receive emails every time a new event is added to the UK Drone Racing calendar so you will never miss an event again.
Can you learn to fly a drone on a simulator?
When giving advice to new comers, many pilots always say to get a decent simulator first. The theory being if you spend a few weeks crashing on the simulator and building up your muscle memory of how to fly it should pay for itself pretty quickly.
We put this theory to the test with Jack “Denby” Smith. A gamer we met at Insomnia58 when he got addicted to dronesimulation.co.uk. Did his practice on the simulator pay off? Have a look at his story.
With the drone racing hobby growing at a crazy rate, there are a lot of new comers looking to get started racing. This is a guide of what you need to race drones. I will try and keep all parts and links up to date as new components are released.
Quad: Probably the most difficult choice in droneracing is deciding which race quad you would like to fly. There is a huge variety of choices and everyone has their favourite. A great starting point for a beginner is the trusted ZMR. It is an oldie, but it still holds up well to newer frames. The ZMR is cheap but robust and spares and upgrades are readily available, which is a key factor if you want to race.
For the more seasoned pilots who want a dedicated racing frame, the TSX by Stanton Frames and the Shrike by xLabs are two of the most popular frames ive seen on the race circuit.
A frame this is getting a lot of love for new comers at the moment is the Eachine Wizard, as it come with most of the things you need.
The UK Air-space is generally controlled and regulated by the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) whose main job is to safe-guard civil and commercial aircraft by enforcing the Air Navigation Order (ANO).
Along with civil and commercial aircraft the CAA is also currently responsible for regulating the use of small unmanned un-manned aerial vehicles (SUAVs) which remote control air-craft fall under the guise of.
The FPV community have noticed a definite reduction in performance when comparing the reliable range of the new modular EzUHF transmitter to the original stand-alone unit, the general theory is that due to the new unit being made of plastic there is insufficient ground-plane to help the transmitter work efficiently.
We decided to carry out a simple experiment to test different antennas and their resulting performance including a dipole antenna that would in essence give the transmitter the ground-plane is so desperately requires.
When choosing a location to fly from (albeit FPV or even just line-of-sight) you need to carefully consider the air-space around you, most importantly you need to check that you are not within an air traffic zone that is being used by a local airport or aerodrome, a restricted area or even military airspace. Continue reading
The recent influx of feature rich budget transmitters from the likes of Turnigy and FrSky has obviously pushed Spektrum to “up their game” so the DX6i has finally been replaced with an all-new 6-channel transmitter and just like its bigger brothers its looking rather swish; it’s also sporting a myriad of new features (some that will aid FPV & Multi-rotor pilots) many borrowed from the new DX9 and DX18.