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.
Before you get started on your journey into FPV you need to first decide what do you actually want to fly? There are many choices of basic air-frame configuration each with its own positive and negative points:
Popular Fixed Wing Choices
Wing Type,Pros,Cons Traditional,Endless list of air-frames available / Very simple to setup,Stability on low wing models could be an issue / Front-mounted propeller will obscure your view / durability (crash-resistance) may be an issue Sport-Glider/Pusher,Very Stable Platform / Good choice of airframes / No propeller in view / reasonably durable,Not particularly agile and there are still some durability issues as the wings and hollow fuselage can be a weak point. Flying Wing,Extremely Durable / No Propeller in view / Very Agile / Easy to build,Very little natural stability / More complicated to setup for flight
[table sort=”desc,asc”] Configuration,Pros,Cons Tricopter,Cheapest option to build (only three motors and speed controllers),Steering mechanism not as durable as fixed options / Offers no redundancy Quadcopter,Best all-round choice,Offers no redundancy Hexacopter,Offers some redundancy (one motor/esc could fail and flight be maintained) Octocopter,Very stable / Offers more redundancy (two motors/escs could fail and flight be maintained) ,Most expensive build option
Which airframe should I choose is a very common question asked by people looking to start FPV. There is no easy answer and it really depends on what you want to do. Whether you want to go for long range, fly proximity or go as fast as you can will all be big factors in which airframe to choose. All aircraft have pros and cons, this page will help you find the best type to suit your needs.