Posts tagged "FPV"

First-person view (FPV) flying has been growing in popularity in the past few years.  More and more FPV enthusiasts are joining the fun because this immersive experience allows the user to fly a drone from the pilot’s perspective.

Rapid advances in technology have made it possible to develop different types of drones, software, advanced screens, drone goggles, and other accessories.

Technology company DJI creates a series of sleek, reliable, and multi-functional drones. Each of the drones that DJI makes already comes equipped with a built-in camera. Users just need to find a good pair of FPV goggles. It is important to get the best drone goggles in order to maximize the experience.  The good news is that most drone makers, just like DJI, also have their own goggles, which are usually designed for seamless FPV flying.

The maker of DJI drones has come up with two types of high-quality drone goggles both designed for a truly immersive experience. Although both of these DJI Goggles have great features, their difference lies in the intention or purpose of the user. These goggles work well with this wide range of devices: Phantom Series, Spark, Mavic Pro, Inspire Series, and other compatible HDMI devices.

DJI Goggles Series

There are two kinds of DJI Goggles: The regular edition that comes with basic features and DJI Goggles Racing Edition.

What’s the difference between these two goggles?

The basic or regular DJI Goggles provides users with an immersive experience,  with both close range 1080/30 high-quality view and 720/60 high frame rate. DJI Goggles have two 1920 x 1080 screens providing more than twice the amount of pixels of a typical 2K single screen.  It supports the 2.4 GHz transmission band. It also has internal linear polarized omnidirectional antennas. These goggles feature head tracking technology. How does this technology work? The actual user’s head movements control two things: first, the aircraft yaw and second, the tilt of the camera. The head movements compare to how gamers control remote control sticks. The user just needs to turn left or right to yaw left or right, and straighten head in order to stop turning.

While DJI Goggles Racing Edition (DJI Goggles RE) has all the functions and dual 1080p HD screens of the original white goggles, the black DJI Goggles RE support Sphere panoramic viewing and local video playback, offering an upgraded FPV experience. Aside from the 2.4 GHz transmission band, the Racing Edition also supports the 5.8 GHz band. The advantage of an additional transmission band is users can avoid the usually more crowded interference in 2.4 GHz. The RE has redesigned antennas just like the regular goggles. However, the difference lies in an additional new external Pagoda antenna, which is a 5.8 GHz single-frequency omnidirectional left hand circularly polarized (LHCP) antenna. Additionally, in order to ensure a smooth and reliable video transmission and avoiding video lag and disconnection from the video transmission system, the Racing Edition has restructured the radio communication strategy and video decoding algorithm to lower transmission latency to 50 ms. Aside from the regular goggles’ head tracking technology, the RE’s sphere pano viewing allows users to turn their head to get a 360-degree view of the Sphere pano.

The Final Verdict

Using DJI Goggles will revolutionize the way FPV enthusiasts fly their drones. Looking at all its features and the benefits, its price is quite reasonable. If you already have the regular goggles and if you are thinking of upgrading to the racing edition, it all depends on your purpose for using it. Most hobbyists are fairly satisfied with the basic white DJI Goggles.  Although there are hobbyists who are steadily building their skills in FPV flying who might benefit from the more advanced features of the Racing Edition. However, if the user is a professional filmmaker, then upgrading to the RE is advisable.

Press release by Aerix drones

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All-in-one set has everything you need to bring “Tiny Whoop”-style racing into your home

ROCHESTER, NY — April 3, 2017 Aerix Drones announced the release of the new Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package. This “Tiny-Whoop” inspired set includes everything you need to start enjoying the thrill and excitement of drone racing in your home. The ready-to-race (RTR) drones are safe to fly indoors, but fast enough to be seriously fun.

The Aerix nano FPV droneThe Aerix nano FPV drone

The Nano’s rotors are enclosed in rounded ducts for safety, so they won’t harm anybody or anything in a crash landing. But the Nano’s racing motors give it some serious punch as you traverse living rooms and slalom through friends and family. Nanos can be raced up to eight per area, so family and friends can have massive head-to-head races in close quarters.

Aerix nano FPV drone with controllerAerix nano FPV drone with controller

The included goggles are compatible with most 5.8ghz FPV products. Also in the kit is a 5-pack of 12-inch glowing neon indoor drone racing hoops, which allow users to set up obstacle courses and racetracks. Finally, the kit includes extra batteries and blades so you can extend the fun and excitement all day. The kits are available with your choice of green, red or blue hoops.

Aerix nano FPV drone kitAerix nano FPV drone kit

Shipping in May 2017, the all-in-one Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package includes:

  • 1 – Nano FPV ready-to-race (RTR) drone
  • 1 – 5.8ghz FPV camera installed
  • 1 – 2.4ghz ready-to-fly transmitter (controller)
  • 1 – 5.8ghz 2-in-1 FPV monitor/goggle set with raceband (rechargeable)
  • 5 – 12-inch glowing neon indoor drone racing hoops
  • 1 – Set of spare blades
  • 1 – USB charging cable
  • 2 – 200mah 3.7v rechargeable drone batteries

The Nano Racing Package has an MSRP of $245, but is available for pre-order for $195. For more information, visit https://aerixdrones.com/products/aerix-nano-fpv-indoor-drone-racing-package. To see the entire line of Aerix Drones, visit www.aerixdrones.com.

ROCHESTER, NY — April 4, 2017 Aerix Drones announced the release of the new Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package. This “Tiny-Whoop” inspired set includes everything you need to start enjoying the thrill and excitement of drone racing in your home. The ready-to-race (RTR) drones are safe to fly indoors, but fast enough to be seriously fun.

The Nano’s rotors are enclosed in rounded ducts for safety, so they won’t harm anybody or anything in a crash landing. But the Nano’s racing motors give it some serious punch as you traverse living rooms and slalom through friends and family. Nanos can be raced up to eight per area, so family and friends can have massive head-to-head races in close quarters.

The included goggles are compatible with most 5.8ghz FPV products. Also in the kit is a 5-pack of 12-inch glowing neon indoor drone racing hoops, which allow users to set up obstacle courses and racetracks. Finally, the kit includes extra batteries and blades so you can extend the fun and excitement all day. The kits are available with your choice of green, red or blue hoops.

Shipping in May 2017, the all-in-one Nano FPV Indoor Drone Racing Package includes:

  • 1 – Nano FPV ready-to-race (RTR) drone
  • 1 – 5.8ghz FPV camera installed
  • 1 – 2.4ghz ready-to-fly transmitter (controller)
  • 1 – 5.8ghz 2-in-1 FPV monitor/goggle set with raceband (rechargeable)
  • 5 – 12-inch glowing neon indoor drone racing hoops
  • 1 – Set of spare blades
  • 1 – USB charging cable
  • 2 – 200mah 3.7v rechargeable drone batteries

The Nano Racing Package has an MSRP of $245, but is available for pre-order for $195. For more information, visit https://goo.gl/cqJNEs. To see the entire line of Aerix Drones, visit www.aerixdrones.com.

It’s been a long time since I flew FPV for the last time, no blog posts no time for my hobby, so sad. But then I stumbled across this new beginners course for FPV drones in Switzerland by DRACER.ch.

DRACER’s goal is to introduce beginners to drone flying and teach them to have fun in a responsible way!

While not a beginner anymore myself, I thought I might still have a lot of fun flying in a large gym hall. They claim to provide the full FPV gear, professional trainers and a race course. I was sold. So Crashpilot went to a FPV beginners course to go have some fun and see how rusty he’s become. Check out the video:

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That day the whole DRACER team was present including the three trainers: Elia (@Schemen), Michael aKa. Schnitzel and Florin aKa. Lord Byron plus Vincent and Saikat (@shokks) who are taking care of the logistics and administration. Demand seems to be already pretty high, even tough they just starte this year. That day they ran three beginner courses with at least eight participants each.

The team of dracer.ch who organized the FPV course.

The course was well structured. After a short introduction into the hobby and regulations, the participants were grouped into pairs and each group was given the full FPV gear (Taranis, TBS X racer and Fatsharks). While the longest part of the course was centred around mastering controls and flight manoeuvres LoS, the last part was all about FPV flying and watching. There were plenty of charged batteries which guaranteed each participant a lot of air time during the whole two hours.

Every participant was given the full FPV equipment so one could really “try and see for oneself”.

I am very impressed by the professionalism and enthusiasm the DRACER team has put into creating this course. I can really recommend it to almost everybody not only beginners but also intermediates. While total beginners can safely try out this new hobby, people with some previous knowledge can improve their skills and get valuable tips from real pros. Well done DRACER!

If you know other great courses in other parts of the world, please leave a comment!

There’s no question about it – drone videos are capturing the public imagination. But the videos that make it into mainstream media are just the tip of the iceberg, and not even the best ones out there. If you’re looking for top quality aerial videos, they can be hard to find amidst all the noise and clutter of the major media outlets, and even sites like YouTube. Enter AirVuz, a site dedicated to aerial videos. We interviewed AirVuz CEO Mike Israel to find out more.

Tell us a little about yourself and your background. What inspired AirVuz?

I spent most of my career in the private equity investment industry, most recently with a Minneapolis-based company called Mill City Capital L.P. which I co-founded.  I had a longstanding personal interest in radio controlled flight which morphed into an interest in drones when consumer camera drones first became available a few years ago.  This in turn led to an investment in a large radio control products company which Mill City made about three years ago with which I am still involved.  In the course of working with this company, I came up with the idea of creating an online video sharing platform which would be focused entirely on drone video content.  I started AirVuz in mid-2015 and the team that is in place here now has created what is now the leading drone video sharing platform.

What has the process of development been like, obstacles and successes?

While we have certainly had our share of challenges, fortunately we haven’t had to face any existential crises since the business launched. The initial version of the site had its share of functionality issues, but our IT team basically re-built the site from the ground up and we re-launched it in early June of 2016. It’s a credit to our development team that we’ve been able to continually add new functionality to the site and have had no major instances of the site being down or other issues of that magnitude. I think from the beginning we saw very strong acceptance by the drone user community and have had a steady (albeit growing) stream of very high quality video uploads.

What was more challenging in some ways was finding an audience of viewers for this content – people who come to the site to view the content who may not ever actually create content of their own. It took some time to figure out how to identify the target audience, bring them to the site, and keep them coming back. What we’ve found is that many of our site visitors don’t necessarily have a pre-existing interest in drones but they like the content. Figuring out how to identify that audience, how to get them to visit the site and actually “stick around” long enough to become recurring users has taken some time. While it’s still a work in progress (and always will be), we seem to have been able to connect with a worldwide audience of people who truly enjoy watching this type of content.

A related challenge has been optimizing the user experience on the site. We have made great strides here but ongoing improvement in the user experience is one of the main areas where we are spending our development dollars. It’s coming up with smartphone native apps (we are weeks away from releasing an Android app and an iOS app will be coming right on the heels of that), a tablet app/video editor (later this year), etc. It’s continuing to improve the overall user experience on the site – geotagging (already in place for uploads and user interface to search based on geo-tagging) is coming too.  Fortunately we can do all this without needing armies of programmers – by leveraging the Amazon Web Services infrastructure for the video encoding and playback we can focus on the user-facing features of the site and the related mobile apps.

Who is AirVuz for? What advantages does it offer over sites like YouTube and Vimeo?

AirVuz was really created for people around the world who create and/or enjoy viewing aerial videos created by multirotor drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles such as flying wings. That is the core community. It certainly bears some similarity to YouTube and Vimeo but there are some very important differences too. These differences really all stem from the fact that AirVuz is about a particular type of video content – ie, content captured by drones. The commonality of the content and the shared interest of the community in drones lets AirVuz to do things which would never make sense for the universal platforms. While drone video content is readily available on YouTube and Vimeo, it accounts for a tiny share of the total content on those sites and so both the content and the contributors tend to get “lost” in the sheer volume of unrelated content on those sites.

AirVuz exists in large measure to promote the best contributors and the best content. We continually curate the content to be able to highlight the very best, and we treat the contributors who produce the best quality content like the stars that they are. We have a Facebook fan base of over 1 million and over 50k followers on Instagram, and we use those social media outlets to promote the best contributors and their content off the site via posts and ads. We also have created a whole series of original programming concepts which all relate to the core idea of the site being 100% about drone video content and give us a chance to “show off” the community’s top contributors and their content to a broader audience. These series include Drone Dish (a “talk show” type format where we interview our star contributors and give them a chance to talk about their best videos which are played as overlay), Behind the Goggles (a similar type of show but with the subject matter being FPV pilots and FPV videos), Droning America (a travel show where we travel to various cities around the US and have top local aerial videographers in those cities give in effect aerial tours of their city), YourVuz (a monthly hosted show based on a thematic contest in which community members submit videos to enter – sort of an “America’s Funniest Videos” but for drone), and Drone Trippin’ (a travel-type show featuring some of the world’s top FPV pilots).  We also have an AirVuz News program which covers broader stories involving the world of drone but which is focused on stories with a video angle.

Which video/s on AirVuz is your favorite and why?

They are all my favorites 🙂  In all seriousness I spend many hours on the site every week and I do so because I love the content. We have incredible content being uploaded to this site every week from all corners of the world, and I honestly would have a hard time picking even the top 50 let alone a smaller group. We have videos people have taken flying over live volcanoes. We have a video from one of our contributors in Turkey who somehow managed to fly his drone over a partially submerged submarine cruising through the Straits of Bosporus near Istanbul. Videos from base camps in the Himalayas. We had a video uploaded a few weeks ago which included footage a guy took flying an FPV racing drone off a cruise ship; he got the drone in the wake of this huge ship and was basically chasing his own ship. We have a contributor in Florida who gets together with her friends and makes these unbelievably creative music videos using drones. It goes on and on and on, and literally every day we get uploads which make my jaw drop. This is content which was literally beyond the realm of possibility as recently as a few years ago; it wasn’t that it was prohibitively expensive because you needed full scale aircraft; it simply couldn’t be done at all.

What is your vision for AirVuz over the next year? How do you envision your company helping to promote and develop the drone industry?

Our vision for AirVuz is to have AirVuz be the “go to” place for drone videos and the people who create them. We see huge numbers of people getting into aerial videography for the first time and any of them either aspiring to become or in many cases already becoming professionals. While we have a worldwide user base and much of the content is from outside of the US. The recent changes to the US rules regarding commercial drone use are going to provide a huge impetus to these people, and we want AirVuz to become the place where they and their content live. We intend to provide our community members with multiple means to monetize their content, be it for stock licensing or simply for being a place where they can be discovered and hired for commercial work. We intend to bring in advertiser-partners who will work with our community members to create sponsored content, essentially ads that don’t look or feel like ads. The easy examples would be travel: a spectacular drone video of XYZ resort in Bali is an ad for the resort, it’s an ad for Bali, it’s an ad for anything else that is in the video.

It goes beyond travel though; this concept works for cars, it works for ski equipment, it works for surfing equipment, it works for golf courses.  If it’s visible from 50 or 100 or 400 feet in the air, it generally looks better from that perspective.  We intend to work with our star contributors – the ones we promote on and off the site, the ones we feature in our original programming, the FPV racers we sponsor – to mutually benefit from these arrangements. Everybody can win including the advertisers who can get powerful brand integration that isn’t subject to ad blocking because the “ad” and the “content” are the same thing.

At the same time we intend (at the appropriate time) to be an advertising conduit for the drone industry; if you watch a video that was taken with a certain type of drone or using certain types of accessories, many of the viewers on our site are going to want to know what was used and how to buy it.  Unobtrusive links on the appropriate videos can serve that purpose, and everyone (including the contributor) can benefit from that.

Hello and welcome to another great article here on DroneBlog. Today we bring you something that may interest beginners and experts in FPV (First Person View) drone flying! We bring you the best FPV goggles in the market. These goggles will enhance your flight experience, allowing you to watch in real-time HD live video of whatever your drone is watching. This is extremely fun and useful for FPV drone racing, aerial exploring, or even casual flying. These goggles are mainly used for professional or amateur drone racing (both indoor and outdoor), however you can also use it for a much more immersive drone experience. Without further due let’s review the Best 5 FPV Goggles currently in the market. Keep in mind we have taken into consideration both price and quality of the product.

5- Quanum DIY

Quanum DIY
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This is the best quality you can get without spending a lot of money. Quanum DIY will allow you to have a decent FPV flight experience for a very low price. Produced by HobbyKing, Quanum FPV goggles require assembling, hence the DIY (Do It Yourself), this allows the product to be more affordable. If you are looking for a cheap alternative to FPV goggles, Quanum DIY is the product you are looking for.

Specifications and Features:
Monitor screen: NON-Blue screen custom TFT LCD
Screen size: 4.3in (16:9 or 4:3 switchable)
Format: PAL/NTSC supported
Supply voltage: 7~13V
Resolution: 480p
Fresnel lens: 3X and 4X included
Size: 140x95x120mm
Weight: 195g

4- FatShark Spektrum Teleporter V4

FatShark Spektrum Teleporter V4
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Teleporter V4 is one of the cheapest FPV goggles manufactured by FatShark. FatShark is the best FPV goggles manufacturer currently in the market, and Teleporter V4 are their cheap alternative to FPV flying. Keep in mind that although Teleporter V4’s price is considerably lower than Predator and Dominator goggles series, Teleporter is still amazing quality. One of the coolest features of the Teleporter V4 headset is the digital head tracking. This feature allows the pilot to look around without the extra weight and complexity of a mechanical camera gimbal. Special sensors and software in the headset allow the pilot to pan and tilt the Field of View using the fixed-position VA1100 camera. If you wear glasses, don’t worry, this headset accepts a diopter insert to accommodate those who wear glasses.

Specifications and Features:
QVGA 320 x 240 LCD displays
5.8GHz wireless receiver
Spironet RHCP antenna
Digital head tracking for Spektrum FPV cameras
Trainer link head tracking for gimbal controlled cameras
760mAh 7.4V LiPo battery with charge adapter
Lens cloth

3- Arris Skyzone SKY-01S FPV

Arris Skyzone SKY-01S FPV
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Besides manufacturing their own racing drones, Arris also produces their own line of FPV goggles. Skyzone SKY-01S FPV goggles are one of the most bought among drone racing enthusiasts. SKY-01S are all-in-one GOGGLES with build- in A/V receiver and virtual real-time large-screen. The images and sound captured by the camera are transmitted via the A/V Transmitter. SKY-01S FPV goggles also have a front camera with a wide-angle camera with 680 x 480 (VAG) resolution. It is extremely useful for the pilot to view around without having to remove the Googles.

Specifications and Features:
IPD Adjustable
Built-in Dual Diversity Receiver
Built-in Wide Angle Front View Camera
Built-in Dual-Axis Head Tracking System
High Resolution: 854 x 480 (WVGA), 1230K Pixels
High Sensitivity 5 Bands Total 40 Channel Receiver
Wide Voltage Support: 7V-28V (2S-6S Lipo Battery)
The goggles have dual 854X480(WVGA) monitors with 1230K Pixels
Head Tracking
These goggles have built-in self-calibrating head tracking that utilizes a gyro.
PPM Channel Setup
Pan Tracking Range Setting

2- FatShark Attitude V3

FatShark Attitude V3
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FatShark Attitude V3 is a slight improvement from the Skyzone SKY-01S FPV goggles. While SKY-01S FPV only uses a 30º FOV (Field of View), FatShark Attitude V3 uses a 32ºFOV. The Attitude V3 also have an interlaced 3D support that literally adds a new dimension to First Person View. This 3D is no gimmick; the depth perception advantage of 3D gives a big advantage over 2D hobbled competitors. FatShark Attitude V3 are comfortable to use even after long periods of use, they have clear bright optics, an integrated head tracker, race band and modular receiver unit.

Specifications and Features:
FOV 32°Diagonal
59-69mm IPD Range (adjustable)
VGA 640 X 480 Display
Support Interlaced 3D
NTSC/PAL Auto Selecting
9DOF 2-axis Head Tracker
Modular Receiver Bay
DC in: 7-13V (2S/3S)
Power Consumption: 2.7W
5.8ghz “RACE” band RX module
9DFO 2 Axis Head Tracker built in (pan/tilt)
7.4V, 1000 mAh battery w/banana charge lead
Zipper Carry Case
Spironet Right Hand Circular Polarised antenna (SMA)

1- FatShark Dominator V3

FatShark Dominator V3
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Dominator’s V1 was released back in 2011. Since than it has quickly developed a reputation as one of the best goggles for FPV flying.  Already known for their incredible versatility of fit, visual quality, and modular ease of use.  The FatShark Dominator V3 goggle features an immersive 16:9 widescreen WVGA display (30ºField of View) for compatibility with HD content and HD digital video links.  Dominator V3 is fully side/side 3D compatible, and allow NTSC/PAL auto switching, even while recording to the built in Digital Video Recorder (DVR) without any interruption. If the power is disconnected or it runs out of battery power, the DVR will automatically save any recorded video. Dominator goggles also support Trinity head tracking as well as the full variety of receiver modules, allowing the pilot to choose the frequency and functions best suited to their needs. FatShark Dominator V3 is currently the best FPV goggles on the market.

Specifications and Features:
Dominator V3 WVGA headset
16:9 widescreen WVGA display (30 degree FOV diagonal)
Supports Interlaced 3D
NTSC/PAL auto switching
Built in Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
DVR will auto-save any recorded video if the is power disconnected
Mini HDMI Display Port
Modular receiver bay
FOV: 30°Diagonal
IPD Range: 57-72mm (adjustable)
Display: WVGA 30 Degree FOV
3D: Supports Side/Side
Format: NTSC/PAL Auto Selecting
Port: HDMI 720p Support
Recording: Integrated Analog DVR (no HDMI recording)
Tracker Bay: Modular Head
Receiver Bay: Modular
Power: DC in: 7-13V (2S/3S)
Power Consumption:  3.6W

Includes:

Dominator V3 Headset with fan equipped face plate
7.4V, 1800mAh Battery with LED Indicator and charge cable adapter
3m AV Cable
HDMI Cable (Includes Mini to Micro, Mini to Standard HDMI Adapters)
Zipper Carry Case
Manual

Are you considering buying a set of FPV goggles? What do you think of these five goggles? Would you advise a different set? Let us know on the comment section below!

Thank you to David Gonzalez, founder of SkilledFlyer.com, for contributing this nice article that covers the basics of FPV flying. Enjoy the read!

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By David Gonzalez

FPV flying is arguably the most exciting part of owning a drone. Imagine being able to see what your drone is seeing in real time- that’s the magic of FPV flight. In this article, we’re going to talk about what FPV flying is, the rules you’ll need to follow, and how you can get started.

FPV Flying – Overview

So, what does the acronym “FPV” even mean? It stands for First Person View, which basically means that you get to see exactly what your drone’s camera is seeing, without lag. Flying this way is a lot of fun, and allows you to fly your drone further and more aggressively than you normally would. FPV technology is pretty much the heart and soul of drone racing, a revolutionary sport that’s taking the world by storm.

Two Display Options

With FPV flights, you’ll have two options to choose from with regards to how you want to view the flight. These include:

  • FPV Goggles
  • Standard FPV Display

The FPV goggles are more expensive, but they’re also way more fun. The goggles are worn in the same way as you’d wear a VR (virtual reality) headset. The only difference is that the video feed is coming from the drone’s camera. There are many different FPV goggle companies out there, each with their own benefits and drawback. That, however, is beyond the scope of this article.

Your other option is a standard FPV display. This type of display is usually built directly into the transmitter itself (as in the Hubsan X4 H107D). However, sometimes you can use your iPad or smartphone as the display. Which option do we recommend? If you’ve got the funds, the FPV goggles are always the better option in my opinion.

The Benefits of FPV Flight

So, what are the benefits to being able to fly via FPV? The first benefit is that you’ll be able to fly further than normal. When you’re flying by site, you’re limited by how visible your drone is. If you lose sight of your drone, you may lose it forever. With FPV technology, you can fly your drone much further without having to worry about losing it. While many new flyers like to buy RTF drones that come with FPV technology, experienced flyers prefer to build them. It’s really a matter of preference and how much control you want over your drone.

Basic FPV Setup

As we mentioned, you can either buy an FPV drone or build one yourself. Beginners like to take the first option since it’s more convenient. But if you’re an experienced flyer who wants more flexibility, you’ll probably choose to build one. Here are the basic components of a proper FPV setup:

  • Display: We already spoke about this, but I’ll summarize again: you can either go with FPV goggles (the recommended option) or you can go with a standard FPV display. The goggles are more fun and immersive, but both work just as effectively.
  • Camera: The camera will sit on your drone and capture the world around you. You’ll want to buy a camera that’s capable of high-quality recording. The clearer the image, the easier it will be to fly via a FPV display.
  • Transmitter and Receiver: These two parts work together and will be the primary components of the setup. The transmitter will send video signals from the drone to your display, while the receiver will be the thing that accepts these signals.

How much will it cost for a basic FPV setup? There’s no way to answer this in one sentence. It really depends on the quality of the FPV system you’re buying. As a rule of thumb, expect to pay between $500 and $1,000 for a quality FPV system. In some cases, you may be able to find it cheaper.

How Far Can You Fly with a FPV Setup?

The distance that you’re able to fly with your FPV setup is dependent on one thing: your antenna. If you’ve got a subpar antenna, then you won’t be able to fly very far. To make your flights worthwhile, I recommend investing in a quality antenna (even if it means paying a little extra). The best setups will allow you to fly more than a mile away! Something as simple as an antenna upgrade can literally double your FPV range.

Wait – But Isn’t FPV Flying Illegal?

It’s correct that the laws state that you must keep your drone within normal viewing distance. What does this mean for the average FPV flyer? Obviously, it means one thing: fly your drone within normal limits. You can still fly via FPV, but don’t fly it so far out of sight that you can’t see it without the display. To be honest, the drone laws are relatively new and different cities/states enforce this law differently. With that said, I must be responsible and recommend that you follow the rules as closely as possible. Otherwise, you could get your drone confiscated, get fined, or both!

The Importance of Having a Spotter

The final tip we want to give you is to bring a spotter. A spotter is basically any person who can watch your drone while you’re flying via the display. You might be wondering why a spotter is required. After all, you’re flying in first person viewing mode. The thing about FPV flying is that it dramatically lessens your peripheral vision. This means that it’s easier to hit objects that are just outside of the view of your drone’s camera. A spotter can watch for the objects that you can’t see and warn you whenever you’re about to hit them. Just make sure that you return the favor for them, too.

Good Luck and Fly Smart!

That’s about it on FPV flying. If you have any questions about FPV flying, then leave a comment or send us a message. We’ll be happy to answer them for you. The biggest takeaway is to fly smart. The consumer drone industry has had a bad rep in recent years due to people being irresponsible with their drones. Don’t hurt the movement by doing something crazy. Good luck and fly safe everyone!

David Gonzalez is the founder of SkilledFlyer.com, a website dedicated to teaching people about RC drones. You can check out his latest articles by visiting his website.

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ONTARIO, Calif. (December 6, 2016) — Yuneec International, the world leader in electric aviation, today announced the availability of its all-new Breeze First-Person View Controller, creating a new means to pilot the ultimate flying camera. The Breeze FPV Controller  is now available at a suggested retail price of  $69.99.

The Breeze FPV Controller provides pilots with an enhanced flying experience. The portable game controller connects to the users smart device via Bluetooth and enables users to accurately control Breeze with physical joysticks and buttons. It is compatible with the Breeze Cam mobile application on iOS (8.0 and above) and Android (4.4 and above) devices, giving pilots the ability to operate with joysticks, while the smart device is turned into the display screen held by the headset for a first-person perspective via the Breeze onboard 4K camera. The upgraded piloting set up creates an immersive and uninterrupted flight experience.  The Breeze FPV Controller features two view modes: FPV Mode and Normal Mode. Pilots can view images through the FPV Goggles or from their smart devise placed on the controller.

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“At Yuneec, our engineers are always pushing the envelope to develop creative solutions that deliver the best experience for the consumer,” said Yu Tian, chief executive officer of Yuneec International. “The Breeze FPV controller enhances the flying experience for Yuneec pilots by literally putting them in the driver’s seat of their drone. While operating the Breeze, they’ll have more confidence, greater perspective and more creative possibilities at their disposal.”

The Breeze is a flying camera designed to take ultra-high resolution aerial photos and videos of the consumer. Its compact size makes the Breeze easy to transport and allows it to easily fly both indoors and outdoors. The Breeze is intuitively controlled by a mobile device as well as the new Breeze FPV Controller. The “Breeze Cam” app includes five automated flight modes, which makes getting the perfect shot easier than ever before.  Once users complete their flight, they can download the aerial photos and videos instantly through the Breeze Cam app to share across their favorite social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and WhatsApp.

Controller Specs:

  • Flying Distance: 100m
  • Battery: 600mA
  • Required OS: iOS and Android
  • Connection: Bluetooth

Breeze FPV Goggles:

  • Weight: 200g
  • Phone Support: 4.7-6 Inch
  • FOV: 110 degree
  • Pupil distance adjustment supported

General Specs:

  • New FPV Flight Mode
  • Fly in First Person View
  • Fly with Physical Controls
  • 720p FPV image transmission

The Breeze FPV Controller is available for $69.99 at retailers and online at www.yuneec.com

What is FPV Drone Racing?

Drone racing is exactly what it sounds like. The pilots use an FPV (First Person View) system to allow them to race the drone just like if they were in the cockpit. As you can imagine FPV is absolutely necessary given the extreme speeds of the drones.

Despite there being drone racing leagues now, drone racing is certainly still new. It has gotten a lot of attention recently due to the huge 1 million dollar investment from Stephen Ross. This only confirms that drone racing will eventually get popular pretty soon.

Let this video show you exactly what it looks like:

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What Type Of Drone to Use For Racing?

FPV racing drones are specifically made just for one purpose, racing. You will have to look around online to find them. Most drones are small in size. Originally, drones were bigger in size but people started making racing drones much smaller due to the benefits in maneuvering the drones at high speeds. The smaller size also reduces the chance of them crashing into an object and it allows them to fit through smaller spaces.

There are a coupe of choices. You can either make your own drone, buy it or modify a pre made model.  Some websites such as helipal.com have drones for sale but there are many others, so be sure to shop around in order to find the one that suits you. Making your own drone is pretty difficult, but it’s definitely doable. So what should you look for when buying or making a drone for FPV Racing?

  • Speed – Speed is extremely important for obvious reasons. You want to find or build a drone that’s fast. You should try to aim for speeds of at least 50mph or above.
  • Durable and Easy To Repair – Even if you aren’t racing a drone, there is always a risk of crashing one. So you can imagine now that if your racing drones then you’re almost guaranteed to crash eventually. It doesn’t always happen but you still want to make sure that your drone can at least take a hit. You also want to make sure that you can repair it if it does get damaged.
  • Quality FPV Camera – What’s the point of having a top notch drone if you can’t see where it’s going? The FPV camera is probably the most important out of all of these. You want to make sure you can clearly see where your drone is going at all times.

Learning how to FPV Race?

If you’re interested in racing a drone then you should probably learn how to fly one first. Learn how to hover a drone and control it. After learning the basics of flying a drone, you can start learning how to race.

Now this is when you first try FPV (First Person View). First, do it in an open space while you get used to watching through your googles for the first time. After you get accustomed to it, try taking it out to a more crowded space with a few obstacles. Learn how to fly around the objects such as poles, lights, and tree’s.

It’s important to learn how to do tricks such as nosedives, flips, rolls and other things because you might eventually use them when racing. Also this help’s you understand your drone a bit more and how it reacts when moving it at high speeds.

How to get started?

Alright, so you got the drone you wanted and learned how to race it. Now what’s next? Well now you just need to join a league. A quick google search can show you drone racing leagues around your area. Some big drone racing leagues are Drone Nationals, International Drone Racing Association and The drone racing league. I would recommend you start off in a local league before you go for the big boy’s. It’s good to get some experience under your belt before you enter into competitions.

Well that’s it. I hope this can show you the basics of what FPV racing is. There is still a lot more to learn but now it’s up to you to go out and do it. You can read, read, and read but you can only learn so much reading. Going out and actually doing it will help you learn a lot more. You can check out my blog rcjudge.com for drone reviews.

The second year of the fpvblog can be summed up as a year with high ambitions, a low article count and the welcome of Alastair Baker our first guest author. Chrashpilot, the editor in chief, hopes that the blog will be more active in 2016  (guest authors welcome). He also expects the next year to be a game changer for pilots and the drone industry in general. Read his thoughts about what 2016 might bring. Happy new Year!

The profession and hobby of pioneering enthusiasts has matured further in 2015. The following three major developments of 2015 will continue to influence the next year. First, capable systems can be bought for professional use from DJI (Inspire, Phantoms, S900), who established almost by itself a billion dollar drone market. Secondly, Chinees manufacturers flooded the market with toys and low-end products for unbeatable prices, making “RC drones” an everyday  commodity. The numbers of hobby pilots grew exponentially and drones became the #1 xmas gift for sons and dads with piloting ambitions in their backyard. Thirdly, regulatory bodies around the world, most prominently the FAA are issuing new legislative measures outlawing the use, specific applications or technologies without a written governmental apploval, e.g. registration, pilot license, equipment certification, airspace restriction or paying a fee.

Therefore Crashpilot’s cristall ball foresees the following major developments in 2016:

  1. Drones continue to crash.
  2. A few people will always fly unresponsibly, despite all regulatory efforts. (it’s like speeding on the highway)
  3. “Bad press” from mainstream media continues to  cover crashes and unresponsible drone flights. “Good press” will be less visible on Vimeo, travelbydrone.com, forums and blogs.
  4. The US government will use its regulatory power to shape a New-Drone-Order, helping domestic corporations and the government to grab a larger piece of the drone market pie. During this process, drones in the hands of private people without a pilot license or FAA certified equipment will be banned. Sad, but bobbyist have no lobby.
  5. New drone models can not legally be announced on Kickstarter anymore (Zippy, Hexo+, Yeair), except Fotokites. Instead, only large corporations such as GoPro, Amazon or Google will have the capacity to develop and promote FAA certified drones.
  6. A small professional FPV racing league will be established in countries with lower regulatory hurdles outside the US.

What do you think will happen in 2016? Please leave a comment. Happy new Year! Fly hard, fly save!

Happy 2016