Being a novice is hard, especially if the field is complex and competitive. FPV drone racing is exactly such a sport. But hey, I love challenges. It’s very important to overcome fears and make actual steps. Making the right steps in the beginning is very important. Let’s start.

Internet has made learning accessible and fun. So the first thing is to locate useful resources. From experience I know that when learning something new it’s very important to quickly understand the key concepts and learn the jargon. Equally important is to learn who key players are. In case of FPV drone racing these could be top racers and places where major races take place. Finally, we need to understand at least basic theory.

Resources

By doing quick research I located a couple of very interesting resources, especially useful for beginners. The links are below

The Beginner’s Guide to FPV Racing – a very good, easy to understand and detailed guide that reviews practically every aspect of FPV drone racing. Obviously it does not go to technical details, it’s more of a 30,000 feet view of the field.

Andew Nixon’s Racing Drone Buyers Guide is similar to the guide from FPVRacing.tv.

How to build a FPV racing drone for US$240 from DroneBench.com is a detailed guide that can be used as a road-map to build a functional drone.

How to Build a FPV Racing Quadcopter with Charpu – a great guide from the FPV racing’s top pilot.

Key Players

Charpu is probably the greatest FVP drone pilot. I’m sure thousands of people all around the world have been inspired and influenced by him. While I have chosen a relatively cheap RC transmitter for the first project, I do plan to get a FrSky Taranis X9D recommended by Charpu.

Mr. Steele is a great FPV drone pilot. He was really top at World Drone Games 2015 in Dubai.

Chad Nowak is one of the best pilots. When you change a country for your passion (and he moved from Australia to the USA) that means something.

While this sport is dominated by men there are some good female pilots as well but Zoe Stumbaugh is on top of the competition. Moreover, her story is really inspiring. In her own words from an interview published at the Drone Girl:

I was really, really sick. I had to go through a lot of different surgeries. I was bound to my bed for a good 2 years. I was depressed. My friend told me, ‘You need a new hobby.’ I went to the hobby shop. I found a micro drone. Then I got a larger one. I saw videos of people flying FPV on YouTube, and thought, ‘I need to do that.’

It took me 2-3 months from hearing about it to flying FPV, because I had to build it myself. I never soldered anything in my life. I had to teach myself to do that.

This is all for now. In the next post I will touch some key concepts that are necessary to choose correct components and build the FPV racing drone.