FPV (first person view) flying means that pilots only see what the drone sees. This is accomplished by live streaming footage from a camera mounted on the nose of the drone. The image is transmitted via radio (typically 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz frequency, 1.3 GHz for distant transmission) to goggles or monitor worn by the pilot. The remote control, drone, and goggles are all connected via radio and must transmit with sufficient speed and reliability to allow effective control. FPV goggles on the market range from $50 to $500, with the more expensive goggles offering more and better features. Some of these features include a wide field of view (FOV), receiver diversity, digital HD video, head tracking, multiple frequency settings, and DVR (digital video recorder) recording functionality
Drone racing as a trend started in 2014, in Australia, and they easily became an extremely popular sport. In fact, they are so popular that most people believe and treat this as one of the sports of tomorrow.
In general, this is a simple and exciting sport that involves professional drones and pilots from all parts of the world. Pilots have to wear first person goggles, where they can see the live streaming from their drones, which makes this sport even better. To get a better idea how these systems work, we suggest checking out our article about FPV goggles.
BUYING OR BUILDING YOUR OWN DRONE FOR A RACE?
As aforementioned, drone races are done with professional drones, capable of achieving high speeds and staying in the air for a long time. This means that they are a bit special and definitely different in comparison with drones available on the market right now.
An interesting fact is that you can build your own drone and race with it or you can buy an already assembled drone and use it. In any case, you get advantages and disadvantages, so it is a good idea to know all about them before you make a choice.