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FlyFPVSA is a Special Interest Group under SAMAA (South African Model Aircraft Association). The SIG looks after all first-person view flying and is responsible for organizing competitions and events as well as sharing information about the hobby.
WHAT IS FPV?
What makes First Person View different from other remote control flying is that instead of watching the model aircraft with the naked eye and maneuvering it from a distance based on what you see, with FPV, the pilot wears goggles and maneuvers the craft with the use of a camera in the cockpit. The camera feeds the view to the goggles…
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You are a new pilot and have hundreds of questions. We are here to answer any questions you have.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FPV drone racing is a competitive sport where pilots control small, unmanned drones equipped with First Person View (FPV) cameras, allowing them to fly the drones remotely from a first-person perspective through goggles or screens. The drones are usually small, lightweight, and highly maneuverable, and pilots race them through designated courses, often at high speeds.
FPV racing drones can reach speeds of up to 100 miles per hour (160 kilometers per hour) or even higher, depending on the setup and configuration of the drone. Racing drones are typically built for speed, and pilots can customize them with powerful motors, aerodynamic frames, and high-capacity batteries to achieve faster speeds.
To start FPV drone racing, you will need a racing drone, a remote controller, FPV goggles or screens, and batteries for your drone and goggles. You may also need a video receiver, antennas, and other accessories for a complete FPV racing setup. It’s important to research and understand the local regulations and safety guidelines for flying drones in your area.
Learning to fly FPV drones requires practice and patience. It’s recommended to start with a small, inexpensive drone for beginners and practice in open areas with plenty of space to avoid obstacles. You can find online tutorials, join local FPV racing groups or communities, and practice regularly to improve your skills. It’s important to start slow and gradually progress as you gain more experience.
Safety is a top priority in FPV drone racing. Some safety precautions include always flying with a spotter; keeping your racing drone within visual line of sight; only flying in designated areas; avoid flying over people or property; fly within the height ceiling of 150ft; do not fly near airports, hospitals or government installations; do not fly your racing drone at night. It’s also important to follow local regulations and guidelines, respect the privacy of others, and be aware of weather conditions and potential hazards in the racing environment.
The cost of getting into FPV drone racing can vary depending on the equipment and accessories you choose. FPV goggles, remote controllers, batteries, and other accessories can also add to the overall cost. It’s important to budget for ongoing expenses such as replacement parts, repairs, and upgrades as you progress in the sport.
Yes, FPV drone racing has a competitive scene with local, national, and international races and competitions. Competing in FPV drone racing requires skill, practice, and dedication to improve your racing techniques and performance.
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FLYFPVSA COVID-19 RACE RULES AND REGULATIONS
FlyFPVSA will adhere to all usual racing rules and regulations.
FlyFPVSA will adhere to all the normal club’s rules and regulations.
FlyFPVSA will adhere to all clubs COVID-19 Action plans except for the number of
competitors permitted which may exceed the club’s COVID-19 Action Plan stipulations.
FlyFPVSA will appoint a COVID-19 Safety officer at all its races.
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