What’s your feeling of FPV flying? Okay, most people feel it’s fresh and exciting, and can’t wait to fly FPV drones or quadcopters outside.
This is what the enthusiasts think of the FPV Goggles;
This is what the others think;
In fact, flying a drone/quadcopter is much harder than it looks. While people love bragging and showing off their flying skills, new pilots often crash and burn a few times before learning how to really master their flying.
What does “FPV” stand for?
You know, FPV stands for First Person Viewing. This basically means that you see what your drone’s camera sees in real-time (with no lag). It’s a lot like playing a video game, except here, the world is your playground. On a serious note, FPV flying is great for anyone who wants to experience a more immersive flight.
Essential FPV Flying Tips for Beginners
1.Get your FPV Goggle
– This is pretty important for a good experience. If you’re using a FPV goggle, make sure the eyecups fit nicely over your eyes and your strap is tight to stop the whole lot slipping down your face. Make sure its really secure around your head before flying. Also make sure the battery isn’t going to dislodge.
2.Practice FPV flying first
– Flying using FPV technology represents a more advanced level of drone flight. FPV flying is an entirely different animal compared to line-of-sight flight, especially when using FPV Goggles. It can be quite tricky at first, as looking at the world through a camera lens can throw off your depth perception. Objects seen through the FPV Goggles can actually be closer than they seem and this discrepancy can cause a crash. It will likely take some practice before you can fly fast and aggressive in FPV.
3.Keep controls simple
– Up, down, left and right are the controls you want to master. Do not waste time trying to do rolls or advanced techniques until you have had months of flight experience. When you want to practice more advanced methods of flight, you should do so in optimal weather conditions. It is never a good idea to try doing a roll or flip for the first time when the weather is bad. Keep all of your controls as simple as possible so that you can learn to fly the right way.
4.Do not go into manual mode too fast
– Manual mode is meant for expert flyers. When in manual mode, the systems put in place to help make flying easier will not provide the extra stability you need. This forces you to either be a great pilot or crash and burn in the process.
Manual mode, should by no means, be engaged unless you really know how to fly your copter. When you feel that it is time for manual mode, choose your practice location safely.
5.Have a spotter
– A “spotter” is someone who can watch your drone while you fly it via FPV. When flying using FPV, you can become blissfully unaware of obstacles and other hazards just outside the scope of your camera. It is prudent to have a “spotter” nearby who has line-of-sight perspective of your drone and can warn you when you’re getting too close to an obstacle. Take note that as part of drone flight etiquette, it is recommended that you and your spotter partner switch roles at agreed intervals.
6.Use GPS mode if available
– More expensive models come with GPS mode. This is a mode that will use GPS to know where the copter is in space.
This is a great feature for precision flying or when you want to take video or images of a specific location and you really want to pinpoint the location on the map. Furthermore, GPS mode provides great flight advantages that the beginner and advanced pilot will be able to take advantage of from their very first flight.
7.Fly in safe surroundings
– Not all types of surroundings are safe or practical for any type of drone flight. Places with a high density of tall buildings, electrical wires, or birds, are very likely to be places where your drone will encounter an obstacle and crash. Try not to fly over areas where finding your drone will be difficult should it crash, such as heavily forested areas or bodies of water. It is also considered rude and very dangerous to fly your drone over people. Large open spaces, such as beaches, deserts, or parks, are most recommended for drone flight. Again, it is worthwhile to check with your local laws to ensure that you are flying your drone where you are legally allowed.
8.Know and respect your laws
– Just because you’re flying via FPV, doesn’t mean that you can break the rules. The FAA created something called the Line-of-Sight Mandate. This rule states that you must fly your drone within line-of-sight, which is problematic for FPV flyers.
After all, with FPV flying, it’s quite tempting to fly your drone very far (sometimes up to a mile) but unfortunately, you can’t do this. The penalties for breaking this rule include confiscation of your drone and/or a fine. In my opinion, it’s not worth the risk.
Hopefully, you will have found some of this advice helpful. I think it’s the sort of thing you needed before you flew FPV for the first time. Apart from all this, wish you have a good flight! Relax and enjoy the experience you’ve been waiting for.