With your new drone, you have had time to test it out and see how it works. Now that you know the basics, have you considered racing your drone? There are many things you can do when it comes to using your drone and racing is definitely a fun sport to participate in. Below, we are going to give you some tips and tricks in order to improve the racing ability with your drone.
Having proper vision is probably the most important thing about racing your drone. If you are going to put money into your drone, you should make sure your video hardware is up to date and of higher quality. If you can’t see properly, racing your drone will become very difficult.
Using a transmitter with a good antenna will help you get a great start to modifying your drone for vision clarity. If you have a proper budget, you can get a really good video receiver to have the best vision possible when it comes to racing your drone.
Having clear vision will allow you to fly more smoothly, which helps you focus on racing better. The smoother you fly, the less snags you will hit, which means you have faster lap times!
There are so many great examples of racing drones that are fast and ready to win. When it comes to speed, you want to go fast, but that can mean you end up crashing. The thing about speed is to be sure you have full control of the racing drone, you don’t have to over correct yourself or shoot past corners too quickly.
Ideally, you should fly over the race track at no more than 3/4th of the way for a handful of packs. You can slow down, work on your transition and keeping smooth lines. Then, you can up the speed when you do a pack so that you can get full control. By practicing and repeating the process, you will be able to handle the racing drone better and become more relaxed at using the drone. Speed is important when racing, but having a good handle can mean a lot as well.
When you are going through practice sessions, you should stay under a 10 foot ceiling and stay in a straight line. However, if your racing course has hair pins, slaloms and sweeping turns, it can be hard to keep it under that ceiling. To keep at consistent height, you have to make some throttle adjustments to maintain the drone in the air.
If your race track has gates, you can fly at the gate height because it will lower your altitude but still be able to accelerate to get a good time. Remember, you do not have to stay under 10 feet, but learning to fly low helps you build your drone racing skills.
There are many apps out there that can help you measure your progress. Using a timing system is helpful as well. This can show you how much work you have put in with certain techniques and can tell you what works best for you as far as racing.
You can track your progress in many ways, but you can always tell if you are doing better if you feel comfortable flying a drone, learning new techniques and executing them, and getting better race times in the end. Practice is the most important key. Keeping track helps you build confidence knowing that you have improved in this hobby.
No drones are 100 percent safe. Things can happen, like a failure of operation. You want to be sure your racing drone is in good condition before using it. You also have to have a safe place in which to race or practice with your drone. When you do find a safe spot, make sure people, animals, and property isn’t too close by be harmed or damaged.
Having an accident can be deadly and make drones look bad. You want to be a reliable, safe, and responsible drone owner and flyer. By adhering to some rules and knowing what you are doing, you can prevent a bad incident that would happen when you are having an otherwise great time.
Practice and Experience
We have talked a little bit about how practicing flying your racing drone can help you build skills and confidence. You do want to start small when you learn to fly. Do some research and then go out and use a drone, or you can try a simulation software that will give you an idea of what you are going to be doing.
When you are learning, you should fly with experienced people, so they can watch you, help you, and be sure you learn how to fly appropriately. These people can also tell you about laws and regulations, if you haven’t learned already.
Having experienced flyers around also helps you with transmitting back and forth. They can help you with taking over the controls if you get stuck or are afraid to fly in an area. If you need friends to fly with, you can find them on forums about the drone hobby, through websites like YouTube and Flite Test, and through magazines such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics Magazine.
Remember, when starting out, get a cheaper drone so you can learn to fly and use the functions. Quad copters can help you out here as they are not as expensive as racing drones. You will make mistakes, but that is why practicing is so helpful, when done in an appropriate area.
Did you learn a few things about racing your drone? We sure hope so! With all of these tips and tricks in mind, you should be able to successfully race your new drone and hopefully win! Remember, it takes lots of practice when it comes to racing drones, and using them at all. Take your time, learn everything, then go out and have fun!
Jack is a true drone passionate and he focused his education on this amazing field. Thus, he graduated the Drone/UAV Pilot Training Certificate program and now he’s a member of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. His main purpose right now is to find and develop new features and help others discover the wonderful experience of flying a drone. For this, he is the main editor and content creator at MyDroneLab Blog where you can find everything you want to know about drones.