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Things you should know before flying FPV

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These are some tips for FPV beginners, maybe fly FPV drone is a very interesting things, but before you have a flight, you’d better spend some time to know these knowledge, it is very important for your fling.

Things you should know before flying FPV

Safety Rules

This is a important rule, when we plan to fly your FPV drone, we must mention some of the basic safety rules about flying FPV. There are 6 rules about fly FPV drone, you must remember them.

  1. Spotter! A person that can watch out for approaching people/animal, warns the pilot for any potential threats they might not see in their goggles or monitor. They can also keep an eye on your ground equipment while you are totally immersed in FPV. In some countries it is illegal to fly RC models in FPV without a spotter
  2. Fly in big open area, far away from other people, traffic and property. Grassy field will be preferable not only for softening any crashes you might have but also will prevent sand from getting into your motors
  3. Range test your radio and video system when you arrive in a new environment, find out if there is any signal dead spots
  4. A 700g object free-falling from high altitude can cause some serious damage, especially one with spinning blades. Please be sensible and do not attempt anything dangerous
  5. Before flight: Always carry out a hover test, fly your multicopter around and make sure it reacts to your sticks accordingly. Make sure all of your systems are working.
  6. After flight: check your gear after each flight, including feeling the temperature of each motor and ESC with your hand after landing. One hot motor means either it is failing, or the propeller is grossly unbalanced or badly bashed. Two or more warmer motors on the same side mean that the craft is not correctly weighted and balanced

And you should also have or know these skills during fly a FPV drone.

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Flight Modes: Self-Level and Acro Mode

For beginners, it’s important to have self-level flight mode available or even RTL (return to launch) on your model if it’s available (not necessary though). Make sure it’s tested and working beforehand. Set up a buzzer to a radio switch can help you find your aircraft if you crash into tall grass, or any hidden places.

Distance Estimation

It’s harder to judge object distance when flying FPV than looking at them with your own eyes, due to the fish eye effect from FPV cameras, and the different field of view some camera might have. That’s why when you start, you want to go slower, and gradually build up ability to make better distance estimation.

RC Quadcopter Simulator for FPV

There are many RC simulators that supports multicopters, some are even designed specifically for quadcopter FPV racing. It could be a good idea for someone just started to gain flying experience on one of those sims before learning on the real thing. Although it’s not necessary, and one might not find it realistic.

Having a fully prepared before you flying FPV drone will make you get a happy flight time, but don’t forget to take some backup batteries, one battery can only support FPV to fly 10mins, choosing and taking some high quality lipo batteries is very important, too.

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