I FIRST HEARD of first person view (FPV) drone racing while listening to an episode of the Daily Tech News Show. Then I found YouTube videos about racing quadcopters through challenging terrain at improbable speeds.
Now I've discovered FPV Ireland and more than 300 pilots engaged in flying speeds I had left behind with my T-38 helmet.
Racing drones weigh less than a kilogram. They have carbon fibre frames, several motors, a battery and a tiny processor. They're much more nimble than the DJI Phantom 3 Pro that I'm putting through aerobatic maneuvers.
You can have a quad (four props) or a hex (six props) when flying through complex obstacle courses while wearing goggles that broadcast live video from a camera on the front of your high speed drone. When you're hooked up to the headset, you feel the speed. And you feel every crash. Drones can easily exceed speeds of 150 kph--my landing speed when I was a USAF instructor pilot.
I've been wondering how I might learn to enhance my drone flying skills with the DJI Phantom 3 and know that all the fixed wing pilots I've trained have improved with several hours of aerobatics training. So I'm off to the FPV Ireland Facebook Group to connect and learn.
+++ Bernie Goldbach has more than 3000 hours of accident-free fixed wing flying but has crashed his DJI Phantom 3 twice.