LAND­ING GEAR

Our pick of the best drone gad­gets to get you race-ready

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1 AP­PLE MACBOOK PRO 15-INCH

The new MacBook Pro’s 2.7GHz In­tel Core i7 pro­ces­sor and 16GB mem­ory en­sure top-flight per­for­mance when train­ing with the Drone Rac­ing League sim­u­la­tor, and the colour-rich Retina dis­play brings the on-screen ac­tion to life. The Touch Bar and Touch ID are neat time-savers, too. $3,499, ap­ple.com

2 VIFLY R220

This new­bie-friendly rac­ing drone is ready to fly from the box. The 220mm, 32-bit F3 flight con­troller-equipped racer comes com­plete with 1/4-inch 700TVL CMOS cam­era and FlySKY i6-VF con­troller. For the full FPV ex­pe­ri­ence, drop an ex­tra £130 on FXT’s ex­cel­lent Marvel Vi­sion gog­gles. $395, vi­fly­drone.com

3 FRSKY TARA­NIS X9D PLUS

En­hance your skills with the go-to con­troller of the rac­ing pros. Ul­trasmooth, cus­tomis­able quad-bear­ing gim­bals mean greater drone con­trol, while the back­lit LCD screen and hap­tic feedback keep you in the loop on per­for­mance. You can even use it to con­trol the DRL sim. From $269, nextfpv.com.au

4 DRONE RAC­ING LEAGUE RACER3

De­signed ex­clu­sively for DRL pi­lots, the car­bon fi­bre frame and poly­car­bon­ate shell of the Racer3 make it prac­ti­cally in­de­struc­tible – vi­tal when at these speeds. The F3 flight con­troller, SPI MPU6000 gyro and cus­tom Pulse bat­tery make the Racer3 one pow­er­ful, ag­ile beast. $N/A, the­dronerac­ing league.com 5

FAT SHARK DOMINATOR HD3 GOG­GLES

16:9 HDMI sup­port, SVGA 800 X 600 dis­play and supreme com­fort are some of the rea­sons why pro pi­lots swear by the HD3s. Their mod­u­lar de­sign is ideal for ac­ces­sories, such as a re­ceiver, which you’ll need in or­der to view the video down­link from your drone. $739.95, nextfpv.com.au

6 FAT SHARK TRANS­FORMER HD SYS­TEM

Be­gin­ners can en­joy mul­ti­ple set­ups in one rig with the Trans­former HD sys­tem – from mount­ing the high lu­mi­nos­ity LCD screen to a tri­pod for view­ing with­out gog­gles, to slot­ting the mon­i­tor into Fat Shark’s Trans­former HD head­set for sin­gle panel FPV. $359.95, nextfpv. com.au

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