Learn to fly
TIPS FROM DRONE RACING LEAGUE FOUNDER NICK HORBACZEWSKI
“Pilots need skillful hand/eye coordination and steady nerves to race. When using first-person view technology, the human brain actually believes it’s in the cockpit, creating an intense experience demanding full focus and attention. It takes an incredible amount of muscle memory and practise to be able to pilot with precision. Throttle management and thrust vectoring are skills that develop over time.
“On the DRL simulator, aspiring pilots can learn how to fly without the extensive repair time or cost required on a real drone. We also use the simulator for esport tournaments to recruit new pilots around the world.
“From there, pilots can find FPV meet-ups all over the globe. Groups like multigp.com, miniquadclub.com and fpvlab.com are great places to start. Racing can consist of a professional competition like DRL, a few friends getting together in a field, or just freestyle flying – doing tricks and sharing the videos online.” For more information, and to download the DRL simulator, visit thedroneracingleague.com