Learn to fly

TIPS FROM DRONE RAC­ING LEAGUE FOUNDER NICK HORBACZEWSKI

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“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

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