Getting started with FPV drones
Short, overly simplified, TL;DR* version
1. Buy this.
2. Get this.
3. Do this.
4. Call us.
*too long; didn’t read
If you’re in/near Sydney…
Learn to fly FPV - Beginner's Masterclass
Longer but more entertaining version
We get asked all the time…
“So, what drone should I build/buy first?”
Real world answer: DON’T BUILD or BUY a DRONE YET.
We actually do not recommend building or buying a drone first at all. Nada, zip, zilch. The first thing you want to do is to purchase a decent radio controller. It is a worthy investment that’ll last as long as you don’t accidentally drop it off a balcony. We recommend this:
RadioMaster TX16S Open TX 16CH Radio Transmitter Hall Version + RadioMaster 2S Li-ion Battery
Some will debate, why recommend a radio that is over $300 as my first radio? We simply see that a radio controller as a worthwhile, long-term investment. There is a good chance, that you’ll never need to buy another radio until you accidentally break it. Really.
The RadioMaster TX16S has more features than you’ll ever need for the first few years of your journey into the world of FPV. Heck, it’ll even fly your fixed wing and RC helis if that ever becomes an interest in the future.
Some simple words to live by:
“Buy once, or buy twice.”
There are just the thing, that you’d want to buy right the first time, and not have to end up out-growing the investment and needing to buy again a short time after.
Now, go spend 30 hours on a simulator…
Our go-to simulator is still Lift-off. Simply spend a good stack of hours on a simulator until your fingers bleed. Then, do it again. And again. This is where you want to make all your big mistakes.
You’re going to get angry…
Your first few hours will be frustrating. You’ll be cursing a lot. Better start pre-paying that swear jar at home. However, a moment of an elevated realisation will suddenly manifest itself. You’ll be suddenly saying – hey I got this! I’m doing it! I’m flying by thought! My fingers and sticks are doing what I’m thinking. This is one of those glorious moments in life when you transition from frustration to utter joy. Life is good.
You might not like it
There is a slim chance, that you might not like any of this. If this is where you decide to bail out. After all, you’ve only invested on a remote controller, some software, and lost a few years of your life swearing at a simulator. No great love lost.
Who are we kidding?! You’re gonna love it!
You’ll want to (you can’t wait to) build your first freestyle quad. We’ll be posting more guides soon about building your first quad, or simply buying a ready made one. In the meantime...
Reach out, we’re human.
Guys, simply reach out to us, and we’ll help you. Seriously.
Plug and Play (PNP) FPV Drones
PNP (Plug & Play): All that’s required is to add and configure your own receiver.
Do you need help to choose the correct receiver (RX) and install it on the drone? We can help, just contact us. 🙂
HGLRC Rekon 5 Mini Longe Range Quad Digital 6S PNP$619.95
HGLRC Rekon 5 Mini Longe Range Quad Analog 6S PNP$439.95
HGLRC Racewhoop30 3″ FPV Racing Drone 4S Digital PNP$639.95
HGLRC Racewhoop30 3″ FPV Racing Drone 4S Analog PNP$479.95
HGLRC Sector25CR 2.5 Cinewhoop Sub250g 4S Analog PNP$364.95
HGLRC Sector25CR 2.5 Cinewhoop Sub250g 4S Digital PNP$584.95
HGLRC Rekon 7 PRO Long Range FPV Drone 6S Analog Version PNP$584.95
HGLRC Rekon 7 PRO Long Range FPV Drone 6S Digital Version PNP$895.95
iFlight Protek35 HD 4S CineWhoop w/ Caddx Vista Polar Digital HD System BNF$599.95
iFlight Nazgul Evoque 5FD DeadCat DJI Camera Vista 6S BNF$749.95