Flying a FPV drone is an exhilarating experience
Flying a FPV drone is an exhilarating experience! The thrill of zooming in and out of epic locations completely immersed in the pilot's view is hard to beat. It is something that many people are keen to take up however they often are unclear on how to build a drone, where to start. The biggest obstacle for many is getting their hands on their first drone with many hobbyists opting to build their own.
To build your own FPV drone can feel like an intimidating task, it did for me and there’s a mountain of information to wade through before anything starts making sense. Fortunately, it’s not as hard as it sounds and with a little guidance you’ll be in the air in no time whilst picking up some practical skills! Initially, the idea might sound scary but I firmly believe that anybody armed with the right information will be able to get on and do it relatively hassle free.
FPV drone racing has steadily gained in popularity over the years, graduating from a niche in the consumer market to having its very own ESPN-televised league. For beginners and many intermediates, participation usually involves a pre-assembled setup that comes Ready-to-Fly (RTF) out of the box. However, as many pilots will tell you, the best drones are built, not bought, which means at some point you’re going to have to get your hands dirty. With that DIY-attitude in mind, we've put together a high-level look at how to build your very own drone racer.
Now, since this is a high-level look, we’ll try to stay clear of the more technical aspects and modifications and focus instead on the parts you’ll need and provide a general building overview. Some instructions might sound beyond your reach (hello, soldering), but trust us, they’re not. The great thing about building your own racer is that with a little patience and research, anyone can do it, regardless of technical savvy or know-how.