FPV racing is an emerging sport combining multicopters, live video, and high-speed racing. As of yet, there aren’t any official rules, but here are some guidelines based on our experiences.
Classes: Most racers fit into one of three classes based on their size. Race organizers may implement additional criteria, such as weight limits, for safety reasons.
Micro / 150
Suited to beginners and indoor racing events.
• Up to 150mm (measured diagonally from motor to motor)
• 4 motors
• 2-cell LiPo battery
Mini / 250
Currently the most popular class for FPV racing.
• Up to 250mm
• 5″ props
• 4 motors; 1806 or 2204 brushless
• 3- or 4-cell LiPo battery
Fewer restrictions for faster races (and more spectacular crashes).
• Up to 300mm
• 6″ props
• 4 motors
Frequencies: Prior to the event, the organizers should provide participants with a list of available video channels. Pilots should then choose a unique channel and this should be noted on the list. On race day, pilots should switch on their goggles and ensure that nobody else is using the same channel before switching on their video transmitter.
Rules: Multicopters must
• Meet the criteria for their class
• Be piloted exclusively via FPV
• Be capable of taking off and landing vertically
Pilots must not:
• Interfere with any other pilot or his /her equipment
• Walk onto the course while a race is in progress
• Fly multicopters close to other pilots or spectators
• Be intoxicated
Courses: Find a large, open space to set up your course. If flying on private property, you will need permission from the owner.
Forests and parking garages offer more challenging and exciting races for experienced pilots. However keep in mind that solid objects such as trees and pillars may block video signals.
You can create pylons or arches using pool noodles stuck into the ground with poles or PVC pipes. To keep races interesting, try to incorporate different types of turns — such as hairpins, slaloms, sweepers, and chicanes — straightaways, and various over-and-under obstacles. Some people lay Coroplast arrows on the ground as course markers.
Typically a race will consist of at least three laps around the course, but this is at the discretion of the organizers. Most races last between two and four minutes.
• Choose a secluded location where people won’t inadvertently walk onto the course
• Handle LiPo batteries carefully and dispose of damaged cells
• We recommend that children not be present at racing events