What drone should I start with?
A common question that gets asked all the time, But anyone who knows anything about FPV racing drones will say this…
Option 1: Build it yourself!
Why build a racing drone?
If you want the best start to flying your very own racing drone, you simply must build it yourself.
Building a racing drone is a little extra work in the beginning, but it will save you lots of time and money in the long run.
This is for one simple reason - you can fix it when you crash!
When you start flying a drone you will crash. Quite a bit actually.
Because of this, in makes sense to build it yourself.
If you don’t build your drone yourself, then it will be much harder to fix on your own when it does crash. It will also be harder to source replacement parts, and just an all-round more pain in the ass.
You can buy a drone that is pre-built, or Ready To Fly (RTF), and it may even get you flying quickly. But how long will this fun last!?
By spending just a little more effort in the beginning, you can learn how all the bits and pieces go together. A much more fun and rewarding experience!
There are many benefits to building your own racing drone…
✔ Best value for money
Mix and match the best components and get the best drone for your money.
✔ A sense of achievement
Building your own drone is a tremendously rewarding experience.
✔ Future proof design
Upgrade flexibility with higher voltage 4S capabilities, will make your drone last a long time.
Alternate option: Buy a Mini drone or Toy drone first
If this is your very first drone then it may be a good option to start with a mini drone, then build your own racing drone after. This is because it is much easier to learn how to fly with a small drone. Crashing with a small drone is also a lot more forgiving than a full sized racing quadcopter.
There are a few options to choose from but we believe the best mini drone is the Hubsan X4.
These mini drones, or toy drones, are perfect to learn on. They allow you to push yourself to the limits and learn advanced manoeuvres without worrying about crashing.
Starting out this way means you will spend less time on the ground fixing things, and more time in the air - a lightening fast way to progress your flying skills much quicker than any other approach.
Option 2: Buy a full sized racing drone, one that is already built
Yeah well... it's true, some new pilots don't have a lot of time to spend building their own drone and instead they just want to get flying as quickly as possible.
If this is the case for you, then you can buy a racing drone that is already built, Ready to Fly (RTF).
When it comes to racing drones, the racing drone you want to fly is a 180-250 sized racing quad. These are the types of racing drones that professional pilots use, so what better way to learn than using the real thing!
Ready to Fly Option 1
Walkera Runner 250,
There are a lot of other RTF drones on the market, but the Walkera Runner 250 is our most favoured one right now.
The Walkera includes a good combination of performance and reliability, while still not being too hard or too expensive to fix. Repairs can be a huge money sink so it’s important to choose a good platform.
Also this drone includes decent quality components, better than most other RTF racing drone kits out there. Make sure to look for a kit with a radio control transmitter, and any FPV options you may want to have, this way it includes everything you need to get flying.
The best DIY drone for racing: Buzz Drone Racing Kit
The best quadcopter kit in the racing drone category which is also the most popular, is the ZMR250 frame with Naze32 FC & Baseflight. Simple to set up, stable flight characteristics and great value for money, there are many reasons why the ZMR250 is the best platform for new pilots.
The most popular DIY racing quad in existence
The carbon fiber frame makes the drone incredibly crash resilient, plus the combination of the Naze32 flight controller and Baseflight create a powerful and reliable drone that works well.
How hard is it, flying a racing drone?
I have absolutely no experience flying a drone, how can I start?” – A newbie drone pilot
Yes, it’s true, many people are put off buying their first drone. The idea of flying one without any experience does seem intimidating.
I had the same reservations myself when starting out. But in the end it turned out to be a lot simpler than I thought it would be!
All you need is a good quality drone (one for beginners), a nice open field, and then you are ready for take-off!
A cheap drone for beginners
If you are looking to buy a racing drone, and like the idea of flying by First Person View (FPV), it is quite easy to get started. If this is going to be your first drone, it always pays to start out on something that is a little more crash resilient.
In terms of racing drones the V666 is the best cheap drone for beginners.
The V666 is robust enough to survive the harshest of crashes. It also has great performance which will keep you excited for a long time. It comes complete with a 2.4GHz transmitter and a 720p 30FPS camera screen built into the controller. This kit gets you up and running within minutes. When compared to other similar quadcopters, it is safe to say that this is the best drone under $200 for FPV racing.
Other important information
If you are after further information about flying drones, you may find the following topics of use.
Review the rules
Before you operate a drone it’s important to know the regulatory laws regarding UAVs. If you want more information about CASA rules in Australia (click here).
Learning to fly
Armed with the knowledge of a few basic rules all you really need to do is take your quadcopter out to your local park and let loose. You won’t get better experience than actually flying your drone, so we encourage you to go out there and have a go.
If you need more help with flying and training guides, you can check out Buzz Drones’ blog section here.
Also if you decide to fly with Buzz Drones we offer free tutorials with each purchase.
A great way to learn how to fly a FPV drone is to use a drone simulator. Practicing like this allows you to get comfortable flying FPV before you move onto a real drone. In fact we recommend anyone who wants to be a good pilot to get a simulator. Simulators emulate flight profiles really well. It’s like flying the real thing!
Where to next?
By now you should have a pretty good understanding of which direction you should take when it comes to buying your first racing drone.
If you haven’t already done so, check out the Buzz Drones’ blog for more information. Don’t forget you can contact Buzz Drones directly if you need help with anything else.
Thanks for reading and good luck!