Hairpin turns, racing around a track head to head. Flying inches above the ground pushing speeds of 70 miles per hour. Threading the needle through gates as your opponent misses, crashes flipping end over end. Or how about bounding from 0 to 50 feet in less than a second. Pulling off a double back flip ease. This is the excitement of FPV Racing and Freestyle.
Never heard of FPV Racing/Freestyle before? FPV puts the pilot in the driver’s seat of a high performance multirotor quadcopter. The quad is equipped with a forward facing camera. The pilot safely controls the highly tuned quad from the ground. With the aid of a RC controller and video goggles, the experience is immersive and exhilarating. It takes all of the pilot’s skill and focus to successfully navigate the race course at speed or complete breathtaking aerial maneuvers. Spectacular crashes happen often. However the only damage is typically a few broken propellers (props). As they say “If you’re not breaking props, you’re not trying hard enough”.
CvilleFPV is a club of FPV enthusiasts from around the Charlottesville area. Over the past year we have been building, crashing, and doing it all over again. Now we are ready to show the public what FPV is all about. CvilleFPV is excited to be part of the Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire 2016.
Weather permitting we are turning the athletic field behind Monticello High School into a FPV Racing and Freestyle playground. Spectators outside can watch head to head racing or freestyle sessions. Inside at our booth, live video feed from the pilots FPV cameras will be streamed. Try out FPV – we’ll have goggles and Liftoff simulator. Interested in getting into FPV? We will have information about how to get started and are happy to answer any questions you might have.
There is currently a Meetup group for CvilleFPV. Join us!