5 Tips to Be a Better Drone Racer

If you are reading this article you are likely starting out with your first drone or are already up and flying and looking for ways to improve your skills and get into drone racing in a big way...


Want to Become a Better Drone Racing Pilot?

If you are reading this article you are likely starting out with your first drone or are already up and flying and looking for ways to improve your skills and get into drone racing in a big way. Drone Racing has been around for a couple of years now and it's only growing in popularity with more leagues starting up and it's getting more organized with networks like ESPN broadcasting major events. Organizations like MultiGP and the DRL are leading the way with drone races and events to take the sport to the masses. You're here because you want to be a part of that and to see how you stack up against the best drone racing pilots in the world. To do that, you need to take it one step at a time. Everyone started with zero experience and knowledge and the more you play the more your skills and knowledge grow. With that in mind, we wanted to offer up 5 tips to become a better drone racing pilot. We'd love to hear your thoughts and personal experiences on what tips or tricks worked for you to help you achieve this goal so post away in the comments below.

Learn the Flight Board Software

You might fly KISS or Betaflight, or Cleanflight, or Vector, but it really doesn't matter which flight board you use. While different flight boards and their software might make it easier or suit your personal preferences better, it's much more important that you take the time to learn the intricacies of the flight board software and how to program it. You can make any flight board feel great when flying, but it takes some learning and trial and error to get there. Tuning a mini quad is a fine art, but it can also be a learned skill. Read up on PIDs and what they do, how they interact with each other and how each one affects the response in the air. In order to improve your racing skills, you are going to need your drone to respond and fly precisely to your preference and learning the FC software is how you get there.

Buy More Batteries and Practice Everyday

Buying the best and most expensive equipment won't make you the best drone racer, but having lots of batteries and practicing everyday will go a long way to getting you on the podium. Ask the top drone racing pilots how often they practice and you might be surprised. They practice all the time as much as possible. The more you fly, the more you get a feeling for your drone and the better you will become. Practice makes perfect and that saying holds true with drone racing. The other saying is even better, perfect practice make perfect. That means just flying around in a large open field, while fun, won't do much to improve your drone racing skills. You need to practice on a race course, around trees and other obstacles. You need to practice shooting gates, improving your momentum through turns, altitude control, and even getting off the starting line without jumping up a mile high. There are so many things to practice that will improve your drone racing skills that you should never get bored even flying everyday.

Don't Look at the Gates

Look where you want to go, not where you don't want to go. That means don't look at the gates on a race course. Sure you need to spot them on the course to know where to go, but if you stare at the gate as you approach it, more often than not, you are going to smack right into it and wonder what happened. You need to look through the center at a point just beyond the gate. That's your aim, to fly there, not into the gate itself. Take a few laps and focus on doing that and you'll start to notice that it becomes much easier to get through the gates without crashing into them.

Attend as Many Races as You Can

You need to go to as many races as you can. They can be just local meet ups, small regional races or even major events, but you need to go. Aside from having a total blast, you will meet other pilots to hang with, learn from and compete against. The whole experience will make you a better drone pilot and you will learn something new each and every race you go to. Be sure to ask questions, see what equipment others are using and soak up all the knowledge you can, it will come in handy.

Join a Local Club

Since organized races may not happen near you every weekend, we'd suggest you join or start a local club. Getting together for lunches and on the weekends to fly with other like minded drone pilots is a great way to improve your skills. You can practice racing on homemade courses with other pilots that will push you harder than you might on your own. It's a great way to grow the interest in your area and you just might make some flying buddies for life.

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Mar 14, 2017, 11:28 AM
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And fly in acro mode!
Mar 19, 2017, 08:20 AM
Build, Fly, Crash, Repeat
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Originally Posted by rhart
And fly in acro mode!
100% true. Making the jump to acro mode seems daunting when you are first starting but it allows for so much more control-ability.
Mar 19, 2017, 10:44 PM
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dont be afraid of crashing
Mar 22, 2017, 10:20 AM
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Buy spare parts like arms or frames depending on your quad and lots off props.
Also buy at least 2 spare motors and ESC's, you will crash one some day and if you have to wait for the slow boat from china you can't fly.

Also that's a reason to buy something from a local store, where you can ask for help if needed.
Mar 22, 2017, 11:38 AM
Living in the south of France
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What is a PID ?, mine will only fly in acro mode, in normal mode it just goes forwards and even with the stick full back it won't stop,,
Mar 22, 2017, 02:13 PM
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Originally Posted by paulinfrance
What is a PID ?, mine will only fly in acro mode, in normal mode it just goes forwards and even with the stick full back it won't stop,,
Haha, multi-rotors only man!
Mar 22, 2017, 05:39 PM
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If you can't fly your drone, second best practice on a simulator. 10 minutes a day with a goal what you wish to practice goes a long way to build skills. Best if you can use your transmitter with a USB interface. That way you can play with settings like rates or expo or a disarm switch and learn what works for you before trying it out on your craft.
Mar 23, 2017, 02:06 AM
Living in the south of France
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So what is PID !!!,
I can fly multirotors and have been for a 'few' years my Falcon fly's like a helicopter with a futaba 520 Gyro and for information started Helicopters in 1985,,,, so not exactly a beginner in model,,
I am flying it in acro mode, so what should it fly like in the other mode ?,,,
Jun 22, 2017, 01:16 AM
Registered User
what's the battery you suggest ?
Jul 13, 2017, 07:53 AM
FPV Drone Racing Pilot
I set a daily goal to fly the simulator and to beat my previous personal best time. I usually fly LiftOff but sometimes I'll switch to Velocidrone or DRL beta. As long as I've beat a previous single lap or 3 lap personal best on the Leaderboard, I've achieved my goal.

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