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10-20-2017 03:02 PM  25 months ago
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Mark Ryder

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What it takes to be a drone racer
Different crowds comparing drone vs rc-heli enthusiasts?
Temkin isn't alone in describing flying as an out-of-body experience -- it's a common feeling for first-person view (FPV) pilots. Total freedom. Flying like Superman.
These fault lines reveal the central identity crisis facing the sport. The DRL is planning season three, and DR1 is gearing up for its new season. But most drone racers still wonder how to define their sport and make it appeal to a wide audience. Is it the next BattleBots, or is it the new Formula One? Is it like pod racing or professional gaming?
https://www.engadget.com/2017/10/19...team-big-whoop/

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10-20-2017 08:37 PM  25 months ago
TMoore

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In my mind Drone Racing is a video game without a RESET button. I like doing it, it's lots of fun but I still keep coming back to Helicopters and fixed wing LOS because it's not that Drone racing doesn't take skills it's that the LOS skills are more appealing to me.
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10-20-2017 08:37 PM  25 months ago
RM3

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Is it the next BattleBots, or is it the new Formula One? Is it like pod racing or professional gaming?
it may be exciting to the pilots... but for the spectator is boring as hell... I tried watching it when it aired... I quickly got bored. Hell there weren't any spectators on site to begin with.

the issue is that there is no risk, no risk to pilot and minimal destruction to the aircraft... the pilots show little emotion.

Battlebots = significant destruction of Bot, lots of sparks, fire and noise, crushing of egos, cheering of underdogs and significant differences between designs.

Formula one = significant risk to driver and car, noise, speed and of course manufacturer fanboyism...

Professional gaming = if your into that sorta thing and alot of kids are and tons are familiar with the games played, plus BIG money to be won.
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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10-20-2017 09:52 PM  25 months ago
Heli_Splatter

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It is cool to see what these guys can do and their reaction times. I can see a point where there are drone centers in old dilapidated buildings. I envision being able to pay a fee to fly the course and race other pilots.

I don't see it as a great on-site spectator sport because most of the action is on the video screens. I would like to see more intersections for collisions. I think that would make it interesting. Then maybe some wagering on results??

I have built a lot of these things and they are pretty cool to fly.
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10-21-2017 12:48 AM  25 months ago
TMoore

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Helis and planes are more of a solo sport. DR is like car racing in that you need competitors to provide the fun.
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10-21-2017 01:21 AM  25 months ago
870heli

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I have been interested in FPV but can't seam to find conversations or input on the subject. When someone is new to helis there seams to be a lot of input to get them started in the right direction.
When I have observed flyers of FPVs they seamed quite involved in equipment and setup.
Formula one seams to be there like sport. Spectator friendly, not from what I have seen.
I still would like to give it a try.
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10-21-2017 02:11 AM  25 months ago
artimus

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There is a guys over 40 site on facebook thats got a lot of what your looking for and no attitude...just a bunch of old guys trying to learn about drones.Fly Hard......Team Viagra
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10-21-2017 11:33 AM  25 months ago
870heli

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Thanks I will check them out.
Buz
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10-21-2017 02:14 PM  25 months ago
Richardmid1

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I tried it after seeing all the cool FPV videos only to realise that the image you actually see when flying is pants! Then there's all the walking you have to do to get the quad when you've clipped something! Then there's forgetting to start your timer loosing signal and thus the quad! (At least till your mates help you find it the next day!). Then you realise you can't fly that far away without spending a load more money!

I actually enjoyed flying my quad LOS more than FPV.
60% of the time, it works every time!
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10-21-2017 06:03 PM  25 months ago
EEngineer

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I have to ask, Richard.....does it have a flybar?.....

Just razzing ya....lol
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10-21-2017 07:37 PM  25 months ago
Richardmid1

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Might make it more interesting if it did! 60% of the time, it works every time!
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10-21-2017 08:19 PM  25 months ago
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The other drone racers would think it's some sort of secret weapon....Logo 600SXs, 800XX, TDR IIs
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10-27-2017 07:57 AM  25 months ago
betty

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I knew someone fly both Heli and drone well.
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10-27-2017 01:53 PM  25 months ago
RM3

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if you can fly a Heli 3D.... you can fly just about anything else "well"

I tried flying a few drones, Nano size to the DJI Phantom and I found absolutely no interest it them other than the tiny Estes around inside my office from time to time.
showing a preference will only get you into trouble, 90% of everything is crap...
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