While I’ve logged dozens of hours on the Drone Racing League’s free FPV racing simulator over the final yr, I hadn’t but had the alternative to placed on actual FPV goggles. I really feel nice on the sticks, and I’ve appeared by my fair proportion of cell and pill screens whereas flying, however by no means in a real first-person-view expertise.
That was, till two firms reached out to see if we might pattern their FPV racing drones.
The first is a comparatively new firm, Force1RC, who despatched us their FPV Drone Racing Kit to evaluation.
That’ll be printed in a separate publish 🙂
The cause I’m mentioning Force1RC on this publish is as a result of I used to be really utilizing their goggles to fly, as the promo package that the VIFLY group despatched to us didn’t embody goggles. Just needed to give credit score the place credit score is due.
Meet the VIFLY Racing Drone
So on this publish, I’m going to evaluation the VIFLY Racing Drone.
While (or a minimum of critical?) FPV racers are constructing and tweaking their very own programs, there’s a rising variety of of us searching for simpler, ready-to-fly fashions. FPV flying, even when completed casually, is an unbelievable expertise, notably with the goggles on.
The VIFLY Racing Drone comes kind of ready-to-fly. After charging the battery, I took my maiden flight with out a lot arrange. No PID tuning or something like that. The preliminary objective was to see the way it dealt with, which was fairly properly. It packs a robust little punch while you throttle up. Yowzah, that’s some thrust.
The directions, a minimum of the model of the directions I used to be despatched on this promo package, had been VERY primary. I used to be informed that quite a lot of the questions I had round the completely different output energy and video channel settings can be higher defined in future instruction books. I additionally discovered this useful assist video gallery, which took care of most of my preliminary questions. Like different firms I’ve labored with, I belief that their directions will enhance over time. DJI’s actually did from their Phantom 1 line again in 2014 🙂
And whereas the VIFLY package didn’t have goggles, I used the goggles from Force1RC’s package simply positive. No directions on VIFLY’s aspect about how to bind goggles, however with some button urgent and finagling I used to be in a position to determine it out. Again, that is one thing the place I used to be informed by the VIFLY group that their FAQs would enhance over time, however I do like to be as clear as I can in these critiques.
My maiden flight went very well, however on my second flight I took a reasonably onerous touchdown. The VIFLY body is DURABLE. I had half a thoughts to run it full pace right into a tree only for, you recognize, testing functions, however my conscience acquired the better of me.
Overall, I loved flying the VIFLY FPV racing drone. There’s a GoPro connector to make bundling with your present GoPro fairly simple, and a DVR port permits for on-board recording.
Also, and that is one thing you don’t see an excessive amount of with drone producers, every new VIFLY proprietor will get free VIFLY Care Service, the place they’ll present a free restore and further elements on your first critical crash.
Alan is an FAA-certified drone pilot and based UAV Coach in 2014 to assist join drone fans, to present world-class sUAS trade coaching programs, and to assist push the drone neighborhood ahead with a concentrate on security and business alternatives.