If you are fresh into the drone space, you can expect a conversation peppered with droning appropriate jargon like the commonly used UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle), RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems), BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) and the more technical INS (Inertial Navigational System) and IOC (Intelligent Orientation Control). There will also be mention of multicopters, quadcopter, and hexacopter all of which can leave you confused.
However, this is actually the easy part of droning and it is a common place especially for a racing drone pilot. The complication for such a pilot is finding the ideal racing drone that will leave a mark in international leagues like the droning racing league and the Dubai droning grand Prix.
So to get you started on this, let us start by defining a racing drone. It is a quadcopter specifically built to compete in droning with competition standard specs on the rotors, propellers, power and size among other things. The emphasis for these drones is on speedy forward momentum as opposed to the height attaining build of the normal ones. This is achieved by the H-pattern configuration on the four blades which is different from the X pattern on photography drones. They also mainly use FVP (first person view), placing the pilot or operator in a position to view real-time footage from the drone using special goggles or a tablet or smartphone during the race.
So let’s check out 7 of the top racing drones in 2017: