UPDATE: This post, originally posted on August 2, 2019, has been updated to include the March 2021 launch of the DJI FPV drone.
Exhilarating, thrilling and intense - the high-octane sport of first-person-view (FPV) drone racing has really taken off at both amateur and professional levels.
While this skilled and immersive way of flying a drone is relatively new, its popularity has helped the official Drone Racing League (DRL) establish itself as a regular feature on sports networks such as Sky Sports, NBC Sports and Fox Sports Asia.
And the popularity of FPV racing has inspired global drone giant DJI to get in on the act, most recently with the impressive FPV Drone.
Watch our review video, or read our hands-on review blog.
With this in mind, what exactly is drone racing and how does FPV enhance your flying experience? Our beginner's guide will give you an insight into this ever-increasing sport and the best ways to maximise your FPV flights.
What Is Drone Racing?
Drone racing is a sport where remote-controlled aircraft (usually quadcopters) are piloted around short courses at high speeds.
Pilots steer from the point of view of the drone by wearing FPV goggles that display a live image transmitted by an onboard state-of-the-art camera, opening up a new world of unparalleled flight experience.
This video below - taken from the DRL which boasts some of the world's most-skilled pilots battling to complete the courses and avoid obstacles in the quickest time possible - shows just how thrilling the sport can be.