Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have questions, please send us an email and we will be happy to answer.

What is FPV?

FPV stands for “First Person View”. For drones that means we use onboard cameras that send a video feed to a screen viewed by the pilot.

Is this virtual reality?

No, this would be classified as “actual” reality since it is happening in physical space and in real time. The video equipment only assists the pilot to maneuver the craft.

Do these drones fly themselves?

No, these drones are not autonomous except for some programing of Tello and the agricultural drones. Even those have a human pilot standing by.

Is this the beginning of Skynet?

It would be best to take a break from the movies for a little while. These “drones” actually have more in common with RC helicopters and airplanes vs things you see on TV. The racing drones are stripped down to bare essentials compared to the larger video production quad-copters from DJI. Most importantly they arent armed so you and I are probably ok.

Is it safe?

Yes, this is very safe. The biggest danger is from an over used Lipo battery. Towards the end of a batteries life span it gets very puffy, almost like a balloon. If the battery is not “retired” and is continually used the battery could burst into flames. These events are fairly rare. Micro racing drones are designed to fly indoors which includes your living room at home so they are very safe to use.

The larger drones should always be flown in an open area with a spotter and under supervision from the instructor. Any drones we sell designed for indoor use come with compatible prop guards.

How much is it?

When FPV Racing first came out roughly 5 years ago, The cost for a good setup was $1200-$1400. Lucky for us 2014 was a long long time ago and things have miniaturized and drastically improved, Today an excellent starup kit can cost as little as $170 (such as the EMAX Tinyhawk ready to fly kit) or as much as $800 for top of the line equipment.

The larger drones start at the TELLO $130 and continue to climb depending on the right drone for your school. Pick an industry right for your region of the country and that will change pricing for the higher end.

Where do I start?

You need four things to get started: drone, goggles (for FPV), transmitter (controller), and extra batteries. 

The sky is the limit on the capabilities you need in your drone to make the right selection but lucky for you, that is where we come in. Take a look at our shop page for a simple “Good Better Best” philosophy. You can add the pieces together separately or buy a curriculum kit with everything set to go out of the box. We are happy to work with you on your needs.

Racing, Industry, or Cinematography? Which drone type is best for me?

We believe drones begin with FPV Racing. Hear me out before you roll your eyes at the idea. Racing is an amazing adrenaline inducing way to get people excited to learn more about STEM and drones. Drones will crash and need to be repaired and the farther you dig into performance enhancement the farther you dig into aerodynamics, programing, electrical engineering, and more. It sparks competition between individuals and between organizations. Once the basic understanding has been achieved and the stick and rudder skills learned. Students are ready to explore new types of drone operation. It is an excellent segway into cinematic shots, precision flying for search and rescue, general drone repair, construction surveys, agriculture surveys, etc. Balance the learning environment that gets students excited then push their understanding of drone operation and what is possible.

What is the return policy?

All reasonable returns will be accepted.

Do we accept purchase orders?

Of course. We wouldn’t be very good at supporting schools if we didn’t!