I’ve been thinking about starting up FPV Drone flying at the squadron and wondered if anyone has any advice/experience/thoughts about anything (dangerous I know)
RAFAC and CAA guidance and the “Drone Code” don’t apply to indoor flying of drones, so I was looking at getting a few FPV kits such as the BetaFPV Cetus Kit. then setting out courses around a classroom to fly and do time-trials etc
Anyone have any thoughts or advice? Know any discounts of better value kits?
Really good fun. If indoors the fun police can’t get you.
I’ve known of one or two that feel a bit sick on the goggles, but that is the exception not the rule.
Fantastic for “serious” teaching of principles of flight, balancing forces etc etc - or to just let loose and have some fun.
We set up in a large hall some obstacle courses for our mini 2’s and had them race each other.
For the very minor expense of 1 set of blades on a very small bump it was well worth it - cadets had a great time.
They look pretty awesome.
Think I’d buy a few extra sets of batteries.
This is good advice. Our mini 2 we got the extra 3 bay charging battery packs for each drone. Works well.
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Latest from our friends in green
Yes that is a DJI controller (and it looks like a great camp!)
meanwhile we are banned from flying drones outdoors . . .
Local ACF have offered to help with shooting, AT, access to training areas. They are a decent bunch.
What can we offer in return aside from some very dated PowerPoints?
I had a go on their radios recently. I had to have a little lie down after.
I would still encourage people to go out and buy some FPV drone kits like the Cetus that I originally linked to. You can fly them indoors, they are so small that the risk assessment is very easy (biggest risk is hair wound around the motor/propeller, and it’s easy to make little routes to fly around.
Got a suitably qualified DI? Sword drill has been very popular here and has got a couple of Army cadets to swap sides.
On topic, we have a Cetus, trying to get to grips with it.
I’m going to investigate both the Cetus and getting a licensed pro drone op to do a show & tell lesson
I’ll be running my Cetus as part of a recruitment night tomorrow at the sqn, I’ll get some photo/video.
You are a gent and that is a fantastic idea
STEM? Things that fly? But that’s meant to be our thing!
How dare they fill the gaps in our system that we designed and willfully don’t fulfill…
My take from this is a drone with a sword is the way forward!
Ok ACF is just trolling us now
And the embarrassment continues.
Anyone got the ACF CFAV joining link to hand?
Can’t trust the army with drones, they’ll just end up flying them into the ground/ocean/etc