A year and a half ago I was casually scrolling through Instagram, when I saw a drone video diving down the side of a building. My first thought was, “What the heck was that?!!” My second thought was, “I have to do this.”
At that point I was already a licensed drone operator with my Part 107 certification and I’d been flying “camera drones” like the DJI Phantom, Inspire 2, and Mavic series, for several years. But those drones don’t fly like FPV! For the uninitiated, the meaning of FPV is First Person View, which refers to the FPV drone googles the pilot wears and sees first person from a small camera on the drone. These drones have evolved from racing drones. These mostly little, but sometimes big, drones, came from drone racing, which only really took off in 2015 with first Drone National competition. In more recent years, pilots started to strap action cameras like a GoPro onto these little drones and film some pretty wild flying. Following cars within inches, flying under around and through everything we can, flips, rolls, and aerial acrobatics, and my personal favorite, diving down skyscrapers.