First of all
HAVE FUN!!! You most likely don’t do this as an occupation so you must be doing it for fun. REMEMBER THAT :)
Bring spare things that you only usually need 1 of, but cant fly without like goggle batteries, radio batteries etc. Nothing is worse than having to look around for someone that has one.
Be On Time
This goes without saying. Just do it. Sure, sometimes stuff happens that you cant avoid and most race directors are understanding. But, avoid delays that can be avoided by proper planning, and ALWAYS check in as soon as you get there.(Provided check in is open)
Get ALL your flyable quads inspected. Remove the props before you go up, you know you’ll have to anyway. You’ll need your radio and possibly goggles/Video RX.
Bring left and right hand polarized antennas. Most races now will require both. Don’t use mono/dipole antennas for video, it can affect other racers. Use quality VTX’s at races. Old or poor quality (cheap) VTX's bleed really badly and can also affect other racers feeds. As soon as VTX channels are given, set ALL your quads to your assigned channel and required output power. Remember, 1 of your quads is likely not gonna be flying by the end.
Crossfire users need to lower tx power to 25 or 100mw (you don’t need more) and turn telemetry off. It can interfere with other crossfire users.
Walk the course when the race director calls for it. Oftentimes there are features of the course that aren’t obvious from the pits. This will lower the chances of crashing with other racers by going the wrong way and it’s a good idea to see the obstacles from actual flight POV.
The race director is in charge of the race. During the course walk the director will usually go over the race rules, format, and schedule. This is where you ask questions about the race. Its ok to make suggestions to improve the race, but its ultimately up to the director so don’t argue.
Get quads staged at the staging area and try to stay on your assigned channel. This will help avoid delays and get you more practice time overall.
As the practice moves on, quads on the staging table will move up. Its ok to move other pilot's quads up to make room for the next quad added to the end of the line, this way there is no need for every pilot to hover around the staging area to make sure your quads is moved up.
Land at the landing tone, don’t start a freestyle session. We are all impressed with your freestyle, but others are waiting to fly. Personally, I think 1 freestyle trick is ok on the way to land. But don’t crash, that delays the practice.
Know your heat and be aware of the current heat so that you are ready when you're up. Pre-staging is common at races where the next racer group brings their quads to a staging area. This helps move the race along smoothly which will allow more flying and an earlier finish. Some people have a long drive home.
If you have the means, bring up 2 quads to each heat. This way, if one has an unforeseen issue at the starting grid you don’t have to run all the way to the pit to get your backup and delay the race.
Record DVR of each race so if there are any video issues or questions about timing or gate completion, you have proof.
Land in the designated landing area. It's safe and it keeps your quad away from the other pilots so you don’t interfere with their video signal.
If you aren’t flying or spotting, stay out of the pilot area. When you’re racing, there is nothing worse than a crowd of people next to you talking or distracting you from your race.
Finally (again) have fun. Talk with people, learn from them, and enjoy the adrenaline of FPV racing. We can't all be the next Nytfury, but we can enjoy racing all the same.