FPV or First Person View is a lot of things. It really just depends on each individual or pilot. For me personally, it has become a way of life and I have found a way to integrate it into my everyday routine whether or not I actually get a chance to fly. For me, it’s freedom.
FPV allows me to take a break from the monotony of everyday life. A break from reality if you would. It’s just a whole different world when I strap my goggles on and take off on an adventure in sky. I get to see the world in a different perspective that most others don’t, flying like the birds do and looking down to the earth as I am cruising overhead. Granted each flight doesn’t last but a few minutes, but it’s amazing what I can do in just those precious few moments in flight.
So why do I fly FPV? Why don’t I just fly good ol’ line of sight? I find that flying first person view gives me a rush that I really cannot find anywhere else as well as putting me into the pilot's’ seat without physically leaving the ground. The feel of flying through the air at 70+ mph and just a few feet off the ground in most cases is second to none. I like all styles of FPV, but my passion is racing mini quads.
Racing has taken me places that I more than likely wouldn’t have gone if I weren’t racing. It has allowed me to travel and meet new people. The rush you get when you show up to a new race venue and see the track for the first time. Seeing old racing buddies and meeting new ones, or meeting one of your online buddies in person for the first time. The anticipation of flowing around the track on that first pack, getting the lay of the land, picking your best lines and trying to make the fastest laps in the amount of time allowed. It gets my adrenaline pumping when my heat is up and we are called to the start line. Sometimes my hands shake so bad from the excitement, I wonder how I even make it around the track at all, sometimes I don’t! Each new race is a new adventure I get to go on.
Racing isn’t the only part of FPV I participate in, although it is bulk of what I do when I fly. If I need to escape from the pressures of the racing scene, I like to find a nice quiet spot a local park or any open area really that is away from people or crowds. It is during these quiet times that I can concentrate on perfecting my rolls, flips or powerloops. Maybe it’s finding what we refer to as “flow”, where you find those good flowing freestyle lines and seamlessly linking all your tricks together to get that awesome footage for your next video. Whatever it may be, it is a good time for reflection about really anything and everything.
There are many other reasons why I fly FPV too. I have made many friends over the last couple of years that I’ve been flying. The FPV community is a very tight knit group of people spanning the globe. Almost anywhere you go these These are the types of friendships that you know will last a lifetime as there is a strong bond between fellow pilots. You know that you at any given moment, you can give someone a ring and say, “Hey, let’s go rip some packs!”, even if it’s just for an hour or two. You know that you can count on your fellow pilots to help you out in a pinch too. I can’t remember how many times I have crashed and broken something on my quad and several people will step up and offer me a replacement part if they have it.
FPV for me is everything, it is all encompassing. What about you? What does “FPV” mean to you?
- Kyle SDsurfnsand
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