Day: March 15, 2016

What to expect at your first race


At BMRC we recommend attending an event as soon as possible, no matter your ability.

We started just back in September of 2015 and found that the best way to get started is to show up and start flying! The key is to simply calibrate your expectations based on your ability. The first time out focus on going around the course in the right direction, starting and landing appropriately. Forget about points and just have fun. The next time you race you will be that much more prepared and will only need to focus on flying through gates, since you’ve already learned everything else.

Since attending your first race may be stressful, we have created a handy guide so you know what to expect.


Estimated Duration:

Racing: 3-4 hours
Freeflight: additional 1-2 hours

 Step 1: Register in Advance

Read our disclaimer: link
Register as a pilot (free!) on MultiGP’s website
Sign up for the race you wish to attend at the Boston Multi Rotor Club MultiGP chapter

Step 2: Prep for the race

Prior to the race, registered and signed up pilots will receive an email indicating their video frequency assignment.  You will use this frequency and channel throughout the event, but note this likely will be shared with another pilot (only one of you can fly at a time). You should be comfortable setting up the video transmitter on your multirotor to use the frequency indicated in your frequency assignment email.  Please do so prior to attending the event.

Frequencies used at BMRC events :
5685, 5760, 5800, 5860, 5905

Step 3: What to bring

Required if racing:

  • Multirotor with video transmitter
  • Radio transmitter
  • FPV goggles or monitor

Recommended:

  • Portable chair

Step 4: Checking in on race day

Once you arrive, seek out one of the event organizers or volunteers and check-in. During check-in, the organizers will gather the  necessary forms and perform equipment checks:

  • Verify Pilot in attendance- name and MultiGP pilot name
  • Signed and dated liability and indemnification waiver
  • Vehicle safety inspection and frequency verification
    • A visual inspection will be performed to verify your aircraft for flight
    • A functional test will be performed to verify your video transmitter is configured to your assigned frequency

Once check-in is completed you will receive a Frequency Badge with a colored lanyard. The lanyard color indicates your race group for the day. If you receive an ID with a BLUE lanyard, you will be flying in the BLUE group for the day.

Step 5: Orientation // Course Walk

Once the course is prepped and all pilots are checked in, organizers will host an orientation. Please listen closely as organizers give instructions for the event. Following orientation organizers will lead all pilots in a walkthrough of the course, passing each obstacle in order and indicating how multirotors should proceed through the track.

Step 6: Practice Laps

Following orientation and walkthrough, all pilots will be given the opportunity to perform unscored practice heats of the event’s track. By this time you should be set up and ready to fly.

Step 7: Races

Organizers will indicate which frequency group is currently flying (lanyard color group) and which group is ‘on deck’ or up next. Once the previous race has concluded and all craft are landed, you may power on your multirotor and place it on the starting line in preparation of racing. During race time, under no circumstances should a pilot power on their multirotor when not entered in the current race heat. Penalties may include: points penalty, disqualification from a race, or disqualification from the entire event.

Step 8: Free Flight

After all scheduled races are concluded, pilots may free fly or continue to organize unscored races. Consult with any other pilot who is transmitting on your video frequency before powering on your multirotor.

Step 9: Cleanup

Organizers will break down the course at the conclusion of the event. Many hands make light work, so assistance is welcome!

Collect and remove all garbage, broken propellers, and anything else we brought with us — it is important to leave the spaces we use in equal or better condition to how we found them.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask on the Facebook group.