FPV drone racing in Tucson AZ. We typically run 2-3 race events a month.
Open and Whoop classes. We race at several local partner venues.
Q: What do I need to race?
A: For whoop races we recommend a 65mm brushless whoop. We require fully ducted frames up to 75mm and a 1S Battery, Analog or HDZero 25mw VTX with the ability to change channels quickly.
For Open Class races, any FPV drone is allowed typically up to 5″ with any battery size. But in all cases, an analog or HDZero 25mw VTX and the ability to change channels quickly.
Occasionally we will run special races with spec or other requirements. Check the event post for those details. The best bet is to join the Facebook group and we can help you get started!
Q: How do I register for a race?
A: Join our Facebook group. Events are posted in the group, depending on the type of event we use Facebook or MultiGP for pilot registration.
Q: How often do you race and when?
A: We race whoops indoors several times a month. In the cooler months, we race open class or 5″ outdoors at least once a month depending on venue availability.
Q: Can I see video from a race?
A: Yes. Check out Perspective Image on YouTube. All our races are live-streamed and archived on the page.
Q: Can I race using my DJI digital VTX?
A: We officially support HDZero digital VTX as it’s been adopted by most racing groups and we have the equipment to support it. We do not have the equipment to support viewing DJI video feeds. If you wish to fly with a DJI digital VTX, we will allow it for fun flying only at this time.
Q: How much does it cost to race?
A: 520FPV does not charge any member fees. However, sometimes we do collect a small fee requested by the venue to cover their expenses for allowing us to hold events there.
Q: Do I need am AMA membership to race?
A: AMA is not required for whoop races. We do require an active AMA membership for 3″ and up open class races.
Q: How can I support 520FPV?
A: We have made a significant investment in equipment and gates for our races. We do not charge a membership fee at this time. However, if you want to help us offset costs, you can make a one-time donation via PayPal or become a member of our Patreon: www.patreon.com/520fpv.
We may run two classes if we have more than 9 pilots at an event, Enthusiasts and Advanced class. Pilots qualify into a class based on a 2 or 3 consecutive lap set during qualifying rounds. During Mains in each class, pilots are eliminated until we have 4 left in the A main. First pilot to win two races in A mains wins the class. Positions 2-4 in each class are decided by points.
Track tour – Tracks are different each event. The track designer will show all pilots the track.
2 Practice rounds – Gives pilots a chance to learn the track and find their lines.
Qualifying rounds – Set your best 2 consecutive lap time. At least three rounds.
Main rounds – Letter mains for each class. Top two pilots qualify into the A main. Pilots in B and up mains race in elimination rounds with two pilots bumping up till we have the top 4.
All drones must operate at 25mw video output. Levels are checked on a spectrum analyzer. Any drone transmitting off center and or interfering with other pilots channels may not be allowed to fly per the race director. In some cases it’s possible to resolve issues with interference by reallocating pilots on our normal channels. Please ask the race director to check your drone if you are not sure its operating correctly.
If your drone is operating lower than 25mw video output or is not centered on frequency, it’s possible that the timer might not read your laps. While some adjustments can be made, they often create other problems like false reads for pilots whos drones are operating at the correct levels.
Starting in 2023 we will a season based points system with rewards for overall top 3 pilots. Check back here for details soon.