How to Get Started

Introduction to the World of FPV

What is FPV?

Virtual Reality & RC Combined

The RC hobby has been around for decades as a way to experience what it's like to drive or pilot smaller scale versions of popular vehicles. But with FPV technology, getting the full experience is closer than ever.

Barrier to Entry

Just like videogames, there is a learning curve to getting started in FPV, but jumping right in with top level equipment and vehicles can make the hobby very expensive as you make mistakes. At EMAX, our goal is to simplify the process as easily and as accessibly as possible to get anyone into the joys of FPV.

How FPV Works

01
Radio Controller

You'll need a radio controller in order to control your RC vehicle. The majority of modern radios run on 2.4GHz as it offers great reception, penetration, and minimal latency.

02
Wireless Zero-Latency Video

Most FPV systems operate on a 5.8GHz band, very close to 5GHz Wi-Fi. This band offers high quality analog video with Zero-Latency in order to offer the most immersive experience possible.

03
Vehicle Of Choice

You can install a FPV system onto practically anything, but the most common choice would be quadcopter drones. Drones are mechanically simple and durable, able to withstand abuse while offering a Bird's Eye View of your surroundings. Paired with acrobatic performance, pilots will feel as if they are piloting a fighter jet.

Getting Started

Level 2 - EZ Pilot

Looking to step up to your first flying experience? The EZ Pilot is an all-encompassing drone for first time pilots. It features altitude hold so pilots only need to set the height they wish to fly at and cruise around. Also programmed into the drone is a One-Stick-Control beginner mode. After taking off and having your height set at a comfortable level, you can cruise around just moving the right stick on the controller instead of having to manually adjust all aspects of the drone on a traditional two stick mode.

Beginner

Level 3 - Tinyhawk II

You have some experience piloting a drone and looking for a performance indoor racing drone to learn on? The Tinyhawk II offers unparalleled performance, aerodynamics, and durability to learn acrobatic flight as well as compete in "whoop class" competitive racing. Features 3 modes to help pilots graduate from basic gyroscopic level flight to professional "Rate" mode with no gyro leveling assistance.

Level 4 - Tinyhawk II Freestyle

If you have experience flying drones outdoors, the Tinyhawk II Freestyle offers a platform to grow and excel with outdoor acrobatics. With excellent power-to-weight ratio backed by performance and flight time, the drone will allow a large amount of forgiveness with mistakes when practicing tricks or racing. Backed with 2s performance, this is the most difficult beginner drone to start with and is best for those with some previous experience looking to level up their skills.


Comes with everything you need to get started, from a controller, FPV goggle, Tinyhawk II Freestyle drone, batteries, and charger.

Level 5 - Nanohawk

If you're looking to level up your indoor racing performance, the Nanohawk is the smallest and lightest of EMAX's offering and offers an unparalleled power to weight ratio. This makes the Nanohawk have extreme performance on 1s, pushing the limits of nano sized drones. For flying indoors, we wouldn't recommend it for a first time beginner but someone in the transition to intermediate.

Intermediate

Level 6 - Tinyhawk II Race

For FPV enthusiasts looking for more power and performance with the capability to race friends and small meetups, the Tinyhawk II Race is the next step up. Operating on 2s power with a smaller profile, this powerful drone accelerates quickly giving the pilot an advantage in tight technical courses. Being a part of the Tinyhawk series, this drone uses the same batteries with your Tinyhawk kit and is also compatible with the controller and goggle that comes with the Tinyhawk RTF kits, making this a must-have upgrade to your existing equipment for outdoor flying.

Level 8 - Babyhawk II HD

For experienced pilots looking to find a capable micro drone for carrying HD payloads while retaining legal restrictions of drones under 250g. Being an all-rounder powered by 4s, this drone will feel right at home for freestyle flights and racetracks. With a DJI HD system, you can capture HD footage right from your FPV goggle while experiencing the best FPV image and penetration the industry has to offer.

Expert

Level 10 - Hawk Sport

For experienced pilots looking to race or capture action camera footage, the Hawk Sport provides an affordable platform to meet your needs. Flying a larger 5 inch racing drone is the dream of every pilot when starting out, but should be approached with caution until enough experience is obtained. When jumping to our 5 inch drone options, by this point you should have graduated to more specialized equipment for your controller and goggle due to the dangerous nature of a larger drone.


You will also need to abide by FAA regulations when flying a larger drone which you can find more about at https://www.faa.gov/

Level 10 - Hawk Pro

For serious pilots looking to race or capture action camera footage, the Hawk Pro provides a premium platform to meet your needs. The Hawk Pro features our flagship Power System offering top-of-the-line performance, speed, and efficiency. Where every moment counts, the Hawk Pro meets the demand.


You will also need to abide by FAA regulations when flying a larger drone which you can find more about at https://www.faa.gov/


Educational Programs

Drone oriented programs we are partnered with

JOHN DOE

FPV Unlocked

Online Course

The world's first fully online FPV course teaching you everything you need to know about FPV from beginning to end.

Spire Institute

Sports Bootcamp

SPIRE is committed to unlocking an individual’s full potential. We integrate professional training, education and competition across a wide variety of sports, disciplines and possible career paths.

Camp Flight Control

School Program

We believe that starting with a solid foundation of drone education will allow students to develop the skills for the future and become better informed of the practices and safety required for piloting drones.

Various School Districts

Academy

Brandywine School District
Chester County School District
Loma Linmda Academy

Product Route

What we recommend when exploring FPV

$109.99
$208.99
$229.99
$114.99
  • PNP - No Receiver
  • BNF - FrSky D8/D16
$101.99
  • PNP - No Receiver
  • BNF - FrSky D8
  • BNF - TBS Crossfire Nano w/ Mini-Mortal T Antenna
$339.99
Hawk Sport PNP - 2400kv 4S Hawk Sport PNP - 2400kv 4S
$189.99
$229.99

Should You Build A Drone?

Benefits to Building

Pros to Building

01
Know Your Drone

Building a drone teaches you how it works. When it comes to repairing your drone, you'll have an easier time diagnosing issues.

02
Customize Your Drone

When it comes to maximizing your flight performance, every pilot has specific demands on what they look for. Throttle curve, thrust, weight, grip, a custom drone can match all your demands perfectly.

03
Specific Tools

Sometimes your drone has a specific task to perform. Your average racing drone may not be able to carry a larger cinema camera or heavier payload. Sometimes safety features such as ducts may be needed for indoor flying. For niche needs, building a drone may be your only option.  

Cons to Building

01
Skill Level

When building a drone, you will need a basic understanding of electronics and be comfortable with soldering parts together and programming your drone with your chosen software.

02
Time

Building a drone can cost you a lot of time. If you're looking to just get into the air, it may be more efficient to purchase a BNF and learn the hobby before taking the deap dive into customing your own aircraft.

03
Costs

Buying quality parts individually generally costs more than purchasing them put together as a BNF drone. Building a lower cost drone can require a lot of experimenting to find the right combo of reliable parts.

What Makes A Drone

Drone Frame

Before building a drone, you'll want to decide what kind of drone you want to build. Freestyle? Racing? Cinema? There's all kinds of frames and sizes to choose from.

Power System

Based on the frame you choose, you'll need to pick a power system. Choose a motor and propeller combo that generates enough thrust for your frame and payload.


You can learn about Power Systems here:

Electronic Speed Controller

After finding your power system, you will need an ESC in order to control each motor. Every ESC has an Amp rating that you will have to match to your power system. A motor/prop combo that pulls 25 amps will burn out an ESC rated for 10 amps. Some products will use a 4-in-1 ESC board, having all 4 ESCs required for 4 motors on a single board.

Flight Controller

The Flight Controller is the computer running the entire system. You will attach the ESCs to the flight controller so the ESCs will know how to spin each motor. Make sure to pick a controller that will support your chosen software. Some modern Flight Controllers will have 4 ESCs built into the board.

Receiver

The Receiver is connected to your Flight Controller and is what receives commands from your radio. There are all kinds of radio systems with pros and cons, but most modern radios operate at 2.4Ghz. Make sure to look up your local rules and regulations regarding legal bands and transmission power.

Camera

The Camera is what you will be looking through in your FPV Experience. There's all kinds of cameras with different resolutions and settings. Make sure to pick NTSC or PAL depending on your location and that the form factor of the camera fits your drone frame.

Video Transmitter

A VTX is connected to your camera and will send a video signal to your FPV goggle. Make sure to look up your local rules and regulations regarding legal video channels and transmission power.

VTX Antenna

Video Transmitters emit video signals via an antenna. Every antennas has a pro and con to it. Larger antennas tend to offer stronger video signals but can be cumbersome on your aircraft. The key is to find balance.

Lipo Battery

You will need to choose the correct battery that suits your power system, electronics, and drone frame. In this photo, the battery is a 4s (meaning 4 cell) 14.8v (voltage of the system) 850mAH (size of the battery) with a constant discharge rate of 80c (how quickly power can be pulled). A balance of every aspect is key.

Final Drone

Once everything is put together, you will have your final drone, custom suited for your needs.

Quick Soldering Tips

Quality Matters

Don't cheap out on a soldering iron. A poor quality iron can lead to poor soldering and possibly damaging your electronics.

Pre-Tin

Add solder to the tip before you start soldering.

Add Solder First

Pre-add solder to everything you will solder together. After tinning all wires and pads, then you can safely solder parts together without damaging your products.

Finished Solder Point

A finished and well done solder point should be clean, round, and well attached. Be careful not to add too much heat or you can destroy the board, but you'll also want a good amount of heat so the solder flows well.