If you’ve been wondering how to organise your drone racing events, or engage your local multirotor flying community, then this simple new drone clubs & meetups tool, developed by the not for profit association FPV UK, is what you’ve been waiting for!
Sussex in the UK, where we are based, has a very active community of individuals and clubs who organise and fly on a regular basis, but there has always been a need to communicate the ‘who, where and when!’ without a million emails and text messages! So we’ve been speaking to our local community and organisations, such as Team Mini-Airshow, to see how we can help to bring more of the people involved in the multirotor flying and Drone Racing scenes together, and for people at all levels to share their experiences.
With this in mind we helped to build fpvracingworld.com – a free online tool to help you locate your local flying community, wherever you are in the world!
The tool has been built with the mobile user in mind, as often we find ourselves on the road looking for the spot where we want to fly, and rather than pages and addresses to look through, we thought it easier to simply display over a map.
How to use the map
Click on the bottom right button to pop up the the options of clubs, events, proposed clubs and interested flyers. You can either see all of these or select only those you want to view, such as clubs. You can then add your own club or event, or even just yourself, by either right clicking if on desktop or holding down on the map if on mobile. This will bring up the pop-up screen with the add your details option (refresh to see your pin once you’ve entered your details).
We’d like to see the map used right across the world and we can already see a club in lands as far away as Puerto Rico (just zoom out) and a few in the UK, such as Hidden Valley. Helping to build a view on the global presence of professional and recreational drone pilots from around the world, this map aims to show that this is a considerable community who are active in developing a recognised hobby, sport and profession.
The FPV UK Association
FPV UK are already known for their work in developing an FPV exemption for legal FPV flying in the UK. This new meetup tool is just one additional step taken to help build on that support of the community, and we hope that there is feedback from all corners of the world on how they use this tool to connect and build local communities who can come together to build and grow clubs, educate on safe and responsible flying in their local communities, and to share those great experiences of building, flying, battery swapping, flying, crashing and then rebuilding!!!
Who knows where we (the community) can take this – may be no further than a simple map tool, but just think of the possibilities of a network of flyers. It would be great to hear your feedback on share your thoughts on the tool over at our Facebook page.
Wherever you are in the world, get yourself pinned on here and help us build a global community that can reach out and share content, advice, and even tips on the best places to fly right around the world!