IMPORTANT! You must read and follow the below info!
This Meetup organizes FPV racing in Charlotte NC. It's home field is also the home field for Team Eagle Tree (www.eagletreesystems.com).
Welcome to the Charlotte FPV Racing League! This is a group for racing multicopters through gates and obstacles. We hope to allow small foamy wing racing soon too. This is not a venue to fly for aerial photography or for large craft such as the DJI Phantom. If you own one of these you are welcome to come out and spectate but you will not be able to fly an aerial photography craft in the event. Many of these operate on the 5.8ghz band which will interfere with our video system. If you want to fly a non-racing craft in the practice area, please see someone at the main tent before powering on to get approval. Most events are 2.5hrs long but please keep in mind that we do not have any restroom facilities onsite. There are several fast-food and convenience stores nearby however.
- Everyone on the property must sign a waiver. This include pilots, spectators etc. It doesn't matter if you only stop by for 5 minutes. If you are on the private property, you must sign the waiver.
- This property is not open for flying outside of the specified events.
- AMA membership is required. This provides the pilot with some liability insurance. It is cheap to get and you can sign up and get a registration card immediately online.
No AMA, no flying!
- There is a $10 fee per event to fly/participate. Spectating is free. You can pay at the main tent.
- Unless otherwise stated the events start at 9:30am. Anyone who intends to fly must arrive no later than 9:30am. The reason for this is that if your video transmitter needs to be tested or frequency changed, you need to allow time to do this. It is not fair to hold up the flying in order for someone to power on their TX to test it etc. We arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am to setup the course. It is always appreciated when others show up to help setup and breakdown the course.
- We will also be testing everyone's video transmitter output and accuracy. If your video transmitter is found to be out of spec, you won't be able to use it. You may want to bring a spare video transmitter just in case. You only have to have your transmitter tested once, not every event. Also, we have found that bad video receivers are just as much to blame as bad video transmitters for interference. If you are getting interference, we will test with other receivers. If the other receivers aren't getting the interference, you should look into changing your receiver as we will not sanction the user/transmitter that you are having issues with. You must also be sure you know how to change the frequencies on your video transmitter. It is a good idea to practice this at home to ensure that when you go to a channel that the actual frequency being transmitted matches what you think it should be.
- We will be having separate races for Red channels and Blue channels. Red will fly for approx 15 min, then Blue, then back to Red. This helps immensely with video interference. If your color is not flying, you are not allowed to power on your video transmitter.
The following frequencies are the only ones available to use in 5.8ghz (If you want to use 1300mhz or 900mhz, that is fine);
5645 (Red), 5705 (Blue), 5740 (Red), 5780 (Blue), 5800 (Red), 5820 (Blue), 5860 (Red), 5885 (Blue), 5945 (Red)
- Please RSVP to each event and then post a comment with your preferred video frequency. First come first serve. We are trying to let you have the same frequency every time but as we get more pilots, there may be occasions that you are asked to change. Be sure you know how to change frequencies on your video transmitter. We will post your name and frequency on the board for you. Please do not reply to anyone's frequency comment with any type of discussion or it will be deleted. Only reply to frequency comments with your frequency. Start a new comment for discussions. Otherwise it gets too cluttered to see all the frequencies.
- Flying is only permitted on the race course when the event starts, or in a practice area away from people. You can be directed to the practice area by someone at the main tent. If you want to fly in the practice area you still can only fly when your color group is called. Otherwise, you must disable your video transmitter (remove the power connection). No flying around people setting up or taking down the course! No flying around the pilots stations!
- If you are observed in unsafe acts, a senior member may give you some pointers to help keep you and your craft safe. Some examples of unsafe activity are: Walking onto the course without paying attention to the oncoming craft, Uncontrollable craft, unintended power ups/arming etc.
Regards, John Fernandez
Charlotte FPV Racing League