Drone footage is mainstream, but when an elite racing pilot decides to edit his best footage captured all over the world, the result is amazing.
This video titled “The sky is not the limit” was filmed by Johnny FPV like a “Fast and Furious” movie. There is no gimbal, GPS mode, or anti-collision systems here. Instead, this production relies on pure flying skills and a one-pound drone fitted with a GoPro 7 Black camera.
Unlike DJI drones, racing aircraft are able to do all sort of aerobatics, can fly extremely fast (more than 70 mph), and come with a huge level of power to perform fast climbs and brutal accelerations. But there is a catch: the flight time is usually limited to less than 3 to 5 minutes and this type of drone doesn’t come with any sort of pilot assist mode like attitude control or return to home feature. The vast majority of seasoned DJI drone pilots couldn’t even keep that type of quadcopter in the air for more than 10 seconds due to the extreme sensitivity of the control and the lack of stabilization.
Getting into this type of hobby also requires basic knowledge of electronic assembly and soldering in order to build the drone and fix it after you crash (and you will crash a lot at the beginning). Because every milliseconds matters, the radio and video link is carried over analogic signal to avoid the latency of digital link usually found on regular video drones like the DJI OcuSync. Therefore, the video downlink is poor and looks like a low quality VHS tape from the 80s which further complicates the drone handling.
In case you are worried about the safety aspect of this video, please keep in mind that Johnny FPV is one of the best freestylers and racing drone pilots in the world who achieved this performance after years of practice and countless awards won in racing arenas. Don’t try this at home.