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Pilot’s Choice Product Review Photos by Dillon Carpenter, Matt Ruddick, and Rachelle Haughn


Fat Shark 101 FPV Drone Training System A complete FPV bundle


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The thought of entering the world of FPV quadcopter fl ying can be intimidating. There are so many products from which to choose—goggles,


receivers, transmitters, ESCs, propellers, software, etc.— that trying to fi gure out which components to buy and how they work together could easily scare a would-be pilot away. But there is no longer an excuse. Fat Shark, known primarily as an FPV racing goggle manufacturer, has dipped its fi ns (err, toes) into the pool of quadcopter producers with the introduction of its Fat Shark 101 FPV Drone Training System. This set has everything needed for beginner pilots to get fl ying in no time. It includes a sharp and menacing-looking shark drone with eyes that light up and fi ns that help it zip through the air, Fat Shark Recon box-style goggles with an LCD screen, and an easy-to-use transmitter.


The quad comes completely assembled and already bound to the transmitter. Its PCB antennas are inside of the frame and its electronics are completely protected by the shark frame. The preinstalled propeller guards work well to protect the propellers and the 130° FOV camera is fully protected by the frame.


One of the fi rst things you should see when opening the sturdy box that doubles as a carrying case is a set of two gates and stands. (The review model did not come with them, but they look as though they would be fun to zoom through.) There is also a three-page instruction manual with illustrations, two 2S 260 mAh LiPo batteries with a USB charger, the goggles and a USB battery charger for them, an antenna for the goggles, four AA batteries for the transmitter, two spare 8.5 mm brushed motors, a lens cleaner cloth, a tether for the quadcopter, and some stickers. As you reach the bottom of the box, you will fi nd a code that allows you to register your new system with Fat Shark. By entering this code on the company’s website, you receive a free three-month AMA membership (which includes insurance). You can then go through steps to download the DRL (Drone Racing League) simulator for free (a $20 value). Fat Shark recommends that you practice on the fl ight simulator before ever connecting the battery on your new


08 PARK PILOT [Summer 2018]


When you feel comfortable flying the Fat Shark 101 indoors, consider taking it outside. Because it weighs 39.1 grams and does not have GPS stabilization, the aircraft will require some pitch and roll input to maintain a steady hover. Photo by Rachelle Haughn.


The Fat Shark 101 FPV Drone Training System comes with everything you see here, plus two race gates and stands and a tether. Fat Shark recommends that beginner pilots make their first flights with one end of the tether attached to the quad and the other to a heavy object, because the powerful aircraft can quickly zip away. Photo by Matt Ruddick.


quadcopter. To try out the DRL simulator, you must fi rst download the Steam app (https://store.steampowered.com) to your computer. I was successful in downloading the app to my laptop, but my system did not meet the requirements needed to run the simulator. You can fi nd the computer system


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