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The box-style goggles have adjustable straps that accommodate different head sizes and glasses. When flown outside, the aircraft can fly up to 100 feet away from the pilot. Photo by Dillon Carpenter.


quad’s belly. Several LEDs will light up on the shark’s body to indicate that the battery is connected. When the battery becomes low, the front lights begin to fl ash, indicating that it is time to land. One of the batteries comes with a tether attached. Fat Shark suggests that you tie the other end of the tether to a heavy anchor or water bottle for your fi rst few fl ights.


After setting the quadcopter down, it is time to start the motors! Simply fl ip the top right switch down and you will hear the propellers start spinning. I found the transmitter comfortable in my hands, and the quadcopter was very responsive to stick inputs. For your fi rst few fl ights, I suggest


fl ying via line of sight and indoors. That is how I started, and it made me feel like I had more control over the quad. I agree with Fat Shark that you should start in Beginner mode because this little quadcopter has a lot more power than you might expect! After you have completed a few


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practice fl ights and feel like you have mastered taking off, hovering, and landing, feel free to try out the goggles. Connect the goggles to the provided USB charging cord to charge their 1S 2,500 mAh Li-Ion battery. A light will glow green when charging and change to red when the goggles are fully charged. When your goggles are full of juice, attach the antenna to the goggles, slip them over your head, and adjust the straps as needed. A switch on the bottom left powers on the goggles, and three buttons on the top right help you fi nd the right channel and adjust the brightness and contrast.


One of the nice features of the goggles is that they can be used to fl y any quadcopter that uses FlySky protocol. The same goes for the transmitter. The goggles also have a built-in 5.8 GHz single video receiver that supports up to 32 channels. After you have powered up the


goggles, you will see a line of text at the top of your screen. This shows


what channel you’re on, the signal strength of your video (RSSI), and the goggles’ battery percentage level. When the quadcopter’s battery starts getting low, the screen will switch from color to black and white, indicating that it’s time to land. I found that feature helpful.


If you are having trouble fi guring out how to operate, control, or fl y basic maneuvers with your multirotor, several free videos are available on the Fat Shark website for these and other topics. I watched most of them and found them benefi cial.


When you feel comfortable enough in Beginner mode, switch to Intermediate mode, and later, Pro mode. The beauty of the Fat Shark 101 FPV Drone Training System is that it allows your fl ying skills to progress at your own pace. The more you fl y, the more you will realize that this zippy quadcopter provides a lot of fun in a complete package, but won’t take a huge bite out of your wallet.


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