Getting Started

Interested in flying with us? New to drones? Just want to see more? Here's how you can get involved...

Weekly Indoor Races & the Hydra Tasting Tour

Hydra FPV is bringing indoor Tiny Whoop racing to all the top taprooms, distilleries, restaurants and bars around the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Check our calendar for where we are racing each week!

To qualify to race at these events, you must post a time at one of our qualifying sessions. Every few months we will open the course at one of our races early for any and all pilots to come and post times. Request access to our Hydra FPV Flyers Facebook group to find out when these events take place. 

Special Events

Hydra is a tech-startup in Minnesota so occasionally we go out into the startup community to help others who are not familiar with drone racing to experience and get excited about this new sport, as well as promote our major events and the drone racing community at large. These events require pilots, and if you want to get more "stick time", these can be a great way to get a lot of it in some interesting places. We’ve flown at the Minnesota Science Museum, the Wings of the North Museum, the Boy Scout Base Camp, the Riverview Theater, Running Aces Horse Track, and many more!

We also participate in a lot of drone-awareness events and partner with the other drone racing organizations around Minnesota, which sometimes calls for pilots to demo racing and interact with the community.

What You Need

Most of our events are currently focused on brining drone racing into existing venues where spectators can engage close up with the pilots, the course and the drones, and make it as approachable and safe as possible. This means the "Tiny Whoop" class of drones (65mm Brushed Quads) is currently what we fly at all of our indoor events, which is also the best starter drone!

New to Drones?

We get asked all the time what does it cost to get started, and just like most things, there is no perfect answer. However, it is pretty universally accepted that you should put time in on a Drone Simulator with a Radio Transmitter before flying the real thing. Grab a FrSky Q X7 or FrSky X-Lite and download Rotor Rush, FPV Freerider, Liftoff or one of the other Quadcopter simulators and get some stick time in risk-free! When you're convinced this is for you , you will need a FPV headset, a 65mm Brushed Quad, a battery charger and lots of batteries!

Initial Costs?

  • FrSky Q X7 or FrSky X-Lite Radio Transmitter- $100 / $120

    • The FrSky radios are generally accepted as the best. These transmitters are fantastic radios for the price and will scale up to larger quads with you.

    • You can plug this radio into your computer and use with all the popular simulators.

    • This radio uses the open-source firmware OpenTX which is fantastic.

  • Beta 65S Lite Micro Whoop - $45

    • You will probably want to switch to a circular-polarized clover leaf antenna for flying at our events (better video signal with other whoops in the air).

    • The brushed motors also wear out and will need to be replaced occasionally.

    • Get some additional props while you're at it.

    • The Lite is a fantastic whoop and flown by some of the best pilots!

    • Note: this particular whoop does require an additional module for your QX7 or X-Lite radio.

    • Other good options would be the BetaFPV 65s (F4 + FrSky compatible) or a NewBeeDrone Whoop.

  • 1S HV Batteries - $30

    • $3-$5 per battery is typical. Each battery will give you 3-5 minutes of flight time. Get 6 or more!

    • These will need to be replaced after a while. Get used to buying these.

    • These last longer if you take care of them (don't go below 3.0v, store at 3.8v).

    • If you fly at our events, you might get some free batteries…

  • 1S HV LiPo Charger w/ wall adapter - $25

    • There are a lot of options here, but this charger is a great on-the-go charger that you can use to transfer power from a larger 3S/4S battery to your 1S batteries without needing to plug in to an outlet.

  • Eachine Box Goggles / FatShark Dominator V3 Headset - $100 / $300

    • FatSharks are the popular headsets, and for good reason. Immersive, reliable, good Field Of View and lots of options. Seems like everyone uses the Dominator V3...

    • Your headset, alongside your radio, are your two pieces of equipment the you will use with every quad you fly. Spending some extra money to get the best, if you can, is well worth the investment.

The above suggestions are just suggestions. There are cheaper options which we also promote. The Eachine E013 set is a great kit for kids (and adults) who want to try this stuff out for under $100. We recommend coming to a race and talking to the pilots about their gear and why they chose what they did! It's a great way to learn about the technology and make some new friends! Also like any addiction, you will likely spend more than this once you get get going, so plan accordingly.


These suggestions were last updated October 27th, 2018.

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