On December 21st, 2017 Fat Shark announced that their new Drone Training system is now available for pre-order and will start shipping them in January. This is a revolutionary news, because with this move Fat Shark reached out to all masses who want to get into flying little racing drones they can do it now without a huge start-up expense.
The Fat Shark 101 – Drone Training System – as they call it comes with everything in the package what is required to start flying drones FPV. Starting with the custom engineered 107mm (diagonal motor to motor distance) Sharky done, a custom design FlySky compatible 6 channel remote controller, a brand new design, very comfortable Recon goggle set, batteries, USB charger, USB cables, additional propellers, a low powered 5.8Ghz video transmitter and a 600 line CMOS camera and Fat Shark even includes 2 lightweight racing gates which can be popped open in a flash and hanged on anywhere to start racing.
The surprising fact is that this time we really got a flying shark. The “Sharky” quad is supplied with 4 x 8520 brushed motors with 9000KV, assuring to provide enough power for even 3D stunts if one desires it. The “Sharky’s” all in one vertical controller is a patented design, based on an F3 flight controller, configurable through Betaflight Configurator. The fins of the shark contain the antennas, the top fin provides the antenna for the 5.8Ghz video transmitter (FCC certified) and the back tail has the antenna integrated on for the FlySky compatible onboard receiver.
The 600 line CMOS camera provides a crisp and clear image, and if the firmware was not modified from the original factory one, it will turn into black and white image when the battery is low, so the customer knows that it is time to land.
With the release of the Fat Shark 101, Fat Shark introduces their newly developed single panel goggles the Recon. The recon will not be the choice of the high caliber racers, but for the cost of it you get a goggles which feel very natural and fall very nicely on your face. I had several people try on these goggles at our shop and the response was surprising. People who otherwise cannot wear normal goggles because of their prescription lenses replied with a “Wow” – all of a sudden they found a goggle which works for their eyes without the need of additional lenses. I personally felt the image a bit too close to my eyes at first, but after a few moments of use, it felt really natural and comfortable to use. The Recon goggles feature a frequency scanner (just a short press on the 4 way joystick) – that way it will scan for the highest RSSI signal on the selected band. Change the channels with short presses on the up/down button, if you press and hold the up/down buttons then you can change the band. Pressing and holding the 4 way joystick button will enter the OSD menu on the goggles. Here you can change some OSD setting – like how long will the OSD display show up on your image – or you can turn it off completely if you wish. The System menu will display the system information like FW version, sound on/off and a restore to factory default.
The faceplate of the goggles is covered with a very comfortable vinyl foam, which locks the external light out, but on the side of the goggles there are enough openings to allow airflow to avoid the goggles to fog up. The power to the goggles is provided by a single cell 18650 battery which will run your goggles for a good 2-3 hours or more depending on your 18650 mAh size. The USB port on the side of the goggles is used to charge the battery from a USB phone charger, for better performance we recommend a 2A power supply for this. The charging rate is about 500mAh per hour, so depending on how big your 18650 is it can take 4-6 hours to fully charge the battery
The goggles are supplied with a rubber-ducky 2db 5.8Ghz antenna to match the linear polarization of the antenna in the Sharky quad. There is a built in no signal warning, if you forgot your goggles on and there is no incoming video, your goggles will discretely stat beeping about one every 5 seconds. There is also a low battery alarm – a different beeping signal when your battery is getting low – up to the point when it gets too low and there will be an OSD warning on your display that it is now really time to turn it off and start recharging the battery.
Fat Shark provides a 6 channel custom designed remote control with their 101 drone training system. As you can see on the image above, there are no extras, controls right to the subject. One switch for flight mode, another for arming, the gimbals have a really nice feel. Overall the remote fits very nicely in your hand, and it does not feel cheap at all as the remote from most of the Chinese kits. Size of the remote is small enough that a 6-9 years old kid can use it comfortably. Binding is easy as a breeze, you can use this remote with any other quad you own, just install a FlySky receiver in them and bind it to it.
Fatshark even includes 2 spare motors with their kit. The Sharky quad has propeller guards providing protection again hitting the wall, as well as against unwanted fingers inside the spinning propeller area. Even with that we recommend keeping it away from small children and pets, because the high spinning propellers (around 19000kv) still could cause small cuts and bruises if not handled properly.
With the two gates included this kit is to provide hours of fun during the winter, I am sure lots of people will wonder and fly to every possible – inaccessible spaces in their living rooms. Fat Shark promised that they will sell gates separately as well, so one can set up a real racing course in the living room, to attract the love of their spouses.
Canadian customer can pre-order these kits from New Generation Hobbies clicking on the following link or the image below: www.nghobbies.com/cart/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=_207_234_229&products_id=2142
After you purchased your 101 Drone Training System, you will be able to register your product and with that get with free access to the Drone Racing League simulator (a $20 value) and three months of Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership and insurance (if you are residing in the USA, unfortunately Canadian customers do not get a 3 month free MAAC membership). In addition, online training videos and a detailed guide are included to help train new pilots. The Fat Shark 101 system promises a lot of extras as we go along, this is not a one time buy drone, but if you get this, and as you evolve in your piloting skills, Fat Shark will reveal in the future additional benefits which users of this system will benefit of.