Drone Obstacle Course Kit – 4 Options For Added Fun And To Enhance Your SkillsNovember 14, 2019 12 By Scott Hinkle
If you’re a repeat visitor to this site, you probably know that most of my posts are about drones in the news, drone and accessory reviews, post-production tips, and so on. Today’s post is another accessory review type of post, but one that’s more on the fun side of things and not just a recommended item like an ND filter or extra set of props.
Today we’ll be talking about a Drone Obstacle Course Kit. We’ll cover what it is, why you might want one, what you get in the kit itself, and other options available to you.
I’m looking to bring more articles like this one to you in the hopes that it will help maintain or rekindle your love for flying your drone. Drones are great tools, but they’re also enjoyable toys. It’s items like this one that will help you hone your skills and even bring a little fun and excitement back into your droning endeavors.
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Let’s start by talking about what A Drone Obstacle Course Kit is…
What Is A Drone Obstacle Course Kit?
The simplistic answer is “A collection of items, specifically designed for drone operators, that you can set up or layout in various ways, to use for fun and skill enhancement.” Think of it as a race track with obstacles for your drone.
A Drone Obstacle Course Kit can contain all kinds of different items from cones to rings, even simple boxes. The whole idea is that you can set up these items in whatever way makes sense to you and start using them right away. Because it’s just a collection of things that you can arrange however you see fit, you can continue to challenge yourself by mixing it up now and then.
Some kits will contain either a preferred setup schematic or several to choose from. Others may not even offer a suggested layout and leave it up to you to make that decision. Either way, the important part is that you use your kit and build your skills while having fun.
As you get comfortable with a particular layout, tweak it a bit. Make it more challenging and add new twists to enhance your piloting skills. Nothing is preventing you from adding more items to your kit. Heck, they can even be every-day items, such as a chair or whatnot. It doesn’t have to be something specifically designed for drones as long as it makes sense and serves a purpose in your overall design.
Now that you know what A Drone Obstacle Course Kit is, let’s talk about why you’d want one…
Why Would I Want One?
Some of you may be thinking, “I have a drone. The world is my obstacle course. Why would I want to buy one?” That’s an excellent question, and maybe you don’t actually need one, but I’d argue they have a place in almost every drone pilot’s arsenal, and here’s why:
It’s one thing to be on the job, doing what you need to, to complete the objective. It’s quite another to be focusing on your skillset.
Maybe you’ve been nervous about spacial reasoning. Now you can set up obstacles and practice flying closer to objects in a safe environment, perhaps even closer to the ground to prevent potential damage should you clip something. As you practice these maneuvers, you’ll become more comfortable and confident in your skills.
As you get to a certain level of comfort, you might even start practicing such maneuvers at higher speeds and so on.
Skill enhancement is one of the best arguments for setting up an obstacle course. You might even offer it up to your friends or start a piloting skills business.
Let’s face it. Drones are just plain fun. Yes, they’re professional tools that are used in all sorts of ways, but when it comes down to it, they’re a lot of fun to fly. Now, take it up a notch and think skills. You know there’s a little pride in you when you pull of a maneuver flawlessly. If not, I’m a bit jealous of your modesty. Still, there’s that primary instinctual drive that pushes us to try something new and maybe even show off a bit.
An obstacle course is a perfect platform for these urges. Step up a level and set up a racecourse. Did you know that there are professional drone races now with big prizes? Imagine practicing for one of those.
I’m sure there’s more than these two reasons to consider an obstacle course, but I think these two alone are enough to convince most drone pilots that it would be a worthwhile investment.
What’s great is that these two reasons are not mutually exclusive. Who’s to say you can’t have fun while building skills or build skills while having fun? I’d argue that both can be true and are most of the time. Even when I’m doing a simple job for DroneBase, DroneUp, or another party, I find that I continue to build my skill and also have fun doing it.
Now those examples are from when I’m on a job. Imagine the difference being on an obstacle course would make. I bet I’d do things a bit different. I’m not saying I’d be unsafe, but I am saying I would probably do things a little faster, maybe a little closer to objects and so on. That in itself is a bit exciting to me.
So, let’s see what you get in A Drone Obstacle Course Kit…
What Do I Get In A Kit?
There are several options out there. Here are four different kits/items to choose from:
EaglePro Drone Racing Obstacle Course
An easy to set up, snap-together obstacle course. Made from flexible plastic, impacting these obstacles will do less (if any) damage to your aircraft. They can be set up in minutes and come with a 12-month warranty.
Papair Indoor Obstacle Course Game
This kit includes nine rings of varying sizes to help you master your piloting skills. They can also be used outdoors, despite the name description.
StarTRC Mavic Mini Drone Racing Obstacle Course
Pop-up, ultra-portable gates that can be set up in seconds. Set them up in any configuration you desire and start showing off those skills!
iFlight FPV Racing Gates
These are another pop-up type of gate that can be set up very quickly. Grab a set or two and build an obstacle course to put others to shame!
There are many other options available to you, and there’s nothing that says you can’t mix and match sets, so see which ones might work for you and start designing an obstacle course to fit your needs. Don’t forget; you can mix these items with other objects to make a truly fantastic course that others would be jealous of.
Are There Other Options?
You don’t have to buy a kit to set up an obstacle course. You can use everyday items. Consider chairs and tables as obstacles to fly over and under. If you’re a do-it-yourself type of person, you can build pretty much anything. Hit the hardware store and go to town. Heck, even a hula hoop, can be a great skill-building item. You’re only limited by budget, time, space, and skill set. I’ve also seen some pretty-cool obstacles made from PVC pipe.
If the do-it-yourself approach isn’t your thing, consider heading out to local parks and whatnot. Many kids’ playgrounds have all sorts of obstacles to choose from. Maybe you can fly down the slide or, if you’re lucky, still find the old metal playground with monkey bars and that spinning thing we all used to try to get going so fast so it would throw our friends off, etc.
Another option is finding a drone obstacle course/race track that you can rent time on. These aren’t as prevalent as I’d like, but they are growing in popularity.
As you can see, buying a kit of your own isn’t the only option. Still, if you have a kit of your own, it’s nice to be able to pull one out and set it up anywhere you want at any time.
I kind of look at A Drone Obstacle Course Kit as the American Ninja Warrior course for drones. Instead of putting your body through the paces, you put your skills through them. Just like ANW’s course, not only is skill important, but time plays a significant factor. Having your own kit lets you hone those skills and improve your course times.
In the end, it’s up to you to decide if you can and will take advantage of your own course. If you’re feeling a bit down or getting bored with your daily drone activities, A Drone Obstacle Course Kit can spice things up and rekindle your love and excitement for droning in general. If you want to brush up on your skills or practice a new or unusual maneuver, a kit can help with that as well.
Any way you go, home-built, purchased, leased/rented, and so on, a drone obstacle course can be an excellent investment.
Now, I’d like to hear from you. Have you purchased a kit? Did you build a course yourself? Have you ever flown a drone on an obstacle course? Do you think an obstacle course is a good or bad idea? Is there a kit I didn’t share here that you think should be? Do you know of a course that can be rented/used that you’d like to share with others? Share your experiences and opinions by commenting below.
I have bought drones as gifts for other people but I have never gotten myself one.
This looks like a really fun way to spend your spare time! I have a feeling some people get bored with their drones if they are just basic models because you can only fly it around for so long. This is a perfect addition to alleviate that issue and create an entirely new world of fun!
I have never even had the opportunity to fly a drone before, but you have me really interested in wanting to add it to my Christmas list now!
Oh, you’re missing out. I’m glad you’ve bought them for others but I hope you get a chance to try one for yourself.
You’re right, people can get Oreo with the same routine. Setting up an obstacle course is a great way to reignite the excitement flame.
By all means, add a drone to your Christmas list. I Hinkle you’ll find it quite exciting. Consider a Mavic Mini or Mavic Air as a good starter drone.
I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. I actually have a drone and my best friend recommended me to try an obstacle course kit as he says it is a way more fun than just flying around.
What I first saw is that these kits are not expensive at all, they are pretty affordable so I will definitely get one and test my skills, it should not be that hard lol.
I agree with you friend. It’s way more fun to test your skills and challenge yourself.
Yes, they are quite affordable and you can even buy several to setup something really impressive.
Let me know what you end up getting and take a few pictures to share your setup.
Thanks for commenting,
This one will be very helpful in teaching how to fly a drone. I think that it is important that I get one to learn for myself.
You have written here some very good options to use it for. I remember crashing the first drone I ever had due to over excitement and unprofessionalism.
I will get one of these. Thanks!
I agree. Setting up an obstacle course and actually using it can only make you a better pilot.
I’m sorry to hear about your incident. I hope it wasn’t too embarrassing or expensive.
Let me know what you end up getting.
Holy cow, do these ever look like SO MUCH FUN!!!
Sure, I’m sure that it will absolutely improve your skills but I would be playing with these every day if I had them. It would be hard to stop at just buying one set because I would want to mix and match some and put them all over the place to create a truly impressive course!
Thank you so much for bringing these to my attention.
That’s the problem isn’t it? Too many cool items and possibilities but what a problem to have, LOL.
Do me a favor… Send me pictures of the courses you end up creating. I’d love to see what you come up with.
Wow, this is great! I never knew drones could be such fun and also educational until I saw your article. In fact I never knew dreams could help your targeting skills and also I never knew it will make your brain calculate more accurately.
I think everyone should get involved in this at least at leisure times.
Thanks Scott for taking out time to educate us on this and also I like the Mavic mini drone racing obstacles course.
Yes drones can be all kinds of fun.
It’s actually kind of exciting to be able to setup your own course and hone your piloting skills.
I agree. Every drone pilot could benefit from an obstacle course.
Thank you. I like the Mavic Mini course as well.
Well, I have never thought of using the drone obstacles before. This is, in fact, a very very good idea and I like it.
I didn’t know that they sell what can be set up as an obstacle. I am sure that I am going to have so much fun making use of this. I like the fact that you have given detailed information on this.
I will order it while I will make use of some household equipment till it gets delivered.
I know what you mean. When I got my drone I just figured I’d fly it. It never occurred to me that obstacle options even existed. I like it too.
I totally get it. I’m looking at using cones and PVC piping to set something up in addition to the obstacle kit itself.
Thanks for commenting,