I first went down the FPV rabbit hole by watching a video on YouTube – I think it was Charpu or Skitzo, though I don’t remember very clearly.
Ever since then, my life has been quads, flying, and figuring out how to buy more quads!
For me, a large part of enjoying the hobby is watching other people fly(and then trying their sick moves myself). Watching build videos is also fun and educational – you can pick up some really neat tricks just by watching the pros at it.
There are TONS of FPV channels on YouTube – this is by no means a list of all of them, but they are my favorites and the ones that I’ve felt I’ve learned the most from and enjoyed most watching.
These channels are in no particular order.
If you feel there is a channel worth adding to this list, leave a comment!
Bruce Simpson has been in RC for longer than most of us have been alive! He is an incredible educator on all things RC, and his reviews are objective and straightforward. I learned most of what I learned about building and soldering from watching Bruce’s videos. If you are getting into FPV, you must watch RCModelReviews’ videos.
The brainchild of Chad Kapper from Flite Test and featuring an FPV rockstar cast of Mr Steele, Charpu, FinalGlide, and UmmaGawd, Rotor Riot is educational, entertaining, and a blast to watch. I look forward to their new episodes every week! It’s 4 guys having fun doing what they love.
The godfather of FPV multirotors, Charpu’s videos are what first got me into flying fpv. He is a phenomenal pilot who did things people could only imagine with multirotors. Along with me, countless others have been inspired by Charpu’s videos. In person, Charpu is a humble, down to earth guy with a really cool accent!
Steele Davis AKA “Mr. Steele” is the originator of the term “Ripping Balls!” His flying style is fast, mad flips, rolls, and combinations of them. His flips are so fast you can barely see them at times. Recently, Steele has started vlogging about his FPV adventures, and he has a keen eye for editing and a wacky sense of humor for constant entertainment.
Chad Nowak is an Australian RC enthusiast – he’s been into RC for a long time and right now he has made multirotor racing his own. Chad is a super talented pilot and a great guy – you can see his antics and his really helpful tips and tricks on Rotor Riot. He flies smooth and artfully.
Tommy Tibajia AKA UmmaGawd’s channel is full of fast, smooth, low flying with rolls, flips, and combinations of everything. He is a very talented pilot and is one of the star pilots of Rotor Riot. Some of Tommy’s earlier videos have stick overlays on them so you can study them to improve your own flying, too.
A former stunt biker, MattyStuntz is now one of the most awe-inspiring acrobatic FPV pilots in the world. His stunts are mind bending, and after watching his videos, you’ll be left scratching your head how he managed to pull that off. Matty has also started vlogging recently, and he’s been sharing some of his flying secrets, too!
Along with Charpu and Steele, Skitzo is one of the first all-star drone pilots out there. His flights are smooth, acrobatic, graceful, and still mind-blowing. On top of that, he is a super nice guy and tries to reply to every comment on Reddit and YouTube. You’ll find him diving in and out of treetops with finesse.
Phil Freybott is an incredibly talented FPV pilot from Germany. You can spend hours watching him fly acro across exotic locations all over Germany and of his travels, too. Phil is a great and personable guy and you’ll see him as a guest pilot on episodes of Flite Test, too.
Juz70 is also one of the godfathers of fpv drones. He’s been flying for a few years now, and as you watch his videos, you’ll be jealous of all the awesome locations he flies in! From the Australian outback to forest reserves to bridges, he flies smoothly and gracefully over, under, and around the beautiful Australian landscape.
BMSWeb is a father-and-son duo from Australia. They’ve got features and previews of all the latest quadcopter and fpv gear, and they’re both very talented pilots. The reserve they fly in is a really neat place, too. Lots of great trees for acro. You’ll also see them race – and man, they’re fast!
Joshua Bardwell AKA “The Drone Racing Engineer” is the person to turn to if you have any questions on the nuts and bolts of how your multicopter works. He is an expert at tuning, building, software, and he has a great video series on how to do FPV stunts.
Neil Jones is an FPV and multirotor enthusiast who loves sharing the hobby with the world. He is a super helpful guy and shares many FPV tips and tricks on his channel. I only recently discovered Neil through one of his acro tutorial videos. As soon as I saw it, I subscribed!
Lance AKA Vek is an awesome pilot that takes freestyle flying to a whole new level. You’ll see him fly through crazy urban structures, fly up and down bridges, and dive down dams. Just watching his videos is exhilarating, and I’m always sitting there wondering when I’ll be able to fly like him!
BanniUK is the prodigy that won the first ever World Drone Prix in Dubai in 2016. He is a superb pilot and on his channel you’ll find a healthy mix of acro flying and racing, too. The video below is his final run from the World Drone Prix.
Richard “The HPI Guy” has been in RC for a very long time. On his channel, you’ll find everything: flight videos, how-to videos, vlogs, and gear reviews, too. His tutorials are incredibly helpful and you can’t help but admire his growing collection of RC stuff.
Boris is the developer of Betaflight, a super-awesome port of Cleanflight which supercharges it and makes your quadcopter fly like a dream. He is a very talented pilot and his videos are a blast to watch. In his older videos, you’ll also find some stick time, so be sure to watch that too!
Metalldanny is a Dutch pilot and he is also one of the pioneers of the hobby, especially in Europe. Metalldanny and Boris. B. are the European superstars of drone racing! He is a crazy fast racer and very skilled at acro, too. In a lot of his videos, you’ll see him zipping in and around parking lots. In fact, he has even flown at the actual parking lot the level in Liftoff was modeled after!
Paul Nurkkala AKA Bulbufet is a multirotor enthusiast and has made great efforts towards building a community of FPVers. On his channel, you’ll find race videos, vlogs, and full build streams of various multirotors and recently even FPV wings.
Johnny Schaer is a freestyle wizard. He flies all over the place – in his backyard, on exotic beaches, around a tall building – and his tricks are strung together impeccably. You’ll watch a video and will be left wondering how he managed to pull that off!
Jesse is part of Team Big Whoop, one of the most famous FPV racing teams there is. These guys are the masterminds behind the XBR frame and more recently of the little quadcopter that’s taken the FPV world by storm, Tiny Whoop! You’ll find awesome race videos on his channel, so check them out!
Webb FPV is another Australian FPV pilot who I subscribed to on YouTube immediately after seeing the video below. He is a super talented acro pilot and you’ll find race videos on his channel, too. He flies at amazing locations that will make you green with envy and want to pack your quad and drive all over the country to fly!
Stew from UAVFutures is one of my favorite up-and-coming multirotor guys. He is addictingly passionate about the hobby, which you’ll see right away when you see his wall full of frames and builds! His reviews are objective, helpful, and entertaining to watch. I can’t get enough of his thick Australian accent!
On T-Bone FPV’s channel, you’ll find a bit of everything: builds, races, acro flying, and other crazy FPV antics(like trying to dispose of a lipo with a gun – DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!). Recently T-Bone has been featured on Flite Test for a few of their videos. It’s all good fun!
Wiggles FPV is a team pilot for VoodooQuads. I actually found Wiggles’ channel when I was looking for build videos of a Shen Drones Shrieker for my micro build. Wiggles had done a sweet, sweet build video and I subscribed right away!
Zoe is the top female pilot in the United States! She is a competitive racer, talented acro flyer, and has recently started flying 3D multirotors too. 3D flying is when you can fly upside down as if you were flying right-side up. Normally, when you flip over, you’ll lose altitude – when you’re flying 3D, you can throttle up upside down and gain altitude. Zoe makes it look easy!
Travisgrindal shares reviews of Banggood frames and components on his channel. If there is a new frame on Banggood, chances are he’s already ordered one and planning a review on it. His reviews are objective and mixed in with a touch of humor, and always entertaining to watch. Occasionally, he’ll put out a nice flight video too. We hope to see more of those!
Furadi flies Hovership frames most of the time, and those frames are BEASTS. He is a super fast racer and on his channel, you’ll find plenty of racing videos. If you want to become a better racer, study his videos and try to replicate them in your flying.