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FatShark 101 How to Fly Checklist

FatShark 101

Warning: Always operate this product in a responsible manner and observe laws covering model airplanes and/or drones. Do not fly near other people, over roadways, or in protected nature areas. 

Warning: The FatShark 101 system is not a toy. This product contains small parts and is intended only for use by adults. 

Getting Started

The FatShark 101 bundle has everything you need to get started in the world of drone racing. 

Before you Begin: Register your product at This will give you access to a FREE FatShark Lap Timer and FREE Insurance provided by the Academy of Model Aeronautics. 

Before you Begin: We recommend all beginners start by training with a simulator, which will orient you with the flight dynamics of the 101 kit. Use the controller and USB cable to plug the radio into a computer. Then, explore the controls in the simulator and virtually gain a foundation of skills before you fly the real thing. 

Before you Begin: The Shark Quad comes with a tether installed on the battery pack. For initial flights, tether the quadcopter to a heavy anchor such as a water bottle to get a handle on throttle management and drift compensation. 


1. Download and install a simulator at

2. Connect the USB cable between the computer and the controller and allow it to install a driver if necessary. 

3. Open the simulator and set up the radio by calibrating the sticks and selecting RAW input. 


1. Fly in an area free of obstructions and wind

2. Power on the headset and find an open band; you should see a snowy signal free of other video

3. Power up the quad and set the video channel to match the headset

4. Find a comfortable position in which to fly

5. With the goggles on, arm the motors with the top right switch on the radio

6. Explore pitch, roll, and yaw controls at low throttle settings before flying aggressively

7. Always disarm the quad and unplug the battery when the flight is complete

Pro Tip: After spending some time on the simulator, take the first few flights with the 101 kit outdoors in an open environment above nicely trimmed grass. This setting provides a nice, soft landing spot for early flights. 

Pro Tip: Practice flipping the disarm/arm switch with the goggles off to allow you to easily locate it when you have the goggles on.

Pro Tip: When flying with other pilots, wait until everyone has landed before powering up a quad. This avoids accidentally interfering with another system's feed. Always announce when a quadcopter is powering up and be ready to unplug it if interference shows up. 

Expected Limits

The FatShark 101 system is capable of flying inside or outside at ranges up to approximately 100 feet (30 meters) away from the operator. The range is heavily dependent on direct line of sight operation and the environment. An open environment is the ideal setting. 

Indoor in metal or reinforced concrete buildings can be challenging environments. The video system will begin to lose signal before the control signal is lost, so the quality of the video reception naturally limits its range. 

Warning: Do not climb beyond reasonable low altitudes, or try to push the range to see how far the quadcopter will fly. Pushing the limits before learning the basics can quickly lead to the aircraft getting lost or stuck in a tree. The kit is intended for close-range, low-level racing and was not designed to climb high or travel great distances from the user. 

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