New Maps for FPV Freerider Recharged

FPV Freerider Recharged Custom Maps Pack Logo

FPV Freerider is a simulator for FPV quads . With this simulator, you can practice flying very well with your spark on the computer without constantly crashing your drone. You can even use your own spark.

FPV Freerider is very simple and not necessarily the most realistic simulator in the field of aerospace physics – but it is not very demanding in terms of hardware (it even works on a mobile phone!) And unbeatably cheap ($ 5).

When successor  FPV Freerider Recharged was neatly turned on the graphics screw – but then also requires a correspondingly powerful system.

One of the new levels from the Freerider Recharged Map Pack

New Maps for FPV Freerider Recharged

Now a new map pack for freerider recharged has come out, and the maps look really nice. Also, the price for $3 is fine, even if I had preferred the maps as a free update after I have already paid $22 (with donation) for FPV Freerider Recharged.

The Custom Level Pack includes:

– Big Hollow Bando
– Fifty-Fifty
– Treehouse
– 2018 MultiGP Regional Series Qualifier Track

MultiGP Universal Time Trial Tracks:

– UTT 1
– UTT 2 Tsunami
– UTT 3 Bessel Run
– UTT 4 High Voltage
– UTT 5 Nautilus
– UTT 6 Fury

If you already own FPV Freerider Recharged then you should get the pack in any case, whoever does not have FPV Freerider Recharged can get it for only $10 .

Alternatives to free-riders

Freeriders / Freeriders Recharged are two extremely popular FPV simulators. But they are by far not the only ones. Interested people should also take a look at this:

Freerider vs. Liftoff vs. Velocidrone Vs. Rotor rush


Unfortunately, Liftoff is only included on the Steam platform , but probably the “cutest” product on the FPV simulator market. In addition to good flight physics, there is a heterogeneous selection of maps and various modes, including a freestyle mode in which your FPV freestyle moves are scored points. Liftoff is my most used simulator at the moment.


The Velocidrone , created in collaboration with TBS, is described by many pilots as the simulator with the most realistic flight behavior.

Rotor rush

Especially, racers swear by Rotor Rush . Unfortunately, Rotor Rush is really designed for FPV racing and not as flexible as the requirements of freestyle pilots.

Air Mode | All about Air mode

flight mode of quad copter

What is “Air Mode” for FPV racing drones?

When setting up Betaflight, you will quickly come across the term “Air Mode” You can find it either under Configuration or under Modes.

Beta Flight configuration through modes.

What does it mean? – Air mode Betaflight Explanation

Air Mode brings stability and is indispensable for FPV Freestyle.

Roughly speaking, it means that the “propellers are always on.” This means that the quad is stable in the air even if you don’t use the throttle at all.

The other way around: If you forget about it, you will lose control of the copter as soon as you stop throttling. Without throttle, the drone will start to whirl around in the air without stopping.

With it is activated, the quad always maintains the same position via the gyroscope and the compensation of the motors. Therefore, the motors are always running in Air Mode.

What is the difference between “Air Mode” and “Acro Mode”?

Acro Mode and Air Mode are not different modes in the sense of “one or the other.” To be precise, Acro Mode should always be combined with Air Mode.

Acro Mode means that the racing drone does not automatically straighten up again but remains at the same angle / in the same position. This is done via the flight controller — but only as long as the motors are running. Without throttle and without Air Mode, they do not run, and the copter can no longer hold its position.

Since you often let off the throttle completely for short moments, especially when flying freestyle, Air Mode should always be activated.

Acro Mode and Air Mode are not different modes in the sense of “one or the other.” To be precise, Acro Mode should always be combined with Air Mode.

Confusion because of the display in the OSD

The fact that you are actually flying in Acro mode, but many are talking about “Air Mode,” is due to the OSD (On Screen Display) of Betaflight. The following modes are displayed here:

  • Angle Mode
  • Horizon Mode
  • Air Mode

However, the latter is actually Acro Mode — but this is the “normal” mode and is therefore not displayed.

wrong display in beta flight testing.
The “wrong” display in the Beta flight OSD

Angle Mode and Horizon Mode can be combined just like Acro Mode with Air Mode (and always should be with anything over 2″.)

Activate Air mode in Betaflight

There are two ways to activate Air Mode in Beta flight:

  • In the Modes
  • In the configuration

Below is the picture, you can see how the Air Mode is set. For this to be visible at all, Air Mode must be deactivated / not permanently switched in the configuration (see below).

The “advantage” of the modes is that you can select for which mode (Angle, Horizon, Acro) it is activated or not. However, since we recommend always have Air Mode activated, it is best to do this via the configuration:

Betaflight configuration for your FPV racing drone.
Switch on Air Mode permanently in the Beta flight configuration

So the propellers are always running as soon as the drone is armed.

Betaflight Anti Gravity

About Anti-Gravity, one can write small scientific papers. Therefore here only very briefly:

What does Anti-Gravity do?

Anti-Gravity increases the value in the PID controller when “punching” (quickly activating the throttle).
This ensures that even with punches, the copter can hold its position well. (Yes, this is simplified — if you want more info, have a look at this video by Bardwell or in German by SimonS).