The rise of FPV quadcopter racing has not only put a spotlight on the R/C hobby, but it’s allowed a number of talented pilots to become household names. In my house, among a certain demographic (young to “young-ish” males) there are a number of drone racing pilots that we cheer for.
One of the pilots that not only myself but my kids enjoy watching is Johnny Schaer (“Johnny FPV”). His attitude toward his craft is enjoyable and infections and you can’t deny the skill which he possesses. Johnny’s drive and piloting prowess have now landed him a spot on Team Futaba as their latest multi-rotor master.
Though only in his early 20s, RC drone pilot Johnny Schaer has already been seen on ESPN, won multiple drone races, and earned thousands of YouTube views with his self-produced FPV videos. He’s also one of the newest additions to Team Futaba!
“Johnny FPV” calls Winnetka, Illinois, home. But he’s recognized around the world as one of the best RC drone pilots. Last year, Johnny climbed to second place in the 2016 Drone Racing League Championships. His other achievements include rst-place finishes at the 2016 Chuncheon Drone Race World Cup (South Korea); 2017 Hot Import Nights (Jacksonville, NC); and Formula E NYC Endurance Race (New York).
When not winning competitions, Johnny entertains his fans with incredible acrobatics videos — taken while flying his FPV drone over scenic areas including the Icelandic fjords, Hawaiian beaches and Colorado mountains.
“I’ve had a passion for flying and aviation since I was little,” Johnny says. In early 2015 he watched some online videos of freestyle RC drone ying and a new passion was unleashed. “I bought my first drone the same night,” he says, “and never looked back.”
Johnny refers to racing, lming videos and traveling the world as “living a dream.” Futaba is very proud to have helped him turn that dream into reality. Asked to name his favorite Futaba radio, Johnny answers, “The 14SG. I prefer the gimbals…butter just oozes straight out of this thing.”
Image credit: Futaba