It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for another edition of #QuadGoals. Today’s featured pilot has been sharing his content on AirVuz for the past four years. And as you can tell by his handle, Matt Bardeen takes us on a journey through Chile with his videos. Here’s more from ChileVuela:
“My name’s Matt and I’m currently enjoying life in Talca, Chile. I’ve been flying FPV for around 6 years now, ever since I first saw FPV videos on YouTube while building a quadcopter for my job at a local university. I’ve always wanted to fly like a bird and this has been the closest (and safest) way I’ve found to achieve that. I enjoy freestyle, mountain diving, and long range work, but I really enjoy just getting out and flowing over the awesome landscapes that the Andes offer.
Flying in Norway is many drone pilot’s dream. FPV pilot Daniel, aka eVolvE FPV, gets to live that dream every day. Based in Norway’s capital of Oslo, he’s captured some stunning footage throughout the country. Learn about his favorite cinematic quad he’s currently flying.
“I’m Daniel and I live in Oslo, Norway. I remember the first day I tried flying FPV. It was terrifying but at the same time the most intense and coolest thing I have ever done. Since then I’m all in for this awesome sport. I was aiming to become a good freestyle pilot at first but broadened my horizons when the so-called ‘hypercine’ or cinematic FPV started to become a thing. And now I’m crazy for both of those styles.
My favorite drone? It’s gotta be my ‘miracle quad.’ This little fella has been through a lot. I also managed to lose it in the woods, then it miraculously appeared on my doorstep 3 months later, and it flew! I have crashed it countless times but it still works and flies so good. Now it’s ‘retired’ from freestyle and only captures Cinematic footage.”
This week’s featured #QuadGoals pilot, Ryan Stager, loved flying drones so much that he decided to turn it into a business. Here, he shares with us a bit about his FPV background and the specs of his cinewhoop quad.
“I started flying FPV drones in December of 2015. Before that I flew 3D collective pitch helicopters for a few years. While having a trade & many degrees in HVACR, I found flying drones and making videos for people — along with traveling to meet new friends all over the country for FPV drone events — is what really made me happy. And they say if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life, right? Fast forward to summer of 2019, I came up with the idea to help brands & business with the FPV drones locally. No I’m not the first to think of this, but the first for my market, as this would bring great opportunity to me. So I decided to follow my dreams, established a team & founded AboveGroundProductions LLC!”
Drone pilot: ThatFlyinRyan
Video filmed with this quad: BRIC : Boca raton Innovation Center
Build List :
Cinewhoop drones continue to increase in popularity as FPV pilots look for ways to film cinematic footage. So for this week’s #QuadGoals we head to Peru to feature Israel Bonilla, aka Dronotron, a pilot who tells us more about the custom cinewhoop he’s currently flying.
As drones become more portable, travelers have taken their flying cameras around the world to capture our stunning planet from an aerial perspective.
But which countries were the most popular for drone pilots in 2019?
AirVūz —an online community and media hosting site for drone pilots and aerial enthusiasts — compiled a list of the top-ranked countries for drone videos. The ranking is based on the location of all videos uploaded to drone media site AirVuz.com from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019.
The United States was the most-droned country in the world for all of 2019. This included videos from all over the lower 48 states, plus plenty of footage from the mountains of Alaska and the beaches of Hawaii. Videos from the U.S. included both traditional stabilized camera footage using drones such as the popular DJI Mavic 2 Pro, as well as first-person view videos from drone racing pilots around the country.
Turkey, the United Kingdom, Italy and France rounded out the top five most-droned countries.
Many of the videos from Turkey featured its historic capital city of Istanbul. Another popular location of Turkey showcased by drone pilots was Cappadocia, famous for its hot air balloons and unique landscapes.
Pilots made their way all across the United Kingdom in 2019, with videos spanning from Northern Ireland to Wales to Scotland to many regions of England. Italy and France — popular destinations for tourists of all types — not surprisingly made the list. Whether it was the historic architecture or vineyards of Italy or the stunning countryside of France, both countries were hotspots for drone enthusiasts in 2019.
Here’s the top 10:
- United States
- United Kingdom
For those looking to bring a drone while traveling in 2020, be sure to check with the local drone regulations and laws to ensure you fly safely and legally.
It’s time to kick off a new year — and a new decade. We can’t wait to feature many more pilots and their quads in 2020. We start by highlighting the work of docl8, a Swiss pilot who loves to showcase the surrounding mountains with his miniquad.
“I’m Doc from Geneva, Switzerland. I’ve been flying FPV drones for two years and have been focusing on mountain surfing the last year. Hope you’ll enjoy the clip I edited for the occasion and if you mind, take a look at my content. Finally huge thanks to AirVuz. My family, Iove you! My fpv buddies: Loic Vel for building my first FPV drone, Claudius Cubitus who taught me everything about flying long-range. Phuc Luong, who is always available for helping me build/tune my quads. Oreste (Orbi) your video really inspired me and you’re always here to help. Luke for designing and printing my 3D parts. Marius, Mathias, Julien & Zito and all my FPV friends, can’t wait to have a session together.”
Drone pilot: docl8
Video filmed with this quad: The day after
3D printing by Luke FPV: Gopro TPU and Bardpole antenna
Sticky lipo pad
Some zipties, Rapstrap and sticky tape
35v 1000uf capacitor
With more than 50 videos uploaded to AirVuz, it was about time we featured SE_FPV in our #QuadGoals series. Sean tells us about his workhorse quad, which has taken part in plenty of epic flights:
“This is my filming/freestyle rig. It is a lightweight built being under 700g with a Hero 6 and a 1800mah lipo. It is also very reliable. It has been to all my local spots, on an FPV road trip through Germany, at the sea and all the way up to above the clouds at the sea to sky race in Kemer. Also, it never let me down while filming dirt jumping or mountain biking. And if you need it to it will also go up a mountain and all the way back down to get the great landscape shots.”
Drone pilot: SE_FPV
Video filmed with this quad: QuadGoals