AirVūz Blog

May 22, 2019

#QuadGoals: Croble FPV

This week, we head Down Under to Australia to feature a talented FPV pilot and his quad. Heath Whibley, aka Croble FPV, tells us about a quad he’s got pretty dialed in — and it shows in the footage. We’ll let Heath take it from here:

“My setup is based on the new AstroX J5 Freestyle Frame which is arguably one of the most dialed in frames to date, setting the standard in design and build quality no doubt. It’s silky smooth and agile with the help of quality components tied together all benefiting from one another proving to have a good longevity which is important to me. With knowing my quad is almost perfect I have the ability to get in the zone and throw my quad around all types of vehicles and scenery.”
Drone pilot: Croble FPV
Video filmed with this quad: Smoothness X Croble FPV


May 15, 2019

#QuadGoals: George FPV

You know the feeling when you finally get a quad that flies just the way you like it to? That’s how this week’s #QuadGoals featured pilot feels about his latest build. Here’s the drone that George FPV is flying:

“This is my main and only quad and I love it. I’ve tried a lot of different components in the past like motors, FC, esc, frames etc…but finally this is the best quad that I’ve ever flown and I’m so proud!”

Drone pilot: George FPV

Video filmed with this quad: #Hypersmooth Not Allowed

 


Quad build
Antenna: Lumenier AXII
Props: Tmotor 5.1×4.3×3


May 8, 2019

#QuadGoals: mrgeeseeks

This week’s featured pilot finds some awesome locations to fly his quads — and he sometimes gets experimental with his builds, too. We let mrgeeseeks tell us about one of his favorite quads he’s currently flying:

“This is a light build with a GoPro Hero 7 / Insta360 one X where I can get good torque and smooth moves. It is very versatile it weights only 90 grams including all hardware and FPV camera mount, very easy to maintain at a reasonable price.”

Drone pilot: mrgeeseeks

Video filmed with this quad: fashion electric skateboard with a drone…wait what?


 


Build:

Frame: PyroDrone Hyperlite Flowride – love the weight and maintainability

Motors: PyroDrone 2307 2522KV – 2307 motors keep a balance between good torque and smooth turns

Cam: Run cam micro Swift 2 – with its 2.1mm lens keeps clean FPV feed at good exposure

RX: TBS crossfire micro – nothing better than trusting your gear; this gives me confidence at 100%
Transmitter: Taranis x9d plus – love the customization you get from Taranis
Goggles: Fatshark HD3 – nothing better in the market so far
La Forge v2 – something I need to probably upgrade soon but so far they are being reliable clean feed


May 1, 2019

#QuadGoals: FPV Evil_Munkey

We’ve got a Cinewhoop being featured this week in #QuadGoals. This drone, which belongs to FPV Evil_Munkey (aka Mike Stafford), is capable of taking HD footage while flying into small spaces. We’ll like Mike tell more about the build:

“My Quad is a Shendrones Squirt v2 or also known as a Cinewhoop. 20×20 stack with an Omnibus F3 flight controller, 4in1 BLHeli esc, 1306-3100kv motors, AKK vtx, 3078 Race Kraft props, Foxeer Predator micro, and GoPro Session. The quad is great because it’s small portable. Also you can get some amazing footage. This is by far one of my favorite quads I own.

I picked to build the Squirt because I have always been interested in doing slow cinema style videos. It’s light and portable and can go places where a full size quad can’t fit. It’s super smooth and fun to fly. If you’re looking into some for cinematic movements, this is your quad.”‘

Pilot: FPV Evil_Munkey

Video featuring this quad: Cinewhoop rates and battery update


Quad build:

Shendrones Squirt v2

20×20 stack

Omnibus F3 flight controller

4in1 BLHeli esc

1306-3100kv motors

AKK vtx

3078 Race Kraft props

Foxeer Predator micro

GoPro Session


April 24, 2019

#QuadGoals: InspireFPV

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time to feature another FPV pilot and another quad. This week, we asked Reza Kurniawan — aka InspireFPV — to share more about his quad build. Take it away, Reza:

“Greetings all! Much love to AirVuz for the #quadgoals feature! For the past few months, I have been focusing on more finely edited vertical format posts to take advantage of the vertical landscape of mobile applications. To make this all possible, I keyframe both motion and zoom in Adobe Premiere for proper framing.  Using the Hero7 to record in 4:3 ratio allows for more vertical video capture, and keyframing the video’s motion and scale to keep the subject in frame is really what makes all of these dynamic shots in a tall format possible. For GoPro settings, I usually record in Hypersmooth 2.7K, 4:3, 30fps, with 1/60 shutter for cinematic motion blur (following the “180-degree rule” of double shutter speed) and PolarPro ND filters for dropping exposure. ISO min is 100, and ISO max is set anywhere from 200-800, generally determined by how dark the shadows are.

With regards to the drone equipment used, it certainly pays to have a rugged and consistent quad to be able to nail that shot without having to worry about a fragile quad ruining your opportunity. The cinematic quad frame used in this video was the Armattan Marmotte. The easily adjustable 15 to 40-degree titanium camera cage allows you to quickly change your flight speed, while also providing unrivaled protection! Paired with the Armattan Velvet 2306 2300kV motors, I am able to use both 4S and 5S batteries, as well as get run over and still fly smooth (personally tested)! My go-to batteries are the Funfly 4S 1550mAh 100C packs. Despite being a budget freestyle battery, this new Funfly chemistry doesn’t puff, doesn’t get hot, delivers consistent power and is therefore far exceeding all my expectations! The final piece of equipment I would have to recommend are the T-Motor T5143 propellers. These ultralight 3.8g propellers spin up faster, delivering more throttle control while also mitigating propwash!

I’ve had to learn a number of things since starting FPV, but this information is stuff that I feel would have helped me when I first started. So with that in mind, I hope this helps you to reach your #quadgoals as well!

“You don’t recommend things to Friends, you recommend Solutions.”

Much love and many thanks!”

-InspireFPV of the Bay Area Quad Squad

PilotInspireFPV

Video featuring this quad: Part 107 – This is NOT a Commercial‼️


My Loadout:
Armattan Marmotte frame
Armattan Oomph Velvet 2306 2300kV motors
Tattu Funfly 4S 1550mAh 100C
T-Motor T5143 Propellers
Joshua Bardwell F4 FC
Butterflight with Kalman Filter
ImmersionRC Tramp
TBS Triumph Antenna
TBS Crossfire Nano Rx + Micro Tx
TBS Diamond Antenna
RunCam Swift Mini 2 JohnnyFPV Edition with 1.8mm Lens
Taranis X9D Plus Special Edition + Hall Effect Gimbals
GoPro Hero7 Black


April 17, 2019

#QuadGoals: Mako Reactra

This week’s pilot and her husband are both FPV pilots. Mako Reactra shares with us about her quad build and talks about the process of learning to build quads. Check out more from Mako:

“I started flying miniquads just over a year ago.  My first quad was a PNP with Betaflight, the same software my husband uses. When it was time to build my own quad, I talked to pilots, read forums, and watched videos. I quickly discovered the Flightone community. I decided to go my own route and built a quad with their stack. Yes, my husband and I use two different softwares under one roof, but not for long! I’m not only thankful I made the switch to F1 because my quads fly better, but I’m now a Flightone Team pilot. I’m on a team with many of the best pilots of in the world, so I hope I learn a lot and improve my skill.

Most of my quads, including the Flightclub PROton 5 inch race quad pictured, have my favorite stack combo: the RevoltOSD FC and Skitzo Bolt32 50A ESC.  For racing, you can’t beat the Foxeer Predator Micro V3 with its low latency and vivid colors for spotting gates. Plus, my video quality is top notch with Fatshark HDOs and Immersionrc Rapidfire. I typically fly Brother Hobby motors. I have the Long Range R3, the Dead Pool R5, and the Limited Edition R6. My Flightclub PROton rips with these sexy Limited Edition Returner 6 2306 2450kv motors.  For props, I often fly HQ as pictured, but lately I have been testing out the Azure’s Johnny Props for freestyle flight. My transmitter is the DX9 Black Edition decked out in this stylish NXGraphicsfpv wrap. One of my goals is to fly the LED track at MultiGP International Open, so I’ll be adding some TinyLEDs to my PROton next.

I’d like to take this time to thank my sponsors, both Flightone and Diatone for all of their support! AirVuzFPV, I appreciate you showcasing my quad and flying.”

PilotMako Reactra

Video featuring this quadSpring is here, but we’re still freestyle flying in winter hats! BRR!


Quad build:

Flightclub PROton 5 inch frame

Flightone RevoltOSD FC

Flightone Skitzo Bolt32 50A 4 in 1 ESC

Foxeer Predator Micro V3

Fatshark HDOs

Immersionrc Rapidfire

Brother Hobby 2306 2450kv Motors

Wolfwhoop Q3 Pro VTX

Johnny FPV Azure Props


April 10, 2019

#QuadGoals: Whofpv

This week’s #QuadGoals feature highlights a pilot doing some pretty awesome stuff with HD micro quads: Whofpv. He tells us about the quad he used to film some of his most popular videos: the Nano Vespa 100.
“A slight upsize from the Nano Vespa 80 used in the video “Oannanocos” X Micro Drone.  This 100mm quad has DYS Mini Stack, Runcam Split Mini, AKK micro vtx with smart audio, Spektrum receiver
 I’ve been a fan of DYS products for over two years now. Their electronics are reliable, durable and each FC comes with internal blackbox which I use for tuning these little beasts.
Runcam Split Mini hands down wins over the Turtle for me. Straight out of the box the thing is ready to record great with stock settings, even though I tweak them for a bit flatter profile so I can color post. Although the Turtle can be tweaked to look nice, stock plastic lenses don’t cut it for me. I will admit I have tweaked my own cam to have its ND filter applied to the inside of the lens. There’s 3d prints now but it’s the tinkerer in me that went internally and see what the cam was all about. Bigger fan now than ever when looking at the internals.
Reelsteady: it’s part of my process. Some may think of this as a one button fix for footage. It really isn’t. It’s just as integral to the equation as flying smoothly. You truly have to learn not only to fly, but fly for Reelsteady itself.
Smoother Footage: you don’t need Reelsteady to create a smooth flight. I would say the hardest thing to acquire is altitude control at 5 degree tilt. There’s a finesse to the stick input that helps you set that up and the only thing that helps is stick time. One little trick at that low of angle is using the crosshairs in your OSD and try to focus on keeping the middle steady always while your piloting. And fly acro. It allows for smoother footage when you’re not fighting a gyro.
Spektrum: Yeah I fly it. Stock, too. The flying I do interiors doesn’t really call for long range. But I am surprised sometimes how far I can get.
Hope this helps any pilots out there wanting to Nano whoop and take on the building yourselves. I began building these out last May and since then many RTF’s are out now. I can’t comment on quality since I build all of mine, but they all look great and affordable. As always never buy hype, buy with knowledge and research. Much love to AirVuz and thanks for the support.”


April 3, 2019

#QuadGoals: jaisor

Our next pilot (and quad) featured for #QuadGoals is Jordan Marinov, aka Jaisor. He shows off his TQF SkilZaw Long Range quad, and tells us more about the build. Plus, he showcases the quad on a great flight in southern California.

“Over the last year, I’ve been gravitating towards calmer scenic flights at a longer range (LR). TQF SkilZaw 5.5” has been an excellent platform for that purpose. The frame is exceptionally sturdy, with stiff high-quality carbon arms and body that easily accommodates larger batteries, GoPro, GPS, Crossfire and all other LR bells and whistles. I’ve been a dire fan of EMAX motors since the original red-bottoms.

For this quad, I am using EMAX RSII 2306 1700kv for their smoothness and efficiency. The flight controller is Matek F722-STD running Betaflight 3.5.3 8/8kHz. I still think F722-STD is the best kept secret in FPV, from features (F7, 5xUARTS, Baro, OSD), to cost and durability. For ESC my choice is Aikon AK32 4-in-1 35A, stable DSHOT 1200, good size, weight and superb performance. Lastly, TBS Unify Pro HV and Crossfire to wrap up the LR package. My preferred battery is Indestructible Quads 5S 1300mAh, it outperforms LiPos easily twice the cost. I use several prop combos, HQ V1S either 5” or 5.5”, or T-Motor T5143-1 which are the smoothest props I’ve flown with a balance slightly towards efficiency rather than power.

Gratitude to AirVuz for the feature. Their continued support and shared visuals from this amazing hobby truly inspire and unite us with our common passion for flight.”

Pilot: Jaisor

Video featuring this quad: Rocks at sunset


Build Specs:

Twin Quad Frames SkilZaw 5.5in

EMAX RSII 2306 1700kv / T-Motor T5143-1

Matek F722-STD / Betaflight 3.5.3 8/8kHz

Aikon AK32 4-in-1 35A

Indestructible Quads “Black Label” 5S

TBS Crossfire

Unify Pro HV

Foxeer Lollipop RHCP

Runcam Eagle 2

GoPro Hero7 Black


March 27, 2019

#QuadGoals: El Buho

This week’s pilot in our #QuadGoals feature is Gino Carpio-Tentoni, aka El Buho. He shares the details of his quad build — as well as some great pics of the quad, too. We’ll let Gino take it from here:

“I’ve been a die hard Flightone user ever since I tried it roughly 5-6 months back. I love the feel of the product and the community that comes along with it. The combo of a Revolt OSD with the Bolt32 is untouchable. To top it off I use the TBS Unify HV for excellent video quality and of course I’ve installed TBS Crossfire on all my kwads for virtually unlimited RX signal. What good are Fatshark HDO goggles without a great FPV cam? So I went with Runcam Swift 2 Rotor Riot Edition on all of my kwads for the best image money can buy. I’m a big fan of power along side with response so after testing many different motors I finally came across the T-Motor F80 pro. WOW! So much power and incredible response and of course I had to tag team them with the best prop on the market, Ethix S3 made by HQ Props.

Thank you Airvuz for the highlight and always being an essential part of the FPV/drone community! It’s good people like you guys that make this hobby that much more amazing!”

Pilot: El Buho

Video featuring this quadIn The Playground – FMP


Kwad:

FC: Flightone Revolt OSD
Props: Ethix S3 (HQ Props)
Goggles: Fatshark HDO
Antennas: 2X TBS Triumph
Remote: TBS Tango


March 21, 2019

Guest blog: Kelly Needleman

Drone pilot Kelly Needleman was one of the youngest guests on “The Drone Dish” on AirVuz.com. The talented filmmaker has implemented drones into his work to help elevate his videos — literally and figuratively — to the next level.

Now Kelly shares more insights on how he uses drones, what they’ve allowed him to do — and what he hopes to do with drones in the future.

What do you think has been the biggest change in the drone industry since you started? 

“The use of new small compact drones such as the DJI Mavic Air. My first ever professional drone system was the DJI Phantom 4 Pro, which is absolutely amazing except for its size. The use of compactable drones while maintaining high resolution is defiantly the biggest change I have seen in the drone industry.”
How do you think the use of drones plays in to the social media creator world? 
“I think that drones have enabled creative and unusual perspectives which resulted in a wide range of people interested in aerial photography and videography. I have noticed that an increased amount of people have been attracted to my page due to the use of aerial footage. I feel that focused social media organizations such as AirVūz are a great way to create a community of people who share their aerial work to other like-minded people. “
If you have, what has been the easiest way to monetize your aerial work? 
“Working with companies by creating short films including the aerial aspect.”
You mentioned on “The Drone Dish” on AirVuz that you hoped to get into create full feature movies using drones. Is that still a goal of yours? Or have you started pursuing that already?
“Yes, I am currently in pre-production for my film ‘Lost Visibility.’ The logline for my feature film ‘Lost Visibility’ is: Maybe they weren’t as close as they thought they were. Three friends share intimate dreams that bring their secrets to reality. The movie is in the genres of Teen drama, mystery, and psychological thriller. I will be incorporating the drone perspective an extensive amount in the film.  “
What sort of drone content do you enjoy watching most?
“I love to watch all drone footage, but I would have to say that landscapes are the most powerful use of an aerial drone perspective. Using a drone to shoot landscapes allows the viewer to feel an emotion of familiarity.”
As a filmmaker, what advancements or improvements in drone technology would you personally like to see?
“I would like to see a drone that has multiple camera perspectives on the gimbal. The ability to film two or three different shots at the same time would be ideal.”
What’s your dream location to fly your drone, and why?
“My dream location to fly a drone is Patagonia because of its vast landscape. I am traveling to Patagonia this spring with a group of friends to create a documentary. I will be bringing my DJI Mavic Air to shoot aerial video!”