AirVūz Blog

July 17, 2019

#QuadGoals: Flash FPV

This week, we feature not one but TWO quads from the same pilot: Flash FPV. Many quad pilots have a fleet of drones they use for different purposes, so Flash FPV tells us a bit about two different quads he flies: one for cinematic footage, and another for racing.

“Proton is the perfect frame for those who like have little space to build , don’t need to put all components in a tight way, rx go at the bottom in between bottom and main plate giving you an extra space. Carbon fiber improved and now it is better than ever. Join the bests pilots with fpvflight club like Vanover and other super top pilots! Also the race setup have a special LEDs for Iberian drone league. That make it visible even in daylight.

The Diatone r349 is the perfect plug-and-play quad . Put your rx and go fly! This tiny drone can carry a GoPro hero 7 in 3s and 4s without problems. Super smooth and easy.”

Drone pilot: Flash FPV

Videos filmed with these quads: Raluy Circus HD Whoop and IXAAQUI anniversary meeting race


Racing drone build:
Stack : Hobbywing FC + esc 45 a
Cinematic drone build:


July 10, 2019

#QuadGoals: Flylife

You probably know Martin Novak (Flylife) from his awesome skills as an FPV pilot. You might also know him from his Flylife Podcast, which interviews pilots to talk about all things FPV. This week, Martin is sharing some info on his latest quad build for our #QuadGoals feature:

“This quad is special to me because I built it over a year ago and its been used for 99% of my edits since. Its been crashed, wet, muddy, and dusty, but it still keeps flying. In that year its been through 3 new motors, 1 arm and 1 top plate. Which, I think is pretty good for 600+ plus flights.”

Drone pilot: Flylifeco

Video filmed with this quad: FPV for FPV people


Quad build:

Antennas: TBS Triumph


June 12, 2019

#QuadGoals: Nick Lang

This week’s featured pilot has introduced the art of the Tiny Whoop to some skateboarding legends (more on that in a minute). Nick Lang flies drones of all shapes and sizes, including camera drones and FPV qudads, but today we take a look at his latest addition — the Tiny Whoop Nano.

“The Tiny Whoop Nano is by far my favorite drone to fly at the moment.  I started flying the Nano QX in 2015 and I immediately saw the potential that these micro drones could have on the film industry.  Now that I own a Shendrones Squirt V2, I am using this Tiny Whoop Nano to find my line during a Cinewhoop shoot.  This is also the perfect drone to introduce new people to the hobby.  I have had the opportunity to show the tiny whoop to some of the world’s top skaters like Tony Hawk, Bob Burnquist and Tony Alva. Each of them were blown away by how cool the experience was and I will cherish those memories forever! I love the control that I have with the nano and you can tell that Tiny Whoop and Team BlackSheep put a lot of time into the tune because it is the most precise micro drone I have ever flown. It is also now the only drone I recommend to people who are just starting out in this hobby because of the amount of joy it has brought me. Thank you AirVuz for the feature this week and for all you do for this amazing hobby!”

Drone pilot: Nick Lang

Video filmed with this quad: Sunset Chase – Tiny Whoop Nano


May 29, 2019

#QuadGoals: Stan FPV

This week’s #QuadGoals feature has recently gotten into the world of the HD micros, taking high-def footage with a smaller quad than the one he started flying years ago. Here’s what Stan Maziarz Jr., aka Stan FPV, has to say about the latest build he’s flying, and the images he’s capturing with it.

“I started FPV Freestyle almost 3 years ago and still passionately love flying full size quads.. But the idea of taking that same GoPro Hero7 Black (or 360 cam, etc) capable of incredible HD content and nimbly flying it on the smallest package possible sparked my curiosity at the end of ’18 and I dove more and more into furthering the idea. When I started I was heavily modifying old frames and parts to create what I needed, but fortunately everything is now available for anyone to easily build a “CINEWHOOP” of their own. The guards around the props not only look cool, they also act as a safety barrier completely surrounding the propellers enabling me and other pilots to fly our HD cam closer to cool people and even cooler property while reducing the risk of harm or injury to the subjects we film. I can fly indoors, outdoors and thru tight gaps with ease because this quad is very stable and super easy to fly. With its high level of manueverably and small size, it unlocks a whole new world of HD video content possibilities and is amazing for professional cinematic applications as well as fun/personal flying with or without a heavy Gopro or HD cam. My cinewhoop is always with me where ever I go and one of the most versatile quads I own. It can even get stuffed into my book bag and since the propellers are protected I don’t worry about bending any props on the way. It’s a go-to for me and is a huge part of my filming arsenal. I’ve caught myself flying this perfect cinewhoop even more than my full size quad lately because it’s just so enjoyable. Fly like a bird!”

Drone pilot: Stan FPV

Video filmed with this quad: THE PLAYGROUND


QUAD BUILD

Frame: ImpulseRC Micro 3 Alien or Armattan 3 Gecko
Guards: Stan FPV Universal Ducted Propeller Guards
GoPro/Battery Cinewhoop Mount: Stan FPV
Motors: Emax 1307 4000kv v2
Props: HQ Prop 2.5×2.5×3
Lipo: 650-850 4s, high C Rating
FC/ESCs: Lumenier Micro Lux V3
VTx: TBS Unify Pro32 Nano
Vx Antenna: Lumenier Micro Axii ufl
Rx: FrSky XM+ or TBS Crossfire Nano
Rx Antenna: stock or Immortal-T V2
FPV Cam: Runcam Micro Swift 2 
HD Cam: GoPro Hero7 Black
ND Filter: when needed, 8/16/32

Radio:
FrSky Taranis 9XD+ w/ M9 Gimbals
TBS Crossfire Micro Tx
TBS Diamond TX Antenna 
RMRC 2500mah 3s Radio Lipo from 2017

Goggles:
FatShark HD3
LaForge V2 Modules
ImmersionRC Directional Antenna
VAS Omni Antenna 
Thunder Power 2000mah 2s Goggle Lipo


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