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.
“I’m Israel, I’m from Perú. I’ve flown drones since 2014 and FPV drones since 2018. I just got amazed of the capabilities and possibilities with FPV drones for filming subjects and locations, and fell in love with cinewhoops. My first cinewhoop build was a Shendrones Nutmeg. I love how it flies and it was a challenge to make it fly the way it does today, but this is not the quad I’m gonna talk about now.
My “favorite quad” was my third cinewhoop build and its called the ZF_WHOOP. It’s a three-inch whoop designed by my local carbon fiber 3D prints supplier and friend ZFTECH (@zftech on IG).
This cinewhoop is slim but uses thick carbon parts that makes it super tough, and the TPU ducts are perfectly designed to provide protection and additional lift for its heavy payload, which makes it perfect for both indoor and outdoor flights.”
ZF_WHOOP frame and 3D printing
– All bolts are titanium
– Aluminum standoffs
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.
Spain, Germany, Australia and Indonesia followed up as the next four countries on the list, while Greece was the No. 10 most droned country 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 doclate, 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: doclate
Video filmed with this quad: The day after
Project 399 Super G frame
Hobbywing 2306-1600kv motors
Pyrodrone Combo F4 OSD FC & Pyro F3-45A “V2” 4in1 ESC
TeamBlackSheep Nano rx diversity & Immortal T antenna
Bard Collective Bardpole ufl antenna
DJI Digital FPV system VTX
Truerc Canada Long singularity 90 degree mmcx antennas
Iflight 12v BEC
3D printing by Luke FPV: Gopro TPU and Bardpole antenna
Azure power & HQ propellers 5.1
Tattu 6s 1800mah lipos
Project 399 straps
Sticky lipo pad
Some zipties, Rapstrap and sticky tape
35v 1000uf capacitor
Vifly Finder 2 buzzer
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
We go tiny with this week’s #QuadGoals feature — as in Tiny Whoop. Pilot mrhappefpv shares not one but two of his favorite Tiny Whoop builds that he flies for different purposes. And with the winter season approaching for many pilots, it’s a good opportunity to start thinking about flying those Whoops again.
“I fly mostly Tiny Whoop builds and honestly I have a lot of favorite whoops depending on the circumstance. But I have two worth mentioning go-tos.
The 2SR9 Whoop is my go to LR cruiser and it’s flown some incredible areas of Japan while I was traveling there back in spring. This build hasn’t let me down when flying in places that a typical whoop wouldn’t be able to do.
The second, the BeeClopsHD, a Tiny Whoop sized 2s cinewhoop, outfitted with a @Runcam Split Nano 3. While it’s able to record in 1080p, it is safe to fly above and even in a crowd of party-goers at a recent Halloween party I attended.
Because of its Tiny Whoop size, I have no issues carrying them around with me all the time with my Fat Shark/Rapidfire and X-lite transmitter in a shoulder sling.”
Drone pilot: mrhappefpv
Video filmed with 2S Whoop: Tiny Whoop Miyajima Japan
Video filmed with BeeClopsHD: HD Tiny Whooping the GFW Halloween Party
–NewBeeDrone Goober Canopy
–BetaFPV v4 frame
–Happymodel 0802 16000kv motors
–Happymodel Crazybee F4 Pro V2.0 fc
–HGLRC GTX nano vtx
–Wolfwhoop C5 micro cam
–HQProp 31mm props
–TBS 260 / 300 mah Graphene 1s lipos
–Runcam Split Nano 3 (whoop version)
–Happymodel 0802 16000kv motors
–Happymodel Crazybee F4 Pro V2.0
–HGLRC GTX nano vtx
–NewBeeDrone Brushless whoop frame
–NewBeeDrone BeeBrain V2 camera mount
–Gemfan 31mm 3 bladed props
–TrueRC Canada RHCP Singularity antenna
–RDQ 300 / 350 mah 1s lipos
Most FPV pilots have several different quads for different occasions or flying styles. This week’s featured #QuadGoals pilot is no different. FRY_FPV shares with us the details about his go-to quad, as well as his main freestyle rig.
“When I travel, I bring with me my go-to quad. It is perfect for any situation I’ll fly into: long range, cinematic, bando, freestyle, proximity and even cinewhooping. It’s a very solid and reliable build, even after staying 2 hours in the water.
When I am back home, I fly my full-on freestyle quad. It’s lighter and very responsive, perfect for gaps that requires precision and is ideal for practicing the Juicy style flying.”
Drone pilot: FRY_FPV
Video filmed with the go-to quad: VIETNAM – cinematic FPV
Video filmed with the freestyle quad: BANDO HEAVEN
Want to explore the coast of Australia? You can do just that with this week’s #QuadGoals featured pilot: CLIFFORD FPV. Based in Australia, pilot Clifford Wakeman tells us about his reliable quad, which he flies along the coast for our enjoyment.
“It’s my go-to for high risk flights and anything freestyle because it’s an absolute tank and flies on rails. The Graffiti is a very special frame. You’ve never build anything like this. It’s packed with innovation and a lot of time was spent getting everything right, from the incredible hero mount with carbon screen protector, to the perfect centre of gravity for effortless tuning and incredible flight characteristics. It’s simply stunning. Big shout out to Bryce and Chase at Rebel Miniquads for creating this masterpiece.”
Wednesday means another edition of #QuadGoals. We head to France to feature this week’s pilot — and his quad. Introducing David Aspen, who you might know better as Team Mistral FPV. We’ll let him explain his quad build and why he enjoys flying it:
“It’s a personal creation, a lot of months of hard work and testing to finally have one of the best frames on the FPV game. Nobody has broken any carbon part yet, and the rigidity is awesome! I found exactly what I needed to make Freestyle, Cinematic, or Freeride video. This frame can handle almost everything and I love it A lot of 3D prints are available for free on Thingiverse and you can find all the spare parts in the shop. We decided to have one exclusive retailer in France because we wanted to maintain a low price for this quality of carbon which is really expensive to make.”
Drone pilot: teammistral
Video filmed with this quad: Welcome to Iceland (part 1)
This week’s featured #QuadGoals pilot has an interesting handle — and one of his quads is quite peculiar. But Tangybuttfrog has the skills to back everything up. He tells us the build for a few of his quads, including one that uses a potato as a frame. Yes, you read that correctly. 🥔
“My main quad is the TBS Source One. I like flying it because it’s an inexpensive, durable and smooth-flying drone that outperforms my premium drones and allows me to push the limits a little further.”
Drone pilot: Tangybuttfrog
Video using this quad: Giant tunnel slide freestyle
Quad build (main quad):
Frame – It’s a real actual potato
We head to Italy for this week’s #QuadGoals feature, where we catch up with Francesco Catanese, aka CataFpv. This freestyle pilot has several years of flying under his belt and shares his latest quad build with us:
“My name is Francesco and I am an Italian freestyle pilot. I have started this experience with the drones four years ago and I have discovered a new and fantastic world that made me realize immediately how much I love it. This is my way of flying and most importantly what I like. I love creating videos of cinematic/juicy for nature and landscapes or freestyle. I have tried different setups in the upcoming years and finally I obtain an amazing feeling with the AstroX. It’s a really light frame but resistant and it looks really nice because it has very slim edges.”
Drone pilot: CataFpv
Video using this quad: FPV – Stick Cam & Crash
FC: Flightone RevoltOsd
Motor: Xnova Smooth Line 2750kv
Esc: Hobbywing 4in1 40A
Vtx: TBS Unify Pro v3
Cam: RunCam Micro Swift 2
Antenna: Lumenier AxII
Rx: TBS Crossfire Nano + Immortal
Props: HQProp v1s 5×4,3×3
Radio: Taranis X9D+
Goggle: Fatshark HDO + RapidFire
GoPro Hero 7 Black