#QuadGoals: FrankyMoiss

Wednesday means #QuadGoals time. This week’s pilot, FrankyMoiss, checks in with a quad that has been a workhorse for him in just about all scenarios he flies for.
“This quad, Armattan Badger DJI version, is my main quad. I use it a lot, from flying freestyle around my house, some bandos I find along the road, a few mid-range missions in the mountains, to professional cinematic shooting and chasing some action sports heroes and racing cars. I basically use only this quad except for cinewhoop shooting and long range. 
I really like how this quad flies even if it is a bit heavy — 780g with the GoPro hero8 and a 1050mah 6S battery. I usually fly it without the GoPro but with a 1300mah = 670g. Of course I could put a Caddx Vista -17g and remove the 3D prints part -40g but I prefer it to be solid, with those big arms bumpers that protect my motors really well and still fly smooth and precise. Solid is also why I chose Armattan quad. Lifetime parts guarantee is a good selling point. I’ve flown this Badger for 8 months now and I still think it was a good choice with its very cool geometry (compressed X), removable arms and a wide range of FPV cam tilt options. From 10 degrees to way too much, you can change it in 2 minutes to adapt it to your flying style and the type of terrain you’re flying.”
Drone pilot: FrankyMoiss

Quad build:

A few 3D prints
Stabilized with ReelSteady GO

#QuadGoals: maiafpv

Let’s head to Brazil for our #QuadGoals feature this week. Brazilian pilot Bruno Maia — aka maiafpv — tells us about one of his quads that he flies for special occasions.

“The KISSFC flight is wonderful, with very few adjustments to the PIDs the quad is already flying well. It took me a while to build this drone, I gradually bought the parts, but it is the quad with the best components I have ever built. This is not my everyday drone. I leave it to fly with it on special days, when I just want to have fun.”

Drone pilot: maiafpv

Video filmed with the quad: KISS FC, Always a pleasant flight!


Quad build:

Armattan Marmotte Frame
Impulse RC Wolf V3 PDB
KISS FC V2
KISS 32A ESC
T-Motor F60 Pro III 1750 KV Motors
Ethix S5 Propellers
Foxeer Predator V4 Mini Camera
Rush Tank 800mW Mini VTX
Lumenier AXII LHCP Antenna
TBS Crossfire Nano RX
TBS Immortal-T Antenna
Panasonic 1000uf 35v Capacitor
– Self Designed 3D Printed GoPro Mount

#QuadGoals: Ruben Caser

Sometimes, when you find a quad that works, you just need to stick with it. That’s the case for this week’s #QuadGoals featured pilot, Ruben Caser, who has used a lot of the same parts of his quad builds for quite a while. Hear more from Ruben about his favorite quad:

“I’ve been flying this frame for over 3 years now. Along with being super strong and durable, I like the symmetrical true-x motor layout, especially for freestyle FPV. I’ve also been using KISS flight controllers and ESC’s for quite some time now and they definitely have a great feel to how they perform. Currently I’m running Xing motors with HQ 5×4.3×3 V2S props on 4S, which has been a nice combination and really smooth. Overall, this setup has been very reliable and I always enjoy flying it.”
Drone pilot: Ruben Caser
Video filmed with this quad: Wild Eyed

Build
VTX Antenna: Lumenier AXII
RX Antenna: TBS Immortal T
FPV Camera: RunCam Swift Mini 2 NTSC CCD with 1.8mm lens

#QuadGoals: SassySander

The pilot featured in this week’s #QuadGoals certainly knows his way around the drone industry and the FPV world. Sander Sassen shares his quad, which includes several parts from the company he co-founded: ImmersionRC.

“I guess most people that have been in the FPV hobby long enough know
this about me, but I’m the founder, chief engineer and previous owner of
ImmersionRC, one of the first companies to design products especially
for the FPV market. The quad I fly is a slightly modified version of the
ImmersionRC Vortex 230 Mojo, a race/freestyle quad we introduced in late
2017. Because we designed this ourselves I’m obviously intimately
familiar with how it works and how to tune it to perfection, which is
one of the secrets behind my velvety smooth piloting.

Ever since I sold my shares in ImmersionRC I’ve been working as a
freelance professional drone pilot, using the same Vortex 230 Mojo. I
have a couple registered with the local aviation authority and that’s
what I fly on professional movie shoots for the most part.”

Drone pilot: SassySander

Video filmed with this quad: Muiden Castle – As the crow flies


Quad specs:
Frame: ImmersionRC Vortex 230 Mojo with Sassy mods
Motors: stock Brother Hobby Returner R3 2206/2300kV
ESCs: Gemfan Maverick 30A to allow up to 6S batteries
Batts: Dinogy Graphene 2.0 Ultra 4S/1500 or 5S/1300
Vtx: Built in ImmersionRC Tramp HV 600mW
RC: FrSky QX7 with TBS Crossfire at 500mW
Goggles: Fatshark HDO with ImmersionRC RapidFIRE Rx module
Antennas: ImmersionRC SpiroNET omnis and SpiroNET 8dB patch
Camera: Foxeer Predator 3 Mini
HD Camera: GoPro Hero 6 or Hero 8 with ND filter

#QuadGoals: nikofilmz

We head to the mountains of Colorado for this week’s #QuadGoals featured pilot, who hasn’t been flying for long but has already produced some pretty impressive videos. Hear more from nikofilmz about his favorite quad.

“I started FPV 3 months ago and this is the second edition of the first quad I’ve ever flown, which @carterfilmz and I call Snowy (it’s survived multiple crashes in the snow despite not being waterproofed). Snowy 2.0 is my go-to cinema quad because of the easily adjustable camera angle, excellent vibration dampening TPU mount, and airtime. 6″ quads are great for long range, especially at the higher elevations of my home state of Colorado. I often get asked if I need to correct for the side FPV camera placement but it’s never been an issue. The advantage is you can adjust the FPV camera and the GoPro angle simultaneously. Huge shoutout to my boy @carterfilmz for making this epic quad possible with his master drone building skills!”

Drone pilot: nikofilmz

Video filmed with this quad: FPVing Epic BMX riders in Boulder, Colorado


Build:

#QuadGoals: Dragon FPV

We head to Germany for this week’s #QuadGoals pilot, Dragon FPV, who uses his quad for awesome videos like diving the tallest building in Munich. He shares his insight about his quad build — and about why he enjoys flying FPV.
“I’m flying this quad from the very beginning, just with some ‘minor’ changes during the 2.5 years … e.g. from 4S to 6S. I was always satisfied with it, so I’m flying three of them. I never have to stop a session early due to a crash. If I’m not able to repair it instantly I just take the next one!
Why I’m flying:
Flying, freedom, almost limitless possibilities … captured for eternity. No matter what the purpose. As a beautiful memory, to dream away, fascination, to move boundaries … and of course also to commercially illuminate your idea from unique perspectives.
This is what multicopters offer me, flown with specially developed glasses from the first person view. The high speeds (well over 100 km/h), the enormous range (under special conditions) and the unprecedented agility offer completely new perspectives on almost everything in our world. But the high precision also allows breathtaking feats – individually or in combination – to be stylishly embedded in the surroundings. There are no limits to creativity. With even more practice, even the smallest places can be opened up, just like buildings from the outside and, with the right equipment, also from the inside.
Let yourself be enchanted by these moments, enjoy the insights and views of worlds you have never been to before, or which you would like to remember back … only now from a completely new perspective.
For me, this topic has arisen from the need not being able any more to practice my old hobbies of skateboarding and snowboarding to the full extent because of my knee and ankle. I was looking for something new. Something that does justice to both of these hobbies.
The lifestyle, always looking for new possibilities, perspectives, moves, combos, lines, places that offer unforgettable views or are perfect for freestyle.
The mindset, always wanting to develop further, challenges, discovering and exploring new things … To recognize limits, approach and then overcome them. Always open for everyone and everything.
And nothing less, the fascination for movement, style, creativity and our world!
I have not only found something that does justice to this … it has inspired me far beyond that. And so it became my passion.”
Drone pilot: Dragon FPV

#QuadGoals: FaroùkFPV

We head to the mountains of France for this week’s #QuadGoals feature: FaroùkFPV.  He’s got his quad perfectly tuned for lots of epic flights through the peaks of the nearby mountains.

“I am FaroùkFPV. I’m a French pilot and I live in the south of France. I’ve been flying for 1.5 years now. My setup: 5” for me is the best for midrange. My frame, the Xbee 230, is a very solid frame. The quality of the carbon is really premium and it’s very important for a good video; a bad frame can make oscillation. My motors have a perfect ratio of smoothness, power and weight. It’s a really butter quad with a perfect PID tune. For the comfort I fly with DJI HD for best midrange experience and ride all the alp mountains on perfect conditions.”

Drone pilot: FaroùkFPV
Video filmed with this quad: Drone FPV Mid Range with Dji HD (Alpes)


Quad build:

Xbee 230 V3 5″ frame

Hobbywing 2207 1750kv

Hobbywing G3 stack and Hobbywing 60 amp ESC

TBS Crossfire Nano RX

T-motor 5143s props

DJI FPV Air Unit system and DJI goggles

2 Foxeer Lollipop antennas (10 cm on the quad and 2xtrue rc on the goggles)

GoPro Hero 7

#QuadGoals: ilya_fpv

For this week’s edition of #QuadGoals, we’re featuring two quads from the same pilot: ilya_fpv. Like a lot of pilots these days, Ilya makes both freestyle and cinematic FPV videos. He shares the quads he uses for both types of flights:

“I started flying FPV back in 2016. Back then I was watching a lot of OG RotorRiot and it hooked me on to FPV. I was like, ‘How is it even possible to fly like that? I want to do it!’ Now FPV is a big part of my life. I fly pretty much every day either for fun or for work. I’m super happy that this hobby became much more than just a hobby. I found something that I love doing and meet many good people along the way and it’s just the beginning of my FPV journey!”

Drone pilot: ilya_fpv

Video filmed with these quads: Cinematic vs Freestyle FPV


Cinematic:
Frame: WaspyRC
VTX: TBS Evo
HD Cam: GoPro Hero 8 or 6
Freestyle: 

#QuadGoals: Skylens

We head to Romania for this week’s #QuadGoals feature, where we hear about the cinewhoop setup from Skylens. Plus, take a flight through the winter trees in one of their latest videos.

“We really enjoy flying this cinewhoop because it’s a mix between slow-flying through objects like trees, buildings and shots that are more dynamic like chasing snowboarders and skiers, cars and bikers. The stability of the quad helps us deliver smoother shots out of the camera.
The Tmotor F1507 3800kv motors help us do this mix together with a full Kiss setup (Kiss 4in1 and Kiss V2 fc), good FPV video feed (Foxeer Nano V4 , Tbs Unify Evo and Tbs Triumph Pro) and good RC link using TBS Crossfire.”
Drone pilot: Skylens
Video filmed with this quad: Winter forest drone cruise

Quad build:

Iflight Megabee

Kiss FC V2

Kiss Esc 4in1

T-motor F1507 3800kv 

TBS Crossfire Nano

TBS Immortal T antenna

TBS Unify Evo

TBS Triumph Pro Antenna

Foxeer Nano V4 FPV camera

GoPro Hero 6 Black

#QuadGoals: ChileVuela

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.

This is my current workhorse quad and it’s a really flexible setup. It’s got a Runcam Split 2 on board so I can remove the GoPro and mount for really long range missions, or keep it on for some beautiful cinematic videos. It’s not the fastest quad, but it’s light (313g with no GoPro or battery) and efficient, so I can get a good 12 minutes of flight out of it on medium size batteries. For longer range missions I can use bigger batteries and fly for over 20 minutes.”
Drone pilot: ChileVuela
Video filmed with this quad: One Battery: Nothing Else