#QuadGoals: Robert Kovacs

This week’s #QuadGoals feature is Robert Kovacs, a Hungarian pilot who’s spent plenty of time trying new things with his quad — including a 360 camera.
“I’m Robert from Budapest, Hungary. I first met with drones at my work. My task was to design human carrying drones like LIFT Aircraft. I was also interested in the engineer side so I had learned how to build quads. That’s how I ended up in FPV about 4 years ago.
At the beginning I always tried different parts, built different size of quads and even designed my own 2” frame with torn-down HD camera, way before cinewhoops even existed. But in the past year I decided to focus more on flying and less on building.  My favorite drone has become the one I had built from old leftover parts. At the moment it flies smoother and more reliable than my newer one. Now I’m focusing more on filming, exploring locations, trying new technics and look for cooperations mostly in extreme sports.”
Drone pilot: Robert Kovacs
Video filmed with this quad: Quadcross
Quad build:

#QuadGoals: Dronotron

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.”
Drone pilot: Dronotron
Video filmed with this quadHuaca Mateo Salado

Quad build:

Zftech ZF_WHOOP frame and 3D printing
Helio Spring IMU-F V1 Running Emuflight V0.2.0
Racerstar 35A Anniversary edition 4 in 1 ESC flashed with JESC with 48khz pwm version firmware
Caddx Turbo EOS2 fpv camera (pal version)
T- motor 5143 propellers (trimmed by hand)
– All bolts are titanium
– Aluminum standoffs

Top 10 Most Droned Countries of 2019

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:

  1. United States
  2. Turkey
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Italy
  5. France
  6. Spain
  7. Germany
  8. Australia
  9. Indonesia
  10. Greece

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.