#QuadGoals: elcuyfpv

This week’s featured #QuadGoals pilot is Juan Carpio, aka elcuyfpv. An airline pilot by day, Juan flies quads as a hobby and is excited to share about his go-to quad:

“I wanted to display my ‘A’ quad for what it is and looks like today. Most quads only look new from the moment you finishing building it until the maiden flight. After that it never looks the same again; I feel we should embrace that. The scars of war when you fly and crash; of pushing your limits on a daily basis to get better and better, hopefully one day achieving the illusive one whole lipo run. My quad and I have been through it all and back.  Sometimes injured or even with broken parts but we always made it back out and get the job done.

I would like to introduce ‘Pace Ur Self,’ my A quad. Although it wasn’t always ‘Pace Ur Self,’ this quad travelled back and forth from China with me for a long time. Together we’ve chased cars and dove buildings. We’ve ridden roller coasters and done inverted yaws spins through gaps in trees. I  have always been an ImpulseRC guy; at first it was the Alien but as soon as the Apex came out the time read Apex o’clock. I’ve been flying for almost three years and trust Flyduino 100%. That is why the Kiss v2 and 32a ESC’s have been installed on every build since June 2019. One of the reasons behind the name Pace is because Tmotor Pacers 2207.5 1750kv power it. The other is because my brothers in flight used to say I was always too fast and needed to slow down to get better. I’ve learned to control that, at least I think I have.”
Drone pilot: elcuyfpv

Quad build:
Remote: TBS Tango 2
Goggles: DJI FPV

#QuadGoals: Upsidedown FPV

We head to Germany for this week’s #QuadGoals feature, where pilot Niklas Solle, better known as Upsidedown FPV, shares the details of his go-to quad — and shows us some of the work the quad has done.

“This is the quad I use for all my commercial filming – my ‘workhorse.’
Just an all-around great quad that ticks all the boxes for my needs. May it be the super stiff and durable ImpulseRC Apex Frame, the powerful T-Motors that are smooth but at the same time provide enough power to keep up with any type of fast moving vehicles, or the Crossfire system that gives me a reliable control-link wherever I want to fly. I could go on and on for all parts of this build.
The story is that this quad has developed over the past year to what it is now, also because technology has developed so much. It has gone through different types of powertrain setups, got an upgrade from analog to digital video and also went from another frame to this super tidy and clean Apex HD frame. The only parts that haven’t changed are the FC, the Crossfire System and the Tattu Batteries. The video has been flown with all various stages this quad has been through, with some clips being flown with the latest (and probably final) version of it. Also a big thanks to my sponsors FETtec, Team Blacksheep, HQ Props, Tattu Batteries, RunCam and T-Motor for providing me the best parts to build this beast.”

Drone pilotUpsidedown FPV

Video filmed with this quadrevomotion media – Highlight Reel


Quad Build/ Gear:
Ground Setup:

#QuadGoals: carterfilmz

This week’s #QuadGoals guest is Carter Hansen, aka carterfilmz. Carter has taken his FPV game to new levels with a dedication to cinematic FPV videos. He’s also friends with former #QuadGoals featured pilot nikofilmz, and the two often fly together in Colorado . Hear about the quad Carter uses to capture his footage:

“When I decided to quit racing and focus solely on cinematic FPV, I knew I needed a drone specifically for that purpose. The key things I wanted in the build were longer flight times, better camera mounting and of course a much needed proper long range system. This was the result. For the last year and a half I have been flying the same components without a hitch, with only minor tweaks along the way. She’s flown everything from California coasts to Colorado 14ers, not to mention countless formation flights with @nikofilmz . To this day she’s yet to let me down.”

Drone pilot: carterfilmz

Video filmed with this quadRocky Mountain High: A Summer In Colorado


Build Specs:
Frame – Speedy Bee 5″

#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