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.”
This week’s #QuadGoals featured pilot hasn’t been flying FPV for very long, but he’s already producing some pretty eye-catching content. Meet NonexistentJay, whose FPV videos very much exist.
“Hey, my name is Jay Nadtochiy (aka @nonexistentjay). I’ve enjoyed flying drones ever since I purchased my first Mavic Pro in 2017. About 6 months ago, I saw an amazing video by Johnny FPV
and knew I had to get in the game. There was a huge learning curve to start, but with help from pros like Joshua Bardwell
I’ve been able to gain the skills I need to enjoy flying everyday!”
Video filmed with this quad: Big Sur
iFlight Titan DC5 6s quad
SucceX-D F7 flight controller
SucceX BLHeli32 50A 4 in 1 ESC
XING 2207 1800KV motors
TBS Crossfire Nano receiver
DJI Air Unit
TBS Tango 2 transmitter
GoPro Hero 8
Camera Butter ND filters
Flying in Norway is many drone pilot’s dream. FPV pilot Daniel, aka eVolvE FPV, gets to live that dream every day. Based in Norway’s capital of Oslo, he’s captured some stunning footage throughout the country. Learn about his favorite cinematic quad he’s currently flying.
“I’m Daniel and I live in Oslo, Norway. I remember the first day I tried flying FPV. It was terrifying but at the same time the most intense and coolest thing I have ever done. Since then I’m all in for this awesome sport. I was aiming to become a good freestyle pilot at first but broadened my horizons when the so-called ‘hypercine’ or cinematic FPV started to become a thing. And now I’m crazy for both of those styles.
My favorite drone? It’s gotta be my ‘miracle quad.’ This little fella has been through a lot. I also managed to lose it in the woods, then it miraculously appeared on my doorstep 3 months later, and it flew! I have crashed it countless times but it still works and flies so good. Now it’s ‘retired’ from freestyle and only captures Cinematic footage.”
We were captivated by one of the recent uploads from this week’s featured pilot, so we wanted to know: what type of quad did he use for the flight? Hear from David Lougedo
about his video flying through a skateboarder’s leg, and what quad he used for the job.
“Hi, my name is David Lougedo, that’s why I am @lougedo around the internet. I’m from A Coruña, Spain. I’ve been flying RC since 2009 and FPV since 2011, so almost 10 years, and for that reason I have a lot of experience and know what problems can appear in a build, or in a location, where to place myself to get better reception, etc. I always loved small stuff, and always have been playing with all of kinds of quads, disassembling GoPros and saving weight. This shot was made with a Shendrones Squirt, a 3-inch ducted drone, small enough to pass under this skateboarder’s legs. It is the most robust and the one I can always trust to fly at whatever spot. When I go out to skate, I usually try to bring it with me, to film my friends In a new crazy way that only this toy can do. Thanks to everyone that helped me to get here.”
(it is smaller than the Vifly that I use in the rest of my builds)
Gopro Mount from 3drone.es
Total weight is 480g. I’ve tried to reduce the weight as much as I can, with the components I like.
This week’s featured #QuadGoals pilot, Ryan Stager, loved flying drones so much that he decided to turn it into a business. Here, he shares with us a bit about his FPV background and the specs of his cinewhoop quad.
“I started flying FPV drones in December of 2015. Before that I flew 3D collective pitch helicopters for a few years. While having a trade & many degrees in HVACR, I found flying drones and making videos for people — along with traveling to meet new friends all over the country for FPV drone events — is what really made me happy. And they say if you do what you love, you will never work a day in your life, right? Fast forward to summer of 2019, I came up with the idea to help brands & business with the FPV drones locally. No I’m not the first to think of this, but the first for my market, as this would bring great opportunity to me. So I decided to follow my dreams, established a team & founded AboveGroundProductions LLC!”
Drone pilot: ThatFlyinRyan
Video filmed with this quad: BRIC : Boca raton Innovation Center
Build List :
45 Amp AIO Esc 20×20
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.
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.”
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 docl8, 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: docl8
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