Our next pilot (and quad) featured for #QuadGoals is Jordan Marinov, aka Jaisor. He shows off his TQF SkilZaw Long Range quad, and tells us more about the build. Plus, he showcases the quad on a great flight in southern California.
“Over the last year, I’ve been gravitating towards calmer scenic flights at a longer range (LR). TQF SkilZaw 5.5” has been an excellent platform for that purpose. The frame is exceptionally sturdy, with stiff high-quality carbon arms and body that easily accommodates larger batteries, GoPro, GPS, Crossfire and all other LR bells and whistles. I’ve been a dire fan of EMAX motors since the original red-bottoms.
For this quad, I am using EMAX RSII 2306 1700kv for their smoothness and efficiency. The flight controller is Matek F722-STD running Betaflight 3.5.3 8/8kHz. I still think F722-STD is the best kept secret in FPV, from features (F7, 5xUARTS, Baro, OSD), to cost and durability. For ESC my choice is Aikon AK32 4-in-1 35A, stable DSHOT 1200, good size, weight and superb performance. Lastly, TBS Unify Pro HV and Crossfire to wrap up the LR package. My preferred battery is Indestructible Quads 5S 1300mAh, it outperforms LiPos easily twice the cost. I use several prop combos, HQ V1S either 5” or 5.5”, or T-Motor T5143-1 which are the smoothest props I’ve flown with a balance slightly towards efficiency rather than power.
Gratitude to AirVuz for the feature. Their continued support and shared visuals from this amazing hobby truly inspire and unite us with our common passion for flight.”
Video featuring this quad: Rocks at sunset
Matek F722-STD / Betaflight 3.5.3 8/8kHz
This week’s pilot in our #QuadGoals feature is Gino Carpio-Tentoni, aka El Buho. He shares the details of his quad build — as well as some great pics of the quad, too. We’ll let Gino take it from here:
“I’ve been a die hard Flightone user ever since I tried it roughly 5-6 months back. I love the feel of the product and the community that comes along with it. The combo of a Revolt OSD with the Bolt32 is untouchable. To top it off I use the TBS Unify HV for excellent video quality and of course I’ve installed TBS Crossfire on all my kwads for virtually unlimited RX signal. What good are Fatshark HDO goggles without a great FPV cam? So I went with Runcam Swift 2 Rotor Riot Edition on all of my kwads for the best image money can buy. I’m a big fan of power along side with response so after testing many different motors I finally came across the T-Motor F80 pro. WOW! So much power and incredible response and of course I had to tag team them with the best prop on the market, Ethix S3 made by HQ Props.
Thank you Airvuz for the highlight and always being an essential part of the FPV/drone community! It’s good people like you guys that make this hobby that much more amazing!”
Pilot: El Buho
Video featuring this quad: In The Playground – FMP
Drone pilot Kelly Needleman was one of the youngest guests on “The Drone Dish” on AirVuz.com. The talented filmmaker has implemented drones into his work to help elevate his videos — literally and figuratively — to the next level.
Now Kelly shares more insights on how he uses drones, what they’ve allowed him to do — and what he hopes to do with drones in the future.
What do you think has been the biggest change in the drone industry since you started?
Another week means another #QuadGoals feature. We check in with Atlanta, Georgia native Afpvwolf, who shares his current quad setup
“Hello people! My name is Mike Mike aka A Fpv Wolf! I try to fly as much as I can. I love this setup because it flies extremely well and can take a decent beating. The Signature claw ends on the arms are not special but they are my logo paw and that’s pretty awesome! But this is my favorite quad and it’s capable of 6S which can average me 6 minute flights with ease on 1100mah thunderpower 6S packs. I absolutely love it and I’m comfortable with fully sending it anywhere 😉 thanks AirVuz for the feature! You all are awesome!”
Video featuring this Tiny Whoop: CabinFever2
My current setup:
MIB 5inch www.Droneracingparts.com
“Afpvwolf” special edition style frame.
Flyduino.net kiss v2 fc
Ethixltd.com S3 props
In our latest edition of #QuadGoals, we feature a pilot who flies both Tiny Whoops and miniquads. Today, Kele Stanley (aka KeleFPV) shows us his latest Tiny Whoop build, which features the new brushless motors.
“This thing rips. The hotel that I was in was absolutely fire for flying the Tiny Whoop — especially at 1 o’clock in the morning when this video was shot. This is by far my favorite Tiny Whoop build right now.”
The votes have been tallied and the best drone videos of 2018 have been chosen!
Eighteen aerial content creators were voted on as the winners of the 2nd Annual AirVūz Drone Video Awards. Kingdom of the Wild – Wildlife in Namibia Africa by California drone pilot Mike Bishop was chosen as the Drone Video of the Year, while Johnny Schaer — aka JohnnyFPV — won the FPV (First-Person View) Video of the Year for Saudi Arabia. Both pilots took home a grand prize of $3,000 USD each for their winning videos.
Based in Los Angeles, Bishop recently started an aerial cinematography company called Motion Craft Aerials. Bishop’s film “Awaken Iceland” was a category winner in the first annual Drone Video Awards last year. His aerial films have been selected for a number of film festivals around the world.
Schaer is a professional drone racing pilot who has competed in the Drone Racing League on ESPN. The Illinois native now travels the world with his racing drones, showcasing the innovative cinematography capabilities of the small quadcopters. He’s flown drones with the likes of Will Smith and Sam Kolder, among other influencers. Schaer won the drone racing category in the inaugural Drone Video Awards with his video “DRONE RACING UNDERGROUND.”
Finalists in each category were selected by the staff at AirVūz and sponsors from drone-related companies such as Horizon Hobby, Polar Pro, GetFPV, Rotor Riot, Tiny Whoop, The Drone Girl, DroneLife, Women and Drones, and Women Who Drone. Out of over 30,000 videos uploaded, finalists were selected based on the quality, level of difficulty and creativity of a drone video or photograph uploaded to AirVuz.com in 2018.
The winners were announced on AirVūz Live on Facebook on Feb. 18. Over $10,000 USD was awarded to winners in 18 categories, an increase from 11 categories in the inaugural competition. Each category winner will receive $500 USD, a plaque, and prizes.
AirVūz, an online community and media hosting site for drone pilots and aerial enthusiasts, launched this contest last year to celebrate the very best in drone cinematography. All videos uploaded to AirVuz.com between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018 were eligible to be chosen as finalists. The contest was open to anyone in the world who uploaded an originally-shot drone video or photo to AirVuz.com.
A total of seven FPV (first-person view) categories were included in this year’s contest: Freestyle Cinematic, Freestyle Technical, Freestyle Flow, Micro Drone Acro Mode, Micro Drone Angle Mode, Tiny Whoop Acro Mode and Tiny Whoop Angle Mode. Camera drone categories include: Nature & Landscape, Countries & Regions, Cities & Urban, People & Lifestyle, Dronie, Extreme Sports, Originality, Still Photography, Game of Drones (filming locations from “Game of Thrones”), Drones for Good, and Reels.
For more information about the contest, click here.
A list of the 2nd Annual AirVūz Drone Video Awards winners can be found below:
DRONE VIDEO OF THE YEAR — Kingdom of the Wild – Wildlife in Namibia Africa by MikeBishop.tv
FPV VIDEO OF THE YEAR — Saudi Arabia by JohnnyFPV
CITIES & URBAN — St. Petersburg – The City of White Nights by Timelab.pro
DRONIE — The Last Dronie by chrisxgxc
FPV FREESTYLE CINEMATIC — Saudi Arabia by JohnnyFPV
FPV FREESTYLE FLOW — The Cold Edge of the World by Gab707
FPV FREESTYLE TECHNICAL — Kill The Spot by Tomz FPV
TINY WHOOP ACRO — Surfin USA – Tiny Whoop LiPO FlOW by hoodblade
TINY WHOOP ANGLE — Lake Maria by BluJ
MICRO DRONE ACRO — Envelopment by nurkfpv
MICRO DRONE ANGLE — “Onnanocos” x Micro Drone by KatsuFPV
PEOPLE & LIFESTYLE — Land of the Maya – Guatemala and Mexico by videobros
GAME OF DRONES — The Ice Cave – Drone Flying Inside an Ice Cave in Iceland by snorrithor
COUNTRIES & REGIONS — 4K Icelandic Drone Adventure by Brendon Dixon
DRONES FOR GOOD — Kingdom of the Wild – Wildlife in Namibia Africa by MikeBishop.tv
NATURE & LANDSCAPE — THE EPIC NORTH!! NORWAY, ICELAND, FAROE ISLANDS – Drone by PilotViking
EXTREME SPORTS — A New Perspective (Audi Nines 2018) by JohnnyFPV
ORIGINALITY — 24 HRS by panvelvet
REEL — Showreel 2018 by aeroCircus
PHOTO — Girl and Ice by antoinejans
PEOPLE’S CHOICE — MAGIC ICELAND | Drone & Time-lapse 4K by davidaguilar
Our featured pilot this week is Blue Owl FPV, a nominee in the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards in the “FPV Freestyle Flow” category. She shares with us some info on one of her favorite (and more unique) quad builds: