As cold weather encroaches, FPV pilots around the world flock to the simulators with the goal of keeping skills sharp, learning new tricks, and improving general racing/freestyle. While there are many simulators available, the best ones often cost money. However, one simulator, Flowstate, not only provides an excellent flight experience, but is also free! Flowstate…
Breaking your gear while using it can be frustrating, but breaking it before you use it can be even worse. Chances are, you’ve flown in places besides your yard, or even brought your miniquad and FPV gear on a trip-but how much did you think about how you were going to pack it all up? This article will explain all about how to pick and pack a backpack, how to protect your FPV gear, and some other transportation tips.
Apparently there are two definitive groups of people in this hobby; those who parallel charge and those who don’t (or should I say won’t?). Since I got involved with drones in 2012 I have heard both sides of the argument and with this article want to outline why I am in the parallel camp and how to parallel charge safely.
In this article, you will be learning how to set up your OpenTX compatible radio using the OpenTX companion computer application, and some of its capabilities. I want to be able to address people with different radios, so most of this article will be related to using OpenTX Companion, because it works identically across many radios, while the UI system differs greatly between manufacturers. I will be using Windows 10, but it should all apply similarly to Mac and Linux. Note: a radio, transmitter, and “controller” are all the same thing, just different names.
Finding your ideal rates can be a time-consuming and difficult task. There are seemingly endless possibilities regarding which rates to use.
In this article, I’ll go over tips on tuning your rates, as well as some helpful resources to aid in finding the ideal setup for your flying style. Of course, rates are all subjective, since every pilot is different. This will just outline some ways to get started.
“You will be subject to civil and criminal penalties if you meet the criteria to register an unmanned aircraft and do not register.” ~ The FAA Scary, right? Thankfully, the FAA has made the $5 registration process painless and simple. In fact, I was able to go from opening my web browser to having…
Almost every modern flight controller running Betaflight includes many sensors these days such as a current sensor and voltage sensor. Often these sensors come calibrated from the factory, but they are either not accurate, or require recalibration for your unique setup. These are some of the most important sensors in your quad, because they let…
FPV drone maintenance is a very important part of the hobby. Whilst some pilots choose to ‘send it’ and fly their quads until death, I prefer to extend longevity with FPV drone maintenance. In this article, I will discuss a series of FPV drone maintenance, checks, and cleaning tips. These tips will help to keep your fleet airworthy for longer.
6S drone batteries have seen a significant usage increase over the past year. The rising hardware availability has prompted many pilots including me to make the switch. In an earlier article, I explored the physics behind 6S drone batteries. This article will follow on from that discussing the qualitative differences between 4S and 6S drone batteries based on the differences between my 4S and 6S drone set-ups.
In this article, I will discuss the FPV skill learning curve and how skill deterioration affected my flying. I will also provide some handy tips to reduce skill deterioration when circumstances prevent yourself from flying.