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FPV Drone Beginner FAQ

FPV Drone Beginner FAQ

We see a ton of repetitive questions asked across many of the popular FPV drone forums and social sites.  In an effort to make it easier for beginners to get answers to some of the most common issues starting out, we wanted to put together a basic FAQ with newer...

Build tips to improve durability

Build tips to improve durability

The relative “crashability” of miniquads is my favorite aspect of this type of aircraft over all others. I not-so-fondly remember the days of my obsession with RC helicopters, where I absolutely dreaded the maiden flight or learning new maneuvers because they risked...

EXUAV Flytower AIO Review

EXUAV Flytower AIO Review

All-in-ones and "flight stacks", which combine many components into a single package, have been trending. We wanted to see whether the simplification in build and setup is worthwhile vs. sourcing separate components, so we're taking a look at the EXUAV Flytower F4 Pro...

Quadcopter Electrical Connector Guide

Quadcopter Electrical Connector Guide

This week, we're bringing back an old favorite article of ours. Enjoy! Connectors are slowly finding their way back into our racing quadcopter parts. While video transmitters and FPV cameras have always had connectors, many of the best flight controllers on the market...

Five Favorite Drone Videos – July 2018

It’s time for another episode of Five Favorites!  In this series, we pick our five favorite drone videos from the past month and talk about them for a bit!  There are no real qualifications for our selections – these are videos we liked...

Hypetrain Riot Control Flight Controller Review

Hypetrain Riot Control Flight Controller Review

We were recently contacted by the Rotor Riot crew and offered the chance to review the new Hypetrain Riot Control flight controller. Hypetrain is the brand name for products developed in close connection with the Rotor Riot pilots of YouTube fame. Whether or not you...

Build tips: securing LiPo balance connectors

Build tips: securing LiPo balance connectors

One of the early learning experiences I had flying small quadcopters was seeing how easy it was to sever balance connectors from my LiPo batteries.  Sure, crashes and repairs were expected in the early days, but I was unaware just how often I found severed balance...

Miniquad Propeller Thrust Tests – Part 2: Results

Miniquad Propeller Thrust Tests – Part 2: Results

After assembling our truck-mounted "wind tunnel", we visited El Mirage dry lake bed to begin testing some props, per our last article. We spent two days on the lakebed doing two different tests, which I describe below: Test Procedures (Day 1) Tyler and I arrived at El...

Lap Timing Solutions: Delta5 Race Timer Review

Lap Timing Solutions: Delta5 Race Timer Review

For our series on race timing, we're taking a look at another VTx-based lap timing system: the Delta5 Race Timer. This open-source project offers professional-grade features and performance—but you'll need to build and set it up entirely on your own. If you haven't...

Miniquad Propeller Thrust Tests – Part 1: Set-up

Miniquad Propeller Thrust Tests – Part 1: Set-up

I've long been frustrated by the lack of publicly available information on how miniquad propellers perform. Sure --- several folks have done thrust tests in their garage with different props, but these tests have all been done in still air. Our quadcopters rarely, if...

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