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 and wanted to share with the community. Ready to jump in? Let’s get to it!
Swift RC: Trust your gear 2.0
Starting off the month, we have an incredible distance flight from Swift RC. The title explains it all – this video showcases having the ultimate trust in your gear. We get a long-distance flight over water with some great freestyle work throughout. The flying is super smooth, with close cruising near the water and precise loops and dives along the rock formations. I love how Swift follows the pathing of the rock formations and uses these outcroppings as a sort of track.
The building music pairs perfectly with the flying and adds to the ambiance. One wrong move at any point in this video and you are pretty much guaranteed a lost quad. If you are looking for epic footage with no room for error, you have to check this one out.
GAPiT FPV: F L O A T
GAPiT’s channel is always full of spectacular footage, and I felt his recent F L O A T video had to be featured in November’s favorites. Again, we get some more precise flying over water, but the setting is way different. The water is so flat and glassy, reflecting the clouds and sky throughout the video. This especially comes out in some of the shots following the coast line.
Flying wise, GAPiT does an amazing job as always. The cruising along the coastline and bridges is extremely smooth, we get a great breakup of different freestyle, and of course a great edit with perfectly timed transitions. While all of GAPiT’s videos are worth watching, if you only have time for one, I highly recommend F L O A T this month.
Skitzo FPV: How to make boring spots cool
Ok, our first video without water! I really enjoyed this edit from Skitzo as it combined a bit of education with solid flying. The first half of the video breaks down flying at a “boring spot” and how to make it more interesting. Skitzo covers tying different routes together and demonstrates his thought process on working around obstacles in the shopping center.
Finally, we get to see a great freestyle mix putting the planned puzzle pieces together. The under the cart return gap is great, the flying in the rafters and along the roof is precise, and it showcases basically all the things Skitzo described earlier in the video. If you are starting to fly and looking for spots, I highly recommend watching this video to help develop your sense of location scouting. Even if you aren’t a new flier, just watching Skitzo think out and plan a flying session is great insight as well!
G3R FPV: Heading South
G3R is another pilot you can count on for beautiful scenery and precise freestyle. In Heading South, we get some great freestyle in an open field, along with some loops and twists throughout the trees. The opener is incredible. G3R flies close to a flock of birds and captures some great shots of them flying quickly away from his quad.
You can see a lot of the same thing Skitzo mentions in his video in taking advantage of any flying spot. G3R uses the open field location well, and creates an incredible flow that is entertaining to watch from beginning to end. If you are looking for chill freestyle, G3R’s videos are always worth checking out!
Tiny Whoop: TreeScapes Episode 3
Our final trust your gear footage of the month, the Tiny Whoop team flies among some massive trees and may have found a creative new flying style. First, the scale here is wild. The Tiny Whoop does look downright tiny compared to the massive sequoia trees. I love the obstacle course feel this video has, as the Tiny Whoop is navigated up the tree and through each branch.
There is definitely no shaking or climbing these trees to recover a crashed quad, so the high shots among the fronds are definitely intense. Again, I love the obstacle course feel to the whole video. Instead of intense freestyle or loops around the trees, we get slow and precise flying through the branches. I could totally see an obstacle course style “race” for lack of a better word, actually being a ton of fun with a Tiny Whoop platform. A great video showcasing precision over speed!
Until next time!
And that does it for November! We will be back in the beginning of January to look at December’s Five Favorites. We’ll see you guys next time!