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Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 10, 2018 @ 08:59 AM | 2,257 Views
While I continue to improve flying skills with Velocidrone and Backyard FPV Race Track over time, I now have also become interested in building a Micro-Class 2.5 inch prop "racer-type" quad primarily 2S with some 3S. More info on this relatively soon.

In the meantime, for each of the components listed below, what would be YOUR choice for that component and why? Remember, more of a racer quad than a free-style quad. All comments welcome and appreciated!

Frame:
Motors:
Flight Contoller & ESC:
VTX:
Camera:
RX:
Battery:

Happy Flying!
Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 07, 2018 @ 10:14 AM | 2,196 Views
Got the last Velocidrone track (with flags) down fairly good with "altitude control" and coordinated power turns. The reason I put "altitude control' in quotes is that when you're flying through Race Flags there is no "ceiling" to the gap, so you can actually fly as high as you want. So, the next step in our Journey to Better is to fly this track substituting all Race Gates for the Race Flags. With the gates, it forces me (us--you and me) to maintain our altitude closer to the ground throughout the track even while performing coordinated power turns.

This "gated track' took me "quite some time" before I was able to complete ONE lap! i would say, it took me somewhere between 5-10 hours on and off over a 2-week period before I was able to fly it somewhat comfortably. Slow learner? Maybe, I don't know how long its supposed to take! But Hey!-- that's what this is all about, right?! Improving our flying skills, having fun doing it, and always learning!

The video below shows one lap on the Velocidrone track followed by 2 laps on our Backyard FPV Race Track set up to resemble the Velocidrone track as closely as possible. "Reality flying" this was not easy either! Enjoy!
How to Fly FPV Race Drone Gates Galore (3 min 47 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 02, 2018 @ 05:10 PM | 2,625 Views
In my last Blog entry I stated "The main things I am focusing on throughout this process are: 1. Improve my flying skills, 2. Have fun, 3. Keep learning. These are the "Stepping Stones" on my "Journey to Better!" "

Well, the two types of FPV flying I am currently aware of are Freestyle and Racing. I enjoy them both and not good (yet) at either! However, I do know that I have a competitive spirit and struggle to be "artistic" at times. Given these facts and the fact that no matter which style of flying I choose to pursue (or both), if I practice at one, I will hopefully become a better pilot in general and get better at both.

Therefore, I have chosen to implement the Velocidrone Flight Training lessons as I am a firm believer one (at least I) should practice on a simulator prior to actual flight. This tends to save me from extensive crashing and therefore also saves money on parts, and time repairing things. The reason I chose Velocidrone after having used Freerider, Liftoff, FPV Air 2, and Velocidrone is because Freerider, in my opinion, isn't that great. Liftoff is too graphics intensive for my computer to run properly, FPV Air 2 I DO like because it runs on lower-end computers and the fliight physics seem very good. Velocidrone, however, has the same "goodness" of FPV Air in that it runs good on my computer, it has great flight physics, and it is full-featured.

So, I've got hovering down (quite some time ago). I've got basics flying down with long, slow turns, etc. The next item I went to work on was more coordinated turns using the power of the quad to make the turns and also altitude control. Here's my "Simulator to Reality" Lessons Learned on that:
How to Fly FPV Race Drone (7 min 40 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Sep 29, 2018 @ 01:33 PM | 1,567 Views
So, as I mentioned in my first blog post, I took it upon myself to learn Line-of -Sight (LOS) before FPV. I started this with my first quad ever the 5-inch Eachine Wizard X220 in my backyard. i had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting myself into. Realizing I needed help, I went to Google. Found a series of flight lesson videos from Painless360:
RC Basics: Learning to fly a multirotor (23 min 14 sec)
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Started doing those with my X220 and not getting very far. Then, I realized he was suggesting doing them with a Hubsan X4. The first time I heard this, I had no idea what a Hubsan X4 was! Then I found out it was a tiny indoor quad! Duh! Now it started to make sense. Go smaller at first! So, I purchased a Hubsan X4 and went merrily on my way through these lessons. i then branched out to Flite Test video lessons and eventually FPV lessons from Joshua Bardwell and FPV Academy:
New to FPV? // Start Here // The FPV Academy Build-along Videos and Training Platform (6 min 29 sec)
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Posted by TMacFPV | Sep 24, 2018 @ 09:28 AM | 2,334 Views
Good Day to All!
This is my first "blog" post and am not sure how this is really supposed to work, but I'll give it a shot. First, a little about my journey.
Started flying quadcopters for the first time ever in January 2018 as a result of my purchasing quads for my sons & daughter to fly. I thought they were cool and my children would love them. turned out--I loved them too and wanted to give them a shot! So, Line-of-Sight I went, learning basic flying skills and attempting to do so with my first quad (a 5-inch) in my backyard. That didn't go so well, as you can imagine.

Got a Hubsan to learn indoors. Better. Got a QX65 to learn FPV. OK, I'm hooked! Got a Diatone GT-R90. What a blast! FPV simulators--yes, plural! This process has taken me several months, but I have enjoyed the journey and learned a lot and continue to learn. I hope I will always! This stuff is SO Much Fun!

So, I wanted to start this blog by passing on some of my lessons learned over the past several months, beginning with my thoughts on a Beginner FPV Drone "Kit." Looking back, there is a much better (and cheaper) way to get started in this hobby with better equipment than I did. Here's my stab at it:

BEST BEGINNER FPV DRONE KIT - Racing Drone for Beginners (22 min 39 sec)