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Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | Apr 01, 2015 @ 10:03 PM | 20,232 Views
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FPV is the fastest growing segment of the RC hobby, and more companies are developing RTF FPV systems. WLToys, famous for their inexpensive, and very popular quads, is getting in on the action with their own FPV setups. The v666 is one such offering, and looks like it could be my first review of the 2015 flying season! GearBest currently has this one for sale HERE. If you stop by over there, and decide to drop one in your cart, add coupon code V666XH to get an additional discount on the v666, or GBLIAH on any order with them for a discount. Check it out, and check back for updates.
Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | Jan 30, 2015 @ 11:23 PM | 20,951 Views
The last several months, I have not had as much chance to fly (or do ANYTHING RC) due to work schedules, and the deteriorating weather. Recently, however, my work schedule has freed up some, and I once again have free time on my hands! I am ready to FLY! But, the weather is not cooperating. So, I am forced to read up on all the new and exciting things happening in the RC world while I wait for spring to bring me better flying weather. Here is hoping better weather comes to my part of the world sooner than later. CHEERS!
Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | Jun 24, 2014 @ 10:41 PM | 22,417 Views
FPV America founder Edward Lyons has started a petition at change.org, asking the FAA to reconsider their new guidelines regarding RC aircraft. Please consider signing, by following the highlight link in the previous sentence, or the direct link at the bottom (if you want to be assured of the site to which you will be sent).

If you have not seen the latest:

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In particular for FPV, the FAA says:

By definition, a model aircraft must be “flown within visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft.” Based on the plain language of the statute, the FAA interprets this requirement to mean that: (1) the aircraft must be visible at all times to the operator; (2) that the operator must use his or her own natural vision (which includes vision corrected by standard eyeglasses or contact lenses) to observe the aircraft; and (3) people other than the operator may not be used in lieu of the operator for maintaining visual line of sight. Under the criteria above, visual line of sight would mean that the operator has an unobstructed view of the model aircraft. To ensure that the operator has the best view of the aircraft, the statutory requirement would preclude the use of vision-enhancing devices, such as binoculars, night vision goggles, powered vision magnifying devices, and goggles designed to provide a “first-person view” from the model.
Footnote 2: The FAA is aware that at least one community-based organization permits “first person view” (FPV) operations
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Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | Jun 05, 2014 @ 11:36 PM | 21,176 Views
Minute Review: Cheerson CX-10 Worlds Smallest Production Quadcopter! (1 min 1 sec)

Here is my Minute Review of the Cheerson CX-10, which claims to be the world's smallest production quadcopter.

Here is the script from the video:

Today I am reviewing the CX-10 from Cheerson, thanks to BangGood.com. This little quadcopter bills itself as the smallest production quad, and that claim would be hard to refute, as its slightly smaller than the Proto-X and its clones.

This quad came to me, partially opened, but intact, with the quad, micro controller, spare blades, instructions, and USB charger. The charging takes a little under half an hour, and results in about 5 to 6 minutes of flight.

This quad has three levels of control: beginner which is good for newer flyers, and a mid and expert level which gave more power and throw on the sticks.This quad can do nice banked turns, piros, and has auto-flips by pressing in on the right stick and pushing the stick in the direction you want to flip.

While this quad is mainly an indoor flyer, I have taken it outside for some flying in calm conditions. Its also, very durable! At a price of less than $25 this quadcopter is a great buy.
Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | Jun 02, 2014 @ 02:45 PM | 26,419 Views
I received the Cheerson CX10 today to review, and wanted to give a rundown of my early impressions after about a half-dozen flights with this quad.

Short story: THIS IS FUN!

My Minute Review of the Cheerson CX-10!

Minute Review: Cheerson CX-10 Worlds Smallest Production Quadcopter! (1 min 1 sec)

(I was able to get some flight footage salvaged from an SD card that decided to go on me, so I added some video footage in post #17)

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The quad is actually a slight bit smaller than the Proto-X, knocking it out of the smallest production quad slot by fractions of a millimeter.

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Its also built more robust, and more dense than the Proto-X and has a different design; feeling similar in build quality to the newer Hubsan X4 L, and looking like a Shrinky-Dink version of a DJI Phantom.

The added weight doesn't detract from flying capabilities, or flight time, as far as I can tell. I have been able to knock it around with nearly the same level of fun AND precision as a Proto-X (granted, with a similarly SMALL controller), and fight times have averaged about 6 to 7 minutes off a slightly less than half-hour charge. (EDIT: As I fly this more, the flight times have decreased to around 5 minutes. This is probably a combination of me flying this harder after getting used to the controller, and simply having flown it nearly 30 times in just two days.)

The auto-flip feature is dead-on, and is easy to use in very tight spaces. I was able to do an auto-flip...Continue Reading
Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | May 04, 2014 @ 11:40 PM | 20,712 Views
Well, the wind was gusty, but I did a quick maiden flight of the Xtreme. Here's hoping for better flying days sooner than later.

Maiden Flight: RCLogger EYE One Xtreme 808 #16 HD Keychain Camera On Board Flite Bite (1 min 44 sec)

Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | Mar 30, 2014 @ 10:01 PM | 20,669 Views
While RC aircraft are enjoyable as a hobby, one organization wants to use them for a more noble cause. RC 4 Heroes has the stated goal of using RC aircraft as therapy aids for war veterans. While still in its infancy, it is quickly gaining traction, and making a name for itself. FPVAmerica, the group I am working with to bring about an FPV racing league, is one of the backers of this small, but growing organization. I want to personally take the opportunity to share this organization with others here on RCG. I appreciate any help you could give them!

Posted by HeliStorm (FPV America) | Mar 28, 2014 @ 09:07 AM | 21,293 Views
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FPV Air Racing. “A Real Life Video Game!”

First person view, or FPV for short, is a way for remote control aircraft pilots to see the world as if from inside a tiny cockpit on the plane, helicopter, or quadrocopter. It is a technology used in the RC world for everything from setting up shots in aerial photography, to experiencing the thrill of flight without ever leaving the ground. But, a new racing league taking shape in the United States will bring the added thrill of air races to FPV, and turn it into, “a real life video game!” FPV pilots will be challenged in timed courses, obstacle courses, and even head-to-head races, all while experiencing the action first-hand through a live video feed to their immersive goggles. Its like virtual reality, without the virtual part.

FPV America is the brainchild of a group of RC pilots, literally from around the world. It has backers such as Raphael "Trappy" Pirker, a world famous FPV pilot who recently won a court case in the United States opening the door for commercial use of unmanned aircraft. We also have corporate backing and technical support from companies such as Boscam, a leader in FPV aerial solutions. The first FPV racing event is scheduled to be held in Minot, Maine, July 18th-20th. A second race is being planned for Las Vegas, NV, in November. Beginning next season, FPV America hopes to have several regional races lined up, and is working with partners worldwide to develop FPV International.

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