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Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 08, 2019 @ 05:12 PM | 711 Views
What makes FPV race drones, quadcopters (or “quads”) fly the way they do? In this video, I’m going to answer that question to give you a better understanding of what’s actually happening with your quad when you move the sticks on your transmitter. This Quadcopter Flying Basics tutorial video is the 1st in our FPV Boot Camp mini-series created to help you get started in the simplest, easiest, quickest & most cost-effective way possible on your Journey to Better along the Clear Flight Path to FPV Fun!
QUADCOPTER FLYING BASICS (8 min 13 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 02, 2019 @ 01:28 PM | 2,248 Views
OpenTX supporting Jumper T16 soon-Get a head start now!

This video shows you how to update your Jumper T16 (or any transmitter) with OpenTX (either an official release OR an experimental "nightly build") in just 7 simple steps! Includes "clickable" (hyperlinked) Table of Contents in video description so you can jump to any of the 7 steps easily. Also includes step-by-step, easy-to-use graphical checklist for reference

More FUN features coming soon in official OpenTX release! Get ready!
JUMPER T16 OPENTX FIRMWARE UPDATE (16 min 37 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 26, 2019 @ 07:40 AM | 1,735 Views
Came across this “fine-tuning” with the internal module of the Jumper T16 Pro for genuine FrSky (and other) receivers & did a little research. Wanted to pass on what I found from "hpnuts" here on RCGroups to others. I'd be interested to know your fine tuning value & what receiver you’re using so we can all compare! 👍😀
JUMPER T16 PRO MODULE TUNE (4 min 29 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 19, 2019 @ 07:46 AM | 1,323 Views
Here’s a demonstration video of the process to upload bootloader (required for T16s shipped without bootloader installed) and update internal mulit-protocol module firmware. It works great! Thanks to benzo99 and hpnuts for making this multi-module firmware update stuff so simple.
JUMPER T16 PRO BOOTLOADER AND FIRMWARE UPDATE (14 min 2 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 11, 2019 @ 04:01 PM | 1,569 Views
Are you Drone Nation? Aren’t we all? We may live in different parts of the world and have some differences of opinion but we all have this amazing FPV hobby in common.

In this video below, I introduce you to the Drone Nation App which helps to bring us all together. It allows you to, among other things, search for some folks to fly with around your local area (or any other area you type into its search parameters)! Basically, it helps you answer the question, “Isn’t there anyone around here to fly with?”

Celebrate FPV!
DRONE NATION PHONE APP (6 min 28 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 04, 2019 @ 04:53 PM | 1,036 Views
Took the plunge! Or, so to speak - now that I think about it, probably a poor choice of words!
Anyway, Micro FPV FlexRC Colugo (tree-dwelling glider) 3” spotted over large lake and out of its elements? What could possibly go wrong?!?
FPV DRONE FLIGHT OVER LAKE (3 min 5 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Sep 27, 2019 @ 03:26 PM | 2,552 Views
Got bobbles with your throttle? I'm sorry.😞
You can take care of that easily in a few minutes with better FPV throttle control & your own custom throttle curve!
Better altitude control, smoother videos, more fun, free checklist?!? C’Mon, let’s do this!🤩
Got experience with throttle curves? Let me know what you use 'em for and how they work for you! No experience? Give 'em a try!👍
BETTER FPV THROTTLE CONTROL (18 min 33 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Sep 20, 2019 @ 03:12 PM | 846 Views
Ready to fly better FPV today?!? 🤩
Today, we set up rate profiles and enjoy BOTH freestyle and race-style flying using different rates with the flip of a switch!
See the rates of some outstanding freestyle and racing FPV pilots like LeDrib, Mr Steele, StingersSwarm, Minchan, Headsup FPV, and Nytfury!
We use the average of their rates as a baseline for our rates and put them on a transmitter switch so you can easily change rates for freestyle and racing simply with the flip of a switch.
We cover what the rates are, how they affect your flying and how you can alter them to fit precisely YOUR flying style!
Sound good?
FPV DRONE RATES FOR BEGINNERS (25 min 1 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Sep 13, 2019 @ 03:57 PM | 1,554 Views
What IS that “CLI” tab in the Betaflight Configurator for anyway? 🤔
Better stay away from it since we don’t know how to use it right?!?
A lot of people are familiar with the basic tabs in Betaflight yet are understandably uncomfortable with the CLI. We could input the wrong stuff and really mess up our flight controller, right? 😲
Today we show you what the CLI is, how to use it with some totally useful commands, and why it’s actually your friend and not something to be afraid of . . .
Let me know if you plan to use it!
BetaFlight Useful CLI Commands (16 min 27 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Sep 06, 2019 @ 03:24 PM | 1,342 Views
We dive into 3 FPV Beginner Tips which you can implement BEFORE you start flying, that will help you learn to fly FPV the right way, more quickly, and with more confidence. Specifically, the three FPV Beginner Tips we cover are how your camera angle is directly proportional to your forward speed, the advantages of using Acro Trainer Mode and also how to setup Acro Trainer Mode in both your transmitter (using OpenTX firmware) and in Betaflight and finally how & why to setup Throttle Limit in BetaFlight—if its good for Pro FPV Racers, this actually might be a good place for new FPV Pilots to start!👍🏁
FPV BEGINNER TIPS (13 min 49 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Aug 30, 2019 @ 03:37 PM | 1,191 Views
Dudes! Its Gnarly (FPV) Primo Time! 🤙
Build, PIDs & Filters, and a “gnarly flight!” 😎
GNARLY PRIMO MICRO FPV BUILD (6 min 17 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Aug 23, 2019 @ 03:12 PM | 1,217 Views
Can you improve your flight skills just by changing a few numbers in Betaflight? Possibly! Today we take a look at a few of those numbers, make some changes, and conduct demonstration flights with how those changes turn out. Specifically, we make changes to our Micro FPV Quad Betaflight setup Feedforward numbers, and look at the associated Feedforward Transition & Smart Feedforward options as well as I Term Relax.
BETAFLIGHT MICRO FPV FEEDFORWARD (24 min 35 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Aug 16, 2019 @ 02:49 PM | 945 Views
Your best fly spot for FPV Fun?🤩
Where can you fly your FPV Race Drone both legally and safely? 🤔
There are a few apps out there which can help you answer this question. Today we look at one of them, the FAA B4UFLY App. Use it or Airmap to find your best spot for FPV Fun!
FAA B4UFLY APP (5 min 46 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Aug 09, 2019 @ 03:04 PM | 1,443 Views
Demonstration of how to enable GPS Rescue Mode Failsafe using our BetaFlight OSD AND we’ll do a test flight to demo the actual BetaFlight GPS Rescue 🚨 Failsafe option! Ready to see how this turns out?!?🤔
BETAFLIGHT GPS RESCUE MODE FAILSAFE (5 min 5 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Aug 02, 2019 @ 05:06 PM | 2,147 Views
Want to fly in “interesting places” yet have some concern about losing your Micro FPV Quad if you do? Flying near mountains, over forests, or even over water and capturing amazing videos would sure be fun, right?!? What happens though if you lose video or worse, your radio control link? 😲 That could be a scary thought! No worries! Today, we go over when you lose video you can have your Quad return to you with just the flip of a switch! Or, how about if you lose your radio control link, your Quad returns to you automatically! Sound too good to be true? Here we cover how to setup Betaflight GPS Rescue mode both on a switch AND using the Failsafe option so you can fly anywhere freely with no worries at all and demonstrate its use during two test flights!
MICRO FPV BETAFLIGHT GPS RESCUE (22 min 20 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jul 26, 2019 @ 03:22 PM | 3,271 Views
After a series of “Signal Low,” “Signal Critical,” and “RX Loss” warnings on different occasions with different Quads, we decided to research the pros, cons, and science behind 900 MHz radio control over that of 2.4 Ghz. Not necessarily for long-range, more for propagation through and around obstacles we’d be flying near (and in) like trees and buildings. Here’s what we found out. Do you think it’s worth the switch?🤔
RADIO CONTROL 900MHZ FPV (13 min 38 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jul 20, 2019 @ 10:22 AM | 3,019 Views
Some of what I have learned to capture better quality, Smooth Micro FPV Drone HD Video during flights. We go over the steps we have used to reduce and mitigate unwanted vibrations, oscillations, and “jello” in our HD video. These steps are implemented for the quadcopter frame and components prior to flight, the camera settings and video capture during flight, as well as the post-processing of the video. Although we are using the Caddx Tarsier in this build, the jello/oscillation mitigation steps we cover are applicable to all HD cameras. I’m sure these are not all-inclusive of everything which can be done in any of these 3 categories as we’re just starting to learn. So, if you have more ideas-Comment Below!
SMOOTH MICRO FPV DRONE HD VIDEO (22 min 31 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jul 12, 2019 @ 04:23 PM | 3,997 Views
FLEXRC COLUGO! Today we build out one of the (if not, THE) most versatile 3 inch Freestyle Micro FPV Quadcopter Frames currently on the market, the FlexRC Colugo! For those of you not familiar with the term “Colugo” it is also known as a Flying Lemur. These small, furry, tree-dwelling mammals have a webbed membrane which stretches from its face to its toes to its tail enabling it to glide over 200 feet between trees! Build one of these Micro FPV 3 inch Quadcopters yourself and find out how easy and fun it is to hit some of those tree gaps! Are you ready to "Colugo?!?"
MICRO FPV 3 INCH QUADCOPTER BUILD (19 min 19 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jul 04, 2019 @ 11:39 AM | 3,189 Views
Happy Birthday America!👍🎂🎆😀
FREEDOM FPV DRONE (3 min 43 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 28, 2019 @ 05:32 PM | 10,151 Views
Drone, Dock, Lake . . . what could possibly go wrong? 🤔 Just Sittin'
First Over Water Flight! How'd I do?
FPV DRONE LAKE (4 min 5 sec)