Category: Videos

Walkera Rodeo 150 Flight Footage

Walkera Rodeo 150 Flight Footage

June 26, 2016 22:40 | By | 1 Comment

 

 

 

 

Team Blacksheep 2014 retrospective

Team Blacksheep 2014 retrospective

December 30, 2014 12:17 | By | Add a Comment

TBS posted a nice highlights reel of their adventures in 2014

 

 

 

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Flying through Fireworks

Flying through Fireworks

April 26, 2014 9:24 | By | Add a Comment

Gasper’s buddy flew his Phantom through some fireworks, resulting in this awesome video.

Of course, repeat at your own risk 🙂

 

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Flying Robot Dance

Flying Robot Dance

January 8, 2014 13:10 | By | Add a Comment

KMel Robotics and Yuneec International announce their collaboration on a family of aerial photography vehicles with this video, unveiled at CES 2014. For more information on “Flying Eyes” visit flyingeyes.com

In case the similarities have you scratching your head, KMel Robotics is indeed the company behind the Blade 350QX firmware.  And as one of their employees posted on RCGroups: “By the way, I can no longer answer 350QX-related questions and talk about any potential issues. It was fun while it lasted”

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Amazing FPV footage by Daemn42

Amazing FPV footage by Daemn42

December 24, 2013 0:49 | By | Add a Comment

Check out this cool collage of FPV footage by Youtube user Daemn42 with some really nice locations and fixed wing as well as multicopter flying.

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Formation Proximity 2 shows amazing bird of prey attack

Formation Proximity 2 shows amazing bird of prey attack

November 28, 2013 18:00 | By | Add a Comment

There’s some really great footage in the latest video by Team Blacksheep. While the flying itself is a lot less reckless than we’re used to from them, they do show off very cool formation flying in this second part of their Formation Proximity videos. And in the middle of the flight, a huge bird of prey attacks and successfully downs one of their Zephyr FPV planes.

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Really breathtaking footage. Take a gander after the break.

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Cow eats FPV plane

Cow eats FPV plane

November 22, 2013 0:10 | By | Add a Comment

A Bixler FPV plane lands in a paddock, after which the cows make short work of it. Obviously bovines don’t appreciate the finer details of FPV flight. Either that, or they don’t like the Bixler plane 😉

Source: Liveleak

Programmable high-power LED flash system for $12

Programmable high-power LED flash system for $12

November 17, 2013 14:20 | By | Add a Comment

If you like super-bright high power LEDs and are looking for an easy way to add scale-looking anti-collision strobes to your model, we have a nice DYI solution that costs about $12 and consists of very few parts. Powered by a nano-sized Arduino (included in the $12!) you can program any strobe sequence you like!

$120 Quadcopter doing flips

$120 Quadcopter doing flips

June 16, 2013 21:49 | By | Add a Comment

Have you been following our $120 Quadcopter Series? We recently posted Part 2 of that series. And if you are curious how this quadcopter flies, here’s a little video of the finished copter doing flips:

 

FPV Playground

March 25, 2013 16:13 | By | 1 Comment

Always nice to see people taking an unusual location and transform it into a challenge for FPV flying.

 

RCExplorer sends FPV Funjet into Space

RCExplorer sends FPV Funjet into Space

March 12, 2013 16:15 | By | Add a Comment

David from RCExplorer.se is always a good address for interesting projects that push boundaries. This time they sent a modified Multiplex FunJet into space via weather ballon, and then piloted it back to the ground via a 1.2GHz FPV link.

Not all went well however, as David explains they lost almost all the build pictures, their ground recording equipment stopped a few minutes into the ascent, and a cable on their receiver broke just while the balloon was nearing the burst point, which is why they were unable to sever the cable to the balloon before it popped.

Regardless of the difficulties, there’s still plenty of awesome imagery and detail in his writeup and the annotated video. For example, one might not know to remove the grease from your servos to avoid the grease freezing – unless you watched his video!

 

 

Soapbox: Daring FPV Videos

Soapbox: Daring FPV Videos

September 15, 2011 8:06 | By | Add a Comment

In early 2011, an Austrian FPV pilot nicknamed “Trappy” went to New York with his FPV foam wing and recorded a stunning video of his flight:

 

Since then, a number of organizations and individuals have stepped up and complained about the reckless and irresponsible behaviour. The AMA issued a statement that this flight violated the AMA safety code (which is a code of conduct that applies to AMA members, which Trappy is not). Some local politicians issued statements that the person should be locked up. Legal experts called for new legislation, while noting that they can’t prosecute because no felony was committed. Even german magazines like rc-heli-action.de denounced the flight and issued a statement calling for new, stricter laws while denouncing the action as not having anything to do with RC flying anymore.

This is a soapbox column, so here goes my opinion:

We are talking about a piece of foam. It doesn’t matter that there’s a camera on it and a propeller on the back. At the end of the day, the worst thing that could happen is a piece of foam hitting someone. Would that be pleasant? Certainly not. But it would take one hell of a dive and a direct hit to produce injuries. Possible, but very unlikely. The AMA suggests that buildings have been endangered. Buildings! By a piece of foam! Worst of all, many of the people complaining first point out that such reckless behavior could bring about stricter laws – and then they ask for stricter laws themselves, sometimes in the same sentence. “People like you are gonna be the reason for stricter laws (…) – this should be forbidden, we need stricter laws!”

Another issue that is being brought up is that RC planes could be misused in a terrorist attack. Sure, that’s actually a very real issue, albeit a far fetched one – it’s still far easier to drive a bomb in a car, doing special stunts with RC planes is too complex and has too little yield to be practical for would-be terrorists. In the end the issue is not the real threat, but the fear itself. And apparently a good number of people have problems gauging the threat level of styrofoam. And at this point I think it’s no secret that RC planes exist, so saying that this could inspire terrorist attacks is, mildly put, an exaggeration.

There’s a distinct difference between this stunt and, say, flying in the middle of a crowded plaza with a 450-size helicopter. Any mistake would mean severe injuries of bystanders. Interestingly enough, when videos like this one here appear there is no public outcry:

 

 

I don’t want to see what would happen if these rotor blades were to hit someone. This is a stupid stunt.

Bottom line: Don’t fly irresponsibly, and don’t listen to the people calling for stricter laws just to get a brief press coverage. Was it a bright idea of Trappy to fly in New York? No, certainly not. But let’s face it, most people are extremely worked up because this was New York – what with 9/11 and all that. It’s still just a piece of EPP foam, get over it.

And don’t fly helicopters over crowds, unlike foam wings, they can really kill someone.

 

 

RCExplorer.se: “Everglades”

RCExplorer.se: “Everglades”

July 13, 2011 23:52 | By | Add a Comment
HD FPV Tricopter Chasing Planes

HD FPV Tricopter Chasing Planes

July 12, 2011 8:14 | By | Add a Comment