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3DBill here checking out a new ALL-IN-ONE RTF Camera Drone from Autel called the X-Star Premium. This quadcopter / multi-rotor / camera drone, whatever you want to call it, claims to do about everything a new pilot or videographer starting with quads can ask for. Does it deliver? Does it do all the stuff we want? Keep reading to find [...]
GoDroneX with the Suburban Aero Club of Chicago are taking this year’s National Model Aviation Day by storm by hosting FPV Racing at the Tinley Creek Flying Field this Saturday, August 15. Proceeds from the entry fees go to the Wounded Warrior Project, and you will get an opportunity to see yours truely! See all the details at the GoDroneX webpage, and see you Saturday!
Hey guys, this past weekend I had a blast at the IRCHA Jamboree 2015 (Coverage post in the works), but what is funny is a contest Horizon Hobby was running giving away the Spektrum AR7210BX flybarless unit and receiver featuring the new SAFE (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) before its October release. It’s only funny since of the 6 available, I received one of them [...]
Announced recently is a new, Spektrum DSMX compatible, micro quadcopter from Blade Helicopters, the ducted-fan based Inductrix! Featuring a new design and quiet rotor setup, the Inductrix has even more features:Lightweight, fully assembled quadcopter SAFE® technology makes drone flying easy Quiet EDF power system Durable rotor housings prevent damage Brilliant LED orientation lights Includes both red and blue bodies 150mAh 1S 3.7V 25C Li-Po flight battery USB Li-Po charger 6–8 minute [...]
Cruising around the web today, and I couldn’t help but enjoy the newest creation from Oscar Mayer, the Wiener Rover! With the chassis of a 1/5 scale RC car, this bad boy will bash its way to you delivering delicious hot dogs! Check out the video above!
…WALKERA!! They have recently announced a FPV Racing quadcopter called the Runner 250, and what better way to advertise it than explosions, hallucinations, pickpockets, and women whispering ‘Faster’ into your ear. Check out the full video here. Feast your eyes on this YouTube beauty!
After the rumors I reported of a new DJI quadcopter platform, my email was graced with the official announcement: DJI has a new drone development platform called the Matrice 100(well, the rumors were close)! Featuring a modular platform with a full software development kit, the Matrice 100 has these other features:Optional sensor platform for collision detection for elevations below 65ft Upgrade [...]
It may sound cliche, but I feel like a true pioneer. On many occasions in the past year or so that quadcopters/drones/multirotor technology, flight, and regulations have been compared to the early days of the internet, calling it a ‘wild west’ phase for the technology. That pretty much nails the current situation of the whole multirotor hobby right on the [...]
Surfing the web the other day, and I found the holy grail of custom quads! There have been wild posts the past few months of Star Wars based quadcopters, and I have found the source! Imgur user olivierc600 has posted all his work to date: Minion Bomber, Star Destroyer, and the Millennium Falcon to name a few. Check out the few [...]
DJI makes news again, this time out of a concert in Mexico. Pop singer Enrique Iglesias was helping his production team’s Inspire1 take a shot of himself with the crowd, most likely his very first ‘dronie’. In his posing, his hand reached too close to the spinning props and took a chunk out of a couple of his fingers. Mr. Iglesias is fine, [...]
As quick as the Phantom 3 and Inspire 1 were announced and released, it looks like DJI has another multirotor up its sleeve: the (maybe) Matrix 100. Here are a few of the RUMORED features:Expansion bays: like all fun things, the ability to be modular is a must. Dual Battery Option: LOOOOOOOONGER flight time SDK (Software Development Kit): For the computer science and all other nerdy programming types (myself included), [...]
After the recent price drop of the 350 QX3, Blade released info on their latest camera drone series: the Chroma. Utilizing 4k, 1080p, or allowing use with a GoPro, you can take great video and stills on the fly! Two ready to fly packages features the Yuneec made ST-10 radio system and CGO2+ camera/gimbal combo, and Chroma drones equipped with that radio will have [...]
E-Flite must know I am not the world’s best airplane pilot (I mean, I’m a basher, so nothing is beyond lawn dart status), so they send me a UMX Whipit DLG (Discus Launch Glider). This glider can be thrown like a frisbee or paper airplane, and only has a rudder and elevator, so you rely on wind and thermal pockets to keep the [...]
I always love seeing packages on my desk, and this one came from the folks over at Ares RC, the SpectreX Quadcopter and FPV Upgrade kit. This little orange bugger is the next review I’m working on, and before I started chasing Brian and Cubby around the office, I took a few unboxing photos. See them below and keep your eye out for the [...]
I was doing my usual ‘shopping’ on Kickstarter, and couldn’t help but see this need little design: the Phone Drone by XCraft! Designed as a simple quad frame, this drone uses a standard flight control board and couples it with your smartphone to create a self or manual flying drone for all your aerial photography needs! Here are some of the key features:Easy [...]