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  2. Well, here is a brief review of one of the best drones for beginners in the market right now, the Holy Stone F181 Drone Series. Some of the key facts about this drone are: There are 3 versions of this drone available in the market right now: C, W, and G. The difference is C model has a camera but cannot live-stream video to a mobile device. W model has a WiFi camera, so it can transmit video. And the G one, comes with an LCD screen integrated to the transmitter, besides, it works with 5.8G video transmission, also, this last one does not work with a smart phone. It definitely is a very high seller, since this drone has thousands of positive customer reviews from those enthusiasts of the hobby. As I've said before, you can't go wrong if you choose this one as your first drone. The equipped camera is a 720p HD one, with wide-angle capabilities. Flight time is decent and ranges from 8 - 10 minutes. Charging time oscillates between 60 - 90 minutes. Flight range is up to 100 meters or 328 feet. Just for the price you pay, these features are fantastic, but, this drone comes with other very useful addons that will definitely improve your flight experience. Holy Stone F181 additional Features Altitude hold mode Headless mode Spins and 3D flight enabled One Key take off/landing FPV Capable (not the C model) And these are the features which make the F181 a great drone. I actually wrote a full review of this gadget at https://www.rchobbiesonair.com/holy-stone-f181/, if you want to know more details, feel free to check it and leave your comments and questions. Thanks! Jose
  3. When looking for a drone, we sometimes do our search based on our budget. That is because as good and fantastic drones are, they definitely can make an expensive hobby. With that in mind, I wanted to contribute with a list of the top 10 best drones under 200 dollars, since that price range seems to be popular among the hobby enthusiasts. Now, I went online and discovered that many sites actually have a bunch of lists with the top 10 models under this price range, but I had a hard time trying to understand how and why those drones were ranked on those lists. That is why I ended up creating my own ranking, based on data and with a simple yet useful analysis that anyone can understand. I'm only posting an excerpt of the whole analysis here, but I hope it helps you make an informed decision. I first defined what I call "critical for operation" features, the ones you can't live with. For instance, flight time, if your drone has 0 flight time, or very short flight time, your experience will not be great, no matter how advanced the gyro, or the altitude mode. These features are: Budget, customer reviews, camera specs, flight time, charge time, and flight range. You may think there are more, but to me (and in order to simplify the study), those are the ones that count more. Then visited Amazon and searched for drones under 200 dollars with 4+ stars in customer reviews. All the data about these 6 features I mentioned before was arranged in the form of a table. Then, based on the best values I found for each drone, I assigned a rating from 0 to 100 to each feature of each drone. Last step was to average all the values and translate this to a 5 point scale system and sort them from high to low. The result of this analysis is a table with real rankings, based on the numbers each drone brings to the game. I also want to say that just by considering the customer reviews from Amazon, I'm including the testing part, since that is crucial in order to know how a drone behaves in reality. Here is the simplified version of the list I built. For more details, please visit https://www.rchobbiesonair.com/best-drones-under-200/ Rank Item Rate 1 Force1 Drones with Camera - “MJX B2C Bugs 2 Specter” 4.5 2 Potensic T25 4.2 3 Force1 Drones con cámara - U49W Blue Heron 3.7 4 Altair #AA108 3.7 5 Holy Stone HS110D 3.5 6 Holy Stone HS200D 3.5 7 Potensic F181DH 3.5 8 Holy Stone HS230 3.4 9 DROCON U818PLUS 3.4 10 Altair 818 Hornet 3.4 What do you think about the items that ranked here? Also, did you notice the F181W drone from Holy Stone is not on the list? That is because it didn't make it to it, which is interesting because most websites out there rank it very high. I actually think it's a great drone, but just by looking at its numbers, there seems to be better options. I'll be glad to know your comments. Thanks! Jose
  4. INTRODUCTION The new HBRC HB65S is a new 65mm brushless tinywhoop competitors with 0603 motors. This machine comes after the two excellent, extra fun URAV UV65/Eachine UK/US65. For the HBRC model, no crazybee F3 board with a builtin SPI receiver but we have a more classic F3 omnibus FC requiering an external micro-receiver. It means clearly some extra weight is added … but we have some 20 000Kv motors so faster than the 19000Kv for the US65 and 17000Kv for the UR65. For the FPV part, we have a 800TVL CMOS sensor coupled with a 16CH/25Mw VTX. Unfortunatly no smart audio here dislike the US65. Let’s check this new 65mm machine…. maybe the battle is not completly over vs the US65 BOX CONTENT + 1 x HBRC HB65S + 1 x FrSky Pro (D8) receiver (SBUS) + 1 x 260mAh LiHV battery + 1 x USB charger + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Rubber band + 1 x Prop remover wrench + 1 x Instruction manual (English) OVERVIEW Same 65mm format but the HB65S frame is more similar to the UV65 model, more flexible able to absorb better crashes. The US65 frame is known to be more fragile. -FRONT VIEW Dislike the UR65/US65, the lens angle orientation is fixed to something around +15 degrees. -SIDE VIEW A unique VTX button but easy to access is present. Since there are “only” 16CH, just short press on it to cycle among them. No Vband subsivisions. -UPPER VIEW The 5.8G linear antenna is installed vertically via a rear tiny hole on the top canopy -BOTTOM VIEW We have a Beecore F3 Omnibus board with builtin 5A BLheli_S 4-in-1 ESC This FC accepts any SBUS/PPM receiver connexion and includes a Betaflight OSD compatible chip Motors are directly plugs via 1.25mm micro-JST connector. Super easy for motor’s maintenance. Unfortunatly the frame don’t offer a large enough battery tray. You must attache the LiPo via a rubber band addind some little weight at the end. -WEIGHT 29.9g…. in total !!!! compared to the 27.2g for the UR65 and 28.5g. It’s a lot more for such size, close to 10% more vs the UR65. With the OpenSky receiver directly soldered, 0.8g can be saved…. Motors and props Probably the best ingredient in this bundle. 20 000Kv motors associated with quadriblades 31mm props. They got 1mm hole section so directly usable for other US65/UR65 motors. LiHv battery The LiHV is a 260mAh model rated from 30C. The battery is at least 1cm more longer than the US65 model…. so the 260mAh seems more “realistic”. Be aware, versus multiple crashes, the pH 2.0 connector can be damated. Camera module The same FPV solution as for the HB68. A 150 deg FOV camera with a 800TVL CMOS sensor. For the VTX, it’s a 16CH module, 4 channels of the classic 4 Vbands. No smart audio controls Disassembling If the AIO module is directly soldered, the SBUS receiver enjoys a dedicaced 3position connector for a plug & bind operation. As the provided FrSky Pro D8 receiver was broken out of the box, I had to install a more compact OpenSky D8 receiver. I soldered directly the receiver on the main SBUS Pads to same some light weight. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The HB65S comes with an old version of Betaflight 3.2 not supporting ESC beacon and flip over crash features. For the BLheli_S firmware, 16.6 is installed so it need also an upgrade to support the last quoted feature. In term of configuration, no specific optiization have been done except for the SBUS receiver pre-configuration. It’s strongly advised to update both Betaflight & BLheli_S firmwares. When the battery is attached, the machine is still more or less leveled. Now when the throttle is applied… the answer is more linear versus the US65. You can feel more thrust at lower throttle inputs. At the extremity, punch out are really comparable as for UR65/US65… Not superior but not inferior despite the 2.5 extra grams. The other good news is about the quadriblade props…. they offer jellofree conditions dislike the unbalanced triblades edition associated with the UR65/US65. The FPV camera is correct for a CMOS sensor with vivid colors but the FPV range is clearly inferior to the US65 ‘ VTX performances. Statics comes after crossing only 2 walls. Whatever the machine is stable, precize indoors. Notice few times, a prop has been pop out…. Probably a small drop of glue can be an option to apply. In term of power the machine is acro compatible, climb fast enough for loops & rolls…. but expect some prop’s wash at the end of the operation. With moderate winds, the machine handles well outdoors condition. The battery offers good discharge capacity and expect about 3min of flight time with. CONCLUSIONS No major drawbacks can be noticed with this HB65S except to be more expensive, with less features (no smart audio), with less FPV range, more heavier than the UR65/US65…. In other words, there is no magic ingredient in order to prefer the HB65S versus these two competitors. Maybe the HB65S just comes few months too late. PROS + Good and powerfull 20000Kv motors + Super stable, no jello out of the box + Good 260mAh LiHV battery + 3min 15s of flight time + OSD CONS – More expensive than the Eachine US65 – No real battery tray – 2.5g more heavier than UV65 – No RSSI & telemetry for the FrSky receiver – No smart audio – FPV range shorter than the US65’s one – Old Betaflight OS installed (no ESC Beacon & Flip over crash features available out of the box) dump_BF_3_2_0 This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 119USD at https://www.banggood.com/HB65S-65mm-1S-Brushless-RC-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-BNF-F3-OSD-25mW-800TVL-0603-20000KV-Motor-p-1333638.html View the full article
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  6. TEST: Eachine US/UK65

    INTRODUCTION After the excellent Happymodel Snapper6, and the even more better URAV UV65, here is probably the ultimate 65mm microbrushless FPV machine, i.e. the Eachine US/UK65. One more time, it’s based at 95% with the same incredients: same Crazybee F3 board, same bundle… but now the frame, the KV of the 0603 motors and the AIO FPV Module are differents. For the US65, we have a machine a 1.2g heavier structure but with faster 0603 motors: 19000Kv vs 17000kv. The crazybee integrates now a 6A 4-in-1 ESC BLheli_S/Dshot 600 compatible, a builtin 2.4G FrSky (D8/D16) or Flysky (AFHDS-2A) receiver. The FrSky export the Vbat & RSSI via telemetry… For both RSSI is also sent for the OSD directly via SPI connexion. The AIO is also updated: still a good 700TVL CMOS model with a builtin 48ch/25mW VTX but now with Smart Audio connection to change the Vfreq/Vband via the OSD, ideal for indoors competition with several machines. Let’s discover the Eachine US65. From now since, I will make shorter the written review part to concentrate elements more in the video and the conclusion parts. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Eachine US65 + 3 x 250mAh 1S LiHV with JST pH2.0 + 1 x USB parallel charger + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Wrench prop remover + 2 x Spare rubber bands For the Eachine version, no instruction manual…. Luckely it’s almost the same machine than the URAV UV65. OVERVIEW url=https://postimages.org/][/url] 1.2g more heavier ….. Will this extra weight will be an handicap for the 19000Kv motors ? The green wire is the smart audio connexion directly done to a pad of the F3 MCU. I guess the crazybee board will be updated soon with a new direct pad to connect smart audio more easily. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT By default with the FrSky edition, the selected protocol is the LBT/non-EU D16 so called FrSky_X in betaflight. If your favorite taranis/openTX radio is not flashed with the non-EU firmware, you can select instead the FrSky_D, i.e. the D8 mode. It will work whatever the EU or non-EU firmware. For both the D16 & D8, good news, telemetry informations are also sent back to the radio. Important information: since the receiver is directly connected with the F3 MCU via SPI, you don’t have to select an AUX channel for the RSSI in the receiver tab. If you select the AUX4 (D8) or AUX12 (D16) as usual with a SBUS connexion, paradoxally the RSSI information won’t be here anymore. The bind procedure is a little bit unsual for a FrSky receiver. No need to press & hold the micro bind button while powering. Here … first power the machine then only short press on the bind button. The green light will continue to blink slowly…. so no real feedback to know if the binding procedure was correctly done. You will need to repower the machine to complete the binding operation. The machines comes with betaflight 3.4 (ESC buzzer, flip over crash ready) and …. with a working smart-audio protocol. If the smart-audio works flawless out the box… the ESC buzzer is not preconfigured in betaflight…. It’s a minor detail…. but they could do it from factory. Luckely it’s only a question of software turning. As for the Snapper6 and the UR65, the voltage threshold are set too high…. and after a couple of seconds you will see “low voltage” displayed on the screen. A solution is too decrease the two voltages and also to remove from the OSD informations the “warning” element. The new AIO module for a CMOS sensor offer great vivid colors and for a 25mW module the FPV range is just great despite a basic linear antenna. You can reach up to 200m… in a open wide space. It’s not bad at all. The Vband/Vfreq selection from OSD is a big plus… Ok … let’s now speak about probably the more important question. Are the 19000Kv boosting performances versus the 17000Kv of the UR65…. and the answer is no….. In fact the 1.2g extra grams kills the potential gain. But don’t worry, the US65 is at the end as powerfull as the UR65… so it’s already a super great machine much more powerfull than any 65mm brushed machines. The US65 is fantastic little indoors machine going through any tiny spaces. For outdoors, the machine can handle pretty well moderate wind. The powerlift are strong enough for acro figures even powerloop…. This is a super fun little machine ideal for winter times. Flight times are in average of 3min with indoors application and down to 2min with more agressive acro outdoors flights. As for the two other models, the FPV feedback presents some little jello due to the three blades props, highly unbalanced. If you replace them with some four blades (Eachine E010/E011) models, the machine will fly on air-rails. Last point, the throttle answer is a bit strange…. a lot of power will be here when the stick will be above 85%. It’s advised to apply a non-linear curve on your radio or betaflight to have a more classic throttle response. CONCLUSIONS The Eachine US/UK65 is probably currently the best 65mm machine. The new AIO smart audio module deserves the buy versus the UR65. The US65 is powerfull… fun, easy fo fly, ultra light and absoluptly not dangerous to anyone/anything. It’s clearly one of my favorite machine. How to improve it ? Swap the top canopy for the UR65 model or you can even find some even more lighter. You can also install the new 22000Kv 0603 brushless motors. Finally some >40C batteries are a minimum to enjoy all the power of this machine. It’s an highly recommanded machine already a hit. More currently it’s sold about 70USD !!!!! What else ? PROS + 0603/19000Kv motors strong enough for acro + F3 w/OSD + Well tuned out of the box + No drift in angle mode + FrSky SPI receiver w/ RSSI for OSD & Telemetry + Good AIO module + Smart Audio + Uptiltable camera + BF 3.4/BLheli_s 16.7 pre-flashed + ~3min of flight time + Good LiHV battery + Silent CONS – Not more powerfull than the UR65 (due to the 1.2 extra gram) – Micro bind button hard to access/press – ESC buzzing & flip over crash not pre-configured out of the box – Motorÿs screws easy to loose. Need to be thread locked – Little jello due to unbalanced props Dump_BF_3_4 This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 79USD at https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-US65-UK65-65mm-Whoop-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-Crazybee-F3-Flight-Controller-OSD-6A-Blheli_S-ESC-p-1339561.html View the full article
  7. The runcam split mini was the first camera combo able to record a 1080p@60 video flux while broadcasting the FPV signal with low latency. This module was based on two daughter boards. Later, caddx delivered the turtle, a direct one board based competitor. Today Runcam introduces the second version of the split mini: https://www.banggood.com/RunCam-Split-Mini-2-FOV-130-Degree-1080P60fps-HD-Recording-WDR-FPV-Camera-NTSCPAL-Switchable-p-1344675.html The main caracteristics remain the same: 1080p@60fps, 40ms low latency FPV camera with two different FOV. The big news now the solutions weights only 12.5 so close to be twice more lighter. For sure it will be the new “hype” FPV module… RunCam Split Mini 2 FOV 130 Degree 1080P/60fps HD Recording & WDR FPV Camera NTSC/PAL Switchable Description: Brand name: RunCam Item number: Split Mini 2 Field of View(FOV): FPV FOV 130° / Recording FOV 165° Video Resolution: 1080@60fps / 1080@30fps / 720@60fps Video File Format: MOV Image Resolution: 2 MP TV Mode: NTSC (720*480) / PAL (720*576) Switchable Interface : micro USB / UART Max Micro SD Card Supported: 64G(need Class 6 or above, recommend Class 10 / UHS-I / UHS-II / UHS-III) Hole Distance of Installation: 20*20mm Dimensions: PCB 29*29mm / Lens Module 19*19mm Power Input: DC 5-20V Working Current: 650mA @5V / 270mA @12V Weight: 12.5g Features: * 1080P/60fps HD recording & WDR FPV camera * Power-off protection for video files * Ultra light weight (12.5g) * Low latency TV-OUT (40ms) * Wide voltage (5-20V) * Anti-drop SD card RunCam Split Mini 2 FPV Camera Manual, click here Package included: 1x RunCam Split Mini 2 FPV Camera 1x Metal Cover 1x Micro-to-full-size mounting bracket 1x Set of M2 screws 1x 3PIN 1.25 JST Silicone Cable(female) 1x 3PIN 1.25 JST Silicone Cable(male) 1x 3PIN 1.0 JST Silicone Cable 1x 1x Manual View the full article
  8. The URAV UR65 was my last best personal choice and represents the best combinaison of electronic ingredient to produce a real powerfull 65mm brushless tinywhoop machine. Here is a new slight variant durectly branded by Eachine, the US65/UK65: https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-US65-UK65-65mm-Whoop-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-Crazybee-F3-Flight-Controller-OSD-6A-Blheli_S-ESC-p-1339561.html It’s more less excactly the same elements, i.e. the great Crazybee F3 but now directly flashed with Betaflight 3.4. The ESC are rated 6A and also flashed with a turtle/esc buzzer compatible firmware. This new model now integrates some 19000Kv SE 0603 motors… so 2000Kv faster versus the UR65. Another advantage versus the UR65, the 700TVL AIO camera is now Smart Audio compatible… so all Vfreq, Vband selection can be done directly from the OSD. As for the other model, the Crazybee integrates two choice of SPI builtin receiver. A FrSky D8/D16 and a Flysky AFHDS-2A. Be aware, if your FrSky radio is flashed with the EU firmware…. it will probably required to flash more the international version. The US65/UK65 is proposed in a bundle with three LiHV 260 mAh batteries with 40C of discharge rate. This machine will be probably a future hit … and is slightly cheaper than the UR65. Specifications: Brand Name: EACHINE Mode Name: US65/UK65 Item Name: 1S 65mm Brushless Whoop racing drone BNF Wheelbase: 65mm Size: 81mm*81mm*36mm Weight: 21.5g(without battery) Weight:28g(with Original 250mah lipo battery) SE0603 KV19000 Motor Mode: SE0603 KV19000 Configu-ration:9N12P Stator Diamter:6mm Stator Length:3mm Shaft Diameter:Φ0.8mm Motor Dimension(Dia.*Len):Φ9mm*15.5mm Weight(g):1.8g No.of Cells(Lipo):1S Flight controller Firmware: Betaflight_3.4.0_Crazybee Betaflight target: CRAZYBEEF3FR(Frsky version) CRAZYBEEF3FS(Flysky version) MCU: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: MPU-6000(SPI connection) Board size: 28.5 * 28.5MM Board weight: 3.5 g Power supply: 1S battery input (DC 3.5-4.35V) Built-in 6A(each) Blheli_S 4in1 ESC Dshot600 ready Built-in Frsky receiver with telemetry(D8/D16 switchable) Built-in Betaflight OSD(SPI Control) Built-in Current meter Max 14A Built-in 5V 0.8A BEC with LC filter Built-in voltage detection BLHELI_S pass-through Ready Heading LED Ready Onboard 4in1 6A ESC Power supply: 1S LiPo/LiPo HV (4.2v/4.35v) Current: 6A continuous peak 7A (3 seconds) Support BLHeliSuite programmable Factory firmware: O_L_5_REV16_6.HEX Default protocol: DSHOT600 Frsky receiver Version SPI BUS receiver Frsky D8/D16 switchable Compatible both D8 and D16 transmitter Channels: 8ch or 16ch Failsafe support No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Flysky receiver Version SPI BUS receiver Protocol: AFHDS and AFHDS-2A Switchable Channels: 8ch(AFHDS) or 14ch(AFHDS-2A) No ground interference ( Transmitter and receiver 1 m from the ground): 300m Failsafe support AIO Camera&VTX Output power: 25mw Frequency: 48CH Input voltage: 3.3V 5.5V Current consumption: 300mA(type) Camera resolution: 700TVL Field of view: 120° Smartaudio ready Video Format: NTSC Antenna: RG178 antenna Frequency: 5.8GHz 6 bands 48 channels With Raceband: 5474 5945 MHZ Size: 13.9″12.0mm ( L*W ) Weight: 3g Lipo Battery Capacity:250mAh Voltage:3.8v Continuous Discharge Rate: 40C Instantaneous discharge rate: 80C Size: 60mmx18mmx7mm Weight: 6.5g Connector: PH2.0 Features: Betaflight support , multi flight mode: ACRO/AIR/ANGLE Powerful Brushless motor and Smooth ESC Betaflight OSD support ,easy to get RSSI , Voltage and other info from your goggles Adjust the settings and the PID of the flight controller via OSD Frsky version support both D8 and D16 transmitter Full telemetry function ready Head lights ready Camera angle adjustable Real Bind and Fly version Package Included: 1 x 65mm Brushless whoop Frame (US or UK to choose) 1 x Crazybee F3 FC (Frsky and Flysky option) 4 x SE0603 KV19000 Motor 1 x 31mm propeller(4cw+4ccw) 1 x AIO Camera & VTX with smartaudio 3 x 3.8v 250mah 40C/80C battery 1 x 1S06 6 way Lipo/LIHV charger 1 x Propeller disassemble tool 1 x Screwdriver View the full article
  9. I don’t announce often for brushed quadcopters because in general there are only very slight improvements versus the billion of models introduced in the market permanently. Here is a new one able to FPV in 1080p with a wide angle (seems about 120 degrees according to the photos). Ok it’s not new… but this one also, i.e. the Cheerson CX39: https://www.banggood.com/Cheerson-CX39-WIFI-FPV-With-1080P-Camera-Altitude-Hold-Mode-Voice-Control-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1339075.html can record inboard the native 1080p@30fps source…. That’s a good forward step. There is a builtin GPS module offering classic advanced modes such as RTH or orbit mode. More, the CX39 offers the possibility to lunch some actions via some voice commands. Be aware, the FPV signal is broadcasted in the 5.8G WiFi band… so no all (europeean) android will be comptible with (some 5G/5.8G channels are not opened for europe and in general chinese quadcopters open only the CN/US channels). The machine is a 230g brushed geared 1S one with a flight time advertized up to 12min. Of course with this kind of machine… it’s strongly advised to stock in advance some spare motors as soon as tbey are available. Wait & See. Description: Brand name: Cheerson Item name: CX39 RC Quadcopter Item No.:CX39 Color:Red Blue; Black Orange. Frequency: 2.4GHz Channel: 4CH Gyro: 6 Axis Quadcopter Size: 31*32*9cm Blade diameter: 14cm Quadcopter Weight: 230g(with battery) Quadcopter Battery: 7.4V 900mAh (included) Quadcopter Battery Charging Time:150mins Flight Times:12mins Transmitter Battery: 3.7V 2200mAh (not included) Remote control battery life:about 80mins Transmitter Charging Time: 150mins Flight Distance: 300-500m Flight speed: <30KM/h Flight mode: headless mode, GPS mode Flight environment: indoor, outdoor R/C Distance:about 100m Wifi 5G R/C Distance:250 meters Camera: 1080P/720P (Adjustable) Video resolution: 1080×1920 Frame rate: 30 frames / sec Camera angle: manual Recording format: mp4 Photo format: jpg Features: – Forward and backward, left fly, right fly, left rotation, right rotation, one-button takeoff, one-button landing, – With backhaul function, the phone displays the height of the aircraft, the number of satellites, heading, horizontal speed, vertical speed and current battery level, etc – The aircraft has a low voltage 30 seconds automatic alarm and automatic landing function to further improve the safety of the flight; – Large capacity smart battery with battery indicator for easy plug-in battery structure, longer battery life and faster battery installation; – With one-button return and out of control return function, making over-the-horizon flight safer; – The aircraft has three speeds: high, medium and low speed freely switchable to adapt to different flight environments; – The concept of camera and video transmission integration, camera video, simpler shape, more convenient operation; – Turn on the GPS mode hotspot surround function to control the surround radius; – One-click 360-degree panoramic video, 5G WIFI for iPhone 5 and above, not for Android; – The aircraft inserts the SD memory card to save the video as 1080P, the mobile phone 5G WIFI saves the video as 720P, and the receiving range is about 200 meters. – The latest mobile phone 5G WIFI remote control operation, FPV screen real-time transmission, experience the first flight person called vision. – The latest voice control function can perform a variety of flight actions through the APP voice command aircraft, and the voice interaction is fun and fun; – Needn’t judge the head position thanks to the headless mode function – The camera angle can be adjusted manually; Function: Up/down, Forward/backward,Turn left/right, Sideward flight, LED Light, Headless Mode, 3-level flight speed;One Key Automatic Return,high hold mode;WIFI FPV; Package Included: 1 x CX39 Aircraft 1 x Transmitter 1 x 7.4V 900mAh Battery 4 x Propeller 4 x Protection Guard 1 x USB Charging Cable 6 x Screw 1 x Screwdriver 1 x English Manual View the full article
  10. Want a 3″ FPV machine with a builtin Runcam Split Mini able to record 1080p@60fps videos simultaneously to broadcast the FPV signal ?. Here is the iFlight iH3 Pro: https://www.banggood.com/IFlight-iH3-Pro-3-inch-FPV-Racing-Drone-BNF-F4-25A-4-in-1-ESC-Flytower-48CH-025100200mW-VTX-p-1338220.html Of course other electronic elements are also updated. We have a F4 flght controller able to run up to 32Khz for even better stabilizations. The 4-in-1 ESC are rated 25A (peak 30A). No information if they are BLheli32 w/ Dshot 1200 or classic BLheli_S/Dshot600. Motors are strong, 1408/4100Kv main probably 4S compatible. Good news the frame can accept up to 16xx size motors…. The frame offers 3mm arms and guaranty no props occlusion for the video. A buzzer is installed. I really hope dislike the spcmaker s125, the connexion between the split mini and the fc will be complete, i.e. with also the possibility to trigger recording from the radio. Two BNF versions are proposed: one FrSky D16 with a XM+ receiver and one FlySky with a compatible AFHDS-2A receiver. The machine weights 166g without battery. Expect to reach 200-210g with a 550mAh 4S LiPo. The machine comes with a XT30 connector by default. I hope to grab one for a review. Wait & See. Specification: Brand name: iFlight Item name: iH3 Pro FPV Racing Drone Wheelbase: 142.5mm Frame weight: 39g Bottom plate thickness: 3mm Top plate thickness: 2mm Vertical side plates thickness: 2mm Vertical side plates width: 19mm Standoffs mounting distance: 22mm Flight control mounting holes size: 20*20mm Supported Motor:11XX/13XX/14XX/16XX Supported propeller: Max 3 inch – iH3 Frame – 32K mini F4 + 25A 4 in 1 ESC Flight Tower Stack – iFlight Tachyon T1408 4100KV – iFlight Nazgul T3061 Propeller Crystal Red – RunCam Split Mini Camera – Force Mini 5.8G Transmitter – FOXEER 5.8G Antenna SMA Red – 5V Low Voltage Alarm Buzzer with LED Light – Battery straps Red – Double-sided attachment tape – XT30 Female to JST Male Plug – 18 AWG Wire 70mm w/ Amass XT30 Male – 1A LC Power Filter – Frsky XM+/Flysky A8S Receiver Descriptions: iFlight iH3 BNF drone is a latest FPV aerial filming drone. It redefines aerial filming by combining fpv racing and aerial filming. It features front & back twin-towers structure, which completely solve the problem of ‘High Tower’. 2mm thickness vertical side plates can protect the camera from damage even it’s camera front protraction design. It ensures there won’t be propellers in view when using Mini HD recording camera. There is a larger space on the top plate for you to choose different types of battery. The drone comes with Runcam Split mini which makes FPV and recording camera 2 in 1.No extra Gopro, SQ11 or Hawkeye Firefly micro action cam needed which can reduce the drone weight effectively. Features: * Front & back twin-towers structure * Vertical side plates camera protection * No propellers in view when HD recording * Large room on the top plate for different battery choice * 9mm&12mm motor pattern, compatible with 11XX-16XX motors Package Included: 1 x iH3 Pro 3 inch FPV Racing Drone View the full article
  11. NEWS: HBRC HB65S

    As you probably known, the introduction of 0603 brushless motors was the solution for 65mm brushless tinywhoop machine and probably the best current model is the URAV UR65…. IMHO, the best available machine actually. But HBRC will introduce soon the same type of machine with the HB65S: https://www.banggood.com/HB65S-65mm-1S-Brushless-RC-FPV-Racing-Drone-PNP-BNF-F3-OSD-25mW-800TVL-0603-20000KV-Motor-p-1333638.html The main novelty is the integration of 0603/20000Kv motors offering 24g of thrust each !!!. So close to 3 extra grams per motors versus the 16000Kv variant for the UR65. In the other hand the HB65S is annonced 1g more heavier than the UR65. For the HB65S, the flight controller is no more the excellent crazybee model. Here we have a F3 based board with a builtin OSD and a 5A 1S ESC 4-in-1 module (Dshot 600 compatible). The AIO module is based on a 800TVL CMOS camera coupled with a 48CH 25mW VTX. The HB65S can be found in PNP variant or in four different BNF configurations: DSM2/X, FlySly AFHDS-2A, FrSky D8 and Futaba SFHSS. For this later is also mentionned D16… Does it mean it also supporting the FrSky D16 ? It’s not impossible since FrSky and Futaba protocols are based both on the CC2500 RFchip. The first open question will concern the presence of the RSSI for the FrSky D8 variant. But the more important question is about the efficiency of the provided 260mAh LiHV 30C batteries. 20000Kv are known to pull a lot of current under 100% load… and if the battery is not strong enough, you may meet some brownout at full throtlle… or damage very fast this model of LiHV batteries… Wait & See as usual. Specification: Item name: HB65S 65mm 1S FPV racing drone Wheelbase: 65mm Frame structure: true X Weight: about 22g (without battery) Recommed flight weight: <30g (with battery) Flight time: 2-4mins (260mAh) Flight controller: F3, built-in OSD ESC: 1S 5A 4in1 Dshot Motor: 0603 20000KV Propeller: 31mm 4-blade 1.0mm mounting hole (2pairs: orange) VTX+camera: 25mW 800TVL 150° battery: 1S 260mAh 30C HV Receiver: without receiver/ DSMX/ FrSky D8/ FS-RX2A/ SFHSS+D16 receiver(option) F3 OSD flight controller: Item name: BF3-OSD-1S Board size: 28*28mm Mounting hole: 36*36mm, 2.5mm hole diameter Processor: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH) Sensor: SPI sensor MPU-6000 Firmware: Betaflight_3.2.x_OMNIBUS Power supply: 1S Built-in 5V/0.5A BEC Built-in BF OSD Built-in LC filter Support programmable LED Supports BLheli suite ESC programme With buzzer port SBUS or DSM receiver input, please configurate RX3 as input interface. DSM receiver powered from 3.3V SBUS and PPM from 5V 5A 4in1 Dshot ESC: Item name: BS5A Size: 28*28mm Mounting hole: 36*36mm, 2.5mm hole diameter Firmware: BLHeli_S 16.6 Continuous current: 5A Burst current: 6A (5s) Power supply: 1S lipo(3.3-4.35V) Support Dshot150/300/600, PWM, Oneshot125, Multishot 0603 20000KV motor: Item name: HBFPV 0603 KV: 20000KV Stator diameter: 6mm Stator height: 3mm Shaft diameter: 1mm Working voltage: 1S(3.0-4.35V) Max thrust: 24g Weight: 1.6g VTX+camera: Item name: 199C Output power: 25mW Lens: HD800TVL/FOV: 150° Channel: 16CH/ 48CH(button switching) Antenna: hose antenna Battery: Capacity: 260mAh Voltage: 1S, 3.8-4.35V(HV) Continuous Discharge Rate: 30C/60C Connector: PH2.0-2P Weight: about 6.9-7g Package included: PNP version: 1x HB65S frame kit 1x 0603 20000KV motor 1x F3 OSD+5A 4in1 fytower 1x 25mW AIO camera VTX 1x 260mAh 30C HV battery 2x pairs 31mm 4-blade orange propeller 1x 1S HV charger 1x mini screwdriver 1x propeller puller BNF version: 1x HB65S frame kit 1x 0603 20000KV motor 1x F3 OSD+5A 4in1 fytower 1x 25mW AIO camera VTX 1x 260mAh 30C HV battery 1x DSMX/ FrSky D8/ FS-RX2A/ SFHSS+D16 receiver(option) 2x pairs 31mm 4-blade orange propeller 1x 1S HV charger 1x mini screwdriver 1x propeller puller View the full article
  12. TEST: Eachine EX2 Mini

    INTRODUCTION The Eachine EX2Mini is the direct rebranding of the MJX B2mini… a compact (<=220mm) brushless solution ready to fly, i.e. a nobrainer machine for beginners who don't want to tune anything in betaflight. The machine is fully plastic based, equiped of 1306/2750Kv motors, a proprietary flight controller untunable in combo with a basic 4-in-1 ESC board. Three versions are proposed: i) one basic with the flyer standalone, ii) the second comes with the FPV 24CH/25MW AIO module pre-installed and the iii) comes with a full FPV solution including a basic FPV monitor and large mask goggles. I will review the second model. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Eachine EX2mini + 1 x 850Mah proprietary 2S LiPo + 1 x Transmitter (using 4xAA batteries not included) + 1 x USB charging cable + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 4 x Prop guards + 1 X Prop remover wrench + 1 x Screwdriver + 1 x Instruction manual (English) A good thing, four prop guards are included as well as four spare props. OVERVIEW The machine is a 100% direct rebranding of the MJX product. The EX2/B2 mini comes after the surprizing sucess of the Bugs B3… their first RTF brushless machine. Here the EX2 is more lighter and compact of course, a 220mm machine with 3″ props. As the Bugs3, the top canopy structure is very easy to extract thanks to the smart clip system. No real risk to loose midflight this part. It’s well designed. -FRONT VIEW The machine got four nylon based landing skid… more solid than the rest of the plastic struture. The general body is full plastic based. Flexible enough to handle moderate crash easily on soft/earth surfaces but don’t expect miracle at full speed against concrete. -REAR VIEW The EX2 dislike the Bugs3 with a EC2 connector got a proprieatary battery with a five pads connector. The battery extraction requieres a bit some force….. More I regret the absence of small and simple power switch…. -UPPER VIEW -BOTTOM VIEW Four strong lights are located bottom ideal for LOS only flight applications. Good news, you can turn off them via a dedicated radio button. -WEIGHT About 180g with the battery…. so no problem for the 250g limitation. Motors and props The 1306 motos announced to be 2750Kv model. Be aware, you need props with a thread of 4mm. 3″ bull noze props … efficient and silent in practice. Larger props can be installed if required LiPo A 850Mah 2S LiPo model with 45C as discharge rate… Punch out are correct with….. and you can expect close to 9min of flight time with. Not so bad. Use the special adaptor between the USB charger and the battery. A red light will flash when charging and will be off when it’s done. Expect more than 1h20 for a full charge. Camera module The AIO module is directly installed into the machine. It’s a basic 600TVL CMOS camera in NTSC only format with a builtin 24CH/25mW VTX… So no racerband supported…. The camera is powered via a 2p JST-ph connector… so it’s easy to install another module. In theory the camera can uptilted with a fixed 25-30 degrees angle…. The problem is with such angle, the field of view is partially occulted by the top canopy structure …. Weird …. A unique button to control the AIO module. Short press to cycle withing the eight Vfreq inside the current selected band while long press permits to cycle between the four supported Vbands. Disassembling As expected, no hidden USB port for a potential connexion on a PC… so no possibility to tune some flight parameters. But…there is also a buzzer ringing in out of range and low battery conditions. The 2.4G antenna is jailed into the front left arm. Transmitter A rounded chassis with four top parnel bouttons… two fake antennas. The sticks are basic…. with weak spring feedbacks. The major novelty is the left vertical trim button used to select angle (1) and acro(2). The main constraint, the flight mode must be selected before to turn on both the EX2mini and the transmitter…. 4xAA batteries are required to feed the transmitter. NiMh model are working with. The RF protocol is based on the A7105 RFchip… like the FlySky ADHDS/AFHDS-2A protocols. In practice, the control range is pretty good…. The L1 button engages 360 flips when the EX2 mini flies in angle mode only. UNBOXING, ANALYSYS AND DEMO FLIGHT Even if the machine is a pure RTF machine, you will need first to bind togather the transmitter with machine: turn on the quad then press and hold the top red button while powering the transmitter. The first contact at least in angle (stablized) mode is good as the former MJX models…. it flies smootly… beautifully… By default the machine is in H (high speed) mode… The machine is fast but far to reach the top speed of any 3S FPV 3″ racers. It’s unfortunatly in practice confirmed that you can cycle mid-flight between angle and acro…. You will need first to land…. turn off everything…. It’s weird…. I guess the flight mode is transmitted during the binding sequence…. In angle mode, 360 automatic flip are super easy like for a small brushed quadcopters. When the acro mode is active…. first thing … when you push left or right the right stick for a roll…. the machine don’t roll instantaneously…. You will need to wait close to 1s to engage the mouvement….. definitively flip and roll rates are too slow in acro …. :(…. and no possibility to tune them. Well at least there is an acro mode but with such rates …. forget to transform the EX2mini into a freestyle machine. The machine is also not eanough power for this. The main problems IHMO comes from the AIO FPV module…. Both the color rendition and the light sensitivity are poor …. Really disapointing even for a CMOS sensor.. More the Field of View is really narrow…. less than 90 degrees… Really incompatible for most FPV applications except in case of super wide open spaces…. To resume this module is crap… luckely another one can be easily installed. In term of advanced features associated with the EX2 protocol, the radio buzz when the quad battery is low or when the machine is close to be in out of range condition or when the batteries of transmitter are low. This feature is really in absence of real telemetry displayed informations. Probably these informations will be here if the machine is flown with compatible DeviationTX radio and the special build supporting the MJX protocol (https://www.deviationtx.com/forum/protocol-development/6696-mjx-bugs-3?start=340#70061) CONCLUSIONS I got a mixed feeling with this machine…. If the EX2mini is super compact RTF machine with a pretty angle mode… the acro is far to be optimized and the default FPV camera offers pretty poor performances…. incompatible with fast FPV session in low riding conditions for example. I recommand more this machine in basic edition without any FPV addings and install instead a real efficient AIO FPV module. PROS + Great angle mode + Compact and Ready to fly + Brushless machine for beginners + Telemetry feedback (low battery and out of RC range) + 360 flip for a brusless machine + Protocol Deviated (Mostly) CONS – Full plastic based – Proprietary battery – No possibility to cycle mid-flight between angle and acro modes – Slow pitch & low rates for acro mode (hard to flip and roll fast) – Poor light sensitivity camera performances – Narrow Field Of View incompatible with most of FPV practices – No possibility to uptilt the camera without occlusion introduction due to the top canopy structure – No possibility to tune any flight parameters This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 100USD at https://www.banggood.com/Eachine-EX2mini-Brushless-5_8G-FPV-Camera-With-Angle-Mode-Acro-Mode-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1301880.html View the full article
  13. Intel is currently working in partnership with the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation (CWCHF) to help restore the Jiankou wall, one of the most famous stretches of the Great Wall of China. The Jiankou wall spans 12 miles and is rapidly decaying. Due to its location, covering high mountain peaks and steep cliffs, this section of the Great Wall has never received restoration work. In fact, many parts of the Great Wall have never been restored, since work in the treacherous areas where the wall is located is both dangerous and expensive using traditional methods—but by collecting aerial data with drones, Intel will be able to expedite the collection of key information on where restoration efforts should be focused. Using their Falcon 8+ drone, Intel will collect data on the Jiankou wall, which will be stitched together to create detailed 3D models for the CWCHF. Intel will also provide a plan for how to use the data collected to restore the damaged sections of the wall. Drones are very capable platforms that can be used for novel applications beyond just the commercial roles that they were designed for. – Anil Nanduri, Head of the Drone Group at Intel Last year at InterDrone, Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich used the phrase “data is the new oil” when speaking just before a demo of the Falcon 8+ and Intel’s Insights platform. In the demo, the Falcon 8+ flew an automated path to survey a fake wall that had been erected for the purposes of the demonstration. The aerial data collected was then analyzed by the Insights platform, and problem areas where work was needed were automatically identified. Intel will use a similar approach with their work on the Great Wall, using an A.I. algorithm to automatically review the thousands of images that will be collected and identify those areas that need attention. But their insights will go beyond simply identifying structural flaws. According to Intel, by using one of their Xeon processors they will be able to provide guidelines on the precise work that needs to be done to correct the damage found to the wall, down to the exact amount of bricks needed to make a given repair. Intel plans to capture over 10,000 hi-res aerial images as part of their restoration efforts, which will provide invaluable information for conservation teams and expedite efforts to fix damaged areas of the wall. Intel’s Drones for Good Efforts The Great Wall restoration project is part of Intel’s “Tech for Good” initiative, which has included some pretty fascinating projects, including two wildlife conservation projects. One of these projects was an arctic expedition to track and document polar bears, in which Intel teamed up with renowned wildlife photographer and conservationist Ole Jørgen Liodden. Given how dangerous they are, and the vast areas they cover, the ideal method for tracking polar bears is from the air. But using a helicopter is loud, invasive, and cost-prohibitive—and this is where Intel’s Falcon 8+ proved helpful for Liodden, who used it throughout the expedition to take pictures and video of polar bears. The second conservationist project Intel has supported was in using drones to track and document whales—and to help collect their snot. Project SnotBot is an initiative that uses drones to collect whale blow, also called snot, exhaled when whales surface, which contains vital data for researchers, and Intel teamed up with them to support their research and conservation efforts. Intel helped Project Snotbot by using machine learning technology to improve their data analysis by running algorithms that can identify a particular whale and assess its health in real time, regardless of the presence of complicating factors such as the whale’s unpredictable movements or limited ocean visibility. Let us know what you think of Intel’s drones for good efforts in this thread on the UAV Coach community forum. The post Intel Expands “Drones for Good” Efforts with Work to Restore the Great Wall of China appeared first on UAV Coach. View the full article
  14. An excellent way to increase your knowledge within the drone industry is to attend a trade show or conference. As the drone industry expands, conferences continue to become available in more locations across the world. One such event is The Commercial UAV Show set to take place in London, England, November 14-15, 2018. The 2018 Commercial UAV Show The Commercial UAV Show is Europe’s largest event for commercial UAV professionals, bringing together over 3,000 people to discuss industry developments, their challenges, and how to thrive in this dynamic industry. Celebrating its 5th year in 2018, The Commercial UAV Show is established as a world-class conference focused on the progression of the UAV industry; and a technology exhibition showcasing the latest hardware and software innovations from the mega tech companies to the latest start-ups. Ticket Discounts for UAV Coach Readers As a media partner of The Commercial UAV Show, we are delighted to offer our readers a special discount on tickets. UAV Coach readers and community members get 15% off their ticket with code PPWJ. Go to The Commercial UAV Show website to book your FREE Expo Pass or buy a ticket to the conference with 15% discount with code PPWJ. The European Drone Market At UAV Coach, we often publish content specific to U.S. readers—since we are headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee—but we also strive to remain aware of what’s happening around the world. The European drone market has steadily grown over the past year, especially in commercial markets. According to a 2018 study by Drone Industry Insights, a Germany-based market research and analytics company, “all market players foresee significant market growth for commercial drone applications.” In the figure below, from the same study, drone manufacturers and users indicated optimistic views of market development in the next 12 months. Source: The European Drone Industry: Drone Industry Barometer 2018, Drone Industry Insights In addition to keeping up with drone industry research, we’ve also reported on European drone companies, such as Delair — a French-owned company that has expanded their end-to-end drone services into international marketplaces, including America. We also should mention the useful resource we compiled on drone laws in Europe organized by country. We’re proud to support The Commercial UAV Show as a media partner and feel this event will be a great opportunity for our sUAS folks in Europe. Speaker Lineup for The Commercial UAV Show Key speakers include executives and industry professionals from prestigious companies such as BAE Systems, Lockheed Martin, PrecisionHawk, Flyability, and many others. The speaker lineup includes: Aircraft Engineers Karthik Balakrishnan, Project Executive – Altiscope, Airbus A^3 Dragos Margineantu, AI Chief Technologist, Technical Fellow, Boeing Research & Technology Nick Colosimo, Strategy & Planning Executive, Global Engineering Fellow, Principal Technologist (Disruptive Technologies), BAE Systems – Air Hamed Khalkhali, Director of Engineering – Tactical UAS Business Unit, AeroVironment, Inc. Jonathan Brewster, Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Stéphane Terrenoir, CTO, Delair Maj Andrew Huggins, Chief Air Engineer Miniature Unmanned Air Systems – 1 ISR Brigade, British Army Ally Ferguson, Director, Airspace Research, PrecisionHawk Patrick Thevoz, Co-Founder and CEO, Flyability Other Industries Jan Georgopoulos, BIM & Digital Engineering Specialist: GIS & Survey, Skanska Kevin Cardona, Directeur de l’Innovation – Chief Innovation Officer, BNP Paribas Real Estate Joe Little, Technology Principal – Digital Innovation Organisation, BP Greg Agvent, Senior Director of National News Technology, CNN Jacques van Tonder, Chief Advisor – Asset Management and Infrastructure, Rio Tinto Eric Murray, Principal Engineer, Vodafone Download the agenda to see who else is speaking, and find out what they will be discussing. Suppliers During the exhibition, attendees will also have the opportunity to meet key suppliers. With over a hundred exhibitors they’ll get to see the latest innovations, live demos, and a variety of solutions including: UAV manufacturers Sensor/receptor/camera/battery manufacturers UTM, data and geospatial software Service providers Training Test centers Insurance Consultants Resellers Receive Conference Updates Following The Commercial UAV Show on social media is the ideal way to stay up to date with all conference announcements, news, and more! Twitter: Totalunmanned #uavshow Facebook: Commercial UAV Show Don’t forget to use code PPWJ when you book your conference ticket online, and let us know if you plan to attend by hopping into this thread on our community forum. The post Europe’s Largest Commercial UAV Event Set to Take Place in London this November: The Commercial UAV Show appeared first on UAV Coach. View the full article
  15. Have you participated in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) drone webinar series this summer? The series is intended to help drone operators submit better waiver requests when applying for an operational waiver. So far, they’ve already covered topics including how to apply for a FAA waiver, how to conduct a risk assessment for your operation, and how to successfully apply for a nighttime waiver. With these webinars, the FAA has been able to answer some of the most commonly asked questions by drone pilots and provide answers with clarity that you seldom find elsewhere. If you missed out on the first few webinars, don’t worry — the series isn’t over yet, and there’s still time to register for the four remaining webinars. Through August and September, FAA experts will continue to host live online webinars to discuss the waiver process, provide examples of successful waiver applications, and answer your most pressing questions. What You Can Learn From the FAA Summer Webinar Series The most important takeaway from the FAA summer webinar series will be information on how to apply for a waiver and best practices for increasing the chance of approval. Drone pilots can request waivers for flights typically prohibited by FAA regulations such as flying a drone at night, flying beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), flying above 400 feet, or flying over crowds of people. During the webinar series, you will learn: The waiver application process When to apply for a waiver Common waiver requests Common waiver application mistakes Risk management, hazard recognition, risk analysis and assessment The upcoming schedule includes discussion on waivers for operations BVLOS, over people, and above an altitude of 400 feet. Nighttime waivers were covered previously in a two-part webinar earlier this summer, but you can still check out our article, “How to Fly Your Drone at Night: Applying for a Part 107 Daylight Operations Waiver” for guidance. FAA Summer Webinar Series Schedule, Aug. – Sept. Here are the upcoming FAA summer webinars for August and September: August 7, 2018 – “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly” Using real examples, this session reviews what a successful and unsuccessful waiver application looks like. August 21, 2018 – “Beyond Visual Line of Sight” Why is a BVLOS waiver so difficult to obtain? This session focuses on the “holy grail” of waivers. Is it impossible? No. Will it take more effort than applying for a night waiver? Definitely. September 4, 2018 – “Operating Limitations: Altitude” Learn how to fly above the 400 feet altitude ceiling with an operation limitation (altitude) waiver. September 18, 2018 – “Operations over People” Why are there so few approvals for this waiver? In this session, FAA experts address the mitigation necessary to ensure your operation doesn’t endanger people on the ground. Register for the Free FAA Summer Webinar Series Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and caps at 1,000 attendees. Why Bother with Waivers? The Small UAS Part 107 rule is designed to minimize risks to other aircraft, people, and property on the ground. The rule includes the option to apply for a certificate of waiver, which allows for a small UAS operation to deviate from certain operating rules if the FAA finds that the proposed operation can be performed safely. Waivers expand the possibilities of what you can do with your drone, whether it be gathering aerial footage of a crowd at an event, inspecting utility infrastructures from a high elevation, or another innovate use of drones. Understanding how to obtain a waiver will increase your potential as a drone pilot, open up more drone job opportunities, and widen the possibilities of what you can accomplish with your drone. Part 107 waivers are commonly requested for: Flying at night Flying directly over a person or people Flying from a moving vehicle or aircraft, not in a sparsely populated area Flying multiple aircraft with only one pilot Flying beyond the pilot’s visual line-of-sight Flying above 400 feet Flying near airports / in controlled airspace The FAA makes public who has received a waiver. Reviewing this list can give you an idea of the types of waivers submitted and approved. It also enables employers, law enforcement, and other interested parties to validate that a drone operator posses the waiver they claim to have. The penalty for unauthorized UAS flights can involve a heavy fine. In a 2015 case of multiple violations, the FAA proposed a $1.9 million penalty on SkyPan for conducting 65 unauthorized operations, violating airspace regulations and various operating rules. The FAA and Skypan reached a settlement agreement of $200,000, reducing the fine significantly but still proving the importance of gaining proper authorization for all UAS operations. Additionally, technology and science media outlet Motherboard acquired and shared a list of every drone pilot ever fined by the FAA. The list revealed fines ranging from $400 to $5,500. The lesson to be reaped from all this is that it’s better to do your paperwork for the proper waiver than to risk a fine. A fact sheet covering the FAA drone rules under Part 107 is available here. FAA Webinars Year Round With a heavy focus on safety, the FAA offers multiple opportunities for UAS education. Beyond the FAA Summer Webinar series, the FAA hosts webinars year round. The FAASTeam sponsors thousands of aviation safety seminars and webinars throughout the country. These informative courses include a variety of topics designed to reduce risk and increase safety in aviation operations. You can search the seminar and webinar database to locate a seminar near you or to register for an online webinar. A huge bonus is that most courses are free. If you’ve attended a FAA webinar, tell us about your experience on the UAV Coach community forum. The post Gain a Better Understanding of the FAA Waiver Process | FAA Summer Drone Webinar Series appeared first on UAV Coach. View the full article
  16. The Jumper T8SG and new deluxe T8SG V2 & V2+ represent the first mass market quasi universal radiocommand. Both of them are based on the excellent DeviationTX OS. In the other hand, FrSky Taranis owner communauty were a bit jalous of such cheap solution and can’t imagine to something else than OpenTX. Like the invisible clustering between iOS and Android, DeviationTX and OpenTX got their own fans who can’t imagine to cross the border. Jumper will introduce soon the T12: https://www.banggood.com/Jumper-T12-OpenTX-16CH-Radio-Transmitter-with-JP4-in-1-Multi-protocol-RF-Module-for-Frsky-JR-Flysky-p-1331683.html This radio is first non-FrSky based supporting OpenTX and a 4-in-1 Multimodule… for almose=t three times more cheaper than Taranix+Multimodule combo solution. The T12 is based on the same chassis of the T8SG V2… so with a small 1.7″ LCD screen, non-hall effect based gimbal (but improved versus the first T8SG ones). We can probably expect soon to see the introduction of the T12+ with hall gimbals and a OLED screen. Thanks to OpenTX and the JR bay, Crossfire long range TX module are supported (in theory, DeviationTX can support also this possibility but not yet implemented AFAIK). As the V2, the T12 can be powered via 4xAA batteries or via a 2S LiPo/LiHv element. Both the radio and the JP4-in-1 own a USB port to upgrade their OS/firmware respectively. Seems to be an excellent cheap radio alternative OpenTX based. Wait & See of course. Introduction: the T12 version does indeed support Crossfire and in CRSF mode with LUA script support and most importantly WITHOUT any hardware modification for end users. The T12 platform is shipped with the JP4-in-1 Multi-protocol module. such as the TBS Crossfire or any other compatible 2.4ghz JR Module, Analogue or Long Range UHF system, the T12 is ready to rock out with its socket out! A standard LCD screen was used along with the T8SG V2 butter smooth V2 gimbals. The T12 comes standard with a neck strap and AA battery tray. Can also be powered with any LiPO or LiFE battery of a compatible size ( Which means that users do not need to source their own uncommon sized Li-ion round cells or a round cell charger.) The T12, when paired with the Jumper JP4-in-1 offers seamless intergration between the OpenTX software and module meaning protocals can be accessed and selected directly from the software GUI. Crossfire users can setup their equipment via the OpenTX LUA scripts. Specification: Brand Name: Jumper Model: T12 Item Name: OpenTX 16CH Radio Transmitter with JP4-in-1 Multi-protocol RF Module Radio Transmitter Radio MCU: STM32F205VET6 (512kb) Size: 158 * 150 * 58 Weight: 342g (without battery) Working voltage: DC5-DC9V (factory with 4 * AA battery box, 2s Lipo recommended, batteries not included) Firmware: OpenTX Channels: up to 16 channel output Display: 1.7-inch LCD display, 128* 64 resolution Gimbal Type: Potentiometer JR/FrSKY compatible module bay on rear side Upgrade method: USB online upgrade Simulator mode: 3.5mm standard ppm output or USB HID Voice support: YES Radio Features: Open source multi-protocol firmware, Based on OpenTX JR/FrSKY compatible module bay on rear side (module not included) USB online firmware upgrade Ultra-low power consumption, longer battery life Channels: up to 16 channel output Wide voltage input (2s lipo recommended) Multilingual menu Vibration reminder function Support telemetry (depending on the receiver) Crossfire CSRF Compatible: Yes LUA Script support: Yes JP4-in-1 Multi-protocol RF Module Working voltage: 6-9v Working current: <=100ma Operating frequency: 2.4G ISM band RF power: +22DBM Main control chip: STM32F103CBT6 (128K ROM, 20K RAM) Module bay compatibility: FRSky, Jr and other dimensions: 64*49*33 (without antenna) Net Weight: 42g (including antenna) Software Compatibility: Suitable for radios using OpenTX or er9x/ersky9x Firmware updatable: Yes, via USB. RF Chip Data Cypress Semiconductor CYRF6936: DSM/DSMX, Walkera Devo Texas Instruments CC2500: FrSky, Futaba SFHSS Amiccom A7105: FlySky, FlySky AFHDS2A, Hubsan Nordic Semiconductor NRF24L01: HiSky, Syma, ASSAN and most other Chinese models RF Module Features: – the CC2500, NRF24L01, A7105 and CYRF6936 RF Chip modules all integrated on one board. – can convert standard PPM signals form module equipped radios in to the RF protocols -This module is plug and play with module equipped radios in the FrSKY series and requires no complex wiring or “hacking” to get running. – The Jumper JP4IN1 module is also upgradable via USB input Package Included: 1x Jumper T12 Radio Transmitter 1x JP4-in-1 Multi-protocol RF Module 1x Battery Strap 1x USB Cable View the full article
  17. In September 2018, the fourth annual Women in Drones Luncheon, an event that strives to highlight the accomplishments of women in the commercial drone space, will take place at InterDrone, the largest commercial drone conference event in North America. InterDrone Networking Event: Women in Drones Luncheon Suzanne Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API (American Petroleum Institute), will host the 2018 event. Other esteemed participants so far include Lia Reich, VP Marketing-Communications at PrecisionHawk, Sharon Rossmark, CEO and Founder of Women and Drones, and Mariah Scott, President of Skyward, A Verizon Company. An exciting development for the event this year is its partnership with Women and Drones, the largest online platform for women in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. During the luncheon, Women and Drones will announce the 2018 Women to Watch in UAS list of honorees. These women are have made exceptional contributions to the UAS industry and were selected from hundreds of nominations. UAV Coach interviewed Sharon Rossmark, CEO and founder of Women and Drones, last year when the Women to Watch in UAS initiative first began. At that time, Rossmark shared that she envisioned the initiative as a way to identify women in the industry who are making an impact. The vision has remained clear this year as judges review hundreds of nominations from around the world and select the finalists to announce at InterDrone’s Women in Drones Luncheon. InterDrone debuted the first Women in Drones Luncheon in 2015, and it has quickly grown into a model for networking in the commercial drone industry. The 2018 conference will feature more than 120 sessions, panel discussions, and keynotes conducted by renowned industry experts, covering numerous commercial drone applications. Opportunities for networking continue during the InterDrone After Hours sessions, open to all attendees with either a full conference or expo plus pass. InterDrone will take place at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, September 5 – 7. The luncheon will be on Thursday, September 6, from 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm. UAV Coach readers can use the code UAVCOACH for $100 off any of the conference tickets. Increasing Female Representation in the Drone Industry The drone industry has created numerous jobs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Statistically, these job opportunities are more likely to filled by men than women. According to a 2017 report by the Office of the Chief Economist (OCE), “While women continue to make gains across the broader economy, they remain underrepresented in STEM jobs and among STEM degree holders.” In the report, it was found that nearly as many women have degrees as men, but that women make up only 30% of STEM degree holders. Furthermore, it was concluded that women are underrepresented in STEM jobs. Women filled 47% of all U.S. jobs in 2015 but held only 24% of STEM jobs. Likewise, women constitute slightly more than half of college educated workers but make up only 25% of college educated STEM workers. — Office of the Chief Economist, Women in STEM: 2017 Update According to Suzanne Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API (American Petroleum Institute) and luncheon moderator, the Women in Drones Luncheon will help to close the gender gap in STEM fields such as those concerning drone technology. This is an incredible time for women to enter into this emerging field, to participate in these new developments, and to pave a pathway for more girls to enter into STEM careers. I look forward to moderating the luncheon panel to help build networking opportunities for more women and girls. — Susan Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API (American Petroleum Institute) Register for InterDrone InterDrone, The International Drone Conference and Exposition, is where the commercial UAV industry comes together. It is the most comprehensive conference program along with in-depth drone courses and special events, including the Enterprise After Hours and the Women in Drones Luncheon, as well as meetups designed for networking and keeping drone pilots up to date on the latest in drone news and the industry. Attendee registration is now open. Pricing is available on their website. Our advice is to purchase your ticket as early as possible for the best deal. Also, remember to use the code UAVCOACH for $100 off your ticket. UAV Coach has also partnered with InterDrone to arrange a sweepstakes and give away two free tickets to InterDrone. Visit our community forum for details on how to enter for a chance to win one of two free InterDrone tickets before the sweepstakes closes on August 7, 2018, 12AM. Members of our own UAV Coach team will be at InterDrone 2018, observing how the industry has grown, gaining new knowledge on UAS technology advancements, and meeting other drone companies. We’re so excited to return to this year’s conference. Check out this video of highlights from last year: And one last thing — let us know on Facebook if you plan to attend InterDrone 2018, and be sure to say hi if you see one of our team members at the conference! The post Increasing Female Representation in STEM | The Fourth Annual Women in Drones Networking Event Planned for InterDrone appeared first on UAV Coach. View the full article
  18. Last month the World Economic Forum recognized Delair as a Technology Pioneer. Their selection was noteworthy for two reasons—not only were they the only drone company to be selected, they were also the only company from France to be included on the list. Those companies recognized were selected based on their potential to “transform society and industry” and to “shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution.” And it’s easy to see why Delair was selected. For years now, Delair has been working to push the boundaries of commercial unmanned flying with their innovative fixed wing solutions. In particular their pioneering advancements in BVLOS missions, on both the regulatory and the technological front, open new possibilities for how drones can bring more productivity and efficiency to businesses. They’ve also been making strategic partnerships with companies like Intel to help push the use of aerial data processing toward actionable insights, and, when it comes to using drones for commercial purposes, they’re one of the leading end-to-end providers in the world. About Delair Delair was founded in France in 2011, and since then they’ve largely been known for their work in creating fixed wing drones for commercial applications, including uses in mapping & surveying, oil & gas, mining, agriculture, construction, and transportation. Last year they were selected by the French government as an accredited supplier of UAVs to French government agencies. The company currently employs over 120 people worldwide, and they have a presence in over 70 countries, with over 80 resellers throughout the world. Their headquarters are in Toulouse, France, with offices in Ghent (Belgium), Singapore, and Los Angeles (USA). Although they’re commonly known for their fixed wing drones, such as the the UX11, Delair doesn’t only make drones. In fact, it’s an emphasis on the software side of the drone business that is helping them differentiate in the market. They offer an end-to-end solution for large companies, which means that, in addition to manufacturing drones, they offer a full suite of industry-specific analytics software to do aerial data processing as well intuitive flight planning tools. They also equip their drones with advanced sensing capabilities, including their most recent DT26X Lidar, a platform ideally suited for geospatial professional who require the precision Lidar enables. Focused on ROI Return on investment (ROI) has been of one of Delair’s big talking points lately, which is significant because companies—not to mention individual business owners, such as farmers—will only adopt new technology if it can actually help them save money. According to Delair, although acquiring one of their fixed wing drones might cost more up front than buying a consumer multirotor like DJI’s Phantom or Matrice, the money spent will be returned over time by significantly reducing operational costs and improving productivity. When Delair looked at the costs required to fly the same piece of land for agricultural data collection using their fixed wing DT18 Ag drone versus a multirotor drone, the results were that, over time, their fixed wing paid for itself because it was so much more efficient than the multirotor. While the fixed wing only required one flight to collect all of the data needed, the multirotor required multiple flights to collect the same amount of data, which significantly drove up the operational costs. To make this concrete, using the fixed wing over one year to fly an area of about 185,000 acres came out to a cost of about 25 cents per acre, whereas using the multirotor came out to about 6 dollars an acre. When you’re flying a huge piece of land over time, that savings is a huge difference, and will have a big impact on your company’s bottom line—you can read more about Delair’s ROI analysis for agriculture here. Delair and BVLOS Delair started early in thinking about the potential benefits of BVLOS drone flights for commercial applications. In 2011 they developed their first BVLOS prototype, and in 2012 flew the world’s first BVLOS commercial drone mission. Since then they’ve been racked up dozens of BLOS flights across the world have been working to open up BVLOS regulations in the United States (where they have actually done BVLOS flights as well, under applicable waivers). Drones are the perfect tool to bring the power of big data to large, remote, unequipped locations. – Michael de Lagarde, CEO of Delair About one year ago, Delair set a new BVLOS distance record in France with a flight of 30 miles made to inspect power lines for the utility company Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE). The flight also recorded data data used to build models of RTE’s European power grid. To support the record flight, two pilots were used for takeoff and landing, with the drone itself flying on autopilot using cellular connectivity. Safety was ensured for the flight through the use of a flight corridor, which France’s civil aviation authority, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) granted Delair to use. Intel’s Partnership with Delair Last year, when Intel rolled out its Insight Platform for analyzing, storing, and managing data for commercial drone applications, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich proclaimed that data was the new oil. Delair is a strategic partner with Intel in the creation of the Insight Platform, which was made in part to help turn the “big data” collected by drones into actionable insights for companies. It’s all about workflow. What we want is to make this platform the center of aerial data for customers. – Michael de Lagarde, CEO of Delair Through the partnership, Intel will be able to draw on Delair’s years of experience in various industry sectors. This experience will help provide key insights into the needs of different industries, which will in turn guide the work needed to make further improvements and customizations to the Intel Insight Platform. Check out this clip from an Intel demo at InterDrone 2017, which highlighted the Intel Insight Platform: This article was sponsored by Delair. Click here to learn about the different ways you can reach our community. The post Meet Delair, the Only Drone Company Recognized as a 2018 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum appeared first on UAV Coach. View the full article
  19. Mike Mazur is a Drone Pilot Ground School alum with a huge range of experience in cinematography. He started out working in Manhattan in post-production. From there he learned about shooting and directing, and built up his skill set to the point where he is now, as the owner of his own production company, Diario Films. Mike has worked with artists like Kesha and Steely Dan, and he’s also flown missions for non-profits in Guatemala and elsewhere around the world. We wanted to sit down and talk to Mike both about how he built up his production business, and also about his decision to add drones to his list of tools as a cinematographer. A music video on which Mike was both Aerial Cinematographer and Camera Operator — Begin interview Tell us about your background. How did you first get into work as a photographer and cinematographer? My career started out very differently from many drone pilots I’ve met and heard about. I first started work in photography and videography in post production, as an editor and and after-effects artist. For a significant part of my career I was managing a green screen studio in lower Manhattan, and only did post production work. But after a while that work became tiresome, and I realized that I didn’t really want to spend the rest of my life in a dark room, looking at other people’s adventures. So I eventually got a job as a producer, because I had been producing some of the shoots that we had done in lower Manhattan (including one with our current president, which was a funny experience). The agency I was working for, which was called Cross Borders, eventually merged into another agency called Rain, and that was a creative agency where I handled projects in which we were creating digital content for corporations to use in one form or another. We worked with companies like Walmart, Subway, and Hess. Although I wasn’t very enthusiastic about a lot of the more corporate work, we got to make a short documentary series about sports in America to be used in tandem with the 2012 Olympics, and I really loved that work. The goal of the series was to showcase how American society looks at sports—we did an episode on the Special Olympics, one on Jackie Robinson, things like that. While at Rain, in addition to working in production I started picking up a camera. The first thing I really learned how to shoot well was a time lapse—I’d always be shooting time lapse photography while these bigger projects were going on. But we’d always hire a cinematographer and a director of photography to come and shoot the project for me. And then, when I was 29, I had a sort of serendipitous occasion on a trip to Guatemala, back in January of 2013. I ended up getting a fellowship with a non-profit there, and staying for the entire year of 2013 doing work in both Central America and Southeast Asia. To do this work, I would literally go from country to country, from town to town, with a big backpack that had a camera, a tripod, and a laptop. So I was finding stories, shooting them, directing them, editing them—I was delivering them, all by myself. And that was one of the coolest experiences of my life. When I came back from that year I had so much experience to draw from for my work in cinematography. I wanted to finish a documentary I’d started about a famous figure in Puerto Rico, so I teamed up with my friend Fernando, who is a brilliant cinematographer, and we raised a few thousand dollars through an Indiegogo campaign, and we spent two weeks on the island and were able to finish the project. Around the same time, I met a producer named Matty Parker, who had just secured the life rights for the story of a man who was the first African American to play in the NBA, who is named Earl Lloyd. The NBA film premiered a little while back at the Hamptons International Film Festival, and we’ve secured international distribution, so we’re really excited about that. So that’s the story of how I went from work in post-production to getting behind the camera. What made you start using drones in your work? It’s kind of a funny story. At the same time DJI released the Osmo, which allows you to get incredibly smooth shots, and the X5 Handle—but the two didn’t actually work together. They said it would, but in reality, it just didn’t. (The following spring, after releasing these two products, they released a little piece that allowed you to connect one to the other.) The X5 handle was pretty expensive—it cost more than $2,000—but I couldn’t use it since it didn’t connect to the Osmo, so for a while I just had this really expensive paper weight sitting in my office. At the same time, I’d been wanting to expand my repertoire and my business, and so I just compulsively bought a DJI Inspire 1 and started flying. Check out this reel of Mike’s drone footage How did you first start using drones as a commercial pilot? The first time I flew a drone on a shoot was for a job in Guatemala, for a non-profit called the Friendship Brigade, which does loans to women in rural areas to help them start businesses. (This was on a return trip, not during my first period there where I was given the job to travel around the world.) After that first experience, I realized that I really loved shooting with a drone, and I realized how much it improved the quality of the work that I did there. The piece I made for the non-profit was a profile of a woman named Gilanda. She used the loans to really improve her life, and she helped all these other women in the community improve their lives. Being able to follow her from the sky, and to shoot her house, was huge, since part of what she did with the money she borrowed was expand her home. And even at the end of the video I was able to get a great shot with my Inspire I that really helped close things out. A picture of Mike in Guatemala with his drone Have you ever crashed during a shoot? Who hasn’t? No, but seriously, I definitely have had to deal with a crash, and it was heart breaking. I was in Puerto Rico working on that documentary I talked about earlier, and still fairly new to flying. I was flying near a lake, and decided to pull back a bit without turning the camera around and looking at what was behind the drone—I just impulsively went backwards, and I got the drone stuck in a tree, about a hundred feet in the air. Before I knew it a local man was chopping down the tree to get the drone back, and he’d cut it down within less than ten minutes with his machete. And I watched in agony as the tree turned in the air, at the last minute, and completely crushed the drone. It was definitely a learning experience. Since then I’ve been through the Drone Pilot Ground School course, and I know a lot more about how to check yourself and be careful when you’re flying, to prevent those types of scenarios from arising in the first place. When did you start flying commercially in the U.S.? I shot abroad quite a bit, in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, India, France, both with a drone and with other equipment And finally, when I was back in the U.S. and ready to work I decided I wanted to pursue Part 107 certification and became a professional drone pilot here. I made the decision for a few reasons: I wanted to know the material, I wanted to get better at flying—and I figured the certification process would push me to do that, too—and I also wanted to separate myself from other cinematographers, who either weren’t flying drones at all, or who were flying drones illegally. This was in late 2016, shortly after the Part 107 rules had come out, and I knew a few cinematographers who would just use a drone in shoots without knowing the rules at all. They’d show me their drone footage, and some of it would just be so illegal. A drone picture Mike took on one of his many trips Have you ever had to turn down work because it would violate the Part 107 rules? There have been multiple times where I’ve had to turn down jobs because I didn’t have the night time waiver, which I applied for and wasn’t able to get. I’ve also had to turn down work in New York City on a few different occasions. Even though many locations in New York look like they’re OK for flying when you’re in the AirMap app, you then learn that the reality is way more confusing. And, of course, NYC claims to have a city-wide ban on drone flights, but even that doesn’t actually seem legal, it’s just something that the city has put on their website to discourage people from figuring out where they actually can and can’t fly. Basically, it’s so confusing that I’ve decided not to do it, since I don’t want to risk breaking the law. How do you typically find clients? Word of mouth is key. Every job I get is essentially stems from an existing group of contacts that I’ve built gradually over the years, and we all support each other and give each other work. Almost everything I do is an extension of some kind of work, some kind of contact that I’ve made in the past through previous networking. Your experience just snowballs. If a contact I have sends me any kind of opportunity, I’ll immediately stop what I’m doing and apply to it. And often, because it comes along with my contact’s recommendation, I’ll get the job. Of course, your work has to be solid enough to get your foot in the door, and you also have to be able to deliver when you show up to do the job. One thing I did that helped me get work, and really distinguish myself, was that when I upgraded my cinematography services and started adding drone services as well, I made sure to send out emails to my contacts and let them know, and share my aerial reel. And actually, creating that reel was one of the most important things I did to get those new clients who were interested in aerial shots. After my first drone shoots in Guatemala, I did some aerial shoots in New York and New Jersey, just flying around my family’s home, and put a reel together to show off my new skill set. The key is to just keep chipping away—adding on footage to your reel, making it better and more diverse as you get more jobs, and also to keep adding on skill sets. If you make it your goal to keep growing and keep getting better at what you do, you will find work—it may not always be easy, but it will come. The post Adding Drones to Your Cinematography Repertoire: An Interview with Mike Mazur, Owner of Diario Films appeared first on UAV Coach. View the full article
  20. TEST: ARRIS X210S

    INTRODUCTION The ARRIS X210S is 210mm FPV racer with 5″ props. It’s based on solid ingredient. 5mm carbon arms, 30A BLheli_S/Dshot600 ESC 4S compatible, strong 2205 (or even better 2206) motors, a great CCD Foxeer camera, a 48CH up to 600mW IRC Tramp compatible VTX. All ingredients are here to have a really nice and powerfull racer. The X210S is proposed in three BNF versions: i) FrSky in D16 mode, ii) FlySky in AFHDS-2A and with iii) specktrum solution. BOX CONTENT + 1 x ARRIS X210S + 4 x 5″ props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Camera OSD board + 1 x Velcro band + 1 x USB to microUSB cable + 1 x Instruction manual (English/Chinese) No spare props …. in the bundle but we have the extra OSD board associated with the Foxeer arrow mini camera. OVERVIEW The X210S presents a lower structure fully carbon based with 5mm of section for arms !!!! Super solid. But the machine is not full carbon based, Most of the cage is 5mm aluminium based. The cage is attached to bottom part via a leg design where in case of frontal crash, most of the energy will be transmitter to rear segment. -FRONT VIEW -SIDE VIEW On top the 48CH VTX IRC Tramp compatible. The VTX’s control is done via the connexion between the VTX and this 5p JST connector with one unique yellow wire. The RHCP antenna is attached via a specific HF connector. Notice the presence of the cap on the lead cable to filter out most interference/noise from motors. -REAR VIEW Two leds pre-programmed in betaflight and centrally a buzzer. You will have to assign a switch for this function, it’s not pre-defined. -UPPER VIEW -BOTTOM VIEW A carbon plate is here to protect the bottom surface of the battery. A foam is also here. -WEIGHT More than 315g for the machine standalone…. It’s not among the lightest 210mm machine Motors I received the 2206/2450Kv version…. the most powerfull edition branded directly by arris. Unfortunatly, there are not 6S compatible. Camera module Probably one of the best element in this bundle, the presence of the foxeer arrow mini pro with a FOV of 140 degrees. The two positions JST connector is here to plug the OSD board. By default, some specific foxeer OSD information are displayed in supplement of betaflight OSD ones. There are redondant informations. To turn on/off these OSD information, you will need to long press the up button to enter in the OSD menu of the foxeer camera. The camera can be tilted from -10 degrees up to 60 degrees. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS, CONFIGURATION AND DEMO FLIGHT The machine comes Betaflight 3.3.1 pre-installed. The LEDs, basic flight modes and receiver configuration according to your BNF version comes pre-configured. Unfortunatly, for the FrSky version the XM+ is not flashed with the firmware exporting the RSSI. The relative good news, the receiver is connected via a 5p microJST connector and it’s easy to access to the three wires for the flashing procedure with your favorite taranis radio. I decided to test exclusively this machine in 4S configuration with some 1300mAh/1500mAh LiPo. In this case, I advise to lower the D values in betaflight around 20 to remove oscillations. First of all, with the 2206 motors, the machine is extremely powerfull !!!! A real monster. A real kick for each 100% throttle input despite being close to 500g. It’s easy to gain 20m high in a fraction of second. Acro styile figures are super super easy. In acro, the machine is flying on some rails. Good news also, for 6-axis stabilized flght modes, no drift can be observed. I am positively surprized by the rendition of the CCD foxeer camera as well… The WDR algorithm works beautifully. No majors noise can be noticed in the FPV signal… and even with the default 25mW output power, the FPV range exceeds 130m so no problem of FPV range when set to 600mW via the OSD command. With a 1500mAh, you can expect about 5min of flight time in pure acro style !!!! It’s a good. CONCLUSIONS A good machine with good electronic elements, well designed and robust. In 4S configuration, this machine flies beautifully. I didn’t see major drawback. In another hand, there are a lot of competitors in this size segment and some are already 6S compatible. In any case, announced around 180USD, the ARRIS X210S is a very interesting machine. PROS + Very durable with 5″ carbon arms + Powerfull machine + 5″ machine + Great CCD camera + F4 w/ 30A ESC 4S compatible + VTX w/ IRC Tramp support + No Jello + >5min flight time + Cheap CONS – FrSky XM+ not flashed with RSSI compatible firmware – No extra spare props – Right-hand thread only for the four motors dump_BF_3_3_1 This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Hobby-wing in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 179USD at https://www.hobby-wing.com/arris-x210s-210mm-5-inches-fpv-racing-drone.html View the full article
  21. NEWS: C-fly Dream

    Remember the C-fly obtain, a clone of the DJI Mavic ?. A complete desaster in most points: poor fligh time, poor gimbal stabilization, poor camera performances, poor software… Today, they present a clone of the DJI Spark with the C-fly dream: https://www.banggood.com/C-Fly-DREAM-GPS-WIFI-FPV-With-2-Axis-Gimbal-1080P-HD-Camera-Optical-Flow-RC-Drone-Quadcotper-RTF-p-1321873.html A 250g machine with a 2-axis stabilization system like the spark… but no mention (and it’s probably not the case) about a potential Electronic stabilization for the yaw direction like the spark. The flight time is announced about 15min, probably 12 maximum in practice. Another important remark… Like the Obtain, videos are shooted in 1080p resolution but no frame rate mentioned. I bet it uses the same sensor with a maximum of 24-25fps!!!! so clearly very choppy recordings in practice. The control is done in the 5.8G band so probably incompatible with some europeans android devices if no channel selection can be done. Ok it’s twice cheaper than a spark but IMHO, it’s urgent to wait first feedbacks about this machine. I am afraid, it will be another DJI wanabee failure…. Wait & See. Specifications: Aircraft Size 148 X 145 X 60 mm (L x W x H) Wheelbase 175mm Weight (Battery & Propellers Included) 248g Motor 18*12mm 1900KV Max Ascent Speed 2m/s Max Descent Speed 1.5m/s Max Speed 20km/h Max Service Ceiling Above Sea Level 3000m Max Flight Time 15mins Max Total Travel Distance 3km Operating Temperature Range 0~40° Satellite Positioning Systems GPS/GLONASS Hover Accuracy Range Vertical: +/- 0.5 m Horizontal: +/- 0.5 m (when Optical flow is active): +/- 1.0m Operating Frequency FCC: 5.150-5.250GHZ CE: 5.150-5.250GHz Transmitter Power (EIRP) 5.2GHz FCC:<=23dBm Optical flow system Optical Flow System yes Operating Environment Surface with clear pattern and adequate lighting (lux >15) Velocity Range ≤1.5 m/s at 6.6 ft (2 m) above ground Altitude Range 0.5~5m Gimbal Controllable Range Pitch: -90°~0° Stabilization 2-axis (pitch, roll) Camera Sensor 1/2.7″CMOS Lens FOV 110° 42 mm (35 mm format equivalent) ISO Range Video: 100 – 3200 Photo: 100 – 1600 Image Size 2560*1440 Video Recording Resolution FHD: 1920*1080 Supported File Systems FAT32 (<=32GB) Photo JPEG Video MP4 Supported SD Cards Micro SD Max capacity: 32GB. Class 10 or UHS-1 rating required Operating Temperature Range 0~40° Live View Mobile App C-Fly Live View Quality 720p FPV Transmission Distance 800m Required Operating Systems iOS 9.0 or later Android 4.4 or later WiFi Operating Frequency 5G Max Transmission Distance Horizontal: 200m Vertical: 150m Max Speed 20 km/h Max Ascent Speed 2 m/s Max Descent Speed 1 m/s Battery Capacity 1000 mAh Voltage 11.4V Battery Type LiPo 3S Energy 10.83 Wh Net Weight about 72g Charging Temperature Range 5~40° Max Power 15W Charger Voltage 12.6V Rated Power 18W Remote Controller (RTF) Operating Frequency 5GHz Max Transmission Distance 800m Operating Temperature Range 0~40° Transmitter Power (EIRP) FCC: <=26dBm CE: <=20dBm SRRC: <=20dBm Operating Current/Voltage 1.5A@3.7V Supported Mobile Device Size Thickness Supported: 6.5-8.5mm Max length: 80mm Port Types Micro USB Charge USB port Max Charging Power 5w Battery of Remote Controller (RTF) Capacity 2600mAh Voltage 3.7V Battery Type LiPo 18650 1S Energy 9.62Wh Net Weight about 60g Operating Temperature Range 5~40° Features: – Small total weight is 248g, with a new vision 2-axis gimbal, easy to carry, easy to shoot. – Precision hover, bulit-in GPS+Glonass system,make the drone stable. – With advanced Optical flow system, it has better adaptability to all kinds of ground textures. – With 2-axis gimbal, pitch angle 0°-90°,720P FPV, 1080P high quality video.guarantee a perspective and unique image. – One key take off/landing. Humanized design,more intelligent flight. – One key return, will return automatically, make everything simple. – Dream can fly 15mins, control distance is about 800m. – Waypoints function, Follow me mode, Fly around mode. – Low battery protection, flight control fail-safe. Package Included: 1 x C-Fly Dream Quadcopter 1 x 1080P Camera 1 x 2-Axis Gimbal 1 x Transmitter (BNF Version Not Included) 1 x 11.4V 1000mAh Lipo Battery 2 x Propeller 1 x Charger 1 x Tranmitter Battery (BNF Version Not Included) 1 x Tranmitter USB Charging Cable 1 x Manual View the full article
  22. Remember the JJRX H62 Splendor, the first toyquadcopter with a really efficient target tracking ?. Here is a new model with the same advanced tracking system:https://www.banggood.com/HR-SH7-WIFI-FPV-With-1080P-HD-Camera-18mins-Flight-Time-Altitude-Hold-Mode-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-RTF-p-1321874.html But now we have a 1080p FPV WiFi link instead of the a 720p. Unfortunatly, no builtin DVR to record natively the HD source flux… and also according to the associated photos, no wide-angle lens is installed. Whatever, thanks to the 1200mAh battery, 18min of flight time is advertized. A barometer helps to keep the altitude for indoors/outdoors applications. Three speed modes are pre-programmed to fight some windy conditions. More the SH7 has a gesture recognition system to trigger the photo/video modes. Of course it’s a basic brushed machine, no EIS… but for around 50 bucks, this toyquadcopter can be interesting as a first cheap video plateform. Description: Item Name:HR SH7 RC Quadcopter Color: Black, White (Optional) Quadcopter Size: 32*30*11cm Take off weihgt:151g Box Size: 35*16*22cm Gyro: 6-axis Frequency: 2.4G Channel:4CH Battery: 3.7V (1200mAh) (included) Transmitter Power: 4 x 1.5V AAA battery(not included) Flight time: about 18 minutes Charging time: about 90 minutes R/C distance: 100m WIFI transmission distance:50m Camera Pixel:1080P Features: – Manually capture the targert by intelligent visual trackng system recognition analysis. Achieve follow-up shooting and customize the locked position of the object in the picture(Tips:indoor open environment operation,outdoor unmanned environment operation) – Equipped with 1080P high-definition camera,you can easily achieve aerial film-style framing,help you shoot large-scale material. – With wifi function can be connected APP, APK system to take pictures, video, real-time transmission through the phone camera image. – With 1200mAh larger capacity battery for longer playing time, flight time up to 18mins. – Set high,determined by air pressure.With altitude hold mode function provides stable flight. – With Headless Mode,no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying . – With One key to return function makes it easily to find the way home. – 2.4GHz Technology Adopted for Anti-Interference. – 4 Channel which can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°. – 6-axis gyro which can have more stable flying and be easy to control. – It have 3-level flight speed to switch that can make more fun with the flying. – It can realize 3D tumbling 360°rolling in four directions with 4 LED lights. – The quadcopter fuselage is made of high strength and resistant engineering plastics,lightweight and durable resistance. Function: Up/down, Forward/backward,Turn left/right, Sideward flight, LED Light, Headless Mode, 3-level flight speed;One Key Automatic Return,Air pressure high hold mode;WIFI FPV;Long battery life;Gesture photo/video, smart follow Package Included: 1 x SH7 Aircraft 1 x Transmitter 4 x Protection Ring 1 x 3.7V 1200mAh Battery 4 x Propeller 3 x Tripod 1 x USB Charging Cable 1 x Screwdriver 1 x User Manual View the full article
  23. A new competitor of the excellent Runcam split micro is announced by Caddx: https://www.banggood.com/Caddx-Turtles-FOV-145-Degree-Super-WDR-Mini-FPV-Camera-1080P-60fps-DVR-HD-Recording-OSD-for-RC-Drone-p-1320281.html It’s a 12g module able to record HD video in 1080p@60fps via the builtin microDVR and broadcast the FPV signal. No information about the associated latency.. and it’s a really important missing point. Like the runcam modele the FPV view offers 145 degrees FOV while the HD recording a little bit more wider FOV up to 165 degrees. The camera is in 16:9 format only. Be aware, it’s not a CCD sensor but a 800TVL CMOS 1/2.7″ sensor with a pretty good light sensitivity of 0.01Lux. The good news, is the lighter weight and price versus the runcam model. The camera is linked to the main electronic board via a DJI’s style riboon cable. Specification Image sensor: 1/2.7″ CMOS sensor Horizontal: 800TVL TV system: NTSC/PAL,changeable Power Input: DC 4-20V FOV : 145° Recording FOV :165° Mini Illumination: 0.01lux Dimension: SD Slot Module 28*29mm / Camera 19*19mm (installed with 20*20mm, expand to 30*30mm ) Net weight: 12g(more or less) Lens: F1.8 Turbo Eye Color: RED Only Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Package Included 1 x Caddx Turtles Camera View the full article
  24. After the Semi-fiasco of the F7X, TopSky will introduce soon a complete new FPV goggles: https://www.facebook.com/fpvTOPSKY/?hc_ref=ARTqpCCPZig2zc7QgcvOUQ52zOufSJvQH0KquCWz9SMQCt3dhnXkTnXw2bQv73Ufq2c&fref=gs&dti=1779173945719852&hc_location=group Actually the model don’t have an official name but main new features are: Characteristics: -Big FOV (46 degrees) -SVGA displays (800×600… so no more based on LCOS technology but more on classic LCD/LED) -Improved DVR -Quad Diversity (like the EV200D) -Redesigned receiver bay for be compatible with most after market receiver -Optimized usability -Integrated RGB adjustment -58mm-72mm IPD ajustement -4:3/16:9 Aspect radio switchable This new FPV product will be very close from the Eachine EV200D…. TopSky have a lot of pressure over their shoulders….. Their first FPV product was too buggy. View the full article
  25. Want a super light AIO Module compatible with smart audio ? Boring to change manually the Vfreq/Vband ?. This V2 version of the Turbowing Cyclops is maybe for you: https://www.banggood.com/Turbowing-Cyclops-Mini-5_8G-25mW-48CH-AIO-FPV-Camera-VTX-Transmitter-Combo-Support-Smart-Audio-v1-p-1318070.html It’s a 3g module uncased up to 4.2g with the full protection. For the camera part, it’s based on a 700TVL CMOS Sensor and FOV will be around 110 degrees approximatively. 48CH channels are supported and transmitted with 25mW. Now 5 wires are here. The blue one is for the smart audio and must be connected to a TX pad of a free UART port of your FC. If you have a recent betaflight version installed, selected correctly the Smart audio protocol with the associated UART, you will be able to select the Vband/Vfreq from the OSD. This module can a good candidate to replace the original AIO system from the excellent UR65/Snapper 6. Specification: Output Power:25mw Supply Voltage:2.9-5.5v Frequency Band:5362-5945 Mhz Channel Customer:48 Channel Sel:Touch Switch Input Format:Ntsc/Pal Camera Resolution:700tvl Lens Angel:h:120°/v:100° Operating Temperature:-10℃~+60℃ Pcb Profile Dimension:14.5mmx12mm+15mmx15.6mm Miniature And Light Weight Design: 3g Total Weight: 4.2g Features: Compatible With Smartaudio v1 Protocol. Mounting Bracket Hole Position:Standard m2 Screw Hole Position. Package Included: 1 x 5.8g 48ch Fpv Camera & Transmitter 1 x English Manual Instructions: 1.Red And Blue Two Rows Lights Different Colors Blinking Combinations Will Move Position Of Thefrequency; 2.With Blue Led Lights Abcdef Expressed As a Frequency Group, With a Red Led Light 12345678 Shows As The Channel; 3.Frequency Selection:Long Press The Button For 2 Seconds To Enter The Frequency Group Settings, Press The Button To Change The Frequency Group From a To f, Select The Appropriate Options You Want Then Long Press The Button To Exit Frequency Group Settings; 4.Change Channels-Short Pressing The Button, Will Changes The Channel To 1 Through 8, Select The Appropriate Option To Complete the Frequency Selection. P.S I will try to resume little by little drone-maniac.com. I need to move forward, even if my heard is still broken by my father’s lost. I received a lot of support. I would like to thank you so much. It helped me a lot. View the full article
  26. INTRODUCTION The Funsnap Idol is a new challenger in the category of selfie drone. It’s a new competitor for the Zerotech Dobby, Alphatech, Rcmoment drone and many many others. The Idol is a foldable brushless machine equiped of a 1080p@30fps 1/3″ sensor relatively easy to transport. You have officially a flight stablization done via GPS for outdoors and a camera/ultrasonic sensors more for indoors applications. The machine is relatively smart with a visual target tracking, gesture recognition and three basic selfiedrone flight modes. Let’s discover this machine. BOX CONTENT + 1 x Funsnap Idol + 1 x 2S 1800mAh LiHV battery + 1 x Charger + 1 x AC/DC Power unit + 4 x Spare props (2 CW, 2 CCW) + 1 x Instruction manual (English) The proprietary charger. A blinking blue light is here when charging and becomes solid as soon as the charge is done. Expect 1h to full charge the battery from a depleted situation. OVERVIEW First of all, the machine is surprizingly not small …. a 190mm unfolded and more with the full external dimensions (250mm). Not sure, it’s really compatible with selfiedrone applications. -FRONT VIEW The design is very similar to the RCmoment drone with a unique tube body and two latteral propguard/arm system. Good news, no occlusion at all for camera recordings whatever the tilt angle of the camera. -SIDE VIEW On each side, a small landing skid is here to stabilize correctly the machine on the ground. The left side presents a microUSB port where you can extract recorded photos&videos. There is a 8Gb builtin memory. No possibility to extend it, at least easily. You will need to power the machine to correctly access to these files. -REAR VIEW A unique power button. You must hold it more than 5s to power the machine. The light start from blue to red when fully powered. You will hear the ESC boot buzzing. -UPPER VIEW It’s really easy to unfold the machine and thanks to these four magnet pads… arms remain in place without problem. -BOTTOM VIEW For low altitude (<= 1.5m) and indoors flight, a small VPU and ultra sonic sensor are here to stabilize the machine. -WEIGHT More than 360g with the battery…… Clearly it’s heavy !!!!!! and no stablized gimbal in the menu…. Ok Ok one would say it’s a 180USD machine…. and free lunch for that price. Motors and props Some triblade props LiHV battery A Large 1800 mAh 2S LiHV. Expect 1h to charge it. Insert the battery by the front first then press the rear side until you hear to clips. To release the battery, it’s easier to fold first the machine to press the two latteral plastic clips. Camera module A 1/3″ CMOS sensor with 77 degrees of FOV… Not super wide… At least the gimbal can be controlled manually via the appz. Even a positive angle can be applied, around +15 degrees and almost -90 degrees. Ideal for the rocket selfie flight mode. Here is a raw video sample. As you can see no EIS …. but in windfree condition, results are not so bad. The camera sensor’s job is correct in term of color rendition and light sensifitivity. Strange thing, for some mp4 recording, we have a variable datarate or a fixed one to 30fps. UNBOXING, ANALYSIS AND DEMO FLIGHT You must download the “Funsapp Idol” appz available for both iOS and Android. For android, two important remark must be done. 1) For some of my Android 7 devices, the appz was not available in google play. I had to install the corresponding APK file manually 2) The connexion is done with a 5.8G WiFi link you must have a compatible 802.11 ac device but it’s not over… The link is done via the channel 153 and no possibility to change the channel. In practice, it means that a lot of europeans android owners…. you won’t be able to connect your device to the Idol….. It’s really a shame that there is no parameters/procedure to change this chanel. If you are living in US/China, you should have no problem of connexion. Proof of the poor instruction manual quality…. the password for the WiFi connexion is even not printed. Luckely, it’s the classic: “123456789”. For the first connexion, I upgraded the FC firmware. Be aware, the procedure is 5min long. You will have to wait until the machine autopoweroff. You can feel that the appz is far to be mature. For example, the top horizontal bar where current craft dynamic information are displayed is almost unreadable even with a 10″ tablet. I don’t like also the two top right button. One for the advanced features and for the craft setting. For the craft settings, you can choose between two speed modes, between mode 2 and mode 1 controls and to turn on/off headless mode. For the advanced features, we have a mix between the (intelligent tracking&gesture recognition) and the three selfiedrone flight modes: dronie/orbit and rocket. For the intelligent tracking, you need first to turn on this feature before to select a rectangle in the central area where is the target of interest is epected to be. Why this button is not directly available from the main interface ?. For the the gesture recognition..it’s even more pity…. There is no instruction at all about the pre-programmed gestures…. Incredible…. At least the associated visual algorithm associated with the target tracking works correctly…. but far to be fantastic. It’s not hard to loose the track especially with very strong sunrays. More ….. the machine only center the target via yaw moves but I didn’t observe any forward/backard/left/right movements…. to follow the target…. Concerning the three selfiedrone modes… the circular is not an orbit one !!! it’s just a clockwise 360 degrees self-rotation on itself…. It’s absoluptly not rotating around the person holding the smarphone/tablet…. Crap. The dronie and the rocket are more classic …. Two important remark: 1) There is no way to change one setting of these three flight modes 2) When turned on, these modes turn on then off automatically the video recording. The machine fixes GPS/Glonass satellites relatively fast and the stability of the machine pretty good. In another hand, the Idol is noisy…. it will be hard in a park to use this machine if it’s crowdy. Finally the most annoying point, especially versus competitors…. is the absence of EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization)…. Results are not bad in windfree conditions…. I didn’t observe major frame rate disorders especially for fast yaw mouvements…. but as soon as the wind will blow a bit more …. don’t expect miracle in term of video stabilization. The flight duration is also not impressive …. around 8-9min… CONCLUSIONS Unfortunatly the Funsapp Idol is not the selfiedrone of the year…. Too many drawbacks: heavy, large, no EIS, immature appz, poor flight time. More the advanced features can’t be tuned at all so hard to shoot your favorite snapvideo with. In another hand, it’s not a complete fiasco, the stabilization and the 1080p recording are not bad, better than the RCmoment drone for example but globally the zerotech dobby is still superior to this iDol. PROS + Correct 1080p@30 videos + Correct 720p FPV link + Foldable + Good & accurate Visual&GPS stabilization + 1-axis gimbal controlable via the appz CONS – No EIS – 5.8G FPV transmission incompatible with a lot of european Android (Channel 153) – Poor/incomplete appz where a lot of parameters can’t be tune (camera/selfie flight modes, etc…) – Not small – No real target tracking – Poor visual tracking performances – No real Orbit mode – Dronies flight modes force to stop the current 1080p recording – > 360g – Noisy – Propguard innefficient to protect fingers from bottom side – 8-9 min of flight time This quadcopter have been courtesy provided by Banggood in order to make a fair and not biased review. I would like to thank them for this attitude. You can find it actually for 179USD at https://www.banggood.com/FUNSNAP-iDol-AI-Gesture-Recognigtion-WIFI-FPV-With-1080P-HD-Camera-Foldable-RC-Drone-Quadcopter-p-1301722.html View the full article
  27. WHY I was picked by Gens ace & Tattu to give the Wingsland S6 a try. I have 10+ years of drone experience but in all my years I have never owned a pocket drone or a selfie drone. SO I accepted the review! The capabilities promised in the drone seemed to good to be true in such a small package, but that's why you do a review SO here we go let's test the unit! Wingsland S6 Description: Brand: Wingsland Type: Quadcopter Model: S6 Product weight: 230g (included battery) Product size: 138mm x 79mm x 26.8mm Colors: Camouflage, Green Blood, Metallic Silver, Banana, Fresh Orange Features: Controlled By Phone,GPS,WiFi FPV Motor Type: Brushless Motor Built-in Gyro: 6 Axis Gyro Level: Advanced Level Remote Control: WiFi Remote Control Detailed Control Distance: About 120m Battery: 7.6V 1400mAh 10.64Wh ( 2S LiPo ) Flying Time: Approx. 10 Mins (vary depending on environmental conditions and usage patterns) Camera Pixels: 13MP Video Resolution: 4K Operating Temperature: 0-40℃ Max Flying Speed: 8m/s Max Flying Altitude: 100m Max Transmission Distance: 100m Charging Port Micro: USB (support portable power bank) Charging Input: 5V/1A-2A (self-adapted) Charging Output: 8.7V/0.5A-1A (self-adapted) Wingsland S6 Package includes: 1 x Drone 1 x Battery 2 x Additional Batteries(promotional offer only, worth $57 each, limited quantity) 1 x Charger 8 x Spare Propeller 1 x Screwdriver 1 x Carrying case 1 x 16GB Memory card (promotional offer only, limited quantity) 1 x USB cable PACKAGING The S6 comes in a box. It's Apple-esq. It's fancy. It works well to get it to you in one piece with no damage. Better tan the box is the small plastic clam shell case you get with the drone. This will be useful, keep it. Great to store your drone in when you toss it into your back pack or pocket. (Yes the S6 is THAT SMALL!) Apple-esq packaging. Look how small the S6 is! 9Volt for reference! USB Style Charger The 1400mAh Batt (2S) Controller = Your Phone! I left the program unconnected for this picture so you could get a good idea of what the controller layout is like. As a person who has been flying RC with real radios for years I was a bit skeptical on how I would be able to fly the S6 using my phone. But In all honesty after a flight or two you can almost "feel" the sticks. It's weird, but the system works for this size of drone. You will also notice that on the left are all your camera settings and on the right are all your drone settings including POI and Follow me (The robot head) These are the claimed Wingsland S6 Intelligent Functions: Automatically Following, Camera control , Forward/backward, FPV, Gravity Sense Control, Low-voltage Protection, One Key Automatic Return, One Key Landing, One Key Taking Off, Point of Interest, Selfie, Turn left/right, Up/down, Voice control, WiFi Connection. NOTE: to access most settings you need to hide the gimbal screen by tapping the little radio signal. Kind of weird to not have sticks available as the drone is flying when you want to change a setting. But You get used to that as well! Let's go over all the functions. Turn left/right, Up/down - This works well. The drone flys very nice. In fact the GPS hold and flying characteristics are quite impressive. FPV - You can technically fly the S6 FPV style, but that would be looking at the screen underneath your thumbs as you try to fly, so I'm going to say this is more of a "claim" than a reality. Gravity Sense Control - I think this means the sensors on the bottom of the S6. If so, they work great! The S6 definatly knows where it is in relation to the earth. Quite impressive. One Key Taking Off,One Key Landing - works as described! One Key Automatic Return (Return to Home) - Works extremely well. During my test the drone landed about 6 inches from where it took off! Camera control - You have the ability to change camera settings while flying. Turn on and off EIS and change frame rates, white balance etc. Works well. (EIS not so much) More on EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization). You must have 1080p 30 fps selected. And on the ground it seems to work, but in the air, if you have anything but perfectly smooth air and are able to fly VERY smoothly, the video footage is basically useless. It shows every bobble and bounce the S6 makes. That being said, the camera's quality is very nice, and still pics are quite the treat. Point of Interest - This function works extremely well. When you enter POI, the drone starts to circle the spot you identified as your POI. You can still control height and if you pull back on the "stick" the S6 will make the circle bigger. This is probably the most useful feature as you could enter POI let the drone circle you and just snap stills and get an awesome group of stills that could be used to make a 360 pano shot. Automatically Following - I never got "Follow me" to work. And I tried many times. I told Wingsland this and they suggested that I make sure I had the latest APP version. I did and still it would not work. It would enter the follow me mode and say "connecting" and then return a screen that said "Conditions not right to enter mode". I live near the city and it is very wifi dense so I thought that may be the reason. Then I took the S6 to a park in a more rural area, and got the same message. I may have done something wrong, but I simply could not get this feature to work. Low-voltage Protection - This sounds like a great idea, and the S6 did let me know when it was at 20% battery life. Unfortunately at 10% batt life, the drone started to auto descend from about 30 feet, and when it got to around 12 feet, it just shut off and dropped to the ground. Granted it was COLD. Like 20 deg F cold. And it dropped into the snow which left the drone in perfect condition, but still. Be aware that 10% batt in cold weather means LAND NOW. Flight Time - I had seen the claims of 8 - 10 minute flight times. I know I was flying in cold weather but I was only able to achieve 4 - 5 minute flights with most averaging 4.5 minutes. Cold can accommodate for a 15-20% loss in a lipo pack, and this batt is small, so I expect the flight time in warm weather to be around 6 minutes. Course Lock and Home Lock Modes: I hate these modes and think if you can't actually fly a drone you shouldn't so yes they work, but I hate them. (Honesty it hurts some times) Video - The actual camera in the S6 is pretty nice! Very "GoPro-ish" in color saturation and sharpness. With 4K video and 13 MP still capabilities the drone promises nice images! And for Stills I say YES! But again for video, even with the EIS turned on, the results were disappointing. The ONLY way I think you could make the video better is if you used the S6 as a floating tripod, and had run the video as the s^ stays stationary. This I am sure would produce decent results. (See examples in my re-cap video below) Stills - At first no matter how I tried I could not get the s6 to take a still shot. I would hit the button and nothing happened. Then after I updated the App on my iPhone, it allowed me to take shots. And they were pretty good! Plan on taking 3 stills to get one awesome one as if the S6 gets tossed by the wind the pic will be blurred! Gadgets: I did not receive the gadgets, but apparently you can add a search light, a small ball gun or an emoji broadcaster. My thought son these... NO.. for the love of all things drone.. NO. Do not sell these or promote them. THANKS! PROS/CONS PRO: TINY! FLYS GREAT GPS HOLD IS AMAZING POI WORKS GREAT STILL PICS ARE NICE CONS: VIDEO IS ALMOST USELESS FLIGHTTIME IS SHORT FOLLOW ME DID NOT WORK SOME FUNCTIONS ARE STILL LOCKED OFF (FIRMWARE UPDATE?) FINAL THOUGHTS As a professional Aerial Videographer the Wingsland S6 is not for me. It's a fun toy, but I could not find usefulness in my normal life. The compact nature of the unit is pretty bad ass though. If they could step up the camera to include a tiny gimbal I might like this a whole lot more. That being said for the price ($399 us) I think you get a lot for your money. And when Wingsland updates the firmware, removes a few bugs, this could be a fun toy drone that will open the world of drones up to many people! Here's the video re-cap! Enjoy! For more information and to purchase a Wingsland S6 just $130 go ------> here
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