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If you didn’t see it already, I took a lot of pictures over last weekend when I was at the IRCHA Jamboree 2014. I even walked out of there a winner! In a lot of cases, pictures do the Jamboree justice, but there still is a lot one can talk about that the pictures can’t start to describe. I thought I’d make a few points of what I saw whether it was pilots, products, experiences, or just things I wanted to point out in general. See what I have to say about it all after the jump!

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Nipping on the heels of my unboxing and build of the Invertix400, Blade Helicopters has announced an update for the 200QX Quadcopter to also perform Fully Inverted Maneuvers. Teased at eFest 2014 during the prototype stages, the software update is available now, with propellers for these maneuvers available soon.

For the update, one needs the USB cable and props which can be picked up or ordered from Local Hobby Shops, or via Blade’s 200QX page Right Here.

200 QX Part Requirements

I can’t wait to see it in action at IRCHA Jamboree this weekend, and I’ll send pictures ASAP. Plus, now I can do a 3D quadcopter shootout!

Also, check out the video featuring the new flight modes below:

For more Blade Helicopter news on BigSquidRC Click Here, and check out our review of it Here.

GB200 Box Front

While working on upgrading a friend’s Blade 350QX, he asked to get him that ‘new camera mount’ for his GoPro. A few days later, the Yuneec/Blade GB200 Camera Gimbal came in for me to install. Equipped with 2 brushless motors and mounts for the GoPro and CGo1 sport cameras, this gimbal is plug and play with the Blade 350QX and could even be used with other quadcopters after modification. The gimbal has a part number of BLH7910 and can be picked up for $200. Check out the unboxing pictures below!

Blade 200QX Quadcopter by Horizon Hobby – Review

200QX Up Close

In a RC World where quadcopters are becoming THE thing to pilot, Blade Helicopters took the popular 350QX platform and shrank it. Luckily, there was no movie starring Rick Moranis, but I did get the opportunity to give the 200QX Quadcopter a good test and you can see my thoughts on the aircraft after the jump…
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FlyTrex Live

Hot off the presses via their blog, the guys over at FlyTrex have updated their GPS MultiRotor telemetry system to also provide live data feed straight to their website, making it the first ‘Black Box’ for quadcopters. FlyTrex Live uses a GSM (cell phone data) connection to transmit Speed, Location, Altitude, and Battery Voltage live directly to their website.

What makes this such a big deal? Thanks to that GSM connection, one can provide real time tracking data to help search and rescue operations for fly-aways, crashes, etc.

Other features/statistics as shown on their page:

  • GSM Powered - Flytrex Live uses standalone GSM data connection that transmits your flight telemetry automatically to your personal Flytrex Profile whenever you takeoff and for the duration of your flight.
  • Auto Flight Logger - Similar to the Core, Flytrex Live brings powerful flight logging capabilities. All of your flight details are logged and stored in your personal Flytrex Profile. With Flytrex Live, logging is done automatically and you no longer need to copy mission files after flying. All of your flight missions are automatically transmitted to your Flytrex Profile and will show almost instantly after landing.In addition to GPS location, speed, altitude and temperature, Flytrex Live adds voltage logging that helps you analyze battery performance during your flights.
  • Live Tracker, Last Seen - Unlike other trackers that rely on challenge-response operation, Flytrex Live maintains a live data connection that guarantees you’ll always know where your multirotor was last seen, making sure you’ll never lose your multirotor again. Should your aircraft go MIA, visit the new Last Seen tool in your Flytrex Profile to see where your multirotor was last spotted.
  • Live Flight Channel - Share your flight in real time with your personal Live Flight Channel. Your Live Flight Channel let’s you broadcast your flight telemetry, stats, and Google Maps flight path as-you-fly. Link to your channel, share your Flight Channel with other Flytrex pilots, or allow Flytrex to automatically post to your Facebook timeline as soon as you takeoff!
  • Lightweight & Robust - Flytrex Live was designed to be the smallest, most lightweight and robust black box solution for multirotors. Flytrex Live weighs only 34 grams and measures 4.5 x 4.8 cm.

On top of that, there will be an iOS app for the FlyTrex system that will have some fun features, but no specifics given.

The FlyTrex Live sells for $190 and also requires a $9 cable for the GPS quad of your choice (Supports DJI NAZA-M, Phantom, Blade 350QX, and Ardupilot 2.5/2.6). You can order now and see more details regarding the Flytrex Live on the Flytrex webpage Right Here.

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vlcsnap-2014-06-17-11h33m57s248Selfies are out, people! Trending hotter than the sun, thanks to a Drone-taken picture of Captain Picard himselfDronies are all the new photography rage on the web.

Making a Dronie in 10 Easy Steps:

1.) Grab your quadcopter. May I suggest a Ares QX130, Blade 180QX HD, or LaTrax Alias for those without 350QX or DJI Phantoms

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200QX Box FrontAfter a few weeks of delays, I finally got my hands on the next quadcopter from Blade: the 200QX brushless quadcopter. Built with a frame like the 350QX, this quad is brushless and equipped with the new SAFE system for a powerful, but stable flight performance. Our review will be up in the future but check out the unboxing pictures below!

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Father’s Day is right around the corner, and what better way to put a smile on their face than getting them that RC flying machine he’s been looking for. Better yet, get him a ‘drone’ and he’ll be part of the hottest RC craze this year. Either way, I thought that a nice list of fun flying gifts for the Dad (or Dad-like person) in your life would be the best way to save the hassle in finding the perfect gift! Read More to see what makes the list in this year’s guide!

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What better way to challenge yourself and your piloting skills than earning achievements and sharing your bold and daring exploits with fellow pilots? The guys over at Flytrex have come up with a flight recorder to measure altitude, speed, and other metrics to share with your fellow pilots.

For added fun, they also included in their social networking challenges and achievements to earn and add a little bit of competition between pilots. Personally I’m already at my limits of comfort flying my quad, so any challenges outside that zone may be ignored just to keep my flights fun. Either way, I cannot wait to slap this bad boy either into my Ardupilot quad or my 350QX.

The chipset plugs as an intermediate between your GPS and mainboard, and starting at $50 you can hook it up to Ardupilot, DJI Phantoms and Naza-M systems, and Blade 350QXs. Details and how to order them can be found on the Flytrex website Right Here.

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Blade 200QX BNF in FlightHey Guys, Tomato Sauce here! Missed you last week due to an opportunity to work for a big RC Company, and sadly my carry-on could only carry so much contraband stuff.

Lately I have been doing a lot of product spotlights and how-tos, but this week I feel a little Cubby-esque and thought I’d borrow his soapbox. I was enjoying the beautiful day yesterday (pre storm, of course) flying my Nano QX out on the back patio, and with all the great press and sales in the multirotor market (see me on TV last week?)I couldn’t help but remember a cautionary tale. I had a customer, let’s say his name is Bub, come in with an AMAZING hexcopter he was building. He spared no expense: 3D Robotics was his best friend and set him up with Ardupilot, Gimbals, and all the fixings to make an amazing aerial photography platform. Bub had one problem though: He had ZERO flight hours recorded, RC or otherwise. Bub is a great guy, and I feel his pain since his very first test flight more than a basic 1-foot hover cost him the entire multirotor; gone in a flash and I haven’t seen him since.

I am just as guilty, but one thing that us RC Pilots need to remember is that we make it look easy. Even on a simple Estes ProtoX: it is a great quadcopter perfect for indoor flight, but is really touchy and squirrely to any beginner. If I can make one long lasting point, NEVER tell anyone something is easy. Just remember you were crashing TONS when you first picked up the hobby, and especially with how large the hobby grade aircraft world has grown in making more beginner friendly products, the learning curve is still there and needs to be addressed.

I promise that I will continue to give you the most honest reviews, discussions, and opinions regarding anything flying in the helicopter/multirotor world (yes, I will be going plane soon, too). I know that here at BigSquidRC we have a lot of new pilots, and I will give you the nitty gritty details, even admitting if something I think is cool might be too much for the first timers.

With that being said, it’s a big heli/quad time now that Spring is FINALLY HERE. The Blade 200SR X showed up at my door this week (check it out here), and I cannot wait for the new mini 200QX quadcopter to arrive as well (more details on this link).

As for those contacting me regarding EncoreRC‘s Invertix 400 3D quadcopter, I am happy to announce that I will be unboxing and reviewing that bad boy as soon as they ship me one!!

The next step of the great Multirotor Build Project will also hit the page later this week, so stay tuned! Until then, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

Mad Dog LiPo Blade QX
Want to add 25% more flight time to your Blade 350 QX quadcopter? The guys over at 2dogrc have a new LiPo pack to give your quad more time up in the air.

Their new Mad Dog 3S 2700mAh LiPo is a perfect fit for the battery bay on the 350 QX and comes with an EC3 connector which plugs right into the quad. The pack is rated for a 25C continuous discharge, 50C burst, is rated for up to a 3C charge rate, and weighs in at 205 grams.

The part number is MD27003BL, they are priced at $30, and you can get complete information by hitting up This Link over on the 2dogrc website.

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350QX 3-Blade PropsNow that the weather has been better and the first installment of the build project up for your viewing, I started spending time with my Blade 350QX,  and couldn’t help but start looking at modifications and changes. Now a new product was released by Xtreme Productions for the 350QX: A 3-bladed prop to replace the stock 2-bladed propeller. Which raises a question I get a lot at work and I did a little research just for you: What is the point of multi-bladed props and why do I care?

In the case of multirotors, multi-bladed (mainly 3-bladed) props have one primary purpose: Moving more air. With the ability to push more air, multirotor aircraft are much more stable which is perfect for aerial photography, and also makes aerobatic tricks easier to perform.  The unfortunate downside to this great plus is that it does reduce run time on the aircraft’s battery. Now if these advantages/disadvantages are for you 350QX owners, I’d check out the Xtreme Productions blades via their website right here, or check out their Carbon Fiber upgrade standard props here. Everyone else, shop around for your ideal multi-blade prop, which usually in the same size range. I recently saw some in the 7-8″ range from Master Airscrew, so that may be a good direction to start.

Next week will be the last part of Blade Runner, called “It’s All About Balance”. Until then, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

350QX V2Think the 350QX can’t get any better? Horizon Hobby has upgraded the firmware of the Blade 350QX to version 2.0, featuring a new flight mode built for ultra stable Aerial Photography and new features new and improved compass and GPS technology. In the new BNF and RTF versions, the quadcopter comes with an improved charger, and the start (arming) procedures have also been improved as well.

Already own a 350QX? Never Fear! The firmware will be made available early April for current 350QX owners, and at this point Blade Helicopter states: ‘For owners of the original 350 QX (BLH7800/BLH7880) an optional upgrade solution for the firmware will be available by early April for a nominal fee’. Personally, if one has already paid over the $470 plus tax for the quadcopter, the software upgrade should be free like the updates for Spektrum controllers. Unless for some reason it’s more than just downloading an update. Maybe I need to buy a cable?

The new 350QX V2 will be on hobby store shelves shortly. The prices still are the same for both versions of the quadcopter ($470 for RTF and $420 for the BNF), but look for the ‘A‘ at the end of the part number (BLH7800A and BLH7880A, respectively) for the updated software. For more information, check out Blades website via This Link.

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